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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.

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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!!

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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.

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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?

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the maker series.

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I’ve been designing and selling stamps for about 3 or so years now. I love the whole process. I’ve hemmed and hawed about just selling them out or¬†retiring styles or not reordering and just let them be a thing of the past, but I keep finding myself brainstorming about future designs or new series. And then here I am with a new box of repetitive stamps and a smile on my face. There is just something about them that it so timeless and sustainable, and the possibilities for use are endless.

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I started out making them with more of a memory keeping feel to them and that sort of birthed the idea to focus on designs for¬†letter writing to encourage folks to get off email and write more letters with¬†the idea of making envelopes a little more exciting and fun. I’m the kind of gal that loves the crispness and ease of current technology, but also respects and hangs on to¬†traditions, i.e. the pony express. The ‘writer’ series was/is so fun to design because I am essentially designing them for myself. And they say if you want to keep what you make, then you’ve done a good job. Insert raise-the-roof emoji.

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Well now I’ve added a new series, if you will, called the ‘maker’ series. I loved designing these with myself in mind, as well as all of the creative folks out there that I know and don’t know. These series actually started with a request from the organizer of a vending opportunity last fall to design some stamps to fit in with the fiber arts. They loved my stamps and the idea of using them, but wanted to meld my inventory at the time with their festival that was coming up this spring. Enter the ‘Knitted/Crocheted With Love,’ ‘Virginia is for Quilters/Knitters,’ and the couple of ‘Handmade’ ones. I thought these would be great for those that knitted and crocheted for others – you know how I love those finishing touches….

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Coming soon to my Etsy shop near you.