Archive for January, 2009

Shop Update: Hand Dyed Romney Wool!

January 20, 2009

I have continued to add new offerings to my Etsy shop.  I’ve more to dye, photograph and list still. Check back with me from time to time.  It all takes time!

I watched the swearing-in ceremony today — it was such a high point!   Hope everyone is staying warm and cozy. Cheers!

Colour Blending Fibers: Hackle & Diz

January 12, 2009

Colour Blending Fibers: Hackled & Diz

 Now that it is a new year, hello 2009, one of my goals is to break out of set “fiber arts behaviors”.  I started doing this by spinning yarn using my various drop spindles.  Spinning with a drop spindle is so rewarding.  So digging it. Why did I just let them sit there for so long? Anyhoo,  I recommend everyone interested in the fiber arts giving spindling a whirl.

I’ve also been playing with my blending hackle and diz.. For so long I just let them sit in a corner. Why? Well,   not any more!  I’ve decided that 2009 is going to be all about exploration and learning — breaking out of old habits.  I’ve decided to challenge myself  — try new spinning technique, explore natural dyeing more and try weaving with an inkle loom.  So HELLO 2009!  Hello to new horizons! Goodbye 2008!

Books: Traditional Crafts of Saudi Arabia

January 5, 2009

Inside Shot: Beduin weaving

I discovered two wonderful books at a local bookstore this past Saturday.  I have always been fascinated by nomadic people and their handicrafts, especially the Bedu and Sami.  Upon eyeing a copy of Traditional Crafts of Saudi Arabia by a John Topham, well…  I just about fell over.  It covers such wonderful topics as weaving, jewelry, weapons and household crafts.  The photos and text on Bedu weaving are just pure joy for me.  Thank you Mr. John Topham!

The other book is titled The World of Carpets and was written by Maurizio Cohen.  It is a wonderful book which explores oriental carpets.  I like best his section which examines the techniques of creating such works of woven art.  He book is very well laid out with much of it presented as an illustrated atlas of carpets. Again, I thank the author for sharing his knowledge and passion.