Distracted in the Desert
I apologize for postponing part 1 of my Twillogy post, but I have been on a high desert adventure, away from my studio and distracted by the wondrous sights and sounds of west Texas.
“Texas history is a varied, tempestuous, and vast as the state itself. Texas yesterday is unbelievable, but no more incredible than Texas today. Today’s Texas is exhilarating, exasperating, violent, charming, horrible, delightful, alive.” – Edna Ferber
I do want to talk about some new textile adventures as well though. I am in the process of posting a new pattern called Sunny Side Shades. My textile adventures and my desert adventures have a common theme, and that is SUN! These shades are happy and decorative additions to our house in Massachusetts, but would be fabulous necessities in west Texas where the sun is mighty and fierce. In Massachusetts we draw the shades at night for privacy, but in Texas the shades are drawn during the day to help keep the houses cool, so colorful shades can become a central element of the decor. Simple to sew with a few bits of hardware, these shades are easy to weave on a 4-shaft, 36″ loom.
In addition to the shade pattern, Plain Weave is very proud to announce a new pattern by glorious color wrangler and collaborator, Véronique Perrot (@petitchenefibers). Véronique has created a bright, happy baby blanket pattern called Sunspots in Summer & Winter weave on 8 shafts, using easy to warp and weave 8/2 cotton as warp and tabby weft along with Gist 3/2 organic cotton Beam as pattern weft. The colors and texture are sure to bring bring smiles to the faces of baby and parents alike. I am in love with the happy colors and dotty joy of this pattern. Available now in the Plainweave Etsy shop.
The theme of my west Texas adventures, my Sunny Side Shade project and my collaboration with Petitchenefibers, seems to be “the sunny side”. We all need a little help staying on the sunny side (particularly those suffering in the extreme heat on the west coast who need a little more shady side this summer), but I hope these patterns will bring joy, provide some shade and possibly wrap a dear wee one in happy colors and soft cottony love.