Like many of you, I'm thinking about the past year and just how fast it went by! Another one 'done and dusted' 😳 We had a nice but very quiet Christmas and it could only be that way due to being inundated with snow and we couldn't get out! We never got much of a fall and seem to go straight into winter with a dump of snow while the leaves were still on the trees and then it would melt and fall again etc. Then came the recent cold snap and more snow. Winter has only just begun and we're sick of it already! A pineapple express from Hawaiian waters came to the rescue and warmed us up and melted nearly all the snow away with heavy rains. Its a case of be careful what you ask for as now we have had some flooding, but not for us fortunately.
New Years Eve was also quiet for us but we did stay up for the big moment and our neighbours set off fireworks and banged pots together. 🎉
Some years ago it became a 'thing' to photograph what is on your loom for New Year's Day and I changed it up to be a review of what I accomplished for the year in the studio instead. I can say that I wasn't as active as in previous years, but I put more thought into each project and took my time enjoying each step. That's a good thing as Life is busy enough as it is and weaving is something I want to enjoy and have fun with. Both my looms are engaged; the Spring has rose fibre shawls, and the Megado has table runners underway.
I know that there are some regular readers out there and I thank you for your patience when the time between posts go long, Blogger took away the email notification of when a new post is written so I have to rely on you taking time to check in periodically. Blogging seems to have fallen from favour with the trendy masses as they shift to the next new thing. I can't keep up with it and don't want to. So I am on social media at Instagram as @ThrumsTextiles, Face Book as Thrums Textiles, Etsy shop called Thrums Textiles, and my favourite weaver playground of Warped Weavers at Ravelry, as weever. I will continue to post here; after starting this blog in 2008, I may as well carry on while I enjoy it.
Now lets get to the review.... Click on pictures to enlarge. Click on hilighted links to list the past post for details, possible draft and more pictures.
I had some health issues for several months in 2021 with a reoccurring toe infection which makes treadling difficult and resulted in a minor surgical procedure in December. That, and a shoulder muscle spasm meant I was healing in January, but I did get both looms full and busy and weaving was underway again.
Nothing weaving related to show in April but the looms were busy, as was my e-spinner. I just love it!
This month started with having a close call with our old car when the steering column started smoking as were about to start a trip. We got turned around and headed (slowly) to the dealership. A shortage of parts, and of used cars thanks to the pandemic, but we did leave with a newer used car and feeler safer on the road, and a slave to car payments once again. *sigh* Hub went back to the dealership two days after we bought the car and discovered they had had a fire in the service bay and were half burnt down! No it wasn't our old car but it was the same make and model.
Weaving is underway on longer warps of 8-9 + yards so they are all 'in progress' and I was also enjoying more spinning time sitting on our patio
I participated in an online towel exchange in honour of my late friend Padre Wayne Nicholson. I received linen towels from Cheryl in Georgia, USA and she received one of the recent herringbone twill towels.
I had fun winding the colour gradation, and so I wound another tencel colour gradation where the colour appears as a ripple across the warp. See the colour changes in the fringe in the picture above. Royal blue to greyed teal and back again twice. I used the colour adobe as my weft and had fun weaving up these two scarves as my last project for the year. Once again, they were snapped up over night and now they live in Maryland.
kitchen towels: 9
baby blankets: 3
A grand total of 32 finished items for 2022!
...... and I have also found the right coloured silk for weaving that special scarf again!
I want to wish you all a very Happy, Healthy New Year with Smooth warps and Swift Shuttles!