Tuesday, October 25, 2016

No Matter What, the Sun Comes Up.

And that's the truth. Dogs, horses, husbands, goats, friends and even cats all need attention and give back freely. The sun comes up, you laugh, you cry, you dust yourself off and go on with the business of living. To do otherwise would be an insult to those who no longer can.  I want to thank each and every one of you, Carol, Kim, LA, Cindie, Diane, Michelle, Janine, Coco, Sharon, Louise, Valerie, Mary, Elle, Peg, Leigh, Elizabeth, Linda, Susan, Nadine and LOTL. Thank you so much for those cyberhugs, condolences, words of kindness and strength and prayers. It was so appreciated and needed. Thank you all so very, very much.

While it has been a sad time, it has not been an idle one. I cleared my Dad's loom of the 12 yard cottolin towel warp we put on so many months ago. He did get to see the 11 lovely towels that were woven. Pics next post.  It is only fitting that his prayer flag warp be put on his loom. Gene and a friend moved it back down for me since I decided to give this special loom the best weaving space in the house. The two little wolf looms are upstairs now.

 This pic was taken in process, but now everything is all tied on and up and it's ready to weave.

 The pattern is going to be a twill and plain weave on 6 shafts and treadles. Something different and while this warp is shortish, if I like the pattern it might be recycled to the next warp. I had forgotten how time consuming tying up a countermarche loom can be!

The sewing salon has seen some action in the last weeks. I needed the absorption sewing can provide. The picking and choosing of pattern and fabric. I implemented my idea of using the Grainline Scout Tee pattern but changing the neckline to mimic some of the other patterns I like. It worked out well and I have my different necklines with the nicely drafted armhole and sleeve. Yeah!
First up is a fun sheep linen cotton print. I grabbed the neckline from an Indygo Junction pattern, the Urban Tunic. I only had two yards of each fabric and that collar is wide and on the bias.

Next up I used the Esme neckline. I love this Scandinavian print. Foxes!

 Dark blue has been showing up a bit more in my wardrobe, so a pair of navy linen pants made it out of the sewing room too.

leg detail

 I ordered some organic cotton knit fabric since the Phoebe Pants pattern (Tina Given) worked out so well for knit PJ's. I was able to get two bottoms, one tee and two tanks cut out for sleepwear. in 3 different knit patterns.

The Baby Wolf has seen it's share of weaving also.

 The birch runner run is 3/4 done. I found some ombre wool in stash for the second one. It goes from cream to grey to beige and a deeper brown and then fades back to light again. Kauni was the name of the yarn, light sock weight and is working perfectly.

I think that's all I have for right now, but it is good to be back and blogging and catching up with everyone else's blogs! At some point at the beginning of October, Blogger dropped all of my watched blogs. I have tried to reassemble them all back, but honestly, I am sure there may be a few I have forgotten. If you remember seeing a blog here that is no longer present PLEASE let me know. I know Margaret & Helen isn't added back yet.

Parting shot: Cuddler's extraordinaire.


  1. It looks like you have some creative therapy going-it does help with a hurting heart, doesn't it? I love your weaving projects and the sheep fabric is so nifty. You do such a nice job creating your hand sewn garments!

    Take care,

  2. I can only imagine what weaving on your dad's loom feels like. I use some of my grandmother's things; that probably give me an inkling.

    I've had Blogger "lose" all my followed blogs, only to add them back again. I could never remember all 200(?!?) blogs that I follow to add them back, so I'm thankful! (Maybe I'd better write them all down.)

  3. Good to see you back on the weaving bench and sewing seat, Theresa. Do give yourself time...distraction and quiet reflection in turn as needed.

    I'm going to work on the top from my handwoven (like the pants but looser weave) as soon as I can carve out a few minutes from my gazillion other current commitments. ;-) Jack says hi to all your little ones. (He'd be scared of the big ones)

  4. Hmm, that sheep fabric looks familiar....

  5. Ah...and you've been busy. I'm looking forward to your Dad's prayer flag finished make - I'm trying to imagine it. How creative.

    I've just pre-washed some navy ITY for pants. I've never worn navy (willingly) in my life, and now it's all the place in my closet and sewing. go figure :-) Do we get to see the TG PJ bottoms?

  6. Oh dear, my original post sending my heart felt wishes for you and yours must be in computer space. Theresa, I am so very sorry to learn of the loss of your dear Father. Sending warm thoughts and many prayers to you and your family. May many happy memories of you Father warm you heart.

    Pets for pups, especially for dear Jack.

  7. Dear Theresa, lots of creativity and soulful repetitive work is probably a good recipe for healing your heart. I love your recent sewing. Mine has been hit and miss and no photos...

  8. How wonderful that you get to weave on your dad's loom! Big hug, Theresa!

  9. Maggie, Yes, but I have to admit, the tie-ups certainly are slower than a jack loom. Thank you for the hug!

    Mary, I've been going with pretty much TNT patterns, but did have one miss it was just a combo of pattern and print and came out..meh.

    Martha, Thank you. I figured you were busy holiday weaving. Jack did miss his extra special pets from you though. ;-) I'll make up for lost time.

    Coco, Thank you! I started in on that prayer flag but found a tie up error. Must check all the rest now too....

    Cindie, Doesn't it though!

    Peg, Don't forget to do a muslin if it's a new to you pattern! The crew send salutations right back to you and Jack. ;-)

    Michelle, It is a wonderful legacy to have that loom. I started my Dad on weaving and found that loom for him way back when. Glad I chose wisely! ;-)

    Judy, Thank you. Creative therapy is only bested by canine kissing therapy. HA!

  10. Hi Theresa. Good to see you last week, even though it was, and is, a difficult time for you. Glad I could give you a real hug. I'm loving the sheepie fabric on that first tunic. I've been catching up with your blog. I swear you are helping to get me back into sewing!

  11. I haven't been weaving at all, and my current challenge quilt has been kicking my behind so thoroughly that I haven't had much time for any other sewing.... it is great to look at what you have done, it makes me want to get back in there and sew! And weave.