I've been working away on some new stuff, as I have mentioned...it's coming along nicely. I must admit, I've had to put some checks in place because the pattern I'm weaving has a long sequence and I tend to lose my place (don't ask about the blankets I wove--I still need to correct the mistakes) but anyway so this batch I put a check system in place, it's something I used to do when I was in school. It takes a little longer but then the finished piece is near perfect, and that's what I want (I hate correcting!)
On another note, I bought some tea today solely based on the packaging alone. Have you done that before? It's such cute packing, with it's matte, textured paper and nice font...plus it seemed to be cheaper then all the other teas the store had. I made myself a cup, it's pretty good too. Thanks cutely packaged tea.
Well, hello Vancouver. The picture above was taken from the boat on our way back into Vancouver from our Alaskan cruise.
I don't know what the rest of the country is experiencing but I feel like in Van, fall is in the air. The nights are definitely cooler. And I'm feeling like, like something. I couldn't put it into words until I read this and then I thought, YES, cocooning! Totally cocooning. That feeling you get in the fall when you get super inspired, make lists, make plans, etc. I don't know what it is but every year for as long as I can remember I have felt that. I can only compare it to the feeling you get a the beginning of the year...kind of a renewal...but it feels stronger in the Fall for me.
With that being said, I'm still working away on some new stuff...everything, of course, takes longer then I had planned. When will I learn? Of course this takes a long time! Hand dyeing and especially weaving, these are slow processes, and thank goodness because the last thing the world needs is more fasssst.
Have a good weekend sweet readers,
Some more glacier pictures...can't get enough, those colours are so calming and lovely.
Below a pictures of a crack in the glacier.
Ok, I'll cool it with the pictures of the glacier for now tee hee.
In other news, when I was at the studio yesterday I spilled a whole cup of coffee on me, the loom and the carpet. Luckily I was dressing the loom and not actually weaving so it didn't get on the work. Seriously though, it seems every time I wear a white shirt, coffee goes on it! Sigh.
Speaking of studio, here are some pics of the cocoons that our hybrid silk worms made. Yes, it's golden yellow! Amazing.
Off to weave.
I have been known for loving grey...maybe that's why I loved Alaska so much...all that grey, so eerie and beautiful. I just realized that I haven't worked with a whole lot of grey lately, my summer collection only had a touch of it. I'm working away on my winter collection--it's called Cold. There will def be grey in this one with touches of cream, light peachy pink, blue and black.
I don't know about you but I can't wait til the cooler weather is upon us. Not that we have been having much heat here but I like the fall.
Ok, back to preparing another warp.
We just came back from a family cruise to Alaska. Cruises are kind of strange, everything is planned, meals, entertainment, etc...and there are tons of really random rules that make no sense to anyone...but with that being said, I really enjoyed traveling by sea and Alaska. It's really so beautiful.
One of the highlights of the trip was we took a helicopter ride to a glacier...it was SO beautiful! I can't wait to show you pics. I was surprised at how many glaciers we actually saw on this trip.
We just got back yesterday and I started right back to dyeing so that I could finish a project I have on the loom...only thing is I managed to get a completely different colour then I had planned even while following a formula, sigh. Natural dyeing can be so mysterious!
Off to weave, haps for Mondays!
As many of you lovely readers know, I am one of the weavers at the Silk Weaving Studio on Granville Island here in Vancouver. It's a pretty sweet gig if I do say so myself (and I do! :)
Every summer at the studio we raise silk worms. Not really for their silk but just to show all our visitors how silk is produced. These little guys are so popular and get their picture taken often.
The silk worms that we've had in the past have always been white, this time around we got a little surprise when the eggs hatched...black ones!!! They are so beautiful! We can't wait to see what their cocoons look like and what they look like as moths. I read somewhere that their cocoons are going to be yellow or gold, that's exciting!
On another note, I have some super awesome plans for the fall that I can't wait to share with you!
xo lovely readers.
I would really like this to be my last move...I know it's not but really. This time around it felt like way more work and we moved into a smaller place so it's taking some creativity to get things to fit. We still have boxes around of course but we've put a big dent in the pile.
Some exciting things happening this fall that I am in planning mode for. Also this month I'm going on an Alaskan cruise for a week. It's a kind of family cruise thing with my husband's family. I've never been on a cruise and I'm not sure that I would ever just book one on my own but I'm excited about this. Mostly cause we're also taking a helicopter trip to a glacier! Whee!
Tomorrow is Friday! Haps for the weekend.