Monday, February 28, 2011

Fish Fabric Placemats

This is the fourth and final placemat warp. I've tied each one to the previous one to save time. The sheets I'm weaving with here had bright colored fish all over a background of blues and purples. I've found sheets in this particular pattern at the thrift store several times. I love them. No matter what color warp I use with them they are always neat.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Snow Again

About 8:00 this morning the NE wind slammed into us and it started to snow. Again. We are right on the Canadian border with lots of water north of us and the cold winds from the Canadian interior come down the Fraser River Canyon, across that open water and slam into us. Noone is going anywhere for a couple of day. There'll be no mail. We'll just hunker down.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

So it Begins Again

The year is beginning to pick up speed. About time. I get tired of vacation after a while as much as I appreciate it at the beginning. So while I was in the studio working on a set of green rag placemats today,
Joel was out in the greenhouse planting the first flats of lettuce. He did say something about questioning the sanity of someone who has seeds for 70 varieties of lettuce. But lettuces are so beautiful, and tasty. And he grows them so well.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Lavender Chenille Fabric

I've started weaving on the next piece of cotton chenille fabric for vests. This one has a warp of 2 shades of organic natural colored cotton in a golden brown and a pinky tan and a darker thread of mercerized perle cotton in 10/2.
The weft is an organic cotton died with low impact dyes in a pretty pale lavender. It is weaving up beautifully.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Imbolc, Candlemas, Groundshog's Day

We're halfway between the solstice and the equinox, the celtic first day of spring, Imbolc, or Candlemas or Groundhog's Day. You can really see the difference in the light, both the quality and the lengthening days. So I celebrated by planting two small flats of delphiniums seeds. Delphiniums germinate better if they get a period of chilling. You can do that in the refrigerator but if I plant them now I can count on several weeks of cold enough weather to let them think they've gone through a winter. After being outside for about 3 weeks I'll bring them into the greenhouse warmth.
On a wander through the garden I discovered the first shoots of rhubarb sticking their heads above the mulch. I can taste the first rhubarb crisp as I write.