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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.

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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

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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.

 

Guild Sale October 28, 2017

Filed under: Felting,Fiber Arts,Weaving — Janet @ 7:18 pm

The Seattle Weavers’ Guild held its annual sale over the past 3 days.  Literally thousands of items.  Overwhelming.

IMG_4583  DIL Susan posing with 2 items by a felting artist

IMG_4581  the felting artist gave a talk

IMG_4601  one of my smaller purchases – a felted pin cushion

IMG_4592  Katerina approved my purchase of a rag rug

IMG_4603  interesting place mats – husband noticed and approved

 

Start Your Day……. March 24, 2017

17342655_774545312711136_7201039594426454023_n  Start your day with this beautiful photo of Spring in Ireland – a contrast of green and yellow – thanks to Sarah Rubalcava of Rubalcava Horticultural Services.

Sarah’s mom (and my friend) Magda Rubalcava is an award winning internationally renown tapestry weaver – wouldn’t this make a spectacular tapestry?

 

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.

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

And here are images from the internet

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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.

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