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A Finger Weaving Project May 13, 2018

Filed under: Books,Finger Weaving,Weaving,Weaving looms — Janet @ 5:19 pm

IMG_1779 This is the progress so far with my grandson’s finger weaving project

I remembered a book I had seen long ago.  I couldn’t find it in my collection of weaving books.  So I decided I must have borrowed it (several times) from the local library in Dublin.

Through good old Amazon I was able to order it,  It’s a good little book with clear instructions,   interesting and colorful  illustrations, and a bit of history as well.


After a “bit of help” from dad.        IMG_1771                                    IMG_1772


Images of Weaving December 29, 2017

Filed under: Weavers,Weaving,Weaving looms — Janet @ 8:02 pm

2017_07_08_15_53_09.pdf000  a younger me in Suva Fiji 1973 – early days learning to weave and demonstrating same on a table loom



close-up-of-janet-at-loom-april-04  at my Glimakra loom in Dublin



A New Rug November 21, 2017

Filed under: Cats,Katerina,Weaving,Weaving looms,Wool,Woven Rugs — Janet @ 9:01 pm

IMG_4732                   IMG_4733     I think Katerina approves of my purchase.  It is a  sort of blue and grey mix rag rug.  Made from selvedge scraps  from the Pendleton Woollen Mills in Oregon.  What am I doing buying a rag rug you might ask.  Well, I no longer have my Glimakra loom to weave one myself, and I guess I just plain liked it.


Origins December 1, 2016

Thomas F  Blower, my 12th Great Grandfather 1520-1568, came from Lavenham in Suffolk England.  Lavenham is a charming town.  One of our sons lived in Ipswich for several years and we visited nearby Lavenham one frosty day in December.  Lavenham was a wool center  in    medieval times and I especially enjoyed the displays regarding weaving and spinning. Right  now I can’t find my photos from that time but here are a few relating to weaving and spinning.


2EDAD  Shakespeare



close-up-of-janet-at-loom-april-04 Me at my loom in Dublin

And here are images from the internet






Regrets July 12, 2016

I haven’t played my recorders for a couple of years or so.  I was just busy with other activities and the time and place where the monthly recorder meetings were held were no longer convenient.  But recently I tried playing the recorder again and found that arthritis in my hands made it difficult to play.  Alas.  Up until now the things associated with aging haven’t really bothered me.  But now, trying to play the recorder is painful and it is bothering me to find that I just can’t spread my fingers with enough agility to make playing the recorder possible.  I really wanted to attend and play in an up coming one day jazz workshop.miscellaneous-ian-009  In younger days with the bass recorder.  7 or 8 years ago?  in my early 70’s

I have a friend of similar vintage whose mother had very bad arthritis in her hands.  My friend is taking piano lessons to hopefully ward off similar problems.

Come to think of it, my own mother also had bad arthritis in her hands in later years.   She was an avid knitter, as am I.  When she moved to Hawaii, knitting was no longer so important in her life.  So I don’t know if she could have continued to knit if she had wanted to.  Knitting is still important to but I could substitute other fiber activities just as satisfying.  After all, my abandonment of weaving has been partially age related and I don’t really miss it – I can still maintain my interest without physically crawling under that big Glimakra loom.






A Weaver Ancestor May 4, 2016

My 7X Great Grandfather, who served in King Philip’s War, was a farmer and a weaver.  Hooray.  A kindred soul.  Lots of my ancestors were knitters, but this is the first weaver I have found.

  Me at my loom in Bhutan


Weaving In Wood April 2, 2016

Filed under: Carving,Weavers,Weaving,Weaving looms — Janet @ 1:36 pm

weaver carving Unusual carving


Syttende Mai May 26, 2011

Last week, 17th of May, was the big day.  Norwegian Constitution Day.  And the big parade in Ballard, and elsewhere of course, Oslo!  I wrote about the Ballard Parade in this post.  The parade here in Ballard was great fun.   And earlier in the day I just happened to have my Norwegian language class at the Nordic Heritage Musuem.  In honor of the day, there were some special items for sale.  And I just happened to buy 2 cards and a magnet which interested me.  The cards were done by an American artist of Scandinavian descent.  Sharon Aamodt.  www.nordicfolklore.com  She had a large selection of cards reproduced from her lovely paintings, but I chose 2 of spinning and weaving interest.

            Spindle spinning with the upright looms in the background.  Presumably these women are wearing simple garments of earlier Viking times.

I don’t know at what point the bunad, the traditional Norwegian folkwear, became more popular.  There were certainly many men and women wearing their bunads the day of the parade.  And yesterday in Norwegian language class one of my classmates wore her bunad and explained all about it.  Here she is with her husband, and their dog, on the day of the parade.

      National dress for Syttende Mai

My other purchase was a simple magnet with nice painting of a Norwegian Elkhound.


