Then I was messing around with different colors and techniques, tools, and trying out some stuff with clear glass. I don't particularly care for working with the clear stuff--it seems to need a lot more heat and takes longer to melt.
This one I call the Diversity Bead. :)
I love the chemical reaction I had with these two colors--I need to get more turquoise.
I finally got the weave done--it's so lovely! I don't know what I'm going to do with it...although I think it'll end up on an apron dress.
Since the loom was now free...I warped up some yarn on the inkle loom to make the band for Frigga the Loom. I'm thinking I need to get it on the rail and start attempting to weave. I need to figure out where to set it up in the house--probably the front room, but I need to rearrange some furniture first.
A few weeks ago, I was greatly anticipating entering Kingdom Arts & Sciences in 2015 with my warp-weighted loom--something I had never seen anyone work with in An Tir. Last weekend was the Kingdom event and I started eagerly looking at some of the entries that starting appearing on Facebook. I was a little discouraged to see an entry this year that included...yes, a warp-weighted loom. My first reaction was "dang it! I wanted to be first!" Then it was, "Now it's going to look like I'm copying." It was, admittedly, a little disheartening. Now, the loom she used was for card weaving, not for fabric, but still, I felt like someone had stolen my master plan and built it faster and presented it. I had a nice chat with my Foster Laurel (whose identity shall remain a mystery for now)...she has been a great sounding board when I have questions or get discouraged on my Artisan Journey (let's not say Laurel Track...who the hell knows where this journey will end?). I relied on her greatly when I had a personal issue with another member, when I had frustrations with a judging panel, and yesterday, when I was stung by the surprise of someone else doing stuff with the loom.
After she talked me down off the ledge, and I had a night to sleep on it, I realized that my journey and her journey may cross paths, but we are on different journeys. Hers was to do card weaving on a warp-weighted loom; and mine is to make a sheep to shawl project. I even have the sheep!
Many thanks to HL Godith of Goosefoot Mead for providing this bag of goodness! This award-