Weaving

Faceplanting Chickens and Plaited Twill

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I’m really looking forward to spring and summer this year. Not just because of the warmer weather, but because I just got some baby chicks! Dad came up and helped me build a chicken coop, so the four girls will be able to move into their own swanky little house when they’re old enough.

The first couple days, I found myself worrying a lot about them. I’ve never had chickens before, and I kept getting stressed out because I don’t know anything about them except what I’ve read in books. But the books didn’t say that they all will periodically faceplant and look totally dead while they power nap. Or that there’d be a jail break on day 2 and I’d have to find my trouble-making Americauna chick (luckily she didn’t get very far).

It’s been an exercise in letting go. Letting go of my worry and anxiety, and – the big one – letting go of control. It’s applicable to my art practice, too. It’s so easy to get used to doing things a certain way and then get stuck in a rut. Ruts are all about control. You know what to do and how to do it. You’re comfortable and in control. But you can learn a lot from shaking things up, so I’m taking the lesson to heart.

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I tried out a new weave that’s pretty complicated, in colors I don’t use very often. It’s called a plaited twill, and I absolutely love it! I’m loving the spring green and ecru color combination, and the aqua feels so fresh. And of course, I always love a good red :) These table runners are available in my shop!

I’ve also been having a bit of a neutral moment. I’ve done a scarf in neutral stripes and an infinity scarf in a beige and black lace weave. I love the subtlety of the neutrals, so I’ll definitely be doing more!

Spring Stripes

This past month was all about weaving tea towels. I had some stripes in my head that I really wanted to try, so I sat down with some graph paper and worked out the patterns. I'm so happy with how they turned out!

Like with a lot of my weaving, these tea towels were inspired by vintage textiles. My grandmother had a super cute, ‘50s vintage-feeling red and white kitchen that I loved. It’s kind of the model in my head for “best vintage kitchen”. (Side note: My Great-Great Aunt [my Great-Grandmother’s sister] had an avocado green kitchen with green and yellow linoleum. Totally not the ideal anything in my head. I’m so glad avocado hasn’t come back into style in any widespread way…)

I think my grandmother would have liked these striped tea towels. They would definitely fit into her '50s kitchen, but the stripe patterns feel modern, too.

These new tea towels are available in my shop. I wove a couple of each design so you can stock up. Get your favorite now!