Friday, April 3, 2020


On Monday, March 31st (and some of Sunday, the 30th), I spent most of the day trying to get a tapestry ready for the ATA Renditions show.. originally I wasn't going to enter, but when I found out they weren't going to do a physical show, just an online show, I thought, hey, why not, and I started my tapestry on Sunday... crazy, right?? It's about 5" by 7" and I used a C. Cactus loom...

I wasn't sure what I was going to weave at first, I started out with some handspun singles, which I bundled into 3 strands, and started playing with some wedge-weave-style techniques. I decided to base the piece on the song Little Boxes by Malvina Reynolds...

Malvina Reynolds - Little Boxes
Little boxes on the hillside, Little boxes made of tickytacky
Little boxes on the hillside, little boxes all the same
There's a green one and a pink one and a blue one and a yellow one
And they're all made out of ticky tacky and they all look just the same.

There's also a small section inspired by the Rolling Stones song "Paint It Black"...

I had trouble finishing the last few rows, and found out in my Ravelry Tapestry Weaving group that I should have woven a few rows from the top down to make it easier to get those last few rows in! I'll try that next time!

I ended up making a hem at the top...

More information about the tapestry:

Sett: 10 wpi
Warp: Jaggerspun wool warp
Weft: varying yarns, mostly handspun, some Jaggerspun Zephyr wool-silk/wool.

Some of the yellow was handspun on a spindle on the 31st... took 20 minutes. It had a LOT of live twist, even when I put 2 strands together, but seems to have settled well on the piece.

I did some wedge weave (for the hills and sky), and soumak for the top & bottom.

Some Little Boxes videos:

Friday, January 24, 2020

Rustic Log Looms!

We have new looms coming to the website soon! They are I-shaped, and come in 5 or 8 dent, in 3 different sizes: 4" by 6", 4" by 9" and 8" by 10". Custom sizes are available as well. Email me if you'd like one before I get them on the website.

The last photo has a weaving in progress with a 4" weaving needle. I'm using an emery board to hold a place for one shed... a shed stick, a double pointed knitting needle, a bamboo stick, popsicle stick, and other things would all work for this purpose. I like the emory board because it's light and can open the shed a little bit. I discovered it when I was on the plane last spring and realized that I didn't have any crochet hooks,shed sticks or bamboo sticks with me. The only thing I could find that would work for the purpose was an emery board! If I'm using a crochet hook, I don't need anything to change the shed she since I can pick the shed with either end of my crochet hook...

I've also been spinning in the Spin Off Mitt-along

I'm spinning using the POF (ply on the fly) method: I'm spinning the singles "Z" and chain plying "S".  I'll do another blog post about this soon!

I'll be starting another spindle for the other mitten. Stay tuned to find out what pattern I decide to use for my mittens!

Happy Weaving & spinning, etc.!

Saturday, December 21, 2019

Weaving info

Weaving info

If you have a small loom similar to one of the looms I sell or a Hokett loom or other small loom, here's a page with some info links and youtube videos for weaving, mostly tapestry:

Rebecca Mezoff's online classes: Rebecca's online classes
A good one to start with is her Little Looms course, but they're all good.

Here's a youtube of how to warp a Hokett loom

There's a tapestry weaving group on Ravelry and there are other groups that may discuss tapestry weaving, 
and several on Facebook... any other groups/links, please let me know in comments.

Book list:

Kathe Todd-Hooker, Tapestry 101.
 to see a sampler I wove by following Kathe's book, go here: 
   to follow progress, go to the October page and start at the bottom and work up... 
   the finished photo is here:
Kirsten Glasbrook, Tapestry Weaving

Nancy Harvey, Tapestry Weaving

Carol Russell, Tapestry Handbook
A quick tutorial can be found in Threads Magazine #41. You can find them on eBay, or you can join for $5.99/month (as of December 2019), to see and download the archived article.. there's a 14 day trial and you can find it here.

There may be other tapestry weaving articles, but the one in Threads #41 is what got me started. I even made the loom in that article several years ago! I no longer have it, so no photos of mine exist.

