Finally, I'm weaving again, seems like I was forever cleaning off the looms after my Studio workshop! Since then I have been working on developing an 8 shaft Canvas Weave block pattern. For this scarf I have used 2/18 navy Merino Wool, very fine and light weight for the warp and 2/8 azure Tencel for the weft. The contrasting colours showcase the pattern nicely.The Canvas Weave Lace blocks are alternating with Basket Weave blocks and although this is a weft dominant weave, it should still have plenty of movement and drape due to the lacey nature of the weave. There are some very evident reed marks showing at this stage, but I believe the wool shrinkage will minimize them – well, that’s the plan anyway! Fingers crossed! I’m hoping for some interesting shrinkage too.Ngaire and I are getting ready for the Ponderosa Guild Christmas Sale on Nov 13-15 in the Rotary Centre for the Arts in Kelowna and today while out shopping Ngaire spotted this nifty display stand for my smallest items for sale.This tiny purse is gold seed beads knitted on gold cotton thread and is still under construction; you can see they are little more than 2 inches by 2 inches. So sweet!My friend Susan taught me how to make them on her visit here in September; and after modifying the pattern to make it unique – these are my results so far. I have knitted 1512 seed beads into each tiny purse and have then added more beads on the fringe. The purse above is red #8 perle cotton with clear steel grey seed beads.This one is black cotton and clear dark pink seed beads.Black cotton again, but this time with clear seed beads with bronze centres.Here is grey cotton with blue/green clear seed beads.And finally grey cotton with clear dark pink seed beads. I have been using Japanese seed beads as they are very uniform in size and very sparkly!
Now the stand looks dressed! I'm still not sure about the base though. To fill or not to fill the slight cup in the bottom? A strand of silver beads to mirror the cut glass ball on top or clear flat glass marbles? Still working on that part - after all presentation is everything!