Still testing

I am really angry because last night I finished writing a new post here, and for some reason, it was deleted! Then I wrote another one and it was deleted again! Not by me, of course, something happened with my blog I guess. And I wrote so much, added photos, and really tried to write nicely, because it is very hard for me to write in English, trying to make it all look and sound nice and well written, but it’s gone now, and I am so angry!

I am sorry for being like this, but it’s just so frustrating. Ok, I’ll try to breathe, count to one thousand,lol, and feel calm. I’m calm. Absolutely calm.Yeah right.

Now, let’s start all over again. Although, I won’t be able to write nicely as I did the first time, here is what I’ve been up to lately.

The poncho I was weaving for my friend, the one I mentioned to you in one of my previous posts, ended up as a complete disaster!

Now, I have been weaving for over ten years, and I don’t think I’ve ever had a situation like this, but the yarn on the far left shrunk way too much! So now I have two pieces of fabric, ready to be NOT sewn into poncho, but thrown into the bin! Well, no, not really thrown away, I would never waste a handwoven fabric, no matter how bad it was. I will cut the bad part, and use the good part of it (which is over 60%) to make a cushion or something. But there is a lesson for me in all this, and that is – never trust the label! I bought some nice yarn, and it was a mix of wool, cotton and acrylic, and as I’ve never had problems with that kind of mix, I just started weaving. Note to self: make samples!!!

Anyway, I am lucky to have a friend who is very patient, and she said she would wait for her poncho. Another poncho.

But before I washed the above fabric and was able to see the horrible mistake, I already started weaving something new, so my friend will have to wait just a bit more. She doesn’t mind. I asked her. πŸ™‚

And believe it or not, the other project didn’t start quite right either.

The pattern looked nice in the book, but not on my loom. The “floating” of a brown yarn (sorry for the lack of a proper word for it) is too long, and the yarn should probably be thicker to avoid showing the tabby. But, even though the yarn here in my country is of a good quality, the variety is terrible. I can’t find thicker cotton, so this pattern is not working for me.

So, after that, I decided to weave two pieces of plain weave, one for me and one for my dear friend Kalona. We decided to make a collaboration project, something unknown yet,lol! The plan is to exchange materials and make two art pieces each, and then to swap one of the pieces. Here is that fabric:

I have a long warp on my loom because I wanted to weave a table runner or two, and since the first pattern wasn’t right, I’ll have to think what to do next. I’ll keep you posted. πŸ™‚

And the winner is…

Hello friends! First I would like to thank you for your lovely comments on my Blogaversary post. They mean so much to me! You all made my first blogging year special and I thank you from the bottom of my heart!

I’ve put your names in my blue basket and closed my eyes…

The winner is…

Thank you for participating Carmina! Don’t forget to send me your address!

And thank you all once again! πŸ™‚

I also wanted to show you what I’m working on right now. I finished a couple of journals and added them to my Etsy shop, so it was time to weave! A dear friend of mine asked me to make her a poncho, and she wanted neutral colors, so here is how it looks on the loom:

It’s a simple pattern because she wanted it that way. I know you can’t really imagine how it’s going to look but I’ll show you when it’s done. I know it’s going to be really pretty. πŸ™‚

I also finished a spring/summer shawl, my favorite lace, again, and here is a peek until I am able to take a better photo of it.

This shawl is actually great for all seasons because it can be worn with a coat or jacket, but also with jeans, a dress, and because it’s mostly made with cotton it would be perfect for a summer night, maybe somewhere on the beach…ok, I need a vacation, that’s obvious. πŸ™‚

And of course, here are my new journals:

Have a wonderful day! πŸ™‚

Happy New Year!

Hello friends! How are you? Everything ready for the New Year? πŸ™‚

I’ve been working like crazy lately, and although I really really need some time to play in my studio, that’s not going to happen. Maybe next year,LOL! There are so many UFO’s on my desk! Some ATCs, a lovely piece of my handwoven fabric that I started painting and embellishing, a crocheted scarf that needs a few more beads, brooches that need pins…well, as I said, next year….. πŸ™‚ But I have some scarves and ponchos to weave and deliver to customers, and although I love to weave, it’s more like work now and not enough play! Also, a lot of things have been sold lately, and some of them I forgot to photograph (bad me!), which made me want to post photos of some of my pieces that were so hard to sell! I fall in love with almost everything I make (doesn’t that happen to all of us?) and sometimes, even though I am thrilled to sell, it makes me feel kind of sad that I’m never going to see those pieces again. So here are just a few photos of those ‘hard to sell’ creations:

There are many more in this category, but I can’t keep everything in my closet, right? It’s enough that I have so many journals and albums that are just sitting on the shelf. I can’t force my self to sell them. I just look at them and feel happy! Crazy…

Well, it’s time for me to go and weave something beautiful (with ruffles,yay!). Or maybe I could eat some chocolate cake first? Hmmm…decisions, decisions…:)

I also wanted to thank you for visiting my blog, this was my first blogging year and it was absolutely wonderful! Happy New Year, I wish you love, peace and good health! And some cake, of course! πŸ™‚

My weaving

To be honest with you, I don’t have a favorite weaving pattern. I love them all equally. They can be complex

or more simple patterns

Then there are some I weave often because they sell very well.

But what I love the most is combining different yarns and different colors. I think it’s because I’m never quite sure how the finished piece would look like, even though I have an idea of what I want to achieve, but until it’s finished the whole process has a bit of mystery to it, so that is like an adventure for me.

Here is a scarf done with different yarns in shades of blue:

Then some Autumn colors:

And here is the one that’s on my loom right now. It’s a combination of cotton and mohair, very light and airy, and for now I am very satisfied with how it looks.

As I said, I have an idea of what I want it to look like, and for now I think the yarn has been behaving very good. πŸ™‚ I used mohair to achieve the soft “wintery” look, without it being too dense and “heavy”. I want this scarf to look wonderful with any outfit – a coat, a denim jacket, a sweater.

Here is another cotton/wool/mohair scarf in green tones, not that “lacy” as the one I’m doing now, but oh so soft!

Whatever I weave, the most exciting thing for me is the element of surprise that is present in every handwoven piece. No matter if you weave with the pattern or without, Β there is at least a tiny possibility that something could turn out differently than you’ve imagined, which of course doesn’t apply if you use the same pattern and the same yarn many times, but I often feel that it should be a waste of time for me to do the same thing over and over again when there are so many new things to try – new drafts, new yarn, combinations are endless!

So, let’s wait and see how this purple loveliness turns out, and then I’ll be diving into more color combinations. I can’t wait! πŸ™‚