Saturday, July 7, 2018

Beekeeper's Cardigan, Tour de Fleece & more...

I've been thinking about how you some people say that we need to take care of ourselves or we can't be good for others...

For me, taking care of me is immersing myself in a project. The other day, a friend posted about the beekeeper's cardigan on Facebook & it looked interesting. Several people are doing it and some are trying to do it in 4 (???!?!?!?!!!) days.  the comraderie of a knitalong has often been special to me... or a weave along... 

Here are my updated photos of the Beekeeper's Cardigan from yesterday:

Neither photo shows the "iris" as mimeograph purple: it looks blue on my screen. The 2nd photo has Fuschia added and there will be a bit more next time I update... I'm getting close to where I can close the sleeve section...

The other thing that was good was walking a LOT in NY.. I figure I walked between 5-8 miles each day I was there... here in Texas, I don't LIKE walking, it's hot & it's just not the same. I can't even convince myself to walk in better weather, because we don't HAVE to walk everywhere. We walked a couple of blocks from the car to a couple of stores yesterday, and I felt like I was dragging...but that could be because I haven't been walking much since I got home.

I'm also doing Tour d Fleece: today is the first day of Tour d France & 2 of my teams are following that schedule, and the other 2 just go all month:

Yarn Therapy Zone (all month)
Frank Williams Aussie (all month)
Inglenook Fibers (TDF, July 7-27)
Mirkwood Spindles (TDF, July 7-27)

I've been trying to finish up my sock yarn spin, but am still working on that.. for TdF, I've wanted to spin cotton & non-wool fibers... I've been doing a practice spin of silk & flax, and will do a bit more of that later, hopefully... I have 2 braids of that fiber from Inglenook.. and 2 braids of cotton fiber from Blue Mountain fibers.

I haven't quiiite decided how to spin either... spin end to end and then Navajo ply, or break up the braids somehow... maybe 2 ply, I'm not sure... the silk-flax may be okay as singles yarn, but I think I want to 2 ply or Navajo ply the cotton.. we'll see.

Here's the link to this year's Untitled/Unjuried show, Biggest Little Tapestries:

Mine is the Palmetto tapestry, 3rd down on the left, it's still on a Hoket tiny loom. That piece was woven around the beginning of a difficult time of my life... things are still uncertain... life always is... 1st world problems, probably, but we find our ways to move on. 

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Rough Week

Last Thursday, one of the high school seniors drowned at the lake by the high school... he was one of my son's friends, and was set to graduate on May 25th, and join the marines after that. The funeral will be on Wednesday... here is the link to the GoFundMe for his funeral expenses:

On top of that, one of my sons is having trouble with his car and Gary is going to help him with it.

If any customers/potential customers are reading this: this is why I'm getting orders processed/packed more slowly. Hopefully on Thursday, I'll be able to get everything caught up enough to get everything to the post office on Friday, or, if we get to Denton on Saturday, we can drop packages off then...

In other news: on Saturday, I took some looms to our Second Monday, which is a market... didn't do well at all (bad space, plus I wasn't completely prepared... but I learned some things for next time, which may not be until Fall unless I decide to spring for a spot in the Community Center. I don't think this area would be good for this type of crafts..

While there, I worked on weaving this circle:

weaving a circle...

Also, I think for the first time since I've known Gary, I weigh less than he does. I've been eating mostly vegan since October & it has helped tremendously with heartburn. I am trying to fine tune things to make sure I get everything I need nutritionally, like b12.

Going to try to rest now!

Friday, March 23, 2018

Weavin',Spinnin', etc...

Jim Hokett, the wonderful loom maker that supplies looms and tools to Weaving Rainbow is retiring! See his blog post here.  Now is a great time to order...

I've been spinning & weaving:

Continuing with my breed study...

Peppurr overlooking...

