I have always had a fascination for feathers. I might go so far as to call it a Feather Fetish. For many years, I was under the impression that somewhere in my Family Tree there was a Native American branch...or at least a twig. My imagination ran wild when I learned that my 2X Great Grandmother's maiden name was Leatherwood. The Feather Fascination flourished in many aspects of my life....in my Art, in my closet, jewelry, home décor and more. So, it came as somewhat of a surprise and a disappointment when my Genealogy Research led to the post...Leatherwood-Pittman Myths Debunked. Nevertheless, feathers and their symbolism still fascinate and resonate with me.
Let me be as a feather.
Strong with purpose yet light at heart.
Able to bend.
And, though I might become frayed,
Able to pull myself
One day, you're a Peacock.
The next day you're a
Lately, I have been pretty wrapped up in Twining on my LibbyLuLa Loom. I still am...but, then I saw something 'Shinny'...that's what HiHoney says when I loose focus and flit from one project to the next or start another one.
The 'Shiny' something started with browsing on Pinterest. Mandalas!
Mandala (Sanskrit Mandala, 'circle') is a spiritual and ritual symbol in a number of religions around the world including Native American. The Native American Mandala is created in honor of a people that truly understand the deeper meanings of thought, nature, and life.
I have more to tell you about Native American Mandala's and how they relate to my YarnARama Circle Crochet Chaos, but I have to cut this short and go to my JOB. I'll leave you with this thought to Contemplate ....
What goes around comes around.
Keep the Circle
You know...in todays market place of 'It's Hand Done, Honey'
...if YOU don't promote your stuff...
it's not going to get out there for all the 'www dot coms' or 'live shoppers' to see.
So here is my 'Shameless Selfie Ad'.
(click on pic Ad to enlarge)
or better yet
Visit CollectInTexas ETSY Shop
click on Texas!
Alexander Henry would most likely strike my name from his Preferred Customer list if I even dared to think of ripping up this RARE out of PRINT HoHoHoarded fabric....
...not to mention how Santa would never allow Rudolph to land on my rooftop again.
Thank-you Great Grandfather for Your Service.
George Washington Pittman
July 26, 1843 ~ June 12, 1938
Your Great Granddaughters
Sue and Connie
Visited Texas State Cemetery
October 15, 2015
(click on pic to enlarge for reading of plaques)
(click on pic to enlarge for reading of plaques)
Can you just imagine the disappointment of those who took the title literally as LibbyLuLa giving a tutorial on Stripping 101? Plus the confusion of scrolling through the photos featuring a Christmas Theme rather than 'Let Me Entertain You' with Gypsy Rose Lee. Now I am really dating myself!
Anyway, since becoming a 'Twiner', I have learned a few things about how I go about designing and planning a piece for my LibbyLuLa Loom. My traditional 'InnerQuilterSelf' takes over! What can I say? I am a color, pattern, texture, measuring, etc.etc. balanced person. Here's an example....
here...I carefully rotary cut every strip at 1 inch...exactly...really, Sue! After some study, research and UTubing I discovered that tearing was quicker and a more efficient use of time. Still, measuring and clipping is important to me for uniform strips. Then there is tearing with the fabric grain or against it. I know, it's an 'OverThinking' thingy, but, some fabrics RAVEL more when torn from selvage to selvage which is against the grain.
Which brings me to the next issue on tearing vs cutting....raveled edges versus clean edges. As you twine strips around the warp, torn strips ravel more as they are pulled through the warp which creates a tangle of thread to be clipped or pulled off.
The next consideration is the right and wrong side of the fabric. OMG, again, really, Sue? I blame my Mother for this...."Sue, the inside or backside of whatever you make should look as neat and well crafted as the Front." So, I listen to my 'MomInnerVoice' and FOLD the 2 inch strips in half so the front and back are the same. This takes a bit more time as you Twine, but if that is the look you want...then it is worth the time it takes.
So, until then here's a close-up view of the 'Stripping 101 for LibbyLuLa'
and what I hope to be a well balanced, well crafted front and back
Christmas Table Runner.
Christmas Table Runner.
For those of you who were hoping for something more risqué and entertaining...
The solution for Rag Rug Twining fabrics....Thrift Store Shopping! As you know if you are a long time reader of this blog, thrifting is a part of my DNA, and as a Goodwill Huntress, I am a Fabric Bin Bomber. For instance, the tag 'Lrg Piece Floral Cloth' with the $10 price might not seem like a good deal to most, but it was for me...especially when I pulled it out of the pile and 'chin to elbow' measured it at a good 6 yards. Yup, it is a 'Lrg Piece' alright! Thank-you vendor #29...you just made my day and a Twining Rag Rug maker very happy.
Just about finished with this Table Runner.
Here's what is next to be Stripped for Twining.
Here's what I am waiting for to make Rag Rug Making more efficient and easier
on an Old Quilter's Neck and Shoulder!
Libby LuLa 409 companion piece....The Easel.
Not dollar Thrifted...but a Big Saver & Ease on Old Quilters N&S.
Hmmm...guess that's why it's called and Easel.
Works for me!
Lucky me....it's Monarch Migration time.
Happy Trails for All.
On this rug/table runner I found a perfect woven border with a twisted rope fringe. I think this will be more pleasing and certainly will not ravel like a fabric fringe would.
Now on to the next project on Libby LuLa 409 which is another table runner. It's already on the loom.
Long a Southwest symbol, the coyote has been depicted in Southwest Art for centuries. In 1986 the company that holds the JJ Trademark began marketing a line of pewter pins depicting animals of the American West.
The JJ Trademark became an instant collectible on September 1, 2006 when the company announced it's closing due to foreign competition and market conditions.
This pin has been in my collection probably since it first came out on the market. I don't remember exactly what I paid for it, but it's value has more than tripled as an out of production collectible.
You can view the Howling Coyote pin on my recently re-opened Etsy shop.
Here is the link:
~limited numbers of scrap strips for repeating throughout the table runner which is being made for a specific table.
~the recipient has an eye for detail and will be more visually pleased and comfortable with a planned, repeated pattern.
~the recipient is more comfortable with darker colors especially browns, rust, and forest green.
When creating for someone who has specific needs,
and you want them to feel comfortable with the end result,
Color Consideration and Pattern Makes A Difference.
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.
.....crocheted an edging through the warp loops and space between each one.
Definitely something to 'Tweet' about.
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.
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.