Sunday, March 5, 2017

Crazy Busy Week That Was

The last of February merged with the first part of  March . It was without a doubt the most full week in a long time. In fact it left me with only two days that were devoted entirely to home and the needs there. So busy in fact that I didn't make it to the Blue Iris Quilt store for free sewing day and my oh my I did miss it. Especially being surrounded by ladies who do incredible work such as the peacock below done by Chris. I must admit this photo that was taken two weeks ago is not the finished work and I will look forward to seeing the finished project this week. She is a very talented lady who loves doing art quilts because as she puts it " I don't do conventional quilts because I can't sew a straight line. " I really don't think Chris has anything to worry about.

Even though I had braved a trip into Redding for most of the day last Wednesday I made it to my fiber group at The Shed later that evening. It wasn't snowing as it had the week before and Janet (my neighbor on the cattle ranch near me) and I had a clear drive this time. There I am jumping, er, sitting for joy as I spin and wave at Judy on the other side of the camera. We do have fun!

Janet of calf nurse fame is also an accomplished spinner and weaver. She keeps telling everyone she is just a beginner but we know better.

When we see someone with scissors in hand we know something is up. Those hands belong to Pam and she is cutting her table runners and towel off the loom. When a weaver finishes a project their heart beats faster as the project is getting cut off the loom or because taking scissors to a project you have spend considerable time on can just make your heart jump around a bit no matter your experience level.
And here are  the finished projects still attached in a row. Note the white weave between the larger piece in front of Janet and again by Pam's left hand ( that would be on the right looking at the photo) it separates the the two runners and the towel.

And a close up look at the weave structure. 

           While Pam was playing with scissors Lori was working on a twill project

 to see how color and texture changes can enhance or distract from the pattern. 

  All in all a good time was had. Carol whose back is to me in the photo of me spinning  was busy measuring out the last of the warp for a new project . It will be a scarf in a Log Cabin weave. And Judy who was too fast for my camera that night spent her evening dusting off and warping some Inkle looms for use in weaving some projects from her new book. 

Oh just in case any one is wondering about our weather . This was about noon today Sunday March 5th.



At March 6, 2017 at 5:06 PM , Blogger Mama Pea said...

What I love most about getting together with groups like yours is the inspiration and support everyone seems so eager to share.

Love the picture of you.

At March 6, 2017 at 5:42 PM , Blogger Goatldi said...

Mama Pea I agree entirely. There is such an abundance of sharing going on. When one loves one's craft(s) sharing is part of the passion. I am so fortunate to find not one but two groups of ladies who do this. It also encourages newbies as so often when one begins a crafting journey if said person encounters a lack of sharing or worse yet the ( insert any craft) police they will turn tail and run.
As crafters I feel we need to recognize two things our youth is the future of anything and if each of us doesn't work on replacing ourselves we risk seeing our craft die.

At March 6, 2017 at 9:30 PM , Blogger Goatldi said...

Opps thank you for the compliment. Just my usual goofy self. lol

At March 8, 2017 at 8:51 AM , Blogger Rain said...

You all look like you're having a blast! That's so cool! I love that photo of you :) What a great skill to have!

At March 13, 2017 at 3:10 AM , Blogger Leigh said...

Your photos make me miss the days when I went to spinning group every week. We really, really need to get our house updates done so I can get my studio set up once again.

At March 13, 2017 at 8:38 AM , Blogger Goatldi said...

Yes we are and thank you. I am not at all photogenic so I will rarely post photos of me. But every so often someone catchs one that won't scare the horses.

At March 13, 2017 at 8:44 AM , Blogger Goatldi said...

Yes you do ! Janet and I had the conversation that "no matter how late we stay and how quickly morning comes it is such an invigorating time both socially and learning wise it is so worth it ! Even the 66 mile round trip. Three of the ladies live close to the Shed Judy lives further east up the mountain and Janet and I south east down a bit. I imagine that you could may find like minded folks and a place to me just for fun.

At March 13, 2017 at 8:46 AM , Blogger Goatldi said...

Sorry left the et off of meet. Not enough coffee apparently 😂

At March 13, 2017 at 9:52 AM , Blogger Rain said...

Lol...I don't think I'm very photogenic either, but I just don't care anymore, scare all the critters out there! ;)


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