 Grey fiber (Finn?) on a Mirkwood mini Celebrian spindle
 Brown Finn on Phang Spindle whittled by a friend
 Ecru Finn on a Goddess Cobweb spindle
 Brown Coopworth on a Goddess Circus Girl spindle
 White Coopworth on a Texas Jeans "primrose" spindle
 Mixed Finn on a Frank Williams Aussie Russian spindle
 black Shetland-Silk on a Mirkwood Zazi Star...I call it the Sunset Freaky 6 spindle: 6 of the stones around the whorl represent my family's birthstones...

I'll figure out what the grey fiber is eventually. Half the fiber is still in their wonderfully labelled bag. Some of the fiber is from Luthvarian on Etsy, and the other is from Laughing Lamb Fibers.

The weaving is done on one of Jim Hokett's tiny looms. We went camping at Palmetto State Park during spring break, and I wove up to the letter E while there, and am almost finished: just need to weave the "O", and finish up...

I'm also working on a pair of socks on 9"circular needles. I think I like them better than Magic Loop...

It's been a challenging last few months with Gary's heart issues... he went to the ER the first time in the middle of December of 2016... got stents in April of 2017 and then in November (on his birthday, even) he had a quintuple coronary bypass. Almost 2 weeks before the camping trip, he had chest pains for the first times since the bypass surgery... that was scary...

I've gone nearly-vegan since October of 2017... and find that it's helped my heartburn issues tremendously. I'll avoid dairy like the plague, but I'll eat meat once in a while, usually as a seasoning, like in taco salad...moar veggies is the way to go regardless!

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Spinning more yarn... ideas...

I've been doing a breed sampler since the beginning of this month. I started with Shetland from Luthvarian, and also spun some Shetland in other natural colors from Friends in Fiber. I still have a bit more spinning left to do before I can skein & wash these singles to get them ready for tapestry weaving. I do have some other handspun singles that are ready for weaving, and I plan to try and see how well they weave on a 12 epi sett and an 8 epi sett.


Saturday, May 20, 2017

A life of its own

Lately, my obsession is with spindle spinning. Back  in November, I got back into spinning because I wanted to be able to spin colors I didn't have on hand and got a couple of spindles & since then, it took on a life of its own! I still haven't made anything with the stuff I've spun, but I'm getting there! I do plan to weave with some, and almost tossed some singles onto a loom when I realized I still needed to wash and set the yarn first... or maybe I don't, not sure? I'll find out!

The fractal project has taken on a life of its own as well: I spun and plied the first 4 ounces and bought more to even out the 2 plies. I decided to work on the 2nd braid in the same fashion.... it's all spun up and since then, I've contacted the person who makes these beautiful braids (Friends in Fiber) for another braid and have been working on it. I don't know how long I'll be going this route.

It's interesting: when I finished the second braid, which is now waiting to be plied, I had to work out the color order since the longer color runs ended at a different spot from the first.

Anyway, pictures:

The second ply ball with new fiber being spun:

First braid plied & rolled into a ball:

The first ply ball in a skein!

Before skeining

I've also played a bit with 2 support spindles: one is a Ghstworks Russian (he's on Etsy & makes beautiful spindles.) I also have a tahkli, and i've spun cotton on both. I'm finding the Russian spindle to be slow going, but it's an interesting process. Whenever I pick up one of my turkish spindles, it's like coming home. I figure I'm still in the learning curve process with support spindling.

Last night I wound the yarn off and made ply balls... they're on a stick now, since I don't have a nostepinne.. I

Monday, March 20, 2017

Fun times at Weaving Rainbow!

I love my little Hokett looms, as well as the tools he makes. I've sold a fair few, and plan to sell more.

I'm planning on getting some mini warping reels. They are sooo adorable! They can warp up to 7 yards (depending on yarn thickness), and would be great for a short warp or a rigid heddle loom.

I wish I had some weaving to show off, but I've been a wee bit obsessed by spinning on spindles! Here's my latest plying project:


I hope to have the fractal ply on the niddy noddy sometime this week... this plying process JUST might be the thing to motivate me to get my wheel back in commission! I think the wingspan pattern may be a good one for this yarn, but I need to see how much yardage I can get out of this braid of yarn. If I need more, I have another 3 ounces, and if I need even more, I can get more from the seller I bought it from. I haven't measured to see how many wraps per inch I'm getting with this spin, but I'm guessing it's about DK or light's a fun project, and feeds my soul.

