Friday, May 25, 2018


Names are powerful things, for good and ill. With few exceptions I have given all my animals person status with their names. For the most part they have fit them too, or maybe that is just how my memory works. I wove the log cabin warp off and got to work adding all the names to Buttercup. She is a receptacle not only as a fiber eating monster of a loom, but as a touchstone of names, memories, imagination, good will, and things Zen.

My long time readers will recognize some, if not all, of these names, There are those who wait in beautiful places and those stuck here with me still. ;-)  Everyone's name is on the loom somewhere and still there is room for more. And of course, I have added a true wind horse.

 I doubt I will ever let this loom go. And now she is ready for another warp. Rag placemats.

And since we are on names, I want to tell you I have new lifetime favorite book. "The Name of the Wind" by Patrick Rothfuss. If you don't like fantasy, let alone epic fantasy, this may not be the book for you, but if you do, the writing is poetry, the characters deep and interesting and the world more magical than Hogwarts or Pern or Westeros. This is book one of a trilogy. The second book is "The Wise Man's Fear". I have both of these books in my Audible library. I am on the second listen to the second book. The third book is still in the works. Patrick Rothfuss is a lyrical writer, but he is not fast dammit it! I have to say I have enjoyed dipping back into fantasy books. I keep up with the news, so really, I much prefer to have my reading or listening time as far away as possible from current fiction or biography. Escapism at it best.

I even send my dogs on magical adventures. Look, one of the Jacks escaping for a bit of a sail.

 This lovely banner was handmade by Etsy artist Karly Fae Hansen.

You can be sure I have her little shop is bookmarked and other favorites picked out.

I also got the lovely Eagle print framed. Something simple so that the artwork shines.

Now it would have been easy to give you "The Name Game" as a song for this post, but I'm thinking something a little smoother. I dare you not to be humming this at least until the end of the day!

Parting shot: Sleeping in.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

The Weekend in Two Parts: Part Two

Shopping and all the other stuff. As always, the little sales room (chalk full of quilty items donated and handmade), had some real treasure. This lovely grey and yellow quilt grabbed me right from the get-go and at $45.00 was a steal IMHO.

A couple $10.00 and under blankets came home to swaddle little fur bodies, of which we have a plenty.

Every dog deserves his own blankie. Many have gone from homecoming to grave. Just like kids, dogs have their favorites. A cute little quilt book also jumped into my basket.

 Can you guess why?

We took my Mom out Saturday night to a favorite eatery for a fine dinner instead of a brunch on Sunday. The food was quite delicious. It was a busy night out as it was prom weekend too. Who did that to all those Mother's I want to know.

The big push was of course getting two lengthy towel warps beamed on. I did the one for the David myself and it was a bit fussy. Some cottons just get grabby and the soft American Maid organic colored cotton kept hugging the neighboring stripe.

  I also decided that keeping my Dad's loom as a shrine was ridiculous. I either needed to use or move it along. I decided on the former, with modifications. I never liked the crowded feel of the loom after he put 4 more shafts on bringing it up to 12. I e-mailed Jane Stafford, who is an expert on all things Louet and she suggested the best way to remove them.

I spent after dinner Saturday removing those shaft and lamms and DH was the warping valet I needed for this lovely blue warp on Sunday morning. Threading has started and I am excited about using this loom again.

 8 shafts and 14 treadles! Perfect!!

I also added some bells to Buttercup,

Bells on beater and shafts make a beautiful light laughing sound.

 and a little clay fox.

 I can see this loom starting to look like one of those Tibetan yurts, brightly painted, bells and prayer flags and all sorts of wonderful things bestowed upon it. We're just getting started here.

And then there was a wee bit of sewing. I had this Tania Tabard cut out a few weeks ago. I have to say soft a soft buttery yellow is one of my favorite colors.

The other bit of sewing ended up in the trash. Yep, a StyleArc pattern that was an utter fail. Usually raglan sleeves work beautifully for me. This pair of them was cut so low they went to my waist.

When I lifted my arms the whole top came up and it was weird feeling. It hit the trash so quick it would make your head spin. So many nice patterns, why fiddle with one that simply doesn't work?
I can do pin tucks easily enough on something that fits better.

I think some Tuvan throat singing a perfect end to this post. They came to Ashland a number of years ago. I took my Dad, we had a blast!

Parting shot: Keeping an eye on those humans is exhausting.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

The Weekend in Two Parts. Part One

Quilt show!  Cindie and I met up in Grants Pass for the annual Piece Makers Quilt Guild Show. There were some real gems. The series of quilts based on art by Charlie Harper was the BEST! The general quilts, while lovely, just didn't seem to be consistently of the same caliber as years passed. Not that they were bad, just more kit quilts and less innovation I thought. I did manage to snap some pics of the beauties that captured me, so rather than fill this posting up with my usual drivel, I'm going to do pics. You get the drivel on part 2. Fair? Gonna have to be. Feast your eyes!

These first 6 pics are of the Charlie Harper challenge.

All the quilts following are from the general display. There were many more than I took pics of.

Which one is your favorite?

Wednesday, May 9, 2018


There are some jobs that justify serious butt dragging. I am sure it varies from person to person. Stacking the dishes in the dishwasher for me is one, the other is adding heddles onto any of the looms. I have two perfectly wonderful warps waiting to go on the Spring (Sheila) and the David (Zeva) and both require I beef up the front shafts with more heddles. The David is almost done,

 just need to free the last batch from their twist tie bondage and cut the top loops.

Sheila is another matter. Now my Dad was pretty darn neat with his stuff, so the jumble of untied heddles is an anomaly. I made a jig and am slowly stacking them in groups of about 25 and getting them ready for the trip to the loom. The Spring is a true PITA to add heddles too, so there will probably be another week of pissing and moaning about. I don't do that often but when I do, I try to give it my all!

