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January 8, 2022
Friday Night with Friends from Thread Head

I joined in this year's first Friday Night with Friends last night, hosted by Cheryll at Gone Stitchin'.
I did some weaving. I signed up for the JST School of Weaving, and so I am trying to learn to weave the way the Jane Stafford demonstrates- it is hard to break old habits (beating on an open shed, then switching treadles...). It was a bit slow going.

This is a warp for nine towels with cotton bouclé.
 I finished off towel #7,
and got a good start on towel #8.

The FNwF was really motivational - thanks Cheryll!

This ...

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December 31, 2021
Year End Wrap Up from Thread Head

After a month of blogging every day I took a bit of a break from the computer. I didn't think it would last 4 months, but it did.
I have realized that cleaning and cooking have become my hobbies that I devote most of my time to these days (everything is better when it is considered a hobby).
I have finished a few different things over the past few months though.

Knitting -
A hat from a local raw fleece that I had cleaned, combed, spun, then dyed with indigo a few years ago. This is the second hat that ...

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October 18, 2021
Blogtober it’s the 17th from Rose Prairie Quilts and Farm

I didn’t have a chance to post earlier because I have been visiting with my youngest daughters at her place this weekend. I left Friday and had a great time with her. 

We went to the farmers market there in Stillwater 

Not a very big market but the vendors there were very nice. Had a good variety of veggies and fruits. Couple of bakery’s and fresh meat. 

We then went and had breakfast, afterward we went to the library for a book sale. 

I found a couple books for myself and quite a few on the Civil War ...

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October 8, 2021
Blogtober Day 7 from Rose Prairie Quilts and Farm

The mug rugs are dry now and I trimmed up any loose yarn ends and they are so cute.

What do you think?

Today I spent at least six hours either driving or in Tulsa again today. 

Foggy out this morning. Very pretty

My father had an eye appointment so I had to go to his house pick him up and then take him to Tulsa where the appointment was. Then we went and had something to eat. I found it a very enjoyable day I haven’t spent time with my dad since we went to California in August ...

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October 6, 2021
Blogtober Day 5 from Rose Prairie Quilts and Farm

It’s Tuesday which can be called To do Tuesday or Taco Tuesday and both can apply for me. 

Made a To Do list just for my creative projects  

Given myself a week to get the things done on the list. I figured a majority of them were doable, maybe the quilt top will be pushing it a little bit but we’re going to give it a go.

I was able to finish the mug rugs and it didn’t quite turn out as I hoped but then again this was the first attempt at my own creation I ...

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October 4, 2021
Lovely day from Rose Prairie Quilts and Farm

 This morning was so cool and foggy out. Just lovely. 

Did a few things around the house but tried to enjoy as much as I could outside. I took my little loom out on the porch to do some on the mug rugs or coasters. 

I have another one to do and I’ll have a set of four completed. 

Such a relaxing day and had myself a nap. 
And afterwards I did some crocheting on the Christmas Afghan I started back in July. 

I have one more set to do and than the main part will be done that ...

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August 28, 2021
Day 27- Weaving from Thread Head

 I started throwing the shuttle (I can't say weaving because apparently the whole measuring out the warp, and putting it on the loom is also weaving).
This will be on the loom for a while. It is a series of tea towels (from this pattern ebook - A Baker's Dozen) - I have enough warp for 6 towels.

All the best!♥︎

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August 19, 2021
Day 18 - Table Runner from Thread Head

I finished weaving the table runner I started a few weeks ago.

It is an 8-shaft overshot pattern from the Nov/Dec 2016 issue of Handwoven magazine (the middle section of the Royal Holiday Runner on p46).

I wove 3 repeats of the pattern.

I used Harrisville Design Shetland wool (a commercial yarn) for the warp and tabby weft, and a handspun yarn for the pattern weft.

It was lots to fun to weave - the new loom works really well. More details can be found on my Ravelry project page.

 For now it is living on our buffet.

All the ...

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Weaving: Multi-color Yarn Scarf on a Rigid Heddle Loom from Mulberry Patch Quilts

Now for something completely different (as Monty Python would say)! I’m usually blogging about a quilting project I’m working on, but I’m taking a little deviation from quilting to learn something completely new to me … weaving.

While my sister was visiting, she won (in a local drawing) a weaving lesson to make a scarf with two colors of alpaca yarn…thank you Fevolden Farms LCC. Seeing her weaving process sparked my interest.

So, we found a lovely weaving shop in Palmyra, The Hook & Shuttle. Jay (the shop owner) was so helpful, patient with all our questions, and ...

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August 1, 2021
Day 1 - Weaving from Thread Head

Over the past 2 months I have woven a few things.

The first started out as fabric for a ruana, but once the fabric came off the loom I decided against that.

It is about 4 yards of 22" wide fabric.

The warp is all leftover handspun, in shades of purple, blue, pink and red.

The weft is a commercial lace weight 100% Merino yarn, that I dyed shades of pink and purple.
There is also little pieces of handspun in the weft too.
I don't know what I will sew with it, but it is nice fabric.

The ...

