Welcome To My blog--my name is Barb and I am a weaver in a small town in Wisconsin called Dell. Actually it is more of a place than a town but I love living in the middle of nowhere. I am a weaver and my studio name is"COULD HAVE BEEN A PIANO" I always said I was going to learn how to play the piano, but as luck would have it I met a wonderful group of women weavers and was hooked. I have been weaving for three years or so but have been addicted to fiber since I started knitting when I was about 10. I still love to knit and do some spinning and dying as well. I love natural fiber and texture. I like to use thrift store finds and use my imagination.
I made another strip bag--this one is for Michelle--we are working a trade. She is making a lamp shade and I am giving her this bag. I really like this project--mainly because there are no rules and some surprising things usually happen. I threaded this as a twill and started weaving a plain weave with it. I then remembered that my 4 treadles were still in a pattern and really liked what happened. I have to write it down so if I ever want to replicate it I can. Now I think I am going back to my "Green Book". I found a pattern that I really like and am going to make something really "Springy"!
I don't usually get two things in a row that I like--but these I do. This is the "book" bag I made for the LaFarge Library fundraiser. It is cotton and linen and should be great to put books in to carry back to the library! I like to make these bags, they are simple to sew and they use up a lot of odds and ends. All of my bobbins are now empty!
This is a bag I made out of my "rug" wool. I figured the only way I wasn't going to try another rug was to get rid of the stuff so it would not tempt me. Its pretty big. I think it would be a good bag for car trips, for all that "stuff" that flies about. I may also give it away to some unsuspecting soul.
My local library is having a fund raiser for its expansion project and a friend called and asked me if I would dontae something. So I thought of a "book" bag. This is a bag made out of a 7"strip that is about 120" long. It is then folded and sewn with only a couple of seams. It is very sturdy and has a long shoulder strap making it a really perfect book bag. I also like it because it is a great way to use up scraps of this and that. I threaded it in a pattern called Jean Lilly but did not like the way it looked, so am just weaving it as plain weave.
Here they are--my new kitchen towels. They are 16.5"x29". There were supposed to be four but I only got three for a couple of reasons. The warp is hemp and by the time I got to the fourth one it kinda stuck together and the tension was not good. Even though the hemp is "hairy" when it is on the loom, once it is washed and dried it is very soft. Another reason, to be really honest, is that I was bored by the time I got to the fourth one and decided to use the coveted whacking shears! We are replaying our kitchen counter tops--I have burned the Formica one too many times and think they will go really well.
So just shoot me if I say I am going to weave another rug!!!!! I have finally gotten the point--I am NOT a rug weaver. This yardage is going to be some towels for the kitchen. They are 18x35. The warp and weft are hemp with a little 16/2 cotton for the stripe. I think they are going to be really nice. I am so wanting to use the cone of hemp that I bought and these will probably finish off most of it.