Rebecca Mezoff has a book on Tapestry basics, you can find it here. From her website: "It is not a comprehensive technique book (that is coming later). It is an adorable and fun look at a few tapestry tips.  The illustrations are so great, you might want one for the children in your life."

There's a book list on the Tapestry Weaving forum on Ravelry as well, but the above are my favorites.

If you have any suggestions for anything I should add (or change) from the able, let me know!

Friday, November 15, 2019

New Looms are HERE!! Knitting socks... and figuring out which heel I like!

For those who are waiting: new looms are here. I will start shipping Monday.

Sock Heel Issues

I've got 2 pairs of socks on the needles. I'm ready to do the heels on one pair, but before following the instructions for the Sherman heel written in the pattern "Tintern Abbey", I wanted to try the heel out first, and a couple of other heels... I've got one Sherman heel on the needles & since the instructions in the pattern are set up for DPNs, I'm having to convert the instructions to use with Magic Loop...

This turquoise piece is a trial of the Sherman heel. So far only the gusset is done and ready for the heel turn, but I'm having trouble with the instructions...I think I need to do the heel turn on half the stitches, but will watch some YouTube videos first.

A Neat Fix for Loose Warps:

The other day, I was weaving in one of my bookmark Arch looms, and the warp got loose, so I threaded some Seine twine through the loops in the back and that fixed the problem! I'm pleased as punch with this solution!

This size is not yet on the website, but if there's any interest, let me know and I'll get you one or more. They come in 5 and 8 dent like the other arches. Weaving width is about 2", length is 7-8".. the postcard loom is 4" by 6-7".

Thursday, May 30, 2019


I've been playing with my arched looms:

The piece on the left is experimenting to see if my 2 ply wool warp yarn would work with Waverly yarn using all 3 strands. It works alright, but I think 2 strands might be better. I'm playing with weaving from the back...that's why there are so many strands sticking out.

The piece on the left is yarn that I handpainted YEARS ago... tapestry doesn't need to be done on any specific colored yarn because the weft is supposed to totally cover the warp. I decided I wanted to try using the same yarn for warp & weft thinking I would try doing wedge weave as a plain weave,but it didn't want to work. I'll just press on until I run out of warp & then I may try doing the same thing again with proper warp yarn with this weft.

I'd love to find a wedge weave class so I can learn more about this technique. I was really hoping to be able to take a class in Rio Grande tapestry weaving at Estes Park next week, but that didn't work out.

I have some new products that will be on the website sometime in June: new forks, some straight handled, some curved handled, an arch loom that would make a nice sized bookmark.They're around
3-1/2" by 7". It might be fun to weave words on it!

Monday, February 4, 2019

A recipe for baked oatmeal

here ya go!
What I like may be different from what you like, so please don’t look at this as a “be all end all must follow exactly” kinda recipe, it’s not. I did what I always do, started with something for a base, then experimented and made changes until it was what I wanted - for example, the original recipe I got had a TON of sugar in it, so I experimented with healthier ingredients until I found what worked for me.

Mix and match your spicing – mine is drastically different from what the original called for.
I added the apples in addition to the craisins called for because I like them – take them out or add a different fruit – make it your own! You can just eat it warm, or with a bit of milk drizzled on it. A certain man in my house likes to eat it cold from the refrigerator – cuts a square, and heads out the door for work. (I confess to having tried it that way too - not bad, but I prefer it warm.)

Dani Arnold’s Baked Oatmeal

Minutes to Prepare: 10 Minutes to Cook: 40

3 cups rolled oats - NOT instant or quick oats!
¼ cup brown sugar
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
Freshly ground nutmeg to taste (I'm a huge fan of nutmeg so I use quite a bit)
2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup milk of choice (plant for vegans!)
½ cup pumpkin puree
½ cup applesauce
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup dried cranberries (craisins)
2 pink lady or granny smith apples, peeled and chopped (or pears! or both! whatever you want)
nuts, optional

Preheat oven to 350

Mix dry ingredients, and then mix in the wet ones.
Stir until blended, and then stir in the craisins, apples, and nuts (if desired)
Put mixture into a 9 x 13 baking pan, and bake for 40 minutes.
Refrigerate to store when cool (if it lasts that long)
Number of Servings: 8

Thursday, November 22, 2018

Happy Thanksgiving!

