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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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! 

Progress

Since it feels like I've made progress and have officially moved out of my apartment and into this house, I'm rewarding myself with some studio time today. I've been putting making aside in order to get everything together for the move. Organizing and designing are two of my favorite things creatively, but I am at a standstill until the master bedroom is open, so until then, boxes there will be.

Non-working fireplace filled with Christmas lights. Super easy solution, plus you can have a summer fire. 

Non-working fireplace filled with Christmas lights. Super easy solution, plus you can have a summer fire. 

It's coming together. Not pictured is the stack of toaster ovens, microwave, and amp right where I cut off the photo.

It's coming together. Not pictured is the stack of toaster ovens, microwave, and amp right where I cut off the photo.

Messy or not, I can get down with mornings like this.  

Messy or not, I can get down with mornings like this.  

I'm excited to get to the studio this afternoon!  

Woven Rug (Work) Day 3!

...finished!!  

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This rug took me three working days to complete. Super easy. Really fast. Thumbs up. The ends curled up a bit, so next time I'll adjust my tension when I get to the final few colors. I think this could also be caused by the woven trim, so I'll have to try another one to find out.  Regardess, I love the way this little accent rug turned out. I want to start another one, but am just about an hour away from finishing the woven design on my pillow before I can take it off the loom, so no rug work until that's completed. Sigh.

Woven Rug!

I've been really itching to start new projects lately. However, this inspiration arrived just in time for me to pick up extra hours at work. I guess that means I'll spend some time day dreaming about weaving and yarn. Just to put my weaving addiction in perspective for you, I woke up with a skein of yarn next to me in bed this morning. It might be love.

I made the loom for this rug out of foamcore and it measures 26 inches. I'm following a tutorial on A Beautiful Mess by Rachel Denbow (which is where I first learned to weave)! I can't wait to add more rows, as I'm not sure where this piece is going. I'm exited to find out. 

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Weaving

   It feels great to turn this pile of yarn into a beautiful woven wall hanging!

 

It feels great to turn this pile of yarn into a beautiful woven wall hanging!

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This weaving is a commission for a dear friend, Abby. She always supports her local artist friends! This is one of my favorite weavings so far. The richness of the color is mesmerizing. It was made on my smallest loom and took a handful of hours to make. In this photo, the fringe has not been evened up. I'm excited for the next one!