Sunday, October 31, 2010

Done, and some Garden pics

Finished the last small weaving, I am pleased with the way the blue connects the pine needles... sort of lace like.
We spent some time in the yard today stacking wood and enjoying the end of fall

I've got some pictures of the last blast of autumn colors, this hydreangea finally flowered this year for the first time (I think it has been planted for 3 years now) only one flower but the fall color of the leaves is surprising a smooth blend of green and deep violet/ bronze.

Purple smoke bush and spirea
Spirea and amnosia

Hosta that has become a strange sculpture

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Ultra -Violet

It was one of those days where frustrations seemed to accumulate as it went on. They seem to have dissipated now. I've started another small weaving. Trying a different color for the warp, electric royal blue... and a narrower shape.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

5 min sketch

A quick sketch of my favorite subject Rasta, our VERY tired dog.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Another small weaving featuring pine needles and the fall colors that have surrounded me the last few weeks. The colors have begun to shift to bronzes and burgundys now. Autumn is mellowing.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Little Loom - How To

Wow! I've been gone longer than I thought. Thanks for all of the comments... I've had a request for some directions on making a little loom so here goes:
First I cut a piece of thick watercolor paper (cold press, 140 lb)
to 1 5/8" by 4 1/2"
its stiff enough to hold the warp threads but thin enough to cut accurately.

then I cut a piece of heavy card stock cut to 1 5/"8 by 4 1/4"
this will be stiff enough to support the warp threads without bending

next I marked 1/8" intervals along both of the short ends of the watercolor paper and cut short slits at each mark

then I stacked the two pieces with the slitted ends protruding beyond the card stock to either end and wrapped the entire thing with duct tape to hold it together
To warp the loom I simply wrap thread around the entire thing going through each slit then tie the two ends together so it will hold tension
that is it quick and easy.
As to what I am weaving with... well aside from the found objects I'm mainly using embroidery floss since that is what I have at hand.
I doubt that this will last very long as the watercolor paper will eventually lose its stiff and no longer hold the threads properly.
However I think the basic design could be modified with more permanent materials so it could hold up over time/use.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Tossed By the Sea

Today I went to the beach with a friend. As cloudy and cool as it was, colors popped and captured the eye everywhere. Rosa Rugosa is no longer blooming but rose hips are ripe and abundant.

Some of the colors were in my personal noncollectable range. This lobster shell glowed in blue, green and rust but would have smelled like a seafood restaurant dumpster in no time, so a picture had to do.

Goldenrod is blooming in the dunes.

A most astonishing blue and red. This really tempted me, I almost broke my rule (nothing stinky), in the end common sense prevailed. The white thing there isn't crab but shark cartilage. There was LOTS of that around. I wonder what is killing the sharks.
In the end the things that found their way home with me were pieces of driftwood.

More stones.

A few fragments of shells.

And finally two bird skulls scoured white and clean.

One is a gull (pretty sure of that) the other may be a cormorant.
they are graceful and exquisitely delicate, weighing so little you can almost feel the flight in them.