Emerald City Weave. Fail or nail?

If you follow me on Pinterest (HERE) you'll notice my 'Weaving Inspiration' board has become a hotbed of runway looks and models wearing fashionable textiles... oh and my other latest pinning craze has been African collar necklaces. Does this translate into my little wall hangings? I'm not sure. But they do help me get inspired when I'm in a creative rut... and lately I've felt like I needed that! 

The amazing sleeves above were my inspiration for my latest weave. Draping has always been a favorite technique of mine and the thick, organic flow... along with the small contrasting stitches gave me visions of a weave to end all weaves. However, the design stretched my editing capabilities to the extreme. You will see in the final photo that my idea went in an entirely different direction.

 I began with an organic, color-blocked foundation. The aqua and forest green reminded me of the emerald city... but I still think it worked. Some initial draping reinforced my idea and I became excited, but once the rest of the colors were added the draping faded into one word: mess. It looked sloppy and immature compared to the bold sophisticated foundation I had laid our, so after 4 different tries of draping/cutting it off I decided to let the weave be what it was.
 It is a bright, clean, artisan piece of work that I love to look at. Perhaps the inspiration image will aid me in a different weave, but for now I've got some more inspiration fuel and I'll be glad to have the giant lady hanging on my own wall until it finds the right home...


Cedar Vase Collection

I should probably hand this post over to my husband since I just take the photos. The design is all him but atleast I get to gape at the inspiration that has been coming off of his lathe these days! The cedar wood that a friend gave him has been yielding such interesting shapes and colors for his latest collection of hollow vases. The look unreal! I don't want to post them to our etsy shop because I'm being extremely selfish - they look perfect as a set. Now I just need a wildflower garden to keep them perpetually full of complimentary flowers.


Wood Turning

Most days while I'm upstairs weaving and watching reruns of Star Trek, my talented hubby is downstairs working on his own artistic hobby - and it is much more exciting to watch than mine is! The result of his work is beautiful wooden bowls in all shapes, colors and sizes. I have piles of them on my desk to catch all of my supplies. The live edge designs are my favorite. They are unpredictable and each one is unique, just like the wood that they come from. 
Wood turning reminds me of our shared love for ceramics... except for the sharp tools & solid chunk of heavy wood that is spinning super fast. When the wood is securely attached to a wooden laithe it spins fast enough that he can shave parts away. He begins by shaping the outside and then turns the bowl around to hollow out the inside. In between the two he sands them smooth, oils them to bring out the grain and puts a protective coat ontop so they are very durable.
 If you don't follow me on Instagram yet, I love posting updates from both of our 'studios'. Videos of the turning process always amaze me. Sometimes I find myself watching youtube channels of master turners working in double speed.