Wednesday, May 18, 2016

David's pants

Here are some of the pants I've made for David!  The first picture is the fox pants made from a hand carved stamp. 

These pants are the pinwheel fabric and matching pinstriped fabric.

And these pants were made from a hand carved colorado stamp and handwoven fabric.

It's almost shorts season so I've also worked on some of those, but not out of handwoven fabric!  I'm not sure I have the energy for shorts made from handwoven fabric right now!

Wednesday, May 11, 2016


David is going to be a BIG BROTHER!!!

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Fabric Making

I've been dying to make David a pair of pants from the 8-shaft pinwheel pattern, but I always chicken out at the last minute because I'm afraid that the 4-thread float will be too long.  But this time, I decided to not let it scare me!  I made it out of 16/2 thread so it will be very fine fabric and also the 4-thread float can be very short!  While weaving the pinwheel fabric, I decided that I really wanted to make a matching fabric, since the pants pattern I have takes two fabrics.  But I had to think about what wouldn't clash with the already busy pinwheels.  I chose plain weave with the green and one thread of the teal every 1/2".  I wove 8 yards of the pinwheel fabric, and I'm currently working on weaving 5 yards of the plain fabric.  I'm about 75% done with the plain weave!

While designing these fabrics, I decided that I really liked the designing part!  I started thinking while weaving the fabric if I could actually print on fabric.  After a little research, I found some ink that is oil-based, but cleans up with soap and water.  It's the Speedball brand, and you have to let it set 1 week before washing.  I just barely made the samples last week, but here they are!  I just washed them up today and the ink seems to be holding ok!  Here are my samples:

Hand-carved fox stamp:

Hand-carved orange stamp:

I also got some stamps from hobby lobby with letters so I can put some words on his clothes, too.  He really loves letters right now and pointing them out and naming them!

I think in the future, one of these prints would look awesome paired with a handwoven plaid fabric!

This little boy is growing up so fast, and will be 2 next month!!

In-between taking care of David and designing fabric and doing all the housework, I've also been playing with a very easy to use time lapse camera and I've had a blast!  Here are some of my videos:

Dancing Clock:




Garden of the Gods:


I have a ton of ideas to do with this camera, too!  There is just so many fun things going on right now!  :)

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Catsup and mustard, and nothing having to do with food

I can't believe January is almost over, and I never even shared my Christmas towels I made for family!  "Where is 2016 going?" I'm already asking myself!

Here are the Christmas towels that I promised to show you so long ago!  These were so much fun to make and didn't take as much thought to do as you would fear!

I didn't follow any particular pattern. When I sat down to thread my loom, I did more of a profile draft style threading but I didn't write it down first I just do it from my head. Same thing for treadling- I didn't have that written down first I just followed a profile-like draft from my head. So it was all somewhat of a surprise to me as I went!

The towels I made were from 12/2 cotton.  I warped 6 yards, and the epi was 24. Made 8 towels total.

Just a little reminder... When threading for summer and winter….
block 1 = 1 3 2 3
block 2 = 1 4 2 4
block 3 = 1 5 2 5
block 4 = 1 6 2 6
block 5 = 1 7 2 7
block 6 = 1 8 2 8

David is, of course, growing like a weed!  We've been having so much fun playing and playing and playing everywhere we go!  He's picking up all kinds of words and he's even started speaking 2 word sentences!  It's so much fun to see him learn and grow!  I've been weaving him plaids and turning them into pants.  I know it probably doesn't make much sense to take so much time to do it, but I really like doing it and I really like seeing him wear the pants!  It means a lot to me!

Here he is enjoying them outside, too!

Because I used the plaid in a small part of the pants pattern, I was able to squeeze 3 pairs of pants total out of the 4 yards I warped.  This means I could make one of David's friends a pair of pants, and another pair went to our friends back in Arizona who adopted a baby a few weeks ago!

While weaving this plaid, I got an idea for a different plaid that I had to tuck away into my head until this one was done!  The next one I included some orange.  I decided to make the pants in a larger size and use the plaid as the main fabric.  David doesn't quite fit in the larger size yet, but I think he'll look super when he does wear them! 

