My take on "The Band Wife" project in Rachel Denbow's book DIY Woven Art

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I love this book. If you're interested in learning how to weave, this is the resource for you. Rachel has mad teaching skills.  

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This project was adapted from a project featured inside her magical book. The pictures are fabulous! There are tutorials for lots of different woven projects and is a great resource for both seasoned and new weavers. Get a copy and start weaving! 

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Pom-Pom earrings for sale!

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Well, almost for sale. I'm going to list each pair on Etsy by late next week, but I'm waiting to get more photographs. Consider this a preview!  

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These fur-like earrings are made from wool roving. They are super soft and light weight. Each earring is gold and nickel-free.  

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Measurements (both wool roving and classic pom-pom):

From tip of earring to end of pom-pom: 3 1/4"

Pom-poms: 1 1/2" 

Some of the pom-pom earrings are shorter and are about 2 1/2" from the tip of the earring to the end of the pom-pom which is why they will be listed individually. 

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I'm also offering classic pom-pom earrings which are made from various types of yarn. Still light and soft, but a different texture and color variation.

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$12 per pair or 2 for $20.

$12 per pair or 2 for $20.

$15 per pair or 2 for $25.

$15 per pair or 2 for $25.

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I will advertise when the earrings are live! In the mean time, if you want to claim a pair, let me know what color and I'm happy to hold them for you (especially if you're local)! 

 

DIY slightly unconventional wreath

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To create this wreath, instead of using a typical ring I used a full circle. I made a similar piece this summer and it was displayed at my sister's wedding. I love how this simple alteration changes the impact of this piece from common door decor to a piece of art.

 I kept thinking about how much I loved the design of the piece I'd made for my sister and also how therapeutic creating it was. Earlier this month, I needed a mental health day. I've been overwhelmed with work, commitments, money, relationships and just liiiife and hadn't had time to create just for the sake of creating. Weaving is so incredibly rewarding, but I can't rely solely on one hobby.

It was the last 70 degree day we'll see here in Champaign until 2017 (depressing...) and I took full advantage of this by grabbing an extension cord, a hot glue gun, a bunch of fake flowers ($6 at Michaels for two gigantic bags!), and a full mug of coffee and moved out to my back deck and just started making. A can of gold spray paint was also involved. When it comes to me and DIY, when is it not?!

Supplies I used:
-Styrofoam circle
-Fake flowers/ greenery
-Hot glue gun
-yarn (to hang)
-Gold Spray paint
-Wire cutters and scissors

This really is not a tutorial, but hopefully some inspirational insight on how to create your own variation of a wreath! 
 

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Displayed at my sister's wedding in June of 2016. 

Displayed at my sister's wedding in June of 2016. 

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My take on Maryanne Moodie's cushion from her book "On the Loom"

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I followed the pattern for making the cushion and *magically* found the perfect foot stool (Goodwill for $1.99) to use the next day.

The only thing it needed was a little gold spray paint! 

Materials to attach the cushion and alter the foot stool: cotton yarn, gold spray paint, and painters tape. 

Materials to attach the cushion and alter the foot stool: cotton yarn, gold spray paint, and painters tape. 

Before

Before

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I taped the legs off so that just the base of each leg was painted. 

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Following the steps in the book, I flipped the woven mat upside down and set the stool on top. I cut one long piece of yarn and tied it to one of the loops from the warp. Then, with a yarn needle, I pulled the yarn taught and went through the loop immediately across from it. You follow this process until you have gone through each of the loops and secure the end with one final knot. 

After! 

After! 

Super fuzzy and so soft. 

Super fuzzy and so soft. 

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After I had finished the foot stool, the wall hanging that was hung up looked wrong. I found this macrame/ weaving on the side of the road a few months ago and hadn't decided whether to dismantle it, add to it, or keep it the same. The color pallet didn't feel like me and since it is a huge piece that you see when you enter the house, I needed it to feel cohesive. I took out a lot of the old, dark, GROSS feeling yarn and I added a bunch of roving and new fibers to this piece and am really happy with it so far (it's only been 20 minutes, so we'll see!).

I can't wait to start my next project...

Made Fest 2016

Thank you to everyone who came out to Made Fest this year! It was truly a magical weekend. I have been making a lot of weavings in the last year and it was such a joy to watch people's faces as they touched the fringe and looked up at all of the pom-poms. Experiences like these give me encouragment to push forward. 

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For those of you who have just discovered my work, I'm going to put some energy into photographing and updating my Etsy shop in the next few weeks.

You can also check out a larger scale weaving that will be on display at Parkland College starting tomorrow, September 26th. Beginning in November, I'll have a photograph my work displayed on the MTD buses running in Champaign-Urbana and in the Illini Terminal.

Dear friends, thank you for all of your support this weekend. Seeing each and every one of you was a delight!

New weaving series

In the last few weeks I've been working on a series fringey, layered weavings. One of my main goals is to make pieces that are still somewhat sizeable, but take less time to create than my usual weavings. The faster I can make them, the cheaper I can sell them. It is so hard to price work that takes hours to create and still make them affordable. It's an ongoing process, but I'm making headway! 

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These weavings (and many more!) will be available at The Made Fest this fall. Stay tuned for details!