Thursday, April 21, 2016

Thrifty Thursday Silk Scarf Sale

My Thrifty Thursday Silk Scarf Sale
is going on now!
Mango Pango is on sale for $45, 
 shipping & handling is free in the US.
This is a great deal for a beautiful hand-dyed 19mm 14 x 72"
silk charmeuse scarf.
Check it out on my website.
There is only one available, so order it now.
What a great Mother's Day gift!

Thanks for stopping by.

Peace to you and yours.

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Day 123

I'm loving this latest dyeing result
in silk charmeuse.
Sadly, it is not a scarf,
but I will be reproducing it in scarf form over the 
next few days.
My plan is to quilt the above piece.

Here is the silk I showed you in the dye pot 
in my last blog post.

This one is a scarf,
measuring 14 x 72"
in 19 mm silk charmeuse.
You can also view it on my website

I did a bit more machine quilting this morning.
My 'mystery piece' is beginning to take shape.

Thanks for stopping by!

Peace to you and yours.

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Day 122

I'm posting a couple of silk charmeuse scarf results 
from my Day 121 post.
As seems to happen quite frequently these days,
I had hoped to post photos sooner, but.......

Both scarves are a tad bit brighter than they appear, 
but I suppose you'll just have to take my word for it! always, you can purchase directly in the 
wearable arts department of my website.

Here's what's in today's dye pot:

Hopefully I'll post result pics soon!

....and I've had a chance to do a bit more machine quilting
on my 'mystery' piece:

I'm enjoying it.

We had company for dinner last night,
and as I was putting everything back in place today,
I thought you'd enjoy a pic of what remains of our table

That's one of my snow-dyed fabrics as our table runner,
and daffodils, hellebores, and camellias
in my little vases.
I just love Spring!

I've gotten a bit of knitting done this week.
Here's my latest cast-on:

This will be a very simple pullover sweater for me.
The yarn is Mrs. Crosby's Steamer Trunk
in the Northern Parula colorway.
I think it'll be great with jeans on cooler days.

Thanks for stopping by.


Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Day 121

It's a beautiful sunny day today,
and I'm back in the dyeing mode!
The above silk charmeuse scarf is presently batching,
and I hope to show you results either tomorrow or Thursday.
I've also got this one batching:

By the way, if you would like to order a scarf,
you can do so on on my website,
I now have PayPal set up, so it's really easy peasy, as they say.
I am dyeing only silk charmeuse scarves these days,
because I love its buttery soft feel and the gentle drape so much.

I'm also working on another quilt,
but much smaller and more manageable this time!
Here are a few of my most recent steps

I'm using a few helpful hints from the book

I hope you haven't given up on me.
My weaving class at the University of North Georgia
has kept me very busy.  It's surprising how just two afternoons a week can fill up most of my free time.

Thanks so much for dropping by!


Thursday, February 18, 2016

Day 120

I've spent a delightful fiber-filled day!
Above are two 19mm silk charmeuse scarves
languishing in their dye bath.
I cannot wait to rinse them and see my results!

Here are a couple more 19 mm silk charmeuse scarves 
that I dyed earlier this week.
This first one is actually a much deeper turquoise,
in various shades.

This second one is also much more vibrant,
in tints of an orangey salmon.

I'm slowly but surely slogging along in my weaving class.
Here is my first attempt at twill:

As you can see, I have several threading errors
that showed up once the weft thread was added.
Also, my selvedge isn't very even,
but this is my first attempt,
so not too bad!
Below is my first attempt at basketweave:

I realized after my first few passes that I was too tight,
so I loosened up....then I was too loose.
Somewhere up near the top, I was 'just right'!
So, this is my Goldilocks weave.

This morning I finished knitting my Elixir Shawl,
which is part of the M Club,
a group formed by Laura Nelkin,
the shawl designer.

Not sure if you can see all of the hundreds of beads
that I've knit into this piece.
It was my first attempt at beading,
and I'm now quite addicted.
I found the shawl a bit challenging at first,
but as I kept at it, it became addictive,
and a pleasure to knit.
There will be three more M Club projects in 2016,
and I'm eagerly anticipating them.
They are all surprises, all designed by Laura Nelkin,
and, if they are like Elixir,
 all a great deal of fun!

thanks for stopping by


Thursday, February 11, 2016

Day 119

Have you missed me as much as I've missed you
and your lovely comments?
It amazes me that just two afternoons of class per week
can take up so much of my time.
I have found time to dye another lovely silk charmeuse scarf,
which you can see above and also a detail shot below.

I never tire of my time in the dye studio
AND the excitement when the results are about to be revealed.

I'm growing passionate about my weaving journey as well.
The bottom part of the photo below is a portion
of the plaid that I wove yesterday.

.....and this is part of the twill:

I'm really enjoying my class.

.....and just in case you haven't seen enough of Maggie's quilt,
here's a shot of it on her bed:

thanks so much for stopping by,
and leaving such wonderful comments

peace to you and yours

Tuesday, February 02, 2016

Day 118.....Signed, Sealed, Delivered!

We delivered Maggie's quilt
a couple of weeks ago.
I think her beautiful smiling face says it all, don't you!

Here's is where the bulk of my extra time and energy 
is going these days:

I've enrolled in weaving classes at 
the University of North Georgia in Dahlonega.
It's a terrific class, but I'm challenged.
Warping or dressing the loom, as it is sometimes called,
 is very complicated for me.
I hope it will get easier in time.

I've also been dyeing a bit here and there:

This is a lovely buttery soft silk charmeuse scarf.
I'm very pleased with my results.

....and then there's the knitting:
I'm one of the very lucky members of Laura Nelkin's 
2016 M Club.
We received our first set of instructions about two weeks ago.
I'm coming along on this very fun knit:

I also completed Claire Devine's Earl Grey hat:

....just in time for our latest warm weather.
I'm sure I'll have an opportunity to wear it soon, though.

thanks for stopping by