Natural Sun Ink

I have been skimping on the craft posts lately, mostly, because I have been busy with large scale outdoor projects like painting decks and refinishing lawn furniture.  It’s the time of year to spend time enjoying the outdoors, and finding projects, like this one, that reflect that.  I have been playing around with natural, non-toxic…

Bookmark: Plain Weave

I wove this bookmark using a plain over, under weave.  Variations in the pattern occurred when I switched out colors or doubled my weft thread.  I used lace weight yarn that I dyed about a year ago.  The natural dyes I used in the coloring for these two yarn colors came from coffee (brown) and…

Bookmark: White, Sky Blue, and Navy

A bookmark to match the white, sky blue, and navy mug mat. Materials: Small Loom Weaving Needle Embroidery Needle Lace Weight (0) Yarn or worsted Embroidery Thread White Sky Blue Navy Scissors Wrap: 24 strands of a light – lace weight (0) white yarn: triple wrap 8 notches to fit all of the strands onto…

Bookmark: Red, White, and Blue

An Independence Day inspired bookmark with a bold red strip in the wrap and a royal blue geometric, diamond patterned weft. Materials: Small Loom Weaving Needle Embroidery Needle Lace Weight (0) Yarn or worsted Embroidery Thread White Blue Red Scissors Wrap: 6 strands of a lace weight (0) white yarn: triple wrap on two notches…

Mug Mat: White, Sky Blue, and Navy

In order to step up and improve my weaving technique, I fashioned myself a small cardboard and duck-tape loom.  That way, I can complete smaller scale weaving projects without committing a lot of time and effort to a project that may not turn out.  The smaller loom is also more travel friendly.  A big plus…

Jewelry Board

A simple and highly utilitarian craft project I came up with some time ago that serves the dual function of storing jewelry and decorating the walls. Materials: Canvas Acrylic Paint Paint Brush enough Lace to stretch over your canvas Staple Gun small, screw in, wall hooks Instructions: Paint the canvas with the acrylic paint.  I…

Weave Along Pillow

In my next foray into weaving I decided to attempt the weave along I found on The Weaving Loom.  This project ended with mixed results.  I figured out early on that my discrepancy in the weight of the yarn I chose to use for the wrap and the weft was not conductive to some of…

Santiago Atitlan: 3rd Huipil Pattern

Santiago Atitlan is known for its purple and white striped huipils decorated with embroidered birds.  Sometimes the birds are embroidered within the gird pattern formed by the purple horizontal stripes, and other times the birds are embroidered freeform on top of the vertical stripes.  I embroidered the pattern below on white fabric instead of a…

Santiago Atitlan: 2nd Huipil Pattern

Santiago Atitlan is known for its purple and white striped huipils decorated with embroidered birds.  Sometimes the birds are embroidered within the gird pattern formed by the purple horizontal stripes, and other times the birds are embroidered freeform on top of the vertical stripes.  I embroidered the pattern below on white fabric instead of a…

Red, Blue, and Pink Plaid

This is my first attempt at weaving.  My trip to Guatemala inspired me to learn.  This first project was very much an experimental test run in what works, what doesn’t, how a pattern comes together, how the colors combine, what happens if you use different thicknesses of yarn, and how all of this might vary…

Santiago Atitlan: 1st Huipil Pattern

Santiago Atitlan is known for its purple and white striped huipils decorated with embroidered birds.  Sometimes the birds are embroidered within the gird pattern formed by the purple horizontal stripes, and other times the birds are embroidered freeform on top of the vertical stripes.  Embroidered flowers ring the opening of the huipil.  The two types…

Floral Necklines: Huipil Patterns

Quetzaltenango’s huipil patterns favor floral designs such as the violet design I have created below.  The floral designs ring the neckline of the huipil, and the three woven huipil panels are elaborately embroidered together with a matching floral pattern.  The below pattern mimics the neckline of a violet themed huipil.  An animal, usually a bird,…