Month: December 2007

The Quick and the Slow

Sharon B over at In a Minute Ago started a fantastic discussion about Slow Cloth. I find this whole discussion fascinating. I’m currently working on learning silk embroidery – a process which began in 2001 with raising silkworms, learning about cocoons, learning to reel silk, learning to throw, degum, and dye it, figuring out what [Continue]

More spools in more places…

I went and picked up more spools for the embroidery thread – and learned that they come in SIZES. These are shuttle quills, made by Louet, I believe. Before, I had only had the six-inchers. Now, I’ve got one that’s 3.5 inches, several that are 4.5 inches, and a bunch that are six inches. I [Continue]

Embroidery silk spools

I’ve been working on getting ranges of color for my embroidery silks. These are wound on Louet cardboard pirns six inches long and about as big around as a pencil. The pink range is what I’ve been using to embroider the peony. These greens will form the leaves – the blues are just to have [Continue]

Scissors sheath

This is a ribbon that I wove this summer; I’ve stitched hook-eyes to the ends, and made it the ribbon for a scissors sheath. Here is the entry about the ribbon and its book-mark friends, with some good close-up detail shots of the weaving.

Bailey and Spot

Bailey’s very lean, and so he gets cold easily. He was shivery after going outside, so I wrapped him up in a blanket. Spooky (also now called Spot) came and cuddled up with him.

Peony still in progress

This is the peony embroidery, still in progress: I’ve gotten a lot more done, but it’s still got about a third of the flower to go. I just finished dyeing the silk for the leaves/stem, so I can work on that once I finish the petals. This is the cool part about working with silk [Continue]