And here is the result of much colour planning…

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After one more bout of hemstitching to correct some broken/twisted threads, I have begun to weave in earnest.  Dark blue, aqua, yellow, red and green.  I can’t wait to see each colour as it blends with the warp.  And the mohair is like a beautiful cloud.

 

 

I love colour!  As a fibre artist, how could I not!  And I like to think that I’m good at choosing colours that go well together, though there are some that would disagree.  

There was a project that I wove using shades from 1970s melamine that definitely attracted some odd looks.

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I think it’s fabulous!

 

But if you aren’t trusting your instincts, and maybe just a few too many of your friends are giving you the look, check out some of these awesome online colour resources.  

 

I love to try different things, but if I wove up every colour combination I could think of, it would take a lifetime!  Places like these websites allow me to play around with colour combinations, find my favourites, and weave up the best things I can think of.  Plus, it’s just so much fun!

 

Basically, there are two types of colour resources online, the technical ones, and the artsy ones, but both are useful.  The technical ones tend to have black backgrounds and a bunch of numbers (don’t let that dissuade you!)  The artsy ones always seem to have a picture of a beach somewhere.

 

Technical Colour Resources:

 


 

Artsy Colour Resources:

 


 

And my FAVOURITE!  DeGraeve Color Palette.  This site allows you to upload your own picture, and it will pull from it a colour palette.  So cool!  So useful!  Here’s the picture I chose (below), and here’s the palette.


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Check out these great resources and find your favourite.  I guarantee you’ll think of colour in a whole new way!

 

Fond this great Instructable on How to weave on Branches.  Can’t wait to try it – the results are beautiful!

Well, here we are three weeks later and hardly any progress has been made.  *Sigh*  This is my first major weaving project, and I’ve made a number of errors proportionate to my experience.  Little experience = major errors.

I threaded the pattern wrong the first time, so the spacer needed to be unwoven, the warp re-threaded and tied on again to the front.  Did I mention that we finally got some hot weather and that my studio/laundry room is like a sauna?

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Hemstitching after the new spacer section.

Still, it’s re-threaded etc and looking really good.  I rewove the spacer section and wove about a foot with the mohair, then cut it off as a sample.  It’s extra work, but I wanted to be absolutely sure of the final product.

IMG_1719On the loom with a new section of spacer, then woven with the dark blue mohair.   It’s a plain twill pattern that will leave the blanket nice and fluid.

I washed up the sample with some SOAK and let it dry.

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The moment of panic – have I done it right?  Will it wash well?

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Drying on the front porch.

I am very pleased with the results: drapey, soft, and warm.

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Lovely and soft!

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The kids are back to school this week, so it’s been really hectic, but stay tuned for more weaving updates!
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The warp beamed on to the loom

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The back beam, full of warp yarn!

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Almost ready to tie on to the front beam

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My daughter helping me wind bobbins of mohair for the weft.  

You can see the purple wool fabric woven in to serve as spacing at the start of the warp.

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Time for a new project!  Well, not exactly new since I’ve been planning it all summer, but now it really starts.  Blanket weaving!  The London District Weavers and Spinners Guild, of which I am a member, was given a whole bunch of gorgeous wool yarn.  We sold some of it to the membership, but kept the bulk so that I can weave it all into blankets.  Now, I’m a fairly new weaver, and I’ve never woven anything this big, but of course I jumped in with both feet because I’m just like that.  We’ve got enough yarn to weave approximately 9 blankets done with three warps, which is EPIC!

The wool yarn came in basically three muted heathered colourways: blue multi, green multi, and a red/brown multi, each colourway being made up of about half a dozen different colours.  I’m going to be throwing in some brights to each in small stripes to cheer it all up.  I’ve made the blue warp now and soon it will hopefully be on my loom.  Here’s a pic of part of the warp on the warping mill: 

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The weft will be done in mohair so the blankets will be super super soft (touching the cones is like petting the softest cat).

Speaking of looms and cats, here is a pic of my new 60″ Leclerc Colonial loom, currently set up as a counterweight, and my cat Aras taking a tour.  More pics to follow once I get the behemoth warped with the blanket warp.  I can’t wait!

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And for good measure, here’s a pic of a mother swan and her four signets we saw on our trip to Stratford!  

