Wednesday, July 02, 2014

Oh Happy Day

Much has been happening here. Weaving upon weaving, at least 3 nice fabrics off the loom, all in one week! I was on fire. First was the tussah silk:
silk warps first bobbin

This is many several lots of spindle spun silks. I started in May of last year with this:
spindles

there were a few trips:
Beach spindle

Blue silk spindles

Plying, using a cork from (ahem) a wine bottle as a nostepinne (any port in a storm):
silk noste 008

Spinning and plying continued through the year, in airports, on planes, some even at home, on wheel and spindle:
silk plying spindle

tussah silk spindles airport

plying on the plane

silk plying spindles SOAR

spindle camp 002

I varied the entertainment by changing colors, often, and without regard to what goes with what. But it was all tussah silk, and I knew if need be, I could over dye the lot. And does all this spindle spinning pay off?

tussah silk fabric

Yep. Tweedy colorful, silk fabric for a shirt. Sett at 40, woven with a red cotton 32/2, it's a year of travel, conferences, family gatherings, weddings, shows, camps, and demonstrations made tangible in fabric.

The second fabric I spoke about last post: 2 ply handspun cotton, and the third fabric I had to keep under my hat until the baby shower could happen:

baby blanket on loom

Yep, another cotton blanket: this time in colors of the coast of Florida, to remind the new mother of her own mother, who likes those beaches:

baby blanket edge

No surprise now, the blanket went off to the shower in time. The new mother has the blanket in plenty of time before the baby comes.

But speaking of babies coming! The baby boy who owns this blanket and sweater:
blanket and sweater 011

was born this morning! Oh Happy Day, happy birthday baby boy, may you end the day (or the week, no pressure) with a name! even though you came a month early. You came on my father's birthday! a happy day, and a good day to come into the world. Welcome, welcome, and happy birthday, oh Happy Day!

2 Comments:

Blogger Freyalyn Close-Hainsworth said...

Wonderful fabrics, and wonderful news!

(And see you soon...!)

1:17 AM  
Blogger Charleen said...

Congratulations to the whole family!!!

I love the print binding on the blankets. Do you go all around or just on the two hems. Great idea!!

7:35 AM  

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