WAL

The Facebook Pin Loom group is using one of my doll dress patterns so I thought I would join them and weave one myself. My girls need some new Christmas dresses. Here’s the first one. The dress is entirely 4″ squares. the headband is two book marks, 2×6’s, and the corsage is  the Loom Bloom made with the 2″ square. It’s quick to make and easy to assemble and there’s lots of variety  possible with different yarns different weave patterns and of course any number of ways to tweek the pattern for style. I have a couple ideas I’m working on myself! Can]t wait to see what people come up with. There’s going to be some happy little girls this Christmas! It’s foggy and wet outside so took these pics indoors, which isn’t the best. I’ll try to get better ones this afternoon.

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WAL progress

This is the dress some of us are making on the facebook WAL. I’m making a little progress. We have very wet sleety kind of sorta snow this morning so may be in the dark before the day is done, but I have my booklight!

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I worked a little wrap stitch for a border on the skirt. Weaver row 1, the u1,o1, u3. Then you go back over the three and under again, then o1 , u3 and repeat across, end o1,u1. Once you are finished with that row you can go back and tighten the gathers a little. Don’t make them too tight or your hem will pull in. You just want enough to give it a slightly lacy look.   Weave on!

Back again

I keep vowing to do better as a blogger and then falling behind again.  It was a full canning season this fall with a huge apple crop, also pears and making relish of the green tomatoes after putting the garden to bed. Not trying to say I didn’t have time, just didn’t take time, I’m afraid. Here’s just a few of the apples canned and frozen. Not to mention eaten both raw and in a pie! eat And the relish which will be nice in potato and tuna salad next summer!

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But I did finally get the yarn I ordered so have been weaving more squares with the Shawl In A Ball yarn. And now it’s nearing holiday season so have been making a few little things for the FireBelle’s fundraiser sale. I donated a couple of 4″ looms to be made up into a basket. But I got the tree ‘bug’ that a lot of other’s have also gotten.

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And I also made up a few little needle books & some poinsettia pins and a couple tiny socks both woven and knitted. People will be looking for stocking stuffers, too.

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I have a couple more ideas tho it remains to be seen if I get them done in time.

In any case, I hope you are all getting those leaves raked up before the white stuff starts falling. At least I hope it’s going to start falling, so far not even a good frost here. But lots of pretty leaves!

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So… Wishing you all a great Family Thanksgiving! And for those who don’t have their family close, Blessings for you as well!

Last show trip of the year!

Well, the show are fun and we meet a lot of nice people but I am rather glad to be home for awhile. We’re getting our first rain of the Autumn and there will soon be a frosty morning greeting us. Good time for sitting by the fire and weaving!

Here’s a few pictures from our trip.

Hitchhiker doll Merida had to pose beside a Redwood like any tourist!

 

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And she got her portrait taken with the looms at the CWFF in Boonville. She’s wearing the dress I wove for her, my version of a Celtic design for this Scottish princess.

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And naturally she would want to be included in the picture at Cape Blanko, in Oregon on our way up to OFFF in Canby. Here she is with Randy and Stella, watching the whales spouting around the point from the lighthouse.

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At OFFF a weaver who was enjoying our looms brought us this bouquet of the Dalias she grew herself to honor our booth! Thank you, Sara! They lasted all the way home, brightening the camper, too!

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After the shows we went a little further north to Visit Mt Rainier Nat’l Park, which we had not been to before. The first day was clear and sunny and gave us some wonderful pictures. The next day the clouds settled atop the mountain and it could not be seen. But the park was still beautiful with the fall colors seeming to stand out even more in the fog.

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Then we were heading south toward home. But we still had our Tour Guides along the way!😉

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And almost home we saw our ‘local’ volcano, Mt Shasta, wearing her fuzzy winter bonnet! And the wind was blowing up the dust along the way.

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So here we are, at home, enjoying the rain, trying to catch up on orders and planning our trip to Medford to stock up for winter. Randy is working in the wood shed as well as the shop and I am weaving on a couple projects in the evenings while the game is on.

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Some progress.

I am redoing the diamond skirt for the 3rd.. or maybe 4th time. meantime the Shawl In A Ball skein is woven and I laid it out over my knitted vest which fits pretty well.

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One thing for sure, there is no vest in a ball for me here. I’ll need to buy another one. There’s a few leftover from laying out the front. I’m still not sure about the color progression. I laid the tan ones down there for the button band. Well, I expect there’ll be changes on this one as well. What do you think? This is all the colors. It’s just the organization that is the problem.

So I guess I’ll go back to weaving on the skirt while I think about it.

The Diamond Skirt project.

Well, I am getting this thing together but I have to admit it is not turning out quite like I pictured in my mind. I pinned it on Madelyn this morning just to check what was happening as it is difficult to tell what I have when it is wadded up in my lap. Even keeping in mind that it has not been blocked I’m not sure the assembly is working smoothly. I may have to redo some of these seams. But the biggy to my mind is the total shape. I had pictured a petal skirt, like one a friend was wearing the other day. I know that on Maddy, it just hangs and does not have the kind of swirly effect it has when you are moving, but I’m not sure it is working. Also it seems to me to be either too long or not long enough. I did a composite sketch showing it shortened. With the diamonds in the same arrangement, the short skirt forms gentle pleats. I would love some feedback, especially from those of you who actually wear skirts.

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