Fiber and Fabric

datebook0233 datebook0232 datebook0231 datebook0230 datebook0229 datebook0228 My preparation for the Olympia Weavers’ annual Show and Sale was minimal this year; however, I did make fiber and beaded date book/check book covers.  I sold a dozen and was pretty jazzed about that outcome.   I will definitely do more for next year’s sale.  This time, I will start before mid November!datebook0226 datebook0226b datebook0223b datebook0223a datebook0224b datebook0224a

In addition to the book covers, I sold a knitted cap, a felted and beaded purse and a couple of stitched double weave scarves that I made using Larye’s aviator scarf tie-up.  Larye’s scarf was made with wool and tencel in white and mine were colored using tencel and chenille….different look but nice weave.  The felted purse was made using an Artfelt paper technique and subsequently beaded.

Larye's aviator scarf and one of 5 chenille scarves using same tie-on

Larye’s aviator scarf and one of 5 chenille scarves using same tie-on

Felted and beaded purse

Felted and beaded purse

While we were in Montana this fall, a pendant that I had requested from Joyce (at the Beaded Pony in Stevensville) was available, so I brought it home.  I had ordered it for one of my daughter-in-law, Candice’s birthday a couple of years ago….better late than never!

The pendant is fused glass with a gold dragon fly in the center and, to my mind, required a fiber cord to finish it appropriately.  Larye and I had been playing with Kumihimo this fall…a Japanese braiding technique originally used  to make silk laces for Samurai armor.  The most difficult part of braiding this 16 thread cord was selecting the appropriate color and size of contributing fibers.  I ended up with 12 sections of 8/2 tencel and 4 of 10/2 mercerized

The Kumihimo disk with it's completed cord

The Kumihimo disk with it’s completed cord

The completed pendant with it's custom cord

The completed pendant with it’s custom cord

cotton…both from my weaving supplies.  Findings for finishing the clasp was also a challenge and I will have to do a bit of web surfing if I intend doing more of these projects.

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