Finished the last little bit of weaving for March tonight, and April is ready to go tomorrow. April's main color will be green, but this time, I'm going to try and include some inspiration from my weaving garden. Since I was unable to successfully weave a shamrock on March 17th, I realize this may be a bit ambitious for this warp, but we'll see what happens!
Spent a little time outside this morning, feeding the fish, trimming the plants and listening to the birds. After such a horrific drought last year, it's heart-warming to see everything lush and green, and flowers blooming. I admit, I'm quite lucky to live where I live; my lot seems to be sheltered from freezes a little more than my neighbors and friends in the area, and so quite often things survive the winter without missing a beat.
Twenty-one little flags for the 21st day of March. A little out of the box, no? I just felt like doing something completely different for today's tapestry weaving. Am considering trimming the bottom row a little so you can see some of the 13th day, which is now almost completely hidden.
It's hard to believe, March is already two-thirds gone, and I'm already brain storming April's tapestry, which will be mostly greens.
And speaking of green, the last three nights before the big storm I was kept awake by what was apparently a singing toad -- a very loud toad -- so loud that I could hear him from inside the house, with all the doors and windows closed! The storm may have been his demise, since last night was completely quiet. Thankfully, "the girls" (Maizie and Melba, my two labs) and I fared the storm just fine. Even the outdoor weavings survived, and considering the rain and winds, it is a small miracle!
Happy St. Patrick's Day! Twice, I failed miserably trying to weave this actual four-leaf clover, so I had to improvise. Can you see the resemblance? :-)
(I cannot find Armande. He must be out celebrating somewhere!)
I’ve decided that the days I don’t get to weave, I’m going to weave the actual numbers, like I did on the 14th. Was having such bad stomach pains, I just couldn’t weave that night. And this way, I get practice on weaving something specific. Still enjoying the process. Got some great tapestry yarns in the mail to add to this project. I'm very pleased because I can already see some improvement in my skills.
Isn't this wonderful? This is a collaborative project made by weavers all over the country, including me, and assembled by Jill in California. You can easily spot my section -- it's the red one in the lower left corner. There are also bits and pieces of the red weaving cut up and placed elsewhere on the blanket. More info on Jill's Blog.
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Total project after eight days of weaving. Yesterday didn't go so well. I wove, I un-wove, and I wove again. Sometimes these things happen.
Armande, the Armadillo
Look what showed up in the garden today! Could be my new mascot. Will have to take him with me to places I visit.
He, too, needs a name, don't you think?
Amanda Cutler made this lovely creature from a book called Weaving a Zoo, which I also have, but knowing I would never get around to weaving one of these, I ordered one from her. I think this little guy is just so delightful, although I hope he doesn't eat all the flowers!
03/15/2012. To keep up with Armande's adventures, click Armande.
Day 4. I recently found out my Native American animal sign is the bear. Who knew? As it turns out, I have had a lot of "bear" things in my house for quite some time now. Maybe there's a connection.
I also recently bought a cookie cutter for a lady who does ceramics to make me some glazed bears, so I traced it, reduced it and made a cartoon for today's weaving. The bear is woven in lace weight yarn (tripled) and the red wool came from an Etsy grab bag. This is my favorite, so far.
Since I have a prominent spider theme going on around here, both inside and outside, I decided to start the new tapestry by weaving a "spider" from the book, Tapestry 101. Clearly, I need more practice to make this look good, but I'm hoping as the squares fill in around it, it will not look so bad. :-)
Three apple green dots on lower left border indicate the month of March; there are 12 dots on the lower right-hand side for the year. Fiber content will vary, as will texture, for this piece. If you look closely, you can see the bulky orange boucle in the border -- it pokes out here and there. My tapestry skills are pretty weak, so I'm focusing on improving them, a little at a time.
Lydia Kendrick, Fiber Artist, self-employed, home studio business in San Marcos, Texas