My favorite fall-winter activity is weaving. There’s an amazing quiet spot that builds up like layers of yarn, over-under, over-under, over-under, the rhythm rocking me, the textures of the fiber running through fingers soothing summer-dried nerves. If the day is rainy and windy, like today, so much the better! This piece is nearly three feet wide, and about four feet tall and is being created on a PVC pipe loom that I made for under $15.00. You’re already looking at over 14 hours of work. One thing is true, you’ll never get rich being a fiber artist unless you are a self-promoting genius. HA!
All the fiber has been donated to me–just pieces and ends of yarn other knitters and weavers and cross stitch folks didn’t want to bother with. I have about four containers of such pickings, and it’s fun to watch it come alive on the warp threads. This is a great project for a small group as well–warp the loom, have folks bring yarn scraps and even strips of cloth and each time you meet, have each person add a bit of weave to the tapestry. It’s an exercise sure to get you over any control-freak inclinations you might have! HA!
In a later blog, I’ll break down the steps to create your own floor or table-top loom. I will tell you I am getting some flex in the pipe with this loom, and will have to add some wooden dowling inside the pipes to help make it more rigid.
The other interesting project I am doing is gathering fresh herbs, a cinnamon stick, a shake of dry herbs and then some interesting pine cones or stones and making globe lamps. I have ceramic wine bottle inserts that I will be using rather than just the open wick you see here–don’t want to blow up the house. 🙂 But it gives you a sense of the finished product. I used lamp oil but you can also use olive oil. The unusual shaped container you see here used to contain rum. No, I don’t drink but have friends who can “donate” their empties! It’s the same way I get beautiful blue wine bottles which also make stunning lamps and delightful re-purposed Christmas presents for the Season of Light.
Also, look for an upcoming blog about building a deer blind from pallets and Restore materials–a 6 x 6 blind can be made for under $50.00 and I have the pictures to prove it! Until next time, happy St. Antler’s Day and blessings.