"Don't wish me happiness I don't expect to be happy all the time....It's gotten beyond that somehow. Wish me courage and strength and a sense of humor. I will need them all." Anne Morrow Lindbergh

Sunday, 15 October 2017

Large rag rug available for purchase

This is one of two rag rugs that I have woven and both are available for purchase. The second rug I will be showing in my next post. Both are made from repurposing cotton fabric. This rug is 67.5" long and 49.5" wide. It is woven in shades of various blues, brown, creme, gray and taupe. The price is 180.00 Canadian dollars plus actual shipping costs. Forty percent of the purchase price will be used to buy food for homeless northern BC teens.

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Sunday, 1 October 2017

Cutting a quill pen

I used an eagle and a raven flight feather and an eagle tail feather collected on the island. I tempered the feathers first by soaking them in water overnight and than immersing them into hot sand I heated in the oven. I began with the eagle tail feather and I used a small sharp knife to make the cuts. Admittedly my knife skills are very poor so I used embroidery scissors to cut the basic shape and than I used the knife for finishing. Even then I shaved off tiny pieces at a time and admittedly I was very awkward at it. Still I managed to cut something that was workable enough that I could print with it. As I did it made a tiny scratching sound like mouse nails on a window pane. With as much effort as a child learning to print I wrote down a grocery list. Each letter more or less requiring a dip into ink. Did I expect the swiftness of a ball point pen? The shaft on the raven feather was the smallest and I found it difficult to hold comfortably. The eagle flight feather which I cut last is my favourite and I finished my list with it.
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Sunday, 17 September 2017

Making paper

I like handmade cards to accompany my purchased weaving's. I used a jigsaw to make my mold and deckle from 1/4" scrap plywood. I really like the greyish-purple color that I got from using dye. I did the papermaking outside which eliminated the mess aspect. In the picture this is the recycled cotton paper cards with matching envelopes drying in the sun.

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Sunday, 3 September 2017

My kitchen/studio counter

One of my kitchen counter's is made from driftwood and the original cabin door. I also use this counter when I am weaving since I share my kitchen with my floor loom. I repainted the door with a Benjamim Moore Aura paint and the colour is Fusion (AF-675) and than I put on several coats of Stay's Clear acrylic high gloss polyurethane. With the occasional re-coat of polyurethane it should be good for another seventeen years or so.

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Sunday, 20 August 2017

Small tapestry available for purchase

This small tapestry is designed and woven by myself using natural coloured and woollen yarns I hand dyed. It measures 8" tall ( excluding the leather cord) and 5 3/4" wide. To purchase or to ask any questions you may have please email me. Forty percent of the purchase price will be donated to buy food and clothing for northern BC homeless teens.

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Sunday, 6 August 2017

Tapestry available for purchase

Before the blog I used to keep a journal. On April 1, 2010 I wrote, "I went out and gathered ten different variations of vanilla leaf growing in the same area. None of these differences were caused by decay, disease or pests. While I was there recording these variations a ruby crowned kinglet came within five feet of me. What a precious sight - this tiny bird beating it's wings and feeding off the underside of a giant sword fern frond." Than on April 14, 2010 I wrote," Vanilla leaf- when I first drew this particular plant it was no more than 1" across. Today I have returned and it is now 10" across." These thoughts, drawings and measurements came together in this tapestry I wove last fall/winter titled; Achlys triphylla • vanilla leaf. This woodland plant is seen in the spring, in my yard and elsewhere along sunlit forest edges. It has a misty cloud of tiny white flowers but it is the large, sweet scented leaves with a vanilla like fragrance that make it special. This tapestry measures 21.5" by 21.5" and is mounted on a frame and it is ready to hang on a wall. I am making it available to purchase for my readers for a limited amount of time. 40% of the purchase price will be used to purchase warm clothing and food for homeless northern BC teens. A lay away plan is an option. For additional details or to purchase email me: woolraven@hotmail.com

Sunday, 30 July 2017

Wild berries

Years ago rather than plant grass I encouraged wild plants to grow in my yard. Salal and Oregon grape are native berry bush's on the BC coast and both are plentiful in my yard. Salal and Oregon grape compliment each other. Both of them ripen at the same time. Salal has a lot of pectin in it and will thicken the combination. Oregon grape has seeds in it which I remove before cooking. This is my recipe for a wonderful, rich, fruity, syrup that we have been feasting on for several weeks. 3/4 cup of salal berries with 10-20 Oregon grape berries; 2 Tablespoons white sugar; 1/2 cup water. Put all ingredients into a kettle and boil gently for 15-20 minutes. Once the berries begin to soften I mash them with the back of a spoon. I serve the syrup on sourdough pancakes or oatmeal pancakes with berries added in.

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