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Quick cotton cloth October 28, 2014

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beginning green cotton cloth

new project on the loom!

bea in the window bea napping

and some cat pictures

It’s been too long. I will be weaving again soon (thank god for radiotopia).

Hot Hot Wooly Heat June 26, 2014

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Heddles and Treadles Weaving it is!

I changed my Etsy shop to Ionagiddingsweaving with the title Heddles and Treadles… I’m pretty happy with it. well. we’ll see. I still need some kind of logo or art for a banner and esp. business cards. People with better illustration skills are being commissioned so that should show up in the next couple of months! Yay! Exciting!

In other news  totally finished the blue blanket. It is all sewn and washed and fringed and ironed. So here is where I would normally post a picture… Guys, I don’t have a good camera. I’ve been using my fancy intelligent phone which has a pretty good camera for a phone… but it’s a phone, ya know?

Also I don’t have a good space with a neutral back drop and good lighting to take pictures in. I know, whine whine whine. but pictures make everything more compelling on the internets so that’s part of my excuse for not updating much…

AND

I am moving next week! eek! moving with a loom is always an adventure. so. after I get settled in (this move is going to involve building a loft-thingy for my bed) I will start weaving again. til then!

Names Part Two May 16, 2014

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Okay, I’ve got three names that I like. not sure which I want… here are the things:

 

Heddles and Treadles

Warp Curve Weaving

Cotton Combs

 

I like Heddles and Treadles for the sound of it mostly. It is pretty generic but simple enough for my taste…

I like Warp Curve for the sound and for the extra “warp” meaning from star trek. Sounds space-y and nerdy. That’s so me!

I was thinking of honeycomb and bees and I think there might be some really nice design options with Cotton Combs. And I loved learning about beekeeping last summer so, applicable to my interests. And they are also carding combs for spinning fiber which I also do. so.

Hmm. more pondering to be done.

May is so over wool May 13, 2014

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The blanket is finally off the loom! On the hottest, muggiest day so far this spring…

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next steps include washing, sewing the two halves together, and tying up the fringe

And it’s called… April 5, 2014

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I working on it, my new artist name.

Slow, slow going.

So, this post is a brainstorming session. No ideas will be left out until I come up with a nice list to narrow down

I want this name to reflect something of the feeling of the cloth items I produce. I don’t want it to be about my name but rather reflect a quality or material that evokes the physical items that I sell.

materials: wool, silk, linen, rayon, acrylic, bamboo, acid dyes, cotton, indigo, and alpaca

stripes, plaid, tartan, huck lace, overshot, reversible, buttoning, open weave, finger-picked lace, houndstooth, knotted lace fringe, washable, borders, clean lines

Cozy, clean, and useful. Natural, basic, and complimentary. That makes it sound boring doesn’t it? there is color and variety too, but I value the use-ablility and wear-ablility of handmade objects.

Okay. Names. I just looked at Etsy shops that list handwoven as one of their key words and there’s a shop called peskycatdesigns. I’m never gonna think of anything unique that isn’t already done. although I wouldn’t want that name. to silly. Someone did have the name cottoncocoon which I like but maybe it’s not specific enough? or not quite the right mood?

Okay for real now: Simple Silk Studio, Cotton Crafter, furry feline fashions, washable wooly weaver, okay okay I know enough with the alliteration… the gentle weaver, cotton lace studio, heddles and treadles studio, wooly warp creations, sticky warp studio, slippery weft, triangle weft weaving, circles on the graph paper, bending the squares, Mathy-art, curving the line, washable wearable pretty things, cozy creations, comfort buttons, nice things for your neck, weaving light studio, cloth for all occasions, hipster scarves (oh no I don’t make infinity scarves or keffiyeh so that would be false advertising) (might work tho)

okay, that is a list. At least it’s a start. I can work with that.

Spring is halfway here March 21, 2014

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And I’m halfway done with the wool houndstooth blanket

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Just starting the second panel.

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What should come next?

Wool is sticky, winter is long March 6, 2014

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Ah! the joy of wool wound too tightly. This skein of blue wool was over-spun. That means the strands are constantly winding around themselves and each other  causing nightmare knots and the slowest winding-on process I have ever dealt with.

Finally, minus a few inches of length for twisting knots and a few inches of width (I didn’t have nearly enough heddles) this houndstooth stripe blanket is on the loom.

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Weaving!

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The pattern will relax into itself a bit when it is off the loom.

I’ll save complaining about how hard it is to find my favorite heddles for another post…

so far, so good!

Re-branding, re-evaluating: Oh, what’s in a name? February 6, 2014

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EtsyIonart

I’ve always been unhappy with my Etsy shop name, Ionart. When I started it selling on Etsy I used the first thing I could think of, assuming I’d think of a better “business” name before I got serious about stuff.

Now, I’m not sure I want to get too serious about selling my woven pieces.  I like to weave. I know I’ll never be able to support myself through weaving but I will always continue to do it for the joy of making. So I wouldn’t mind of the things I sold made enough to buy materials for the next project.

But back to the name; every time I think of promoting my shop, or printing business cards, or applying to craft fairs, I hesitate. I don’t want to have Ionart on my banner, or my business cards. I don’t want to create a logo for tags or signs that relates to that name. But I just haven’t been able to think of anything better.

The task I am setting for myself is this: find out what ties all the things I weave together (besides me). What makes my stuff unique? Let the brainstorm being!

So good to be back! January 27, 2014

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After a long hiatus and much transition I am back weaving again! Yay!

I have just posted two new scarves on my Etsy site which I have already posted here.

The Redbird Scarf is one of two on that warp (the first one was a christmas/birthday present for my mom)

Redbird Scarf

 

and the plaid which I finally took some slightly better pictures of:

Red Plaid Scarf for Etsy

 

Next up: Houndstooth!

And no more red. I’m sick of it.

Goes together like wool and silk January 26, 2014

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Goes together like wool and silk

finished scarf! or table runner! gentle lace pattern…gold silk stripes…warm red wool

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