Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Being Redundant...again

Here we go again with  the tapestry.  As you can see here are the New Mexico colors again.  Can't wait to see the evolution of this.  I started with a cartoon then said what the heck, I would rather free form it any old day...just the way I am.

Inspiration.  Just one of the views from our property last week.  Can't help it.  I am hooked on a feelin'.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Colores de Mexico

Surprise!  All the colors of rug yarn I have purchased on this trip match the  colors at all the places I have been...
Bandelier National Monument, the top picture.  The second picture,on the way to Los Alamos.  

The third picture; the rug yarn...coming home with me.

The fourth picture;  Bandelier  Cholla

There are a million more other New Mexico colors. I can't even begin to describe. The sunsets, the dappled light coming in our casita windows in the morning. I am already saddened by having to come home, but I can hardly wait to get on the loom and start weaving what I have in my mind.  What a refreshing rebirth of creativity is awakened when I am here.  I may become a Taosena after all...down the road.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Another Day...Another rug

Another fibonacci rug...that is.  What a great idea it was to use the fibonaccii sequence loosely in determining a pattern for looping the loopers together.

What is fibonacci you might ask?

In mathematics, the Fibonacci numbers are the following sequence of numbers:

0,\;1,\;1,\;2,\;3,\;5,\;8,\;13,\;21,\;34,\;55,\;89, \ldots.

By definition, the first two Fibonacci numbers are 0 and 1, and each remaining number is the sum of the previous two. Some sources omit the initial 0, instead beginning the sequence with two 1s.

In mathematical terms, the sequence Fn of Fibonacci numbers is defined by the recurrence relation

F_n = F_{n-1} + F_{n-2},\!\,

with seed values

F_0 = 0 \quad\text{and}\quad F_1 = 1.

The Fibonacci sequence is named after Leonardo of Pisa, who was known as Fibonacci (a contraction of filius Bonaccio, "son of Bonaccio".) Fibonacci's 1202 book Liber Abaciintroduced the sequence to Western European mathematics, although the sequence had been previously described in Indian mathematics

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

What's Up Tigerlily?

Rugs and flowers everywhere.  The mad weaver is back again with a vengeance.  This weekend 3 rugs off the loom and I already have 1 inch of tapestry started on my new tapestry weaving.  I am using a New Mexico sky color from Rose Vigil in Chimayo and my hands are turning bluer with every pass of the shuttle.  That must be because of the indigo.  I can't wait to  see the effect of the sky turning color with this wool.

Here is one of the new rugs. I seem to have a thing for terra cottas and oranges in the past few week.  Not usually my colors, but these rugs just seem to kind of emerge out of my mind and finger tips.  Sounds strange, I know, but I never know what it is going to turn out like. That's why weaving is exciting to me.  Actually all craft is.  Fiber has a life of it's own.  No two people will follow the same pattern or use the same colors and have their work turn out identical.  It's fun.  And we all need more fun.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Counting the Days

We are headed to New Mexico at the end of this coming week for our summer vacation.   I love living where I live now in the Northwest corner of Arkansas, but I actually long to live near Taos, New Mexico, an area that claimed my heart just 3 years ago.  We purchased 10 acres out west of the Rio Grande Gorge near Taos last year and we can dream on from there with some ground under our feet.

West of Taos lies the Carson National Forest and the wonders it hold as the highway winds toward the west and north.
This is one  of the prettiest places I have ever been.  Between Snowbird and Alta in the Wasatch Mountains north of Salt Lake City.  A tapestry project is definitely in order for this Wasatch Mountains shot.  I had better get to work...

Monday, July 6, 2009

Off the Loom

Here is a scarf I made about a year ago in Koigu.  I had never used the yarn before, but always admired the colorways and the wonderful scarves and shawl I had seen in magazines and on blogs.  This is my first attempt at any kind of lace pattern.  My fiber twin sister adapted the pattern and I have two more scarves on the needles.

A busy weekend it was here in weaving wonderland.  I finished off five rugs and looped loopers for two more rugs before I start my Southwestern weave tapestry in wool.  Yes that's right wool in 90+ degree weather in July in Arkansas!

Here are two of the rugs.  I am using the deck to see how they look in natural light as opposed to inside.

I am also finishing up a third shawl in a different color palette than I normally use...I am trying to diversify.


Another 4th of July has passed.   

Hopefully the fireworks are gone and I can sleep with the windows open tonight and my dogs can quit shaking and walking under my feet because they don't like the  sounds that the neighbors are making to show their independence.  This photo courtesy of my friend Ricardo.

Have you ever really thought about the word, or what the freedoms we have really mean?  I found a lot in the online dictionary.  Here is my favorite.

In`de*pend"ence\, n. [Cf. F. ind['e]pendance.]

1. The state or quality of being independent; freedom from dependence; exemption from reliance on, or control by, others; self-subsistence or maintenance; direction of one's own affairs without interference.

Let fortune do her worst, . . . as long as she never makes us lose our honesty and our independence. --Pope.

2. Sufficient means for a comfortable livelihood.

Declaration of Independence (Amer. Hist.), the declaration of the Congress of the Thirteen United States of America, on the 4th of July, 1776, by which they formally declared that these colonies were free and independent States, not subject to the government of Great Britain.