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.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

International Quilt Festival Is Coming! ...And I'm weaving like crazy!

Wearing sweaters in the mornings the 40's for lows.... but still weaving like crazy for International Quilt Festival. This is the last fabric on my loom named Jimmy, where I weave my Desert Nights Series. This fabric is the very plan to change things up a bit, but it will still be Desert Nights.

I have to admit that I wasn't totally crazy about the medium green and I wanted more colors. I was only able to get 62 yards in this warp because of the finer set and running out of warp threads!

I really, really liked the left selvedge that was inspired by the night sky toward Albuquerque....those night lights always reminds me how little the earth can be.

I want to use jewel colors for the Desert Nights Series 2 and endeavor to keep them more the same in the shade and value.

I'm also going finer with the next warp....all 20/2, both the colors and the black. I've got it all planned.

I've listed this fabric in Source4Style. To see my fabrics there, I don't have a landing page, but here's how you can do it:

Go to this link:

Then, click on "Source The Marketplace"

Then, click on "In Stock", then "Type" and choose 'Wovens', then "Handmade...the little hand", then under "Origin" choose 'USA', then, choose 20 per page, then hit 'Search'.  You need to hit 'Search' pretty quickly or the page will flip back to clear!

There you can see all of my fabrics with several others that are handwoven.

To see this fabric, which I titled "Desert Nights in Moonlight", here's the link:

This first Desert Night Series has been fun and I've gotten sooooooooooooo much variety out of this warp! I have many This-N-Thats from this warp, too and they are gorgeous! For more information about This-N-Thats, go to my blog list (under HOME) and click on "My Fun This-N-Thats"!

Thanks so much for reading....I'm sending out a lovely flower below...
and Miles and Miles of Smiles, Cat B.

14 steps to make each Fabric Flower Pin ~ a labor of love...

Sunday, September 23, 2012

International Quilt Festival In Houston, Texas ~Booth # 1536 !

Popular Desert Night fabric from my loom named Jimmy!
Everyone should have a project that makes them giggle, and my little Raggy Cat Pin Cushions do that for me! At $14, this makes a great gift for someone who sews or a 'cat purrrrrrson'! There's a link if you can't wait until Houston!

I am busy weaving This-N-Thats, like in the photo above, for the International Quilt Festival in Houston taking place November 1-4 with a preview night on October 31!

This will be a first time event for me, though I have been told for YEARS that I should go there and be a vendor.

If you haven't been exploring my blog, one might not know what a This-N-That's handwoven yardage that's less than a yard.

This-N-That from my loom named Stanley!

I am weaving literally 100 new ones, to bring along and will have some new garments, too, made out of my handwoven fabrics. While in Texas, we will be visiting my dearest friend, Rachel and boy do I need a Rachel-FIX! And hug, too...on both sides!

There seems to be no end to the number of This-N-Thats that I can create. I have produced some from 6 of my 9 floor looms, no 2 alike, each unique and ready to make into something WONDERFUL!

A This-N-That full of color...what would YOU make?
All the photos here are This-N-Thats, machine washed and dried and ready to make into something unique!

I've got yardage, too, from my many looms and there's such variety....all are easy care, ready to sew.

Thanks for looking....I'll be in Booth #1536.....come visit if you can make it to the International Quilt Show 2012 and see these fabrics for REAL!

Miles and Miles of Smiles,
: D
Cat B.

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Goodbye, Desert Daze Series 7....I sure am going to miss this warp. I think it was my favorite...the colors were strong and lively, but not too bold. And they so accurately reflected the colors of my natural world.

I have listed this fabric on my newest site, Source4Style. They seem to be a nice group, they care about the environment, they are international, and I have listed 11 yardages up there for designers to browse around in the stock room like kids at a birthday buffet. Here's the site:

To see this fabric as it's listed in Source4Style, here's the listing for "Day Play:

I've chosen the next warp for Deedle that will be 'canvas' for my Desert Daze 8. I will cost several hundred dollars to dress that loom with the 70 yards that I usually wind on....I'll order soon and then watch for UPS trucks!!!

My energy still eludes me and I fight each day to stay at work, driven, I'm sure, by the wonders of weaving and the I'll-try-one-more-thing effect...

Thanks for reading and I'm sending out Miles and Miles of Smiles,  Cat B.