While the boy who lives here makes serious, complicated, heirloom pieces, the girl who shares the house (that would be me!) takes a different tack.
This girl just wants to have fun.
And I have been having such fun lately!
Embroidery? Uh uh.
Candy making? No way.
Exercise and healthy living? Fuggedaboutit!
I have been weaving, obsessively, on three different looms.
I made scarves for a special blog pal, a real patron of the crafts, but I will wait to tell about those. I will say that it was particular fun, and a little nervous-making, to know for whom I was doing that weaving.
My other projects, though, haven’t been as weighty. I’ve been playing and experimenting and learning as I go. How fun is that?!
I told you a while ago that I got a big new loom with 12 shafts, to allow more complicated weaving. I had used the loom but not to do anything fancy. I finally dove in and wove a set of towels using 8 shafts of my loom and a weave structure that was new to me, block twill.
These were endless fun because they could all look so different! And I didn’t make them all navy blue and white! I hope you’re proud of me for that . . .
I’ve also made another set of towels on my smaller loom that have tickled me no end!
I saw towels like this at weaving school, in the bathroom we all shared. Each student chose a different color towel and it was ours for the week. They all hung jauntily on hooks.
I’ve wanted to make these towels ever since!
The hanging tab is integrated into the weaving, not sewed on after—how did that work?
I found something similar in a book and took notes but it still took me some time to figure out an approach.
I am inordinately pleased with how the towels turned out! I smile all the time.
And I’ve been weaving on my small band loom. I got this little loom, used it a couple times, and then it languished, looking cute but gathering dust.
But for the last month or so, I have been using it regularly, making bands and ribbons.
And thinking about what to do with all the bands and ribbons!
I made myself a hippie belt.
And a lanyard for my scissors and one for Don’s scissors.
And a key fob.
And I made another key fob that matches mine, to send to one of you!
If you would your name in a drawing for a handwoven key fob, just say so in a comment on this post. I’ll send it wherever the winner resides. I don’t think I’ll get around to choosing a winner until about April 19 so I’ll leave the contest open until then.
And may I just add—I hope you’re spending your days having at least half as much fun as I am!