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A Long Time Coming: Charlotte's Web Shawl Variation

2005 marks the year when my fascination with shawls began. I become fixated on making a Charlotte's Web shawl with Koigu KPPM Yarn from Maia Landra. I think I started the shawl and ripped it out at least 50 times before I packed it all away and decided I needed more learning time before I could attempt making this shawl again. Along the way I picked up my shawl 'bible', "Folk Shawls", by Cheryl Oberle and have been gradually working my way though the patterns. As I worked on my first lace pattern from the book , "The Heartland Shawl" I thought I had hit the same snag. I kept starting and ripping again. I thought I was doomed to never be ale to try a lace pattern!  I posted a plea for help on Ravelry and, surprise, Cheryl Oberle herself, answered my query. Such a simple thing - use markers! Ah! The Heartland shawl was a success (and I want to make another one) thanks to that one, most important tip. Earlier this summer I decided I would tackle the Char…

So Much To Tell - How Fast Time Flies

I had a wonderful bit of vacation time. I spent the bulk it home home - having fun trying some new ideas and 'just being'. For a part of my time off my gal pals and I went on out second annual retreat to Roslyn, Washington. Home to the late, great television show "Northern Exposure". I came home and returned to the work - exhausted every day by the time I got home. Hopefully I'll be able to share some of our adventures and photos with you this weekend.
I fell in love with both this old building and the clock that graces it's face. Since I am always bemoaning how fast time flies the quote by Jim Bishop just seemed to fit well. More soon. Happy weekend! Enjoy creating something wonderful!

Vacation Images

Glinter Beads from Elephant Eye Beads

I noticed these beads in some online article from Beading Daily. Since they were advertised as a silver substitute I had to have a look. Silver has gotten so expensive!  The bead designs were lovely and the cost was modest. I decided I had to give a few of the beads a try.

The Beading Daily article highlighted a photograph of a strand of multi-colored Glinter beads and, when I couldn't find them on the web site I wrote to Elephant Eye and asked about. They were kind enough to tell me that the beads shown in the article had been an experiment made by soaking the beads in Liver of Sulphur. I had some on hand and so I tried it out. Unfortunately, I left them out too long to get the variety of gentle colors I wanted but I did achieve a nice patina effect. The strand on the top began life looking like the brushed Glinter beads below. Leaving them in the Liver of Sulphur too long gave them a nice aged brass color. Yes, I am going to try again and keep a closer eye on the time !
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Michelle Ward's Crusade #54: Mind Games

I feel as though time is is going in hyper drive. The month's spin by before I know it, but one thing that makes the turning of the month easier is that I look forward to Michelle Ward's monthly "Crusade" projects. Without fail I have a good time working through the challenge and, also without fail, I learn something.  I'm a little late this month but I had fun with the concept of of choosing a word and then developing a color to match the mood of the word.
I used a lot of interference mixtures on this page which, unfortunately, you really can't see at all. The interference colors just added a bit of zing - or a dash of spring - to the colors. I had fun coming up with names and even more fun matching colors to the words!  Thanks Michelle for another round of play time.

Color Hue Dye

My friend Janet gave me a wonderful gift of Color Hue dyes a while ago and, after seeing a scarf that she made I was totally inspired to get them out and play. First, I ordered a small assortment of silk scarves from Dharma in order to see how the dyes will react on a variety of silk surfaces.  Some of you may remember that I used to make and sell hand dyed fabric - but the space needed (and the warmer temperatures needed) were more than I wanted to juggle. These dyes are ridiculously easy to use - the simple directions suggest a 1:3 ratio using plain water as the diluent. There is no prep or mordants for silk and wool, no heat setting required and the resultant colors are brilliant and rich. They aren't available in a slew of colors but color mixing is easy enough if you know the basics.What more cold a person ask of dye? Next on my audition list is a silk charmeuse scarf that I'm pleating and folding now. The combination of sewing and dying is simply magic for me. I love no…

Sidewalk Fascination

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It's been awhile since I posted and it is not for lack of doing fun things this time - it's more a matter of there were so many fun things that I just don't know where to begin. I haven't even posted about our wonderful County Fair yet. Last week my friend Janet and I went to Tacoma Washington for the Association of Pacific West Quilters show. This is a new venue for the show which has previously been a bi-annual show that was held in the Seattle Convention Center. This was the first year its been held in Tacoma. The hotel, a Marriott Courtyard, is, quite literally , about 50 feet away from the show which a real blessing for me because my back issues make me need lie down rest breaks now and again.  The show itself was excellent - not too many vendors but I suspect that they were all wondering how the change of venue would affect attendance and also I think the economy is making vendors be perhaps a bit more …