Posts Tagged ‘wool’


July 22, 2012

sample 2012

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…


May 21, 2012

collapse weave - pirtti handwoven

Weaving involves a lot of calculations. So many, that it often seems like there are more calculations than there is actual weaving. Even after you calculate, it’s still one big experiment that could turn out fantastic, or crash and burn. One such type of weaving experiment is collapse weave.

Collapse weave is essentially weaving with fibers with different levels and/or directions of twist. Once the woven piece meets water, the yarns with more twist shrink, causing the other yarns to pucker.

collapse weave - before and after

This past weekend I attended the Conference of Northern California Handweavers with my primary focus being to take Peggy Osterkamp’s class on collapse weave. It was a great session to learn all the calculations and tips and tricks. It was amazing to flip through all of Peggy’s samples* (like the one above) and see so many beautiful projects using this technique. It has opened my brain to so many ideas…

habu yarn - pirtti handwoven

And of course resulted in a rather abundant yarn harvest! I can not wait to test out this technique and see what comes of the ideas floating in my head.

*Peggy Osterkamp is my weaving hero. The guru that I seek when I’m stumped or have a question, or when I have an idea that I want to talk through. Someday soon I hope to dedicate a proper blog post about her work and why I seek her influence in mine. In the meantime, have a look at her gallery here.

happy weekend

April 28, 2012

pirtti handwoven

Today I did a little photo shoot of a scarf I am donating for a fundraising event this evening. I’m looking forward to getting more of these off the loom! I just might release a few more this summer…

happy day

April 11, 2012

Ursula wearing her pirtti handwoven scarf

I love my scarf…and wear it all the time!!! I get lots of compliments on it too, people touching the tassels.  Don’t touch!

I’m always happy when I see an email from Ursula of Modaspia in my inbox. It made my day even better to receive a photo of her wearing her elderberry scarf. XOXO right back!

on the loom

October 19, 2011

on the loom

Here’s a sneak peek at what is growing on the loom. F/W 2011 will have 3 distinct colorways in limited edition. The next shop update will be mid-November.

If you are not familiar with Donor’s Choose, I highly recommend checking out the site. Many of our country’s public school teachers are underfunded and supporting their classroom needs on their own. Thanks to Donor’s Choose, everyone can help out a classroom in need. The project close to my heart is Ms. Aquino’s 5th grade class. They were able to get the funds to purchase a table loom, but still need funds to get the necessary tools such as shuttles, hooks, etc. which will make the loom work. Please consider helping them out. Any amount will be helpful, and the done-good feeling will last you a long time! Please visit the project page here.

pirtti scarf

February 20, 2011

I was in the process of moving when Elizabeth of PRIMOEZA posted about her pirtti scarf so I missed this post until I caught up on my blog reading yesterday. Thanks for the modeled shot in the Australian summer heat! Read her post here.

my favorite

October 5, 2010

A sneak peek of one of the scarves that will be listed in the shop!

more to come

September 28, 2010

mahogany scarf

The not so good news: I am behind schedule which makes me unable to participate as a vendor in a big holiday fair. I was really hoping that I could pull that off and was doing fine schedule-wise until I ran into a snafu. Last week I found out the hard way that I have a severe allergy to a common local anesthetic. Recovering and following up with various doctors and moving on with life in general has simply gotten me behind in my weaving schedule.

The good news: I am totally fine! Yay! So now on to Plan B. I will be announcing my online shop very soon. I am so excited about this next venture and can’t wait to get the ball rolling.

Wool Sighting

June 3, 2010

This past holiday weekend was spent in the town of Red Hook, NY. A quiet little town in the Hudson Valley with lots of farms and market stands was just what we needed to get a break from the city. Farm fresh eggs for breakfast. Chicken, goat and cow sightings, wild turkeys and deer in the yard. All that was missing was some sheep and yarn.

No problem!

This is Dutchess County after all! I knew that Morehouse Farm was in the area, but they weren’t necessarily open to the public. So we headed over to Homestead Farm to visit Hudson Valley Sheep and Wool Co. and their Yarn Shop. Arriving at the farm we immediately saw two sheep who eyed us eyeing them. We walked into the tiny shop to indeed see the processing mill right there. This is rare, as most wool is sent off to bigger commercial mills for processing. There was all sorts of wool floor to ceiling. Fleece from the sheep, processed roving, spun yarn…most from sheep on the farm. My husband and children patiently waited while I perused. There was plenty of sheep to watch in a far off field. They couldn’t actually go visit them, but their bleating was quite amusing for me and my husband. I’d like to say that watching sheep was fun for the kids too, but my son was more interested in touching the yarn (good boy) and my daughter was more interested in, well, let’s just say she got to see the farm’s compost toilet. (There’s an educational opportunity everywhere.)

I finally settled on some Shetland wool in natural (no dye) colors. The staff was very helpful and told me a lot about what goes on at the farm and mill. The wool is from Shetland sheep that are raised on the farm. The wool was processed and spun right there. I bought 12 skeins for a project I’ve had in the back of my mind for quite some time. A lap blanket using natural, graduating colors. It may be awhile until I get to it, but I’ll be tickled to make it and keep it for my family as a token of one of our favorite places to visit, Hudson Valley.


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