I have a couple of other spinning projects in progress as well, which can be seen on my instagram page
with weavingrainbow for the username.

In other news, I wonder if we're skipping summer a little bit this year? It's still March, buuuuut... I've heard that the wildflowers are going to be gorgeous!

Thursday, February 16, 2017


I recently started posting photos on Instagram. My username there is weavingrainbow.

You can see photos of my spinning adventures there, and here are a few:

Saturday, January 7, 2017

2017 Tapestry Diary & Pink Pussy Hats for Women's March on Washington

I've got a diary planned for 2017... at the outset, I'll use my "legal pad" sized copper loom.. in a month or two, I'll get the parts for a loom using galvanized pipe. I checked a few places for pipe,and may get it locally or from Zoro... maybe it'll be the approach to 60 project and beyond... we'll see.

I got sidetracked from that for now to do a few pink pussy hats for the Women's March on Washington that'll be happening 2 weeks from today.

Once I get the hats going, I'll gt back to the copper loom. I don't know what I'll weave, but will definitely weave 2017 at the bottom. I'm not sure how I'll put the date... maybe Roman numerals?

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Rebecca Mezoff's Little Looms course

I've been taking my time going through Rebecca Mezoff's new little looms course (check it out here) and enjoying it!

 I'll have to post some progress photos of my weaving, but here is a photo of some of the looms I have in stock, playing card style:

 I've also been spinning, with the idea that I'd like to spin some yarn for tapestry weaving. I have a cool spindle from TurtleMade, a 3d printed Standard spindle, and spin with it every so often. I also have a large Carry Cherry spindle from Russia, but only tried it briefly. I like it, it's just big!
Here's the TurtleMade with some spinning in progress:

Although Rebecca's course is not closed captioned, I'm finding it to be an excellent way to practice listening with my cochlear implant. I'm familiar with the subject, I'm able to pick out enough words to be able to follow along; watching her warp & weave is a bonus, and I would enjoy that even if I couldn't hear a thing! It really is exciting to be able to understand so many words... I do better with her course than I do in the audiologist's booth! 20% in the booth (with a challenging map, possibly better with my older September map) a wild guess, 50-60% with Rebecca's course & I understand enough words to fill in the others with context.

This isn't the blog I usually use to report CI progress, that's the Rambling Warps blog. I'll cut & paste this and expand a bit.  Here's the link.

Hopefully I'll have some more pretties to show you next time...I've got a couple more spindles on the way, 2 from SnyderSpindles on etsy, and some purple fleece (braid)...eventually I'll pick out a gradated one or two, or a few more colors.

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Hokett Looms at Weaving Rainbow

Hokett Looms are here! Click on Hokett Looms & Tools to get to the page.
At the moment, we only have 8 dent Original and Intermediate sized looms. More will be added as interest increases.

These looms are fun to weave on! They are portable. You can work on them on your lap or on a table. Jim Hokett has special stands for them.

More photos coming soon!

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Hokett Looms coming soon!

I have a few "regular" sized Hokett looms, and "intermediate" sized Hokett looms, and a couple of tools that are great for tapestry weaving. 

Right now, I only have 8 dent looms in the regular (original) and intermediate sizes in stock. I will be putting them on the website soon, hopefully early this week.  If you'd like to buy one, email me at weavingrainbow (at) gmail dot com, or leave a comment.  Here are some details about the stuff I have:


They're about 7" wide by 8" long. The weaving area is approximately 6" by 6-1/4".  
There are slots at the top and bottom for warping. You can warp by putting your warp thread into the slot and wrapping around to the next tooth. You don't need to warp around the back.
There are videos that show how to do this.

The looms are shaped like a capital "I" and shaped so it can be held in one hand. 

They are made with a variety of exotic and domestic hardwoods.  8-dent $30.00 each.