 I made a vegan roast... we'll see how it comes out. It's from one of my favorite YouTuber's, The Vegan Zombie... from his holiday series... roast & gluten free stuffing.. (which is weird because the roast is NOT gluten free, but the stuffing is GF.. and it is SOOOO good.. cauliflower, carrots, onions, celery, spices...maybe someday there will be a gluten free roast..)

Here's a photo of it before baking:

And after, but before turning it over & covering it in parchment paper & wrapping in aluminum foil:

Later, when we get to our friend's, we'll remove the cheesecloth & reheat it... it looks dry, but this is before turning it over, which basted it. I also added the rest of the stuffing to it...the basting broth tastes a little spicy. I'm curious about how the roast tastes. That mini roast is for testing... I may try it before we go.

I read other recipes & rejected them for different reasons: mostly because of comments from others that made it. If I have time before we go, I may make a seitan only roast, or may save the comparison testing for another time.


I hope to get some knitting, spinning, and weaving time today... I want to finish the tuck scarflette, and work on Beekeeper's Cardigan, which I'm not sure I still like...I'll try to get someone to take a progress photo of it on me..and maybe swatch for a little more spinning for the Shetland socks, and maybe do a little weaving on the arched loom... wedge weaving perhaps, or a postcard...the arched loom makes a good postcard size, and if you're careful, you can make it sort of fringeless, or you can make a lot of fringe by warping around the loom. I'll post photos of it in a few days.

Did I mention that I still have some of Jim Hokett's cocobolo kits? They're 8 dent, and are the 'regular" 7" by 8" size. If you're in the US, you can order yours at this link.  You can also ask me about Cottage Creations patterns: I have a few left.

If anyone wants Jaggerspun yarn, now is a good time to order it as the prices will be going up around the middle of December... 

Photos from Archie Brennan/Susan Martin-Maffei workshop April 2015:

On Rebecca Mezoff's blog post here, she talks about meeting Archie & Susan, and others have talked about their experiences meeting them. Here's what I wrote:

"I went to a workshop in Weatherford, OK in April of 2015, at SWOSU, Southwest Oklahoma State U... He spoke with my son (then 13) about his unicycle for a bit on the last day.. my son also wove a bit with us that day.. Good memories!
Can we post pictures on here?"

Here are some photos:

I'd love to know who's following this blog! Leave a comment!

Monday, November 19, 2018

Random thoughts: wildfire,

Random thoughts:

On April 9th, 2009, the day we lost our house to a wildfire that claimed 9 houses in our town... If I had to do things over & grab 6 or 7 more things (I could have, the fire wasn't near our house yet), that loom would be one, my guitar, my Hagen loom, some yarn that I hand painted, and a little journal my mom wrote, and my computer... I was burned out on weaving, but it still would have been nice to have had that loom.

No one told me how hard it would be when kids moved out...especially when they live far or decide to estrange get so involved with caring for them, doing stuff with them, etc.. and then one day they're off. I'm proud of my boys, they've been through a lot, learned a lot...

I feel reasonably healthy & hope I don't find out I have some hidden cancer or something with a harsh treatment that'd ruin my health overall... my roommate, not so much.. last month, he had his gallbladder removed, and is still figuring out what's possible diet-wise... he had a quintuple bypass (traditional) last year.. has trouble breathing from emphysema..


I'm hoping to get some more natural colored fiber for my 2nd sock. I have about 250 yards spun so far, I think it's sport weight, so I'll need more yarn to finish this up.. I just found 3 colors that I need on eBay & hopefully I'll find some Ashland Bay grey shetland as well... I think I found some, but hopefully the seller will sell a smaller amount.