An Impromptu Weaving Session January 1, 2011

Filed under: Grandchildren,Weaving,Weaving looms — Janet @ 6:31 pm

Happy New Year 2011 to all my readers.   It was a strange New Year’s Eve – early in our day here in Seattle the New Year was already being celebrated in Hong Kong.  Son Andrew happened to be in Dublin but we still sort of thought of that part of the family being in Hong Kong.  Then as 2011 crept across the oceans and the continents we thought of friends in Kenya having their celebrations – maybe at the Karen Club where we celebrated the turn of the calendar for several years.  It was soon time for New Year in the British Isles, and it  was still only lunchtime here in Seattle.  Next we knew several hours had passed and we discovered that a BIG GUITAR was about to be dropped in Nashville.  We had missed the drop of the big ball in NYC.  We were getting weary of New Year’s Celebrations and we still had another 2 hours to go.  Well, needless to say you can guess that this year, or last year now, we did not survive to go out on the street and midnight and set off a few firecrackers, as did some of our neighbours, from the sound of things.  And just think, if we had been in Hawaii we would still have had another 4 hours to anticipate the arrival of 2011.  I think I would have preferred to have been in Fiji as we were in the mid-1970’s.  Of course that was pre-instantworldwidecommunication.  We had the usual New Year partying and then just let the rest of the world get on with it.  Gerry Truscott – are you out there?  Gerry, and many others, were early weaving and art friends at that point in our lives and we remember these friends and a wonderful New Year’s Eve party held at her home there in Nasese those many years ago.

Now to get to the title of this blog.  It just so happened that we had an impromptu weaving session here yesterday afternoon while all that revelry was going on in more eastern parts of the world.  Two of the grandchildren dropped by after a swimming session.  What they were looking for was our copy of a Harry Potter dvd but we failed to find it – I wonder what box it is hiding under.  The girls suddenly got a bright idea and asked if we had any cardboard.  Do we have cardboard??  Yes!  So we rescued a big recently emptied cardboard box from the trash, found a knife, and the girls supervised the cutting of the cardboard.  Then they asked for string and I managed to find some.  Meanwhile, they were cutting notches in their pieces of card.  String was supplied, as was, eventually, some weft.  And away they went, absorbed in their projects.  After a while the desire to see Harry Potter resurfaced and they packed up and went out into the cold to search for Harry elsewhere – and then presumably to hunker down for their New Year’s Eve.  Hopefully they’ll come back soon to finish their pieces.

This was a really fun session and it was all so impromptu and it was the girls who had the ideas – not imposed on them by higher authority.  And I love the results so far.  I thought afterward of years ago in my earlier days as a weaver and potter, I was asked to substitute teach children’s art and craft in the elementary grades of the American International School in Bangladesh.  This was arranged partly through Tulu, the Art Teacher, who was going on maternity leave.  Tulu had been tutoring our sons privately and I had got to know her somewhat.  Tulu was a gifted art teacher and had a wonderful way with children.  I had been doing volunteer work in the library at the school.  So things conspired to result in my having my first paid job as an art teacher.  I enjoyed that job teaching classes in grades 1-3.  Weaving and pottery were activities of choice.  (The pottery as a result of previously doing pottery at the Art College in central Dhaka.  That was very early on when we were living in Dhanmondi and we didn’t have a car – I used to take a rickshaw to the College and potter about in the pottery department – I didn’t have a word of the Bengali language nor did the people there have a word of English.  It was kind of lonely but o.k. for a while as a way of making contact.)

And to connect the circle a bit more, the interest in pottery stemmed from our art and craft activity in Fiji.  We were friends with Vivienne Nelson, who was a professional potter from Australia.  She gave classes and we had to go out and dig our own clay and proceed from there.  At some point I also did pottery classes in Dublin with Helena Brennan, a very well known Irish potter.  Craft classes are a wonderful way of making friends as well as satisfying that creative urge.


No Excuses April 20, 2010

Filed under: Coral,Crochet,Tapestry,Weaving,Weaving looms,Yarn shops,Yarns — Janet @ 9:14 am

I have no excuses now for not starting my piece de résistance for the upcoming exhibition of the Irish Guild of Weavers Spinners and Dyers.

  here’s my Ashford tapestry loom, still in its wrapper but all ready for easy assembly.  Purchased on our expedition last week to the Yarn Room in Ashford County Wicklow

  and my stash of yarn consisting of purchases from the Yarn Room, and bumper parcels from my friends Freyalyn and Maire.

I have lots of ideas but now the moment of truth has come when I have to put pen to paper so to speak.  However, it’s a beautiful sunny warm morning and I’m off to see the Hyperbolic Crochet Coral Reef.  ((Incidentally, my friend at The Yarn Room has a knitted piece in the reef.)  This should be fun.