Hope Smiles • Happy 2015

Hope smiles from the threshold of the year to come, whispering, ‘It will be happier.’
Alfred Lord Tennyson

I love this quote because even if one faces the same stresses and challenges in the coming year, it is a pleasure simply to envision 2015 as a smooth, healthy, peaceful, trouble-free New Year. Here’s to HOPE!

I have a random selection of photos that I thought might be interesting to peruse as 2014 comes to a close, and I try to do as my dynamo mom says and “activate your executive brain!” I hope to make my weaving life (and blog) a little less random, a little more creative and a little more exciting.

Below is a segment of a coverlet belonging to my great friend and weaving mentor Ute Bargmann.  She has been working on an unbelievable array of dimity samples that I hope will turn into a brilliant book soon . . . . Hope!_DSC0067 _DSC0073Below is a pic of an “American Maid” eco-cotton baby blanket that did achieve the softness that I aspired to but didn’t achieve in the eco-cotton overshot blanket._DSC0082 _DSC0084And below is the blanket ready to be given to the new grandbaby of a beloved friend along with an “Amish Puzzle Ball” made of scraps of handwoven fabric.  It was somewhat comical because my friend is an ace quilter and my piecing was more “love” than expertise. Baby blanket 2 Baby blankets

And below is a color puzzle.  I was admiring this runner at Vav Stuga because of the freshness of the colors. I said that I thought the yellow/lilac combo was so inspired, and Becky replied that it wasn’t lilac.  What?  She held a length of natural cottolin along the length of one of the lilac stripes and sure enough . . . wow!  It is a common “color theory” lesson about complements that I can never precisely restate, but I always think of the effect as the yellow stripe using up all your ability to see yellow, so you see its complement “purple” instead of natural.  I also like this quote from Goethe that I saw on the Wiki entry for Complementary Colors: According to Goethe, “yellow ‘demands’ violet; orange [demands] blue;purple [demands] green; and vice versa”.Highlighting the complement

And to keep going with the random ramblings, below is the maiden project (double weave sampler) on the Toika.  I LOVE this loom.  I wove on it yesterday, only four days after my hip replacment surgery.  New Loom

And here is my holiday homage to wool.Sheep and my dad enjoying the tree and a little Bruegel.Dad

And the first run (colors/block design need revisiting) at a set of “one warp” table linens including double weave placemats, coordinating napkins woven simultaneously on two layers and a tablesquare (forthcoming) woven on the same warp resleyed.placemats

As soon as I am off my crutches I will re-visit.  Until then I wish everyone the happiest of New Years with all warps beamed perfectly and all threads unbroken.

  • December 29, 2014

    Wonderful post. What a lot you’ve been up to, including surgery! Obviously healing well to be back at the loom so soon. Look forward to hearing of happenings in 2015.

  • January 2, 2015

    Happy New Year! I love the pom-poms. I think the pom-poms deserve a mention 😉

  • February 3, 2015

    Marcia Cooke

    So glad to hear that you are coming along well after the surgery! Lovely stuff!

  • May 8, 2021


    Bellísimos trabajos!!! Felicitaciones!!!! Éxitos abrazo de luz y te deseo mucha salud desde Neuquén Argentina!!! Cariños.