Monday, February 07, 2005

Maiden Voyage

The travel bag makes its debut:

travel bag2

This will be filled with my water bottle, protein bars, book, ticket, travel shawl and other essentials for its first trip tomorrow.

It came out well, not perfect by any means, but certainly serviceable. The fabric is not as crisp as I would like, even though it's sett quite close, has a firm beat and a heavy enough weft. I think silk just wants to relax. Linen might be a better fiber choice next time: this is how a *series* starts!

travel bag4

The pockets are knotted pile, they once graced the walls as objects d'art, but seemed lonely and in need of a bag upon which to reside. So they start their new incarnation in a more utilitarian role.

The demonstration warp has nearly two *whole* inches woven, not very picturesque yet, but progress certainly:

pile project

And last:


housegifts. I will be staying with two different people on this trip, they each get a towel, and one of my hostesses will also have a new bookmark. The towels are 5/2 & 8/2 cottons and rayons, warp painted and sett at 20 epi, and woven with 8/2. The bookmark is handspun silk, Latvian pickup, way fun.

I'm off to Montana, yes, in winter. Go ahead, even my travel agent laughed. If you are a member of the Billings Weavers Guild, or Prairie Handspinners I may see you this week. And the next blog post might just have some picturesque travel shots, or so we can hope.


Blogger claudia said...

Montana, huh? Guess all that gloating about your lovely weather generated a little cold, hard karma.

I'm salivating over those towels... What a lovely star motif.

8:31 AM  
Blogger Charleen said...

Have a good trip! Hope you have some painted silk undies to keep you warm :-)

5:29 PM  
Blogger dragon knitter said...

i am suitably impressed. those are gorgeous! don't have too much fun in montana (thinks she's glad she's in nebraska, even if they are threatening more snow)

8:46 PM  
Blogger LauraJ said...

Safe travel!

Wear a hat.

6:20 AM  
Blogger Rebecca said...

Wow...that's gorgeous......

1:28 PM  
Blogger Sue said...

All your projects are always so gorgeous!

10:44 AM  
Blogger LauraJ said...

SO you're away, so it's -30, they don't have the Internet in Montana so you couldn't just drop a _note_? Oy. Not that I care.

I hope you're having a wild time with lots of snapshots.


6:34 AM  
Blogger Spindlers2 said...

Dear Sara,
Please do come and stay again.....(our first house gifts are starting to show wear)
Lovely bag, too. I thought at first you were talking about a *hot* water bottle - maybe for Montana, not such a bad idea?

7:19 AM  

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