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July 15, 2021
so nice to sew with friends! from Ellyn's Place

 Anyone else tired of the whole "shelter at home" business? Me too. While I am thankful for the safety of my family and friends, and incredibly aware of the privilege to be able to stay at home, I am also so thankful for vaccines and dropping Covid numbers that allows us to cautiously be with other humans again. While zoom is a wonderful tool, nothing quite matches being with others in person. 

This past weekend I was invited to retreat with 10 others who are all fully vaccinated for four days. What a treat!

Along with the whir of sewing ...

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June 26, 2021
puppies from Ellyn's Place

Many years ago, maybe 12-15 years ago, Ally and I bought the Allie dog pattern from Bunny Hill Designs and made bunches of puppies for all of her friends. I had tucked it away and recently pulled it out to make more puppies from my hand woven scrap fabrics.

Whenever I weave a batch of towels I save the small bits of woven fabric that are left at the end of the run. I knew these scraps would come in handy one day! The puppies are backed in quilting cotton from my stash and stuffed with fiber fill. 

 These will ...

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June 1, 2021
May Update from Thread Head

This past month I finished a few projects that had been in the works for a long time!

This is a Baby Jane (small Dear Jane) quilt that I started in 2012. I made blocks here and there, and finally decided that there was enough to make a wall hanging (I never had the intention to make the full size quilt). The blocks are about 4" and the quilt is 33"x39".

It fits perfect with the wall quilts in the sewing room.

These are small art quilts that I made in 2013 (I challenged myself to make a small ...

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May 3, 2021
Week 5 of #AtoZchallenge2021Quilt (Art) from Quilting & Learning

Last week was the end of the #AtoZchallenge2021Quilt (Art). It was a great finish, even if I was less organised as the month went on. I want to thank Frédérique of Quilting Patchwork Appliqué for a wonderful challenge. I really learned a lot and am so happy to have participated. Here's a look at the last week's post.

V is for Village

This project, Amalfi Coast Happy Village was one of my first art quilts, although I didn't realise it at the time. It was made during a workshop with the owner of a local quilt shop ...

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April 19, 2021
Another Month Gone By from Thread Head

So much to show after a month!

This is probably the finish that has been the longest in the making -

This is my version of the Pieces of Time quilt by Lori Smith. It started as a block of the month with friends in 2013. I have had the blocks made for a while and had to start on the appliqué border. I finally realized that it would never get done and a finished quilt would be better than blocks sitting in a box, so I added sashing, corner blocks and a border and finished it up. I am happy ...

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April 6, 2021
Artist Spotlight: Maddie Ley from Eric the Quilter

Today I have the great honor of giving the monthly Artist Spotlight to Maddie Ley! (Yes, it’s a new thing I’m doing. Monthly Artist Spotlights!) I met Maddie about a year ago, and I can tell you, she is one astounding talented human! I was there when she got that rigid heddle loom from a mutual friend. I can claim I saw parts of the beginning!

From the Amazing Maddie herself:

I’ve been absorbing and teaching myself fiber art for about a year and a half, and I didn’t start a consistent art practice until after ...

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February 4, 2021
some weaving from Ellyn's Place

Well it's a blogging miracle! By some freak of nature my blog has decided to start loading photos again! Nothing I tried to do to fix it seemed to work, but suddenly it works. hmmmm...

Anyways, I wanted to share a lovely weaving set I recently finished and delivered to a happy customer. She requested two towels, four placemats and four cloth napkins in these lovely blues and teals...
I am delighted with the result! I had not done placemats before. A wide fabric binding gave them a nice sturdy frame and nicely coordinated them to the napkins I ...

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January 28, 2021
Lots of Weaving from Thread Head

This past week has been about weaving.

I finished my first card weaving piece. This was really easy, and enjoyable to weave.

I ended up with about 1.5m of braid. It is made from 8/2 unmercerized cotton in 4 colours.

The design is created by turning all the cards at a time. The top design is turning the cards 4 times one way and then 4 times the other way while weaving. The bottom design is 8 times each way. I believe this type of design is called a threaded in design. There are many other ways to ...

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December 31, 2020
End of the Year Wrap-up from a daily dose of fiber

I don’t usually do this, a year end post, but for some reason I wanted to wrap up some of my latest projects. Unlike many people, I did not get loads and loads of things done this year. I spent a lot of time fretting and eating and drinking and read lots of books. But I’ve had a creative spurt this Fall.

This was one of my favorite projects – candy cane towels! I’d seen the pattern on Pinterest and then I discovered it was on Ravelry. I made an appointment with my local weaving store, Lofty Fiber ...

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Plaidish 2 from Ellyn's Place

 In an effort to use my scraps this summer, I decided to jump on the plaids bandwagon and make a Plaidish 2 quilt. This quilt is a free tutorial from Kitchen Table Quilting and it's a good one! The quilt top was fun to make and when it was finished, hubby declared it one of his favorites. I decided right then and there to finish it up for him for Christmas.

My friend Anne quilted it for me on her longarm. We bartered for woven towels and shoe laces, which I was so happy to make for her! 

It ...

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