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off the loom, vol.1

One of my favorite things about weavings lately is the before picture of my color palette. I thought it would be fun to do a volume series of the before & afters and tell any sort of thoughts or stories about the weaves. If you follow me on Instagram (@petaline), then you’ve already seen these, but I’m usually brief in my comment so now you’ll get to find out a little more about them! So, welcome to Off the Loom, Volume 1.


Now this was a fun one…if you couldn’t tell. It’s actually pretty crazy close up, but so full of 70s vintage life. And that wasn’t my intention, it just sort of happened with the colors. That roving at the top right of the palette is my absolute FAVE…so pretty and fun to work with. I have to make a conscious effort to not grab it when I go searching for yarns. Top left was picked up at the Olde Liberty Fiber Faire from my friends at New River Fiber Co. and would be divine to knit with and such a bold, beautiful color. And then the bottom two yarns on the left were gifted to me by family members, so they were pretty special to work with. I always love people connections with the yarns I choose for certain pieces. This was one of those that started out and certain way and took a total turn into something far off from where I thought it was going. And that is what makes it so special to me. I took it off the loom and had to run it through my sewing machine to keep it all together!! I’m telling you, it has a mind of its own!!


And this was an intense one…but I’ve taken it off the market I love it so much. It’s the full size of my smaller lap loom, which is pretty much the perfect size. I like to play around with sizes, so I haven’t made another one this exact size, but it’s in the near future. I had just come back from the beach when I started this (hence the color story), and since I was documenting my Week In the Life¬†during the main time I was working on it, I clocked in over 17 hours of weave time. Really put the craft into perspective…although this one did have quite a few embellishments added into it with the little fur balls on each side & top middle. And I was keeping it symmetrical which takes careful time, and I think I took out a couple rows of something that just wasn’t vibing right. I bought a sample pack of the yarns on the left, and knew I wanted to incorporate every color – which I didn’t achieve…the hunter green never found a spot. But that’s okay. Loving that strip of neon. This one makes me so happy, so for now…she’s a keeper.


And this was a quick one. I knew I wanted to use earthy, fall-inspired colors that could work well in a more masculine-friendly space and I knew I wanted to throw in these wooden balls. I’d say it was a success! I love these colors together and the balls add a little woodsy flair to it that’s always fun. These might pop up again in the future. ūüėČ Here’s that favorite roving again – such a joy to work with and adds so much texture to the piece. But the main story to this one is the forged hanger. My 10-year-old nephew has been messing around/being mentored at our farm forge, and I asked him¬†about making some hangers for my weavings. Within a week I had a handful of them and knew this completed weave¬†was a perfect match to show off my nephew’s work. Wouldn’t you agree?

guess i took a summer break?


I came my website¬†to check in and think about some updates¬†I’d like to make and see that I haven’t posted anything new since June?! What in the world?! I do so apologize for the radio silence. I guess summer took hold and didn’t let go…which I am okay with actually. I do think of summer as a time to go outside and do things…have fun and be spontaneous. A lot of things got put on hold for a couple of months, and since I am on a perpetual teacher’s calendar – fall is as good a time as ever to hunker down and get refocused on projects, work, and priorities. So, here I am.

But first, here’s a little recap on what kept me away from this space:

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The creek/pizza in the cob oven. This was built on the farm last fall by some friends and family during the 4th Annual Mountain Run Jam, and was ready for some ‘zas by summer. And boy, they are quite good! Since I am gluten-free, I have to use a special crust that is never as good as I want it, but I’ve snagged a bite or two of “real” crust and man. I need to perfect that GF crust so I’m not jealous everytime. ūüėČ


The lake. I spent a week at Smith Mountain Lake over July 4th to celebrate my niece’s birthday and then the traditional Independence Day fireworks show. It was so nice to be up there for this long – it’s the most time I’ve spent there since I was a kid and was able to¬†remember certain things we used to do and places we used to go as kids which was so fun and good-feeling to think and talk about.


Petaline Trunk Show.¬†New River Fiber Co. invited me up to Blacksburg for a Trunk Show in their knit & fabric shop. Holy moses, what a great space!! I set up my goods on an amazing wood table and hung around all day touching the most delicious yarn fibers. Really. That’s what I did. I enjoyed this type of setup and would definitely be into doing something like this again…as long as I can take this table with me….

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Hanging on the farm. I am so grateful that this is where I call home.


Family Beach Week. Every year, we pack up and head to Nags Head to put another tick mark on the tradition pole. It’s a total stress to get there (literally and physically), but once we do we surely make the most of it. Most days are spent with us lined up on the beach talking, reading, drinking, people-watching, eating, laughing…I’m even adding smoking cigars to the list this year thanks to my brother David’s recent trip to Paris. A couple other members floated in and out during the week, but I made it my mission to get a group shot this year. Even if it totally blurry and flawed…just like us. But we have fun anyway.

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Girls Trip to DC.¬†My friend and I packed up for a weekend with my cousin in DC later in the summer. It had been a couple of¬†years since I’ve been up here and forgot how fun it is to get off the farm and hit up a city. We had a great time trying out restaurants, walking around Georgetown, dipping in and out of places to grab snacks and/or drinks, and shopping. Everything I ate was quite delish and we had great weather for being outside when we wanted. I’d definitely like to go back soon…any recommendations for places to eat/drink/shop? I’d love to hear them in the comments!!


Back to the lake. We went back to celebrate Labor Day, but it was just for the long weekend. Fun, of course, but I’m definitely voting for more extended stays next summer. I never tire of the beauty of Smith Mountain Lake. If you’re in the area or looking for a vacation destination for next year, I would greatly recommend a visit.

…And then our farmschool started and here it is October. Time…such an annoying friend and a stranger at the same time.

I’d love to hear about some fun summer activities you took part in – let’s keep summer fresh for as long as we can!! Not sure if I’m quite ready for the cold…are you?