Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Weeds are beautiful..

Naturally dyed yarn created with Queen Anne's Lace.

From Wiki:

It is so called because the flower resembles lace; the red flower in the center is thought to represent a blood droplet where Queen Anne pricked herself with a needle when she was making the lace. The function of the tiny red flowes to attract insects.

My go-to natural dye book so far has been Jenny Dean's 'Wild Color'

Currently reading this one from the library..

It has me thinking about japanese maple leaves, red cabbage, and coffee!

Too bad the USDA considers Queen Anne's Lace a 'noxious weed'.

I think weeds can be beautiful.


Joining Ginny.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Queen Anne's Lace

Jumped in the car this morning on a mission to find some of this..

Queen Anne's Lace.

I'd forgotten how good it smells.

There was a beautiful wild field of flowers along the road not far from home.

I picked enough Queen Anne's Lace for a natural dye bath.

Then couldn't help to pick
a bouquet for a far away friend who will 
only get to enjoy it through a photo.

Colors of summer..

Results of the dye bath soon..
for now the garage smells wonderful!

When is the last time you stopped to enjoy a bit of nature along side of your travels?

Happy Monday!


Sunday, July 20, 2014


Mother's childhood loom 


Vintage crochet cotton




Miniature Saori weaving


Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Summer Breeze..

Postmarked from Japan..

via California from the most wonderful 

..this little loom has entered my being.

I'm in love..

The first garment off of the new loom is a lightweight 
summer scarf.

Light and airy like a summer breeze.

Merino/silk warp with a weft of Noro Sekku
and bits of wispy summer "clouds".

Summer library reading..

Morning nests of fluffer-nutter..

"It is the individuality that make everything meaningful
and the uniqueness of each thread that creates the tapestry of life"

~ Misao Jo


Joining Ginny..

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Yarn Along..

For some time my mind has been wrapped up in trying to figure out how 
to create a certain fabric..

As it turns out what I was dreaming of was Saori..

"Sai" ~ meaning everything has its own individual dignity
"ORI" ~ means weaving

Saori Slogans:

1. Consider the differences between a machine and a human being.
2. Be bold and adventurous
3. Let's look out through eyes that shine
4. Inspire on another, and everyone in the group.

There are no mistakes..

I'm free!!

"Beauty with lack of intention" 

This wrap was created on my little 15" rigid heddle cricket loom with a mixture of 
stashed yarns and handspun.

Library love:

Fabulous book.. 


..Be bold..
..Look out through eyes that shine..


Joining Ginny..