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.
Well my second set of placemats are officially dead for the time being. I figured if I threaded it twice and didn't like what I had there was a message there somewhere. So I started weaving a throw or small blanket with some alpaca that I recently acquired. It is a twill pattern threaded 1,2,3,4,1,2,3,3,4,4 and I like the texture
I have a nephew who is being married later in January so maybe it will be a wedding present--who knows?
It's been very cold here lately. My weaving studio is located about 50 yards from my house and has a wood stove. I have a very great husband who starts the fire for me early in the morning so I can usually be out there by 9 or so. I had a pair of felted slippers that I wore a hole in so I needed a new "something" to keep me warm while weaving. I saw these in a knitting book and was intrigued by their design. They are made exactly like mittens. I am going to make some more pairs and have figured out a way that for me would be easier. I love them.
Since they are made of two colors they will be very warm. I am thinking about making them on very large needles and felting them. Anyone have any other ideas?
First the good--I have been babying this thing for a couple of years and it finally bloomed. I was ecstatic to say the least. Now I see another flower shoot. I guess I don't do anything special, just try to be nice to t.
Now for the not so good--above are my bamboo placemats. Lesson number one I guess is not to use bamboo for the warp--I had a multitude of broken warp threads in less than a couple of inches. So I WHACKED it and put on a cotton warp and will try the bamboo as weft. Oh well.