Thursday, April 30, 2009

New work

Here is a sneak peak at my newest. Should be lovely (I hope).
Can't wait to post the finished product...

PS- I draw the big winner tomorrow!!!

Saturday, April 25, 2009


The warp ends are a multi/novelty I just discovered called Bewitched in a fuchsia, purple and ivory colorway. The weft is a handpainted rayon boucle that I was really unhappy with until I started putting this thing together.
I guess that is why they are called Serendipity: it is usually a pleasant surprise to see how the yarns weave-up together.

Muddy Rainbow Woven Wrap

OMG I love the way this one turned out! My selvages are looking much better, and my weaving is looking a bit more even overall...

The wrap is still a little damp in these pictures after having soaked for a while in Pink Grapefruit Eucalan. I will have to try to get some nice full length pictures once it has dried.

Thursday, April 23, 2009


Color is positively addicting. Weaving is becoming a very expensive habit for me! I think that I am going to try to do a show or two this fall and hopefully get back what I have put into this endeavor financially.

This is my newest, still on the loom. Alpaca, Cotton/Silk and just a hint of sparkle. Should actually end up being wide enough to serve as a wrap or a scarf. Hmmm....I might have to keep this one for myself.

Next up: A throw for the living room. But what colors? So many to choose from!

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Weaving, weaving, weaving

It seems that the scarves I am making fall into one of two categories. First are the ones I call "Serendipity". These are very tactile and organic. They are a combination of fibers, textures and colors. And the second are, well, I am not quite sure what to call them.

I got my 12.5 dent reed in the mail last week and the finer fabric that it creates lends itself best to hand paints and sock yarns (in my opinion). The wild combinations of colors give me a giddy feeling in my belly as I watch the garment "unfold" before my very eyes.

A note about Dos Palomas I am shifting my etsy shop focus...In the beginning I opened an etsy account for the sole purpose of shopping the site and went with the same user name I have used for years: Myfinn. Once I decided to sell it didn't occur to me to change my user name or come up with a clever shop name. But after some time and experience I have learned a few things:

1. I think "My Finn" is a really lame shop name.
2. Most of the people who buy on etsy already knit and don't want to pay a premium for something they can make themselves.
3. My original shop had no artistic focus or brand identity, and I now have a better idea of where I want to go with this.
4. Well, I have got the weaving thing going for me now. And SO...

Enter Dos Palomas. My new shop once launched will be made up of mainly OOAK hand woven goods and knitting pattern PDFs. And the occasional hand-knotted strand of pearls :). It is going to take me some time to get it all together and ready to launch but I am so excited about the new direction of my work that I can hardly contain myself! I thank everyone for your patience and support.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

This could be yours...

Details: This handwoven scarf was made my me. The warp threads are a variety of fibers in assorted colors, some with sparkle, from my stash. The weft is made up of a raspberry cotton-wool blend (Cascade Sierra). Not too itchy. Just the right width at 4", and about 66" in length with an additional 7.5" of fringe on the ends.

Okay, so it has some tension issues. It is less than perfect, but beautiful nonetheless. If I were selling it I would probably ask around $40-$50. SO, if you want it to be yours please comment on this post and I will draw a lucky winner on May 1st. Good Luck!

Tuesday, April 14, 2009


At what point, I wonder, does one go from being a novice to being an expert at something? I ask because I have now completed 5 projects on my Ashford rigid heddle and have "cast-on" several others that I decided after starting were not going to live up to my expectations.

I suppose I might reach expert status once I have had the chance to try out all the fiber/warp vs. weft combos that I have in my head. Among those: multi color plaid, fading rainbow, hand-dyed ombre, silk ribbons, fulled, felted, float patterns...Well, I guess I still have a ways to go. And don't even get me started on the possibility of stepping up to a harness loom!

Here is my newest WIP: Serendipity II.

Saturday, April 11, 2009

My Hero

I LOVE Fifi Lapin. Here is my new print hung right behind my computer where I can look up at it in wonder of it's loveliness whenever I wish. Get yours here.

Coming Soon...


I received this Ashford Rigid Heddle loom for Christmas and it has taken me this long to finally learn to use it. One afternoon at Bahr Creek was all it took to complete my first scarf and I am on a roll!