I'm further along now than the collage shows, have approximately 1/2 spun for the 2nd sock:

I've started a toe on the first sock:

Beekeeper is quiet, I want to finish it, but am not sure how long to make it before starting on the ribbing... I'd also like to make Stephen West's Penguono:

and have been collecting some older Chelsea silk yarns for it: 
plus a few other, pale yellow, greens, blues, etc... the skeins from the photo above have been "put away" in a "safe" place... not sure where...

I also have a scarf in progress... anthro inspired scarflet:

This isn't an updated photo... I'm about 3 or 4 inches beyond the slit. Before I embarked on knitting, I tried on a size 6 and 7 needle, and liked the 7 better...

Tata for now, my pretties!

Sunday, September 30, 2018


Did some more weaving on the Tempestry piece:

It's up to date as of Wednesday 9/26... I've woven more since.

I'll be getting more inlay looms (like the one above), and will also have shed sticks again in a couple of days.


The vegan butter cauliflower that I mentioned the other day was pretty good! I don't usually take pictures of food, maybe I should start...

I also found a seitan burger recipe that was pretty good... Here's the link...
I've also found a way to keep better track of what I eat via Dr Greger's Daily Dozen checklist app. You can find it here

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

New stuff in the shop!

I recently got some new looms & tools from another woodworker, Jeff Johnson...

arched looms, needles, and weaving forks:

raised inlay loom:

They are fun to use! I'm doing an experiment with wedge weave on one (I finished the first one that I showed on another blog entry), and started another. On one of the smaller raised inlay card looms, I'm doing an experimental "Tempestry" tapestry... it's a way to record the temperature each day by color, and if it's a rainy day, something we've had a lot of lately, I'll put a strand of blue in between the 2 of that day's stripe... each stripe is 2 passes (or one sequence)...

There's more on it now. I may have to look for my maroon yarn because I think today's high went over 95!

C'mon over to the shop,

More progress on the Beekeeper's cardigan... no new photos yet, but there's about 2 or 3 more inches since the last time I shared a photo.


I've been finding some fun vegan/plant based pages. Sam Turnbull of It Doesn't Taste Like Chicken website has several good recipes.  I've made her stretchy gooey melty mozzarella a few times. I'm about to try her vegan butter cauliflower.  I'll report back!

Her YouTube page is fun too!

I've also been playing with Dr. Gregers Daily Dozen Checklist here (You can get the app on iTunes or Google Play)... it helps me keep track of different foods I need to eat...

Thursday, August 30, 2018

Almost September.. getting ready for 29 Faces, and more...

go to this link for more info, and cool tutorials

This will be September's challenge, as well as updating my website with some looms and tools from another maker that I found. I have a small arch loom that can make pieces up to postcard sized. I'll still be spinning, knitting & weaving...

Here's one that I did before I finished it and took it off the loom:

I'll take a photo of it off-loom after I do something with the ends. This was my first attempt with wedge weave.. I was just changing colors and doing the shapes randomly...

Here's a side view:


I also plan on picking up a long time UFO, Beauty & the Beads:

I'm currently picking up the stitches on the last green row, which takes a kind of long time because there are almost (?) 1,000 stitches on the needle now. I want to change the way I go from bottle green to teal to make it a more gradual looking transition between the two colors.

We lost Liberty on Wednesday morning around 2am. He was either 16 or 17, depending on who remembered right: Gary thinks we got him shortly after 9-11, in 2001, but Micah thinks he was in 2nd grade, and that would have been in 2002... he was a great cat, a lot of people loved him, he took care of the other cats, bathing them a fair bit. Earlier this week, he stopped eating... we didn't get him to the vet in time.  He's the end of an era: he's the only cat that we had when we were living in Valley View, and the only one of the animals that lived in the house.  We'll be burying him next to Parker as long as the ground over there isn't too hard. I'd bury him next to Bean, Boomerang or Loveslug, but I'm not sure exactly where they are & don't want to accidentally dig them up.


March 2018:

Rest in Peace, forever in our hearts...
Fall/Winter 2001 or 2002 - August 29, 2018

3 years ago today, we lost Pixel:

29 faces29 faces

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!