Sunday, March 30, 2014

My Corner Of The World - Mar 30, 2014

My Corner of The World - March 30, 2014

 American River at Watt Ave Bridge, Sacramento, Calif, water levels are very low due to the drought, even with recent rains.

Common Merganser floats in front of a bank of daffodils.

 It was a real bird show today at the river. These are Turkey Vultures flying over the trees by the river.

This is the outline of a big hawk. There was a lot of birds chasing each today.

 Here is a crow upper left with two more hawks lower right battling for territory probably.I did not see this when I took the picture and was surprised to see the talons out!

 Here is an Acorn Woodpecker checking his stash of acorns.

 Here is a Wild Turkey looking to cross the road.

That's my corner of the world!
It was a good day!

Friday, March 28, 2014

Live your art

When you live your art then your art is something alive. In the modern world we are taught that Art is something apart from Life. But the reality of artists who live their art is somehow missed. Art is not something apart from life. Otherwise the simple hats and bags would never have become the artistic expressions of the person's soul. It may be just a bag for holding leaves or nuts. Or a hat to protect the head. The spirit from the fingers of the maker will find its way into the work and will be an expression of life. 

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Shawl Weavers Song

Shawl Weavers Song 
Here is a song I was taught in elementary school in late 1960s, Los Angeles Calif when I was 10 or 11 years old. It was printed in the district textbook for music so it was taught to everybody in the city.

You can hear the melody at the website.

Shawl Weaver's Song
Cashmere Folk Song
by Seymour Barnard
Tempo: Allegretto

Deftly, deftly, nimble fingers,
Weave gold and azure strands.
Hasten, hasten, he who lingers.
Fly, firm and facile hands.

Weave for mother's shoulder
Shawls gay with glints of gold;
For her when bent and older,
Warm wool against the cold.

Although I remember the second verse was something like
Weave for the lady's shoulders
Shawls gay with glints of gold
When winter winds grow colder
Warm wool against the cold.

Anyway, that's the name of that tune.
Have a joyful day!

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Sprang Hairnets

There's amazing article on sprang hairnets here :

From a post on the Sprang_List from yahoogroups.

Have a good day!

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Sac WSG Open House Sat

Today was first day of
Sacramento Weavers & Spinners Guild Annual Open House
Shepard Garden & Art Center
3330 Mckinley Blvd
Sacramento, CA
Feb 8 & 9, 2014, 10 am to 4 pm
Free admission and parking
(Click pictures to view larger images)

Articles created by members  are hung for display

Many demonstrations and exhibitions of spinning with wheels. A Kromski Polonaise wheel (left) in the same room as a modern steel spinning wheel.

Navajo weaving demonstration. A piece in progress (left) and Marilyn works a new piece (right)

Small looms are demonstrated. A narrow band loom (left) and a folding floor loom (right).

Another floor loom demonstration (left) and Shimenko works a multharness table loom (right).

Linda demonstrates a Structo 8 harness table loom (left), a Marudai band weaving loom takes a break (right).

Some of the items donated for the fundraising raffle (left) and more member's work on display (right).

This old wooden yarn winder has a gear to help count how many yarns are being wound. It's in the raffle!

The Basketry display area (left) and a wool carding/blending demonstration area (right).

A little Ashford portable spinning wheel (left) and young Remy helps people try their hand at weaving on a loom (right).

Here is some of the piles of wool and yarn available in the Sales Area!

We'll be there tomorrow too!

It was a good day!

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Sac Weavers and Spinners Sat Group Jan 2014

The Sacramento Weavers and Spinners Guild Saturday Group met at the Arcade library. We discussed plans for the Guild Open House next month in February. We also discussed locating a new meeting place to establish more regular meeting times.

During show and tell Alisa showed a clasped weft scarf she did.

And a bag made on rigid heddle with backstrap woven bands.

Alisa also showed us a shrug she is finishing. She is adding some crocheted flowers.

What a wonderful piece.

Another member showed off a twill plaid scarf.

Another member brought this hat that was knitted with handspun yarn plied with commercial yarn. So we get the sparkly from the commercial yarn. 

Monica brought her white cloth that has a very subtle pattern that's hard to photograph.

Jim brought in a spinning wheel that was purchased in Australia 35 years ago. We're not sure who the manufacturer was.

We had a chance to set up a display case at the library. So Linda took the project with some help from other guild members to assemble a great display.

 Left side of display case.
 Right side of display case.

Jim got some help from an expert on using his spinning wheel.

It was a good day!

See you at the Open House next month!
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1/12/14 EDITED TO ADD:
I see it now. The Thumbelina circa 1978? from New Zealand!

And the brochure bottom of page:

With help from Spinner Central group on Ravelry!

Have a good day!