A friend of mine is getting married in two weeks (a: eek! and b: it's a week after college graduation. How's she's managing this is beyond me), and I wanted to give her a present that would last generations. So I wove her a shawl! Her favorite color is (obviously) blue.
Bamboo, tencel, silk, and lurex (all approximately 20/2) woven in plain weave on a Harrisville 4 harness 36 inch loom. The lurex was woven with another strand, since it's not strong enough to stand up in a warp by itself. About 22 inches by 62 inches.
The drape on it is fantastic! It's basically weightless and really, really soft.
The most wonderful thing for me is that, when I graduated last year from the same college, a friend who had graduated the year before pulled me aside and gave me a ceramic bowl she had hand-turned and glazed herself at her new job in a pottery studio. She told me that, no matter what expectations came out of a schmancy liberal arts education, you could be whoever you wanted to be and do whatever you wanted to do. Fast forward a year, and I'm working in a fiber store, weaving, spinning, and dyeing for a living, and I'm exactly where I want to be. I guess I just want to pass on the message to the next generation. (Plus I live in Maine still and I get to do photoshoots on the beach!)
I received from lisateacher! Here's the lovely front:
and the wonderful back:
The quote says, "In a perfect union the man and woman are like a strung bow. Who is to say whether the string bends the bow, or the bow tightens the string?" Which I love. Actually, altogether, I love love love love love it! Thanks again!
This is Aethelred the Unready, (bonus points if you get the geeky British history reference) so named because he sold before I had taken any pictures of him and I had to quick snap pictures at the sales desk as he was getting rung up. He was entirely needle-felted, with pipe cleaner armatures in the legs and neck.
a good shot of his manly proportions
booty shot for tha ladies
I work at a fiber store (hence the selling him bit--I got paid to make him! Eeeee!), so I just grabbed stuff from the bins to make him, and don't really remember what I used. I'm sad he sold, though! He's sad too, see:
Since this was technically started on Friday (and finished far too early this morning), I'm going to pretend I get to post it. 86 and a little yards, 80s merino, navajo-plied worsted weight. Hand-carded and blended to match a woven piece I did, so I can knit an edging on it. I'll post the final product when I get it done, and once I figure out what the heck board it goes in . . .
with the woven piece, which is rayon, rayon chenille, a teeeeny bit of mohair, and alpaca.
All right! First off are the lovely lovely lovely (lovely) pages I received from little green dragonfly:
And here are the pages I made for qazicat:
The text says, "sunset is the same the world over, no matter what language you speak". Since half the ephemera I use for these are from Russian and Italian textbooks and a coffeetable book on Indian material culture, I thought that that might be appropriate.
(edited because the pictures were enormous--sorry guys!)