And hello new! My new website can be found at pirttihandwoven.com.
This past weekend I had a photo shoot for my scarves. It was an incredibly exciting day. I had an awesome team (and it took a team!), a great photographer, a lovely model and a beautiful day. At the very end we snapped a few photos behind my house. Above is an out take by iphone. An exhausted but thrilled Mama Pirtti. I can’t wait to share the new photos with you!
The countdown is beginning. The second to last set of scarves is on the loom. One more round of measuring warp, dressing the loom and weaving and the collection of scarves will be complete. I am so looking forward to opening the shop again. I even have a few surprises planned as part of the celebration…
San Francisco can be incredibly foggy and cold in the middle of summer.
Perfect for testing out my latest handwoven scarf. (Available in November!)
Monday I am scheduled for a critique of my work by a master weaver. I am pulling together various samples of scarves (like this one above) to show aspects of my work, praying the whole time that my sore tooth doesn’t become worse by tomorrow. There’s always something…
The end of spring and the beginning of summer. My husband and I took a trip to NYC to celebrate his birthday. It was so nice to be back with our friends and family in the place we still call home.
Generally weather in San Francisco is agreeable, but summer is just mean for anyone who likes to wear tank tops and drink margaritas outside at night. New York was a hot, sweaty mess and I completely enjoyed wearing a summer wardrobe for a few days.
We always try to hit some of our old favorites when we come to town – Luke’s lobster rolls hit the spot perfect for a summer meal. Other must-have’s: Prune, Freeman’s, Schiller’s, The Breslin, Shake Shack, Two Little Red Hens Bakery, Minetta Tavern, The Lion, Rack & Soul, Daisy Mae’s, Momofuko Noodle Bar… we don’t always get to visit all of them but by golly, we sure get to many of these places each time we visit.
And of course, what visit wouldn’t be complete without visiting Purl SOHO? How I walked out with only one skein of yarn is still somewhat unbelievable.
We also took a family vacation to Napa, unplugged, hung out by the pool and enjoyed some time off. Today is my first official day back in the loom room. Travel aside, I am really happy to be here and back to work.
I have a little visitor in my studio most days. Lately, she’s been quite quiet, hard at work. She’s mastering the potholder loom. (You can purchase a Harrisville potholder loom here.) The key to a young one weaving by herself is only using 2 colors in the warp. That way it’s easier to see which colors stay “up” while the other ones stay “down”. I’m going to re-warp her two shaft Micki toy loom the same way. I love having another weaver in the family!
This past weekend I had the privilege to participate in a workshop with Rebecca Burgess, author of Harvesting Color. I am a complete novice when it comes to dyeing. What better way to start than to learn how to dye from plants like coreopsis and oak galls? She taught us about the effect the modern textile industry has on our planet (not good) and how we can make our clothes sustainable and ethical. It was mind-blowing and a lot to take in.
My dream is to eventually source my yarn locally and have it dyed naturally. Easier said than done, as there are a lot of important details to be worked out. It is not easy to find weaving yarns that are truly from the U.S., but I believe it is possible and something I would like to work towards. I am very excited to learn about Fibershed and where it will lead me in both resources and inspiration.