Weaving on Buttercup has progressed to these kind of pretty and sort of Christmas-y placemats.

The set of 4 will have two red and cream and two of the light green and cream I started with.

Then it's on to other colors, maybe more than two in one mat. See what strikes me when I get there.

A small easy little treadle gate was installed.

 Basically a cut piece of iron rod, pounded into a hole we made like a dowel and for protection of the side of the treadles, a spool of cotton rug warp. Interchangeable of course. ;-)

A very cute Teddy Tunic was made up of some light canvas fabric I've had in stash for at least 3 years. I didn't know what to do with it and I'm so glad I held onto it for this top. There are hidden side pockets so it makes it all that more wearable.

 I wore it to the spring garden event at the fair grounds last Saturday and received at least 4 walk up compliments on it to. Who knew a circus print could be so compelling?

Also another pair of the Trio Pants (Sewing Workshop), made it out and I'm hoping I can shrink them. I've lost just about 20lbs and need to go down another size. I have been using my little all manual Pfaff. It's such a workhorse it deserved a little sewing time.

 I have also been organizing loom parts and such into project bags. At least I can accomplish something while procrastinating on other things.

 Labeled and ready to grab as needed. I need a few more bags for the different looms.....

It's time for a Mom update. She is finishing her last round of chemo today. That's it. There is no more that can be done. They have arrested it's spread for the moment but this is incurable and terminal. I'm hoping she has a good number of comfortable months ahead, but it can just as easily take off. There is likely going to be brain involvement when it does step up again, assuming it follows a typical pattern spread. The oncologist is preparing her for it. There will be lots of scans coming up in the next few weeks.

Friend Cindie and I will be meeting up this week for our annual spin around the Grants Pass quilt show. I'm looking forward to it!

Maybe I should have listened to this song and I would have been weaving by now. BTW, this was my teenage favorite band, I saw them a number of times and I still love them. Any hearing loss I experience today can likely be blamed on them and The Who.

Parting shot: Fort Pillow.

Who goes there?

Monday, April 30, 2018

Wet Weather Gear

In true Oregonian fashion, I don't own an umbrella. I had one once, a stiff wind on a rainy day rendered it useless and that was the first and last one I ever owned. Then I was given a Tilley Hat and it has been my go to for wet weather ever since. I have two of them hanging in the house waiting to cover me in case of rain, snow or blazing sun

The right hat is my 30 + year old original Tilley
 and two in the car, one for me, one for a passenger should the need arise. It can be crushed, washed and endlessly adjusted. It comes with a lifetime warranty. It is simply the best damn hat I have ever owned and it has gotten a lot of use this weekend. We have had miserable cold and wet days since Friday.

The whole gamut of inclement weather. Wind, pelting rain, pelting hail, slushy snow, fog, more fog. And temps sitting just around the freezing mark, a smidge higher in the afternoon. Mind you I am grateful for this late season abundance of moisture, but to work outside in it tending animals, you have to have the correct gear. A good hat, a good cowl as scarves are too dangerous IMHO working around machinery and large animals, good waterproof and warm boots (Muck Arctic Tall) and a warm coat with lots of pockets. I have yet to find a truly decent pair of women's winter work gloves. It is the holy grail of barn gear, a glove that is warm, waterproof, fits well and isn't so bulky to render actually working in them useless. Add to that it must be reasonably priced and sturdy. Yep, good luck with that one. Maybe Tilley should turn towards glove making?

I haven't been out in the cold so much this weekend that nothing got done though! A new warp went on Buttercup. I am using a draft from Handwoven March/April 2002 titled the "One Day Rug".

 Of course I am considering these the "Multi-Day Placemats".  I put 6 yards on for hopefully 6-8 mats. The bulky yarns will likely take up more than I expect.

 I was able to stream line warping the Triple B. The raddle is on top (those treadle boxes come in handy for all sorts of things), and she is tall enough that I can use that castle much like a warping valet since the human one was nowhere to be found.

Bottle of H2O hanging over the breast beam

 I've started threading and it will go quickly since it is only 10epi and 15 inches wide. Some modifications were made to Buttercup. I wanted to be able to remove the breast beam WITHOUT having to unbolt it, so copied the Louet way of attaching the BB.

 Buttercups beam is very heavy and the weight alone keeps it easily in place. The two little holes Gene drilled in the top are now covered with a pair of cute wooden buttons I had saved up in the sewing salon.

Now I only need to figure out a way to easily remove the beater.

A little cart was purchased for Studio NW there in the back room. It was the only one I could find tall enough to accommodate weaving at Buttercup.

 It's really a microwave cart but pretty nicely done and sturdy. The Macomber has been moved in there.

 I have Nick up for sale in prep for a 56" Macomber coming in June.

Big spaces in prep for big looms!

 There has been little interest in this wonderful loom and I have to admit I am of a mind to keep him. We're rather fond of each other and he fits in with Buttercup beautifully. Two hefty peas in a pod!

In the sewing salon some cutting was done over the weekend and I did the tunic version of the Teddy Top by Style Arc complete with the new sleeve.

 I like it! I have to say this style of collar is PERFECT for riding on sunny days. Even with a helmet, the back of my neck gets toasty. This vampire collar is a good solution. I need to make a couple more in slobber colors or something bright and busy for riding gear.

Of course the 1.5 yards of adorable hedgehog fabric worked perfectly for a second short Teddy top.

This WON'T b used for riding. Pink is not slobber proof and the print is just too cute for barn wear.

In honor of good hats everywhere, I leave you with some Joe Cocker.

Parting shot: Pogo in one of his rare appearances out with the rest of us.