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Doesn’t seem that long ago, really.  This summer has just flown by.  The weather was terrible, and business slow due to the rain and cold, but my stuff looked really good.  I’m really pleased with the display and I think I would have sold quite a bit if people hadn’t been put off by the weather.

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Platypus Symphony Handmade

will be at the Indoor-Outdoor Central Craft & HBB Marketplace

at Central United Church, 135 Wellington St., St. Thomas ON 

on Saturday May 17

from 8am to 1pm

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I will be selling lots of handmade crafts, including tea cozies and cup cozies, crocheted jewellery, and handwoven textiles. All natural fibres, all made by me in St Thomas Ontario. Thanks to the wonders of technology, I will now be accepting Visa and Master Card as well as cash.

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Check out 40 plus Craft & Home Based Business Vendors. Enjoy a hot dog or bacon on a bun at our Central BBQ and don’t forget to take home some goodies from our “Mega” Bake table. All home baked by “loving” hands. Something for everyone! Come, stay, enjoy!

The Enchanted Arts Show and Sale

Sunday November 18 from 10:30am to 5:00pm

at the Elsie Perrin Williams Estate, 101 Windermere Road West, London

Featuring local London artists including the incredibly talented Nancy Latchford

Check this out for a full list of participating artists.

“come and find the magic!”

Fibre Art Festival and Sale

Saturday November 24 from 8:30am – 5:30pm

Sunday November 25 from 11:00am – 4pm

Covent Garden Market in London, Ontario

Art for sale for the the individual and the home – all locally made

Includes Weaving, Spinning, Rug Hooking, Lace Making, Nalbinding, Kumihimo, and Basketry.

For more information, see the website for the London District Weavers and Spinners

I will be featuring numerous handspun and crocheted items in the sale, so if you’re in the area, come check it out!

The 2012 World of Threads Festival

Oakville: Nov. 2 – 18, 2012
Toronto: Nov. 9 – Dec. 2, 2012

From their website:

Local, National & International Contemporary Fibre Art.

The World of Threads Festival is one of the most vibrant fibre arts festivals in the world. We showcase contemporary fibre art in all forms. The Festival is based in Oakville, Ontario, Canada. For the first time we are expanding into Toronto.

The 2012 festival will have 21 exhibitions, and nearly 200 artists from 12 countries and 8 Canadian provinces. The flagship exhibitions are the Common Thread International exhibitions.

For more information, a .pdf of their brochure is available here.

Here is a recipe for the world’s easiest pulled pork.  It’s a guideline, mainly, because there are really no measurements – just eyeball it.

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I like to make mine with veggies so I don’t have to make a side dish too.  If you like, you can just cook the tenderloin on its own with the broth and sauce and omit the veggies completely.

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If you don’t own a slow cooker, go out and buy one – they’re awesome.  Seriously, though, you could cook this in an oven-proof pot with a lid on a low temperature for several hours and get approximately the same result.  Just don’t let it dry out or it will be gross.  With the slow cooker you get to just ignore it all day, though.

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Ingredients:

1 pork tenderloin (if frozen, make sure you defrost it all the way through)

1-2 sweet apples

2 large carrots

2 large onions

1 bottle of a sweet BBQ sauce – something like maple or mesquite.  Right now I’m using Sensations by Complements Maple BBQ sauce and it is very good.

beef stock to cover (from a can or a packet, it doesn’t matter)

1 packet of onion soup mix (optional)

any other spices you want to add (experiment a bit).  I often include whole peppercorns if I have them on hand.

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Chop the apples, carrots, and onions and put them into your crock pot.  Add enough stock to cover the veggies, as well as the spices.  Place the tenderloin on top and slather it in BBQ sauce.

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Cook for as long as you need to.  I usually cook it on high for about 6 hours because I’m not up at the crack of dawn cooking dinner.  You could put it on to cook early and cook it on low as well.  You will know it is done when the pork is cooked through and you can pull it apart with a fork.

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Shred the pork with a fork and mix it into the vegetables which should be very soft by now.  You can leave the veggies in chunks if you want, or mush them right in (if you’re trying to hide them from the kids like I am).

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If you want you can add some more BBQ sauce.

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Serve on onion buns or kaisers with coleslaw.  Or serve it over rice or potatoes.  Either way you do it, enjoy!

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