Color riot

I have been noticing these days that my use of color is all over the map.  I am not consistent: I move from reds to blues to oranges to greens as if I were changing moods at a whim. Maybe I am.  So this scarf just fits: it a color riot!

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How I do it- Solar Dyeing with Summer Heat!

Wonderful ideas by Jazz turtle on how to solar dye
Get some mason jars, dye, mordants, and in sunny Southern California, just go outside. Awesome!

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There are some hot Summer days ahead!  The best way to use the heat is for Solar Dyeing!    When the temp’s are predicted to hit over 90 degrees dyeing becomes easy as setting jars outside in the sun!

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Dreaming of the beach

Spending a weekend at the beach just
activates all those beach memories: the summer I lived in Santa Monica and rode my bike along PCH to work everyday at Champagne Towers, the breakfasts at The Cottage in Laguna shared with friends, fires on the beach on Lido Island in Newport when such

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Capistrano Beach Saori scarf

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things were possible, watching grunion runs in North San Diego County under stars and the night sky.

For anyone who has experienced Southern California beaches, the glow, glamour, and gorgeousness are not just a daytime thing: more like a 24 hour carousel of moods, shadows and glare.
Trying to capture impressions is near impossible. But we try…

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Here are shots of how my weekend at Capistrano Beach inspired me.  All Saori on my loom back in the desert…

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Back home in the desert where suddenly aloe are blooming and another kind of beauty reigns.

What to do with Art Yarn?

Some days you just don’t know what to do with those art yarns. Some have several strands plied together; other are so bulky that it is hard to use them in cloth. They throw off the balance of the piece.

Look at Stephanie Gorin’s hard core yarns in her Loop shop, they tantalize the senses. But weave with them? Knit, yes.Crochet, yes. But weave?

So I am setting my challenge for the summer and fall on how to use extreme bulky art yarns.

Check out what I have done so far with art yarn from yarn girl and Carrie Pugh: both sell on Etsy.

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Art yarn by yarn hirl

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I wove  Saori style on my Saori loom in a very loose weave using a comb reed.  The bulk of the art yarn is at the end ; most of the scarf is woven with cotton from Valley Yarns and recycled sari- silk from Nicole’s  Darn Good Yarn. Easy peasey.
Enjoy!

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Close up.

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Art yarns from yarn girl below.

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Making cowls and scarflettes!

How can I push the envelope with my weaving?  I started with small scarves: scarflettes. Why? Because I wanted to experiment with smaller pieces. Small is good: it lets you change color, style, textures. It lets you experiment with closures. And just figure out what works.

Basically I created a response to a tourist from the Bay Area at the Desert Art Center Art Fair last December. The woman loved the felted scarflette and suggested that others would appreciate having just something small to tuck under jackets, sweaters, and coats.  A pop of color holding its own against the cold.

So here are my experiments!

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They are all on sale in my Etsy store:pullo

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Weaving bits into necklaces and bracelets: how to finish

Having fun these days with my Saori loom. Pulled out my stash of kimono bits, art yarns, vintage buttons, colorful anything and everything and just started weaving.
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Above are some bracelets.

First I started tying off the bracelets but didn’t like the effect. Then I finished by using my leclerc twister.
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and twisted the ends. Then with a crochet hook, I pulled the twisted ends through a large bead– did this with both ends–to create an adjustable bracelet. Certainly better as you can see.
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I like this technique of finishing off the bracelet. It looks more professional and it accommodates different size wrists.

But I also like–and perhaps prefer–hook and eye fasteners.

Some brass
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Others done with sewing notions
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Or covered hooks and eyes
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I tried loops with buttons as well.
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And jewelry clasps
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But I guess my favorite fasteners are the covered hooks and eyes by Dritz. I found them in black, white, and brown.
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They seem to work the best if you know the wrist size.  Unfortunately, they are not cheap: about $3 for 2 sets, but they offer a finished look. They are easy to sew on and they fit the style of these handwoven Saori bracelets. So these fasteners are a hit in my book!

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I used the same fasteners for necklaces but may re-evaluate.

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I will see how the necklace wears. And that is the way things go: experimenting by trying new things out, figuring out what matters ( adjustable or not; cost; the look, the ease of sewing, etc), and then making the decision. Or not.

Because in the world of OOAK ( one of a kind), each item has its own “best” way calling out to me.

And so it goes…