HAND LOOMS, INTERMEDIATE: Same as “ORIGINAL”, but about 9" wide and 10" long.  Weaving area is 8" x 8-1/4”.
 8-dent $50.00 each.

BEATERS, TINY BARB:  Ideal for tapestry work on a variety of looms.  About 3/16” x 1” and 2” to 4” long with a hole in the end to string yarn or cord so that you can hang it from your neck!  Teeth about 1/4” long.  Wide variety of exotics and domestic woods.  $6.00 each.

SHED STICK, DOUBLE ENDED:  Each end tapered and shaped.  Great for picking up warp threads & holding them open.  Variety of woods.  About ¼” x 1/2” x 7” - $6.00 each.

This is my regular sized loom with a tiny barb beater, little beater, needle & shuttle. I keep it in a Moon Pie tin along with some yarn, and other accessories. Fun!

Monday, October 17, 2016

Looking for ideas part 2 (A to Z challenge... and a few words about being blocked...

I forgot to post the A to Z list, it's down below!

At what point does an artist know what to draw, paint, weave, knit, sculpt, etc.?
Sometimes you just know, and when that happens, the process seems to flow.

When it doesn't, it's an artist block.
It's still good to keep trying... fake it til you make it.

I had one of my small looms, a new-to-me Northfield Jori loom, in my lap and started weaving some little squares, and decided to dovetail the edges. That was a mental exercise. I'm not what I'll do after that. So many possibilities... but I'm not sure which one.

Last February, I had an idea, and the idea started from "maybe a Tardis" to what I sent to the Tapestry Unlimited show, shown on this blog entry (you gotta click this to see it!). I was walking back from the yarn store in Austin, and knew that I needed to go back for a certain yarn, because it would be good for a starry night sky.

Another time, there was a picture of an owl in my loom from several months or more prior, and one day I decide to weave it with some words:

It was a process, it flowed, it fed my soul while I worked on it. I love words, though weaving them is sloooow.  Sarah Swett has a way with words, both printed, and woven... her woven words are fabulous!

I started doing an alphabet sampler, I called it XYZ and I put it aside for some time, and when I pulled it out, it was ruined... maybe mice got to it, but I may see if I can do something with it, perhaps mount it on another piece, and go from there..find some way to secure the loose ends.

We'll see how this another time if I  still have the piece! 

Here is the list of things I did for the A to Z project:

A: Abstract
B & C: Bluebonnets in a Can
D: Dancer
E: Evan
F: Feet
G: Gary
H: Harrison
I: Indy
J: Jimbo & the Rev
K: Kittens
L: Laborador (Daisy) (and Reuven)
N & O: Needlework Owl
R: Reuven (with Daisy under "L")

So I've got A through L, N, O and R... missing M, P, Q, S through Z... eleven more.






Sunday, October 9, 2016

Looking for ideas: 29 Faces

Yesterday, I was going through my blog to copy the photos over to my Flickr account so we have them in one place. Patchworkgirl57 is my username. Most photos are designated family & friends, so if you're one of the above, leave a comment.

While going through the comments, I found the 29 faces challenge from May of 2012, and the A to Z challenge, but I didn't finish either, so why not make that the project for the rest of this month or year? I thought I wanted to do 29 faces last month, but no luck there.

Here's the list of faces that I did. The list may not be complete:

May 7: Jessica (art group model)
May 9: Indian Blanket Face
May 13: Doodle face: imaginary face, white ink/black paper
May 14: 3 portrait drawings of our art group model
May 17: Imaginary face in ink from this tutorial
May 18: oil pastel face, imaginary
May 20: Nannie (ink)
May 21: Donna Summer (ink)
May 23: Donna Summer (watercolor)
May 23: Jimbo (ink)
May 27: wacky watercolor
May 27: orange haired imaginary face, elegant lady
May 29: 3 pictures of Frida Kahlo
May 29: imaginary guy
May 30: self portrait

Doodle face:  white imaginary face on black paper

I found 19 photos from that other blog.. they're not necessarily in order... so 10 more!







I'll post about the A to Z challenge in another blog, another day.