Friday, May 19, 2017

The Reason I Started Weaving

Necessity is the mother of invention.  That sums up why I wanted to learn to weave.  There was a wall near our dining room that was just waiting for something pretty to hang above a piece of furniture and this phases of the moon bunting Eddy and I made together.

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But it took me awhile to develop some weaving chops before I felt comfortable embarking on the ambitious weaving project I wanted for this space. I made this piece in the bathroom and also this one for our entryway. When I was ready to get started, I started with the fringe.

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Next, I did some loops and some soumak stitch.

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Then just more loops and fringes.

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My favorite part is at the very top where I wove in some sequins.

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You can never have enough sequins.

This is what it looked like before I removed it from the loom.

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Then, of course, I had to bury all these pesky loose ends on the back of the weaving.

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Here it is installed on some driftwood we picked up on the Oregon coast over our moon phases bunting.

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And here's the view into the dining room!

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Now that I've finished the weaving I set out to do, I guess I can weave whatever I please!

Friday, May 12, 2017

Maneki Neko Fangirl Room

We are incredible lamebots.  As such, we spent New Year's Eve making and installing a shelf in my office.  It was a shelf for my maneki neko collection.

Don't worry. We drank champagne while doing so.

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Rupert helped.

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Once the shelf was in place, I saw this pillow and figured I could make a similar one for my new shrine to waving kitties.


Here's the pattern I came up with.

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Just look at that cute little face!

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Gotta write something in that banner.

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Here's the finished pillow, all stuffed and ready for duty.

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I really like the selvedge edge on the back. I don't know why I didn't think of it before because I use some fabrics with some lovely selvedges and also because I'm lazy about hemming.

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Here's the kitty all nestled in his new home.

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Now I'll just have to figure out some maneki neko artwork to hang over that chaise lounge.  Also, more waving cats.  Definitely more waving cats.

Friday, May 5, 2017

Wood and Wool

Our friend Tuan, who we met when we lived in St. Louis, made this lovely artwork that we've been so excited to display in our new place.  It was the first piece of artwork we hung when we unpacked and I absolutely love it.  I wanted to share a picture of it right away, but our wall where we were displaying it just never seemed to do it justice.

First it was that our walls were tan.  Hideous, terrible tan as far as the eye could see.  Here's where we hung it.  In that teeny wall in the entryway.

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These are just the staging pictures from the house listing.  Then we had the walls painted green and it looked so much better.

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But it still looked a little lonely. I just wanted to make something special to go with it. Enter my new love of weaving. I tried out some variegated warp for this one.

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Here it is almost finished, still on the loom. Also late at night because that's when I finished it.

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And here it is in its new home!

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My favorite thing about this grouping is that it looks like a little person! Anyway, thanks so much to Tuan for this special piece! We think of you and Leah and Pasha every single time we walk through the room.

Friday, April 28, 2017

Rupert Crochets

My mom hasn't been feeling well lately and I've been wracking my brain about how to cheer her up.  Finally, I saw this tutorial and some yarn I thought she would like and I set to work.

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Rupert insisted on helping every step of the way.

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Or glaring or whatever.

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It was pretty exciting once it started coming together.

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Then I packed it up and sent it on its way!

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I mean Rupert packed it up and sent it on its way. Good work, Rupert.

Friday, April 21, 2017

I'm a Weaver Now

I've been really obsessing about weavings lately.  You know.  Tissage.  Textiles.  WEAVING.  Finally I worked up the gumption and bought a loom and some books.

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I warped it and started weaving. Eep!

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Rya knots!

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It's so pretty from the back.

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Almost finished!

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Here it is in its new home!

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I told Eddy all that driftwood I gather at the ocean would come in handy! Ha!

Friday, April 14, 2017

Curves are Schmancy

I really like piecing curves, so I decided to do some for our new dining room. Look at those pesky curves.

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Rupert helped.

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I tried some more free motion quilting! Getting a little better these days.

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Here's the top all quilted up. Also more Rupert. Dude loves quilts.

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Here's the backing I chose.

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It looks great in its new home!

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How great is our dining room starting to look!?

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Paris By Myself

The reason we visited Paris was that Eddy was attending a conference.  That means I was lucky enough to get loads of time in Paris by myself.  It was basically heaven.

In summary, I drank so much chocolat chaud à l'ancienne.

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I also just sort of wandered around and saw whatever I felt like seeing.

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All day.

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Can I just say, I love the Louvre, but the best thing there? Clearly the hot chocolate.

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I also checked out the Paris Aquarium.

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It's right by the Eiffel Tower.

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What? The Ocean? Oui, l'Ocean!

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I also did a fair amount of this type of thing.  (MACARONS!)

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Also so many museums and libraries. The Musée de Cluny had this cute signage around all of their restoration construction.

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Also I went to the BnF and saw some incredible exhibits.

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I visited Sainte Chapelle because it's just my favorite little place.

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And I went to the antique shops!

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There was some weird stuff there.

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Some amazing weird stuff. I had the opportunity to purchase an original oil painting of a sad clown flipping off the viewer and I didn't buy it. I'll have to live with myself now.  Knowing.  That I didn't buy that painting.  Le sigh.