SanteFe Rag Rug and Junk Jewelry

Twenty-five years ago this coming December, this SanteFe Junk Necklace was a 25th Anniversary gift from my husband.  Even though it is called a 'Junk Necklace', it is not made of junk but precious gemstones, shell, turquoise nuggets, silver and brass beads.
 It is the perfect piece to compliment my second 'Twined Rug' along with a 'Pine Needle Basket' I made about the same time as the SanteFe trip. The basket was made from needles from a Pine Tree that was in our front yard...more about that in a later post.  These items, the basket and necklace, are included in these photos as a way to document them as well as enhance the 'SanteFe Rag Rug' with it's beautiful southwest colors.
This rug is 18 inches by 24 inches...a perfect table top mat.  As the second piece made on my new Loom, I tried out the third warp peg bar that makes the loom so much more versatile in creating different sizes of rugs.  I really liked working on this size...it worked up in a couple of days.  Again, it was another learning experience with several things to note...#1 pull tighter on turn strips that wrap around the rod.  And #2 warp with darker color when majority of strips are darker prints.  This will eliminate the warp peg ends from showing.  This is how I solved the problem on this rug....
.....crocheted an edging through the warp loops and space between each one.
Definitely something to 'Tweet' about.


Indian Summer the West Texas Way

The Fall Season is slowly making it's way to West Texas.   Many refer to this time as 'Indian Summer'.  These last few weeks and days to come do fit the criteria of days that are warm, the atmosphere is hazy, little to no wind, high barometer readings and the nights are clear and chilly.

Why Indian Summer?  Some say it comes from the early Algonquian Native Americans, who believed that the condition was caused by a warm wind sent from the court of their southwest god, Cautantowwit.  There are other theories of the origin of Indian Summer, but I like the Native American one...it speaks to my love of the Southwest.

What could be more Southwest than handcrafted Southwest pottery and a woven rug!   This 'Twined Table Runner' made of denim was the first project made on my Libby LuLa 409 Loom.  It is 12 inches wide and 48 inches long.  I am very pleased with the way it turned out and quite satisfied with being able to weave again.  A second rug is already on the loom.

Indian Summer
by Wilfred Campbell
Along the line of smoky hills
The crimson forest stands,
And all the day the blue-jay calls
Throughout the autumn lands.
Now by the brook the maple leans
With all his glory spread,
And all the sumachs on the hills
Have turned their green to red.
Now by great marshes wrapt in mist,
Or past some river's mouth,
Throughout the long, still autumn day
Wild birds are flying south.


Autumn Joy 'Sedum' Time

I always look forward to this time of year when the Autumn Joy blooms.  I planted it years ago in a flower bed that gave it optimal sun exposure and optimal photo access so I could sneak up on the Monarch Butterflies.  Autum Joy is a source of food for them as the migrate to Mexico for the winter, and my Bed of Joy is directly in their migration path.  Alas, this year it seems the Monarch has morphed into a Moth.  Oh well, Monarch or Moth...still amazing to capture either one.
The bees love it, too. 


Libby LuLa 409...We Can Twine

As ready as I said I was in my last post...Let The Big Time Twining Begin...I had to wait until today to begin my first Big Time Twining Rug.  The delay was due to...#1 my work schedule, #2 reorganizing studio space and #3...a good nights rest!  I seldom if ever begin a new project with my studio in a mess and/or late in the afternoon or evening.  I am a morning person!
Even after practicing on my homemade loom, there was a bit of a learning curve this morning on Libby.  To begin with, I increased the size of the warping strips from a scant one inch to a generous one and a half inch.  This I knew would accommodate the heavier weight of the denims I planned to use for this first project.  Then, I had to reacquaint myself with making the turn at each of the rods that keep the rug sides straight.  It is the trickiest part...so back to the U-Tube video. 
Considerations and Issues on First Project:
~Start with small project...Table Runner.
~Set Loom at a height that doesn't strain neck and shoulders.
~STOP when neck and shoulders start aching.
~Beware of low thread count fabrics for weft...they ravel, ravel, ravel...that means they shed, shed shed little threads!
~Work with 45 inch or shorter length strips.  Reduces raveling and easier to pull through warp.
~Weave (twine) with a light and dark strip...makes the pattern stand out.
~Slit Loop connect a lighter weight fabric to the heavier weight denim and visa versa.  This makes a less bulky connection than denim to denim...keep the light and dark color combo going.
~Make the Slit Loop connections at least three inches from each side.  Having a connecting change on the side is hard to work in and hide.
~Work four or five inches at the top of the loom then flip it over and work four or five inches on the bottom.  These rows will be the ends of your Table Runner/Rug.  If you want balance repeat the rows as close to the same color strips as possible.
~Clip and pull ravel threads as you go.  Gives your neck and shoulder a chance to rest.
~Take a break often to hydrate...this might drive some to drinking...how does a Margarita sound?
~Take a break after five or so inches and take a picture...then go brag blog about it!


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