This plaid was plain weave sett at 24 with 10/2 perle cotton, and the plaid ended up a little tall.  Next time, I might try setting this size of yarn at 20 epi to make it a little more square.  But I still love it! And I love how subtle it is on the pants.  It will be easier to match to other clothing!

One thing I like about making fabric for pants is that I only need to warp 4 yards and it doesn’t have to be very wide. It also weaves up rather quickly, and when using several colors, I don’t need to worry about how my edges look or carrying the yarn any specific way. I can just weave with no worries at all! And then on the days he wears the pants, I enjoy looking at handwoven fabric all day, even when we’re out shopping or playing at a park!

 Here's a few more pics of David being David!  We have so much fun every single day!

He carries this table all around the backyard.  The people who lived here before us left it in the yard!

This Colorado hat is something I've really been wanting to make for him.  It looks a lot like the state flag, which I also really love!  I decided to finally watch a youtube video and learn how to crochet hats.  And viola!  This hat came to be!  He loves this hat and wears it everywhere, even when he's indoors!  I'm glad he loves it!!

Onward and upward to the next adventures! I have more weaving and sewing planned, and I hope to write updates a little more frequently!  Enjoy your weekend!  I heard that we might get snowed in... :)

Monday, November 23, 2015

Wish I could show you my Christmas weaving!

I wish I could show you the things I've been busy making for Christmas presents, but I don't want to spoil the surprise!  Instead, I have these really cute pictures of David to share!  He's at least wearing handwovens in the first one!!

Singing at the piano...

Crunching leaves...

Throwing leaves... 

Playing in week old snow, because snow lasts and lasts here compared to Arizona!!

Friday, November 13, 2015

Christmas crafting!

It's been pretty chilly here, very nice weather to put you into the Christmas mood!  We finally enjoyed our first snow of  the year, and although it was very small, it was wonderful! I'm looking forward to many more!

And we've begun our Christmas cheer by enjoying David's new Christmas romper!  I was delighted with how it turned out!  I was worried about sizing though.  I made this pattern a few weeks ago to practice and he's definitely between sizes, but I decided to go with the larger one knowing he will only get bigger!  :)

Hope you're enjoying your season so far!

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Dressed to the nines....

I'm thrilled with how this outfit turned out!  I did handweave the houndstooth fabric, but I didn't handweave the cloth for the shirt, but I did sew it into a shirt!

Off to a fun day at the zoo today!

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Party Animal Pants

Pants, pants, pants!  We're all about pants now that there is a great fallish chill to the air.  I decided during the move that I have way too much yarn, so I really need to work on using up my stash.  I intended to drop a few low cones with this project, but unfortunately, I didn't use up any colors!  Some of the cones are very low, but I guess that means I will have to do this rainbow plaid again! 

I decided to cut this one up into fancy pants for David.  I used the "Big Butt Baby Pants" pattern, made by Rae.

It is the only pants pattern I have used for David's entire life, and it's my favorite!  These are 24 mo, and the pattern goes to 2T, so I have another year and a half before I really need to find another great pants pattern for him!

We decided to do our photoshoot at Garden of the Gods, which is an amazing place to visit!  It's so pretty there!

Here's the pattern for you.  It's a broken twill so the floats are no longer than 2 threads. So far, the pants seem to be holding up to all the wear and tear he puts them through!  No snags even!

Last January I made him some blue on blue houndstooth pants also, and it was for this size.  I just pulled them out of some moving boxes last week and they also fit wonderfully!  They are soft and warm, and the floats are also no more than 2 threads!

As you can see, his new favorite activity is to wear his buckets as hats!

He really cracks us up!

Fall in Colorado is definitely awesome!  We took our favorite drive tonight and enjoyed some scenery at the Palmer Park lookout. 

Then we took a short walk on a trail because it started to rain.  David found this awesome pinwheel treasure!  It was windy and a little sprinkly so it was moving fast!

A few weeks ago (at the end of September) we drove up into the mountains and saw some awesome aspens and colors!  This drive is going to be our new yearly tradition!

I hope you are enjoying fall where you are!  And I hope you're getting lots of weaving done, too!