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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!

PayPal is now Available in Checkout!

I’m excited about this! I use Squarespace for my website because I really like their pretty templates and ease of use. The one thing I wanted that they didn’t have was PayPal integration – until now!

Squarespace just added PayPal as an option at checkout, so you can easily purchase anything on my site using your PayPal account. I’m happy to now be able to offer you this new option at checkout!

And don't forget my sale is still on till December 8! Use the code TGIVING at checkout for 20% off.

My Holiday Sale is On!

I'm having a sale for the holidays! It's on now and runs through December 8 (I want to make sure there's plenty of time for your order to get to you before Christmas).

Just enter the code TGIVING at checkout and you'll get 20% off your order!

It works for everything on my site, with no minimum. Pick out your favorite gifts, or get something for yourself!

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New Weaving is in the Shop!

I finally did a weaving shop update! Phew :) (New paintings will be uploaded soon, I'm just finishing a few more first.) My Mom was in town last weekend, so I rushed to get the photos all taken before she got here (the guest room is my photo studio), and then processed the photos while we hung out in the evenings. We did some great Christmas shopping while she was here – it was a really fun weekend!

Here's what's new...

I wove a batch of tea towels in blue/white, red/black, and black/white. My favorite colors. Along with the goose eye and herringbone that I absolutely love to weave, I tried out a new pattern that will definitely be one of my regulars. I'm calling it the "Carrie" point twill, and it's available so far in blue/white, and red/black.

I also wove a couple things on this bright red fine cotton, using a pattern that's called a "skip-dent" weave. All that means is that it has stripes lengthwise that are created by leaving some threads out so there are gaps. (Does that make sense? It's so hard to put into words!) Right now, I have this table runner available in the shop. It's 48" long and 9.5" wide. Perfect for your holiday tables! It's nice and light – a little bit sheer, and it has 3" fringe on the ends so it would look great with the ends draped off the edge of the table.

I also have a scarf made with the same red yarn and pattern, but it's in a group show at Weisinger's Winery in Ashland though December. If it doesn't sell at the show, I'll add it to the shop in January! I really like it as a scarf – it's so light and airy.

And last but not least, I wove two infinity scarves using variegated Tencel (rayon) yarns. Why didn't I do infinity scarves before?? They're so cute!

In case you don't know, an infinity scarf has its ends sewn together so it's a big loop. You put it on and then loop it around your neck again. Super easy!

The red one is a variegated yarn in shades of red and black, and I added some random stripes in solid black. The blue one is a variegated yarn in shades of blue, purple, and black. If I could, I'd keep these and wear them all. the. time. They're so pretty!

Everything's in the shop now. Check it out!


Holiday Sale!

I'm having my first holiday sale soon. It starts on 11/25 and runs through 12/8. Check back here or watch my Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook for details!

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

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!