Friday, June 24, 2011

The Church Panel

Our church got a new flat panel television recently... and it was placed front center.... the cords dangle down the wall so I though that it might be nice to weave something to cover those this is what I came up with....

We can see the warped threads and some weft started in the following two photos.  The shuttle is laying on the  project so you can see what I use to weave.  I wasn't sure how the yarn was going to weave.  The red  yarn is Egyptian cotton, and the  brown is bamboo and cotton mixed.

Here you can see some different weaving which is called Leno, which is a lace technique.

Here the panel hanging upside down.... 

 I like the drape of the fabric... it is what I was looking to create.  I do have some yarn left over so I think I'll make a couple of scarves using the leno technique.  I think that would be so pretty.  I plan on getting some curtain rods to tie the panel to and then it will hang at our church....  When I get that done, I hope to add a photo here but until then.....

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

A new logo

I just created this simple but striking logo.  I am a fan of simplicity in logo design....I often find that many photography logos tend to  be too eloborate and dated... inadequate for changing times....  I like logos that can be eadily recognizable... I like logos that can be effective no matter what the color scheme is.  This is called samantha....

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Weaving and Spinning 101

Well I allowed the kids to pick out their own yarn for a project and Zoe picked out pink, of course, so here is a photo of two cloths that we wove together.... 
I think that these two wash cloths turned otu very nice.  Plain weave can shine with use a color and texture and I hope that this first try is only the beginning.

Next, I received my new drop spindle and decided to learn how to use it.  I have a lot to learn but it is a start.  Below is some of the yarn I've spun.  It's think and thin because I have been learning how to use it but I'm getting better.

Here is the fiber I'm spinning.  I can't wait to weave it and see how it turns out, but I'm slow so it'll be a while.  I love the gentle colors.  This is hand painted fiber and so the exact coloration is unique.  I think I'm planning a scarf for it.  It is wool, bamboo and nylon.

Saturday, June 4, 2011


I wanted to share some photographs that I took yesterday.  Brian showed me a robin's nest with four hatchlings.  While I couldn't get a good shot of the babies, I got some shots of their protective mother who, when I had overstayed myself, let me know that I wasn't welcome!  Unfortunately by the next day the hatchlings had disappeared and we assumed some critter got them because they were too small to fly.

Here is a patch of rye grass that Brian left in the yard to grow.  I love the colors and the lines that they create in this simple photograph. 

I couldn't help but take a photograph of one of our yellow irises.  They are beautiful right now and there are so many colors....

Of course I couldn't help but take a shot of Zoe.  She wanted me to take her photograph, and even thoguh she wasn't dressed up, I though this one was half cute.

Finally, Zoe and I have started a weaving project....wash cloths... in pink.  They will be pinkalicious! I set up the warp (the thread on the loom that supports) and started the weft (the part that is woven through the warp)...but Zoe helped throw the shuttle some and did a good job with a little help from mommy.  Zoe loves to create clothes and such, so maybe she'll even design her own cloth someday.

It is my plan to make these first projects to be gifts in various ways.... although the kids lay claim to their first projects.  There is so much creativity in weaving and I can't wait to explore it more.  I  have ordered some handpainted roving (unspun fiber that has been prepared to spin), and I hope to try my hand at handspinning once I get a spindle.  I did make a home made one and just need to get a gasket to help hold the cd's on.  We'll see. I did bid on a spindle on ebay which I'll probably win.
I think that whatever can help us use the farms resources will benefit us in to long run.  We want to make this farm someplace for our children (or one at least) will stay and make it work for them and their families. So we'll see how things go.  I hope we can stick to this and improve and grow.