The Weaver's Dance

On a loom that whispers, with shuttles that fly
And bobbins that chatter as the hours go by
I'll not lay in one thread of mere chance
As I work in the motion of the weaver's dance.

Friday, August 31, 2012

I am traveling the world while weaving at a loom...

There's a pretty wonderful article about TAFA List ~ Textile And Fiber Art List and a photo of Stanley! The article was written by the creator of TAFA List, and it's so inspiring! You can see the entire article here:

In the article, see this fabric, "Classy Brass" in progress on Stanley!

The article is for a magazine called "Her Circle" and it's really quite good. I have it on my favorites now, so I can visit it often at: It is very up-to-date and full of thought provoking commentary and encouraging conversation.

I feel so honored and thrilled to have had a photo from my Studio in this article. And, it is great to read something that so completely explains why I joined TAFA in the first place!

Also, I just wanted to share....can't help myself. I have joined Surface Design Association, inspired by my experiences with the talented fiber artisans in Texas. For many years, I have been in awe of these fearless, adventurous, exciting fiber artisans who just seem to know how to make this media do their bidding. I worked for a long time with my dear friend, and designer, Rachel Edwards, who did magic with my handwoven fabrics and my association with her truly is the beginning of my global journey. I have put up my limit of photographs and here is the link:  I will also be adding this link to my list under "Find me on the World Wide Web!"

Another adventure is about to unfold for me as I am about to become a supplier on Source4Style which is a online stockroom/trade show that designers can look around inside and find fabrics from around the world to add to their projects. I have added some of my handwoven fabrics to that's a link after clicking on SOURCE THE MARKETPLACE and clicking on IN STOCK, WOVENS, HANDMADE, USA, 20 PER PAGE and then click SEARCH, and you will get this page:

Finally, I am hoping that all fiber artists will take a good, long look at TAFA, too... There is not single place on the web that will work harder for its members...go see TAFA here: 

And here's my profile page on TAFA here: As you can see, that one little page can hold SOOOOO much information. It's worth its weight in gold!

Well, that's all for now, but there's an endless amount of Miles and Miles of Smiles, Cat B.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Midnight's Desert in Moonlight"

I said in my description about this yardage that I always thought midnight blue was a, after living in this truly enchanting high mountain desert, I know ... it's a event.

After a date with my dear husband, late on a Saturday night, after doing the grocery shopping down the mountain, we are heading home and there's quite an assent to get to our Village. There's a 'place' after the climb where the sky seems to open up, there's a sigh, a place that I feel is "up top", where the climb becomes ever so gentle and it seems almost flat. There, with Albuquerque's lights glowing in the sky many, many miles away, I see it there above... and all around me....for the first time in my life......midnight blue...

The sky was aglow with the moonlight, stars so bright, the whole world seemed to be actually ... be glistening, bringing colors to almost every surface around me....the earth, the plants, the mountains, the hard rock faces and the forests....
it was almost touchable...
and was I feeling it on my skin...was I glistening?
I could almost hear it....
or could that have been my heartbeat.

The weave structure is shadow weave.

I didn't write this shadow weave draft but only altered it to make just the right texture for this fabric.

Having turned the photo to show the left selvedge  at the top, this is where the lights of Albuquerque glowed in the northern sky.....   our northern lights.

"Midnight's Desert in Moonlight" is now merely fabric again, to be cut into making something else... It started out as a wonderful child-like experience, then became a storm of creativity, was then a joyous time in weaving it and has traveled such very far distances, all since that magical night. I am so honored that  it was accepted for display in Texas and California during Convergence.

Now it is home and I have its little sample to keep....and remember. Soon this fabric will be in my booth for my next show (I am going to the Houston Quilt Show!)....what will it become next? I plan to leave the hanging rod hand sewn neatly inside the casement just in case someone wants it for display as it is.......   I rather hope so.

I am holding gently on to soooo many thoughts of my travels, of the people I've met, of the experiences that simply cannot ever be replaced and I am sending out many Miles and Miles of Smiles, Cat B.