Monday, November 29, 2010

today yellow

I made some spoon oil - following this excellent recipe here - I've been using it for a while now and it's really effective.
I started with spoons and bowls, then I went on with cutting boards, countertops and even on some very old chairs in need of some tlc.
The beeswax I got directly from the beekeeper, and it smells lovely.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

only white

...spending a long weekend away from home
breathing fresh air and listening to the snow falling.
my sis was in NY with her partner last week... and I got a lovely birthday gift!

Thursday, November 25, 2010

black & white

I am in the process or making some order among my weaving stuff.
- still have boxes of books and CDs in the corridor - waiting for the bookshelf to be assembled....
I was browsing through my samples - this was the Colour & Weave project
and I used the Cathedral in my town as inspiration

I'd like one of these mirrors

Tuesday, November 16, 2010


Temperature is dropping - my mum got out a very special scarf I wove for her some time ago.
It's made with handspun vicuna, and it's even softer than cashmere.
The yarn is from Argentina - a lady here used to have a shop selling speciality yarns - and the colour is incredible

The blue tapestry is a needlework piece from this lady.
She left some unfinished canvasses so I just filled in the empty squares and hung it.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Fiddleleaf fig

Do you like big apartment plants? I do.
And since reading this post a while ago I decided I needed one too
(not that our home lacks in any kind of plants - thanks to the hubby!)
So I received one as a birthday gift! It's young but there's room for it to grow

Thursday, November 04, 2010

tomas saraceno

This an exhibition that I could go and see every day.
I have a fascination for these forms and their black string. More photos here

Saturday, October 23, 2010


Nadia's loom is now operational (we spent quite a few hours setting it up, with texsolv cords and full countermarch tie-up,
following Dot's precious advice).
Then, since I had my camera with me, I couldn't resist taking some pics around her house - I really like her style!

The throw was woven with wool leftovers, then assembled with old silk ties.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

solar dyeing - results

Here are my skeins after a little more than a month of sun (more or less!) in the jars.
Two developed mould - and a not so nice odour -
but after a wash and a rinse in lukewarm water with a bit of detergent the skeins were ok.
The colour is subtly variegated, I think it would be nice for a scarf.

Of course the cotton towel didn't pick up as much dye as the wool/silk blend. No mordant added.
This experiment was fun, and apart from my impatience (I checked the jars every other day...)
I want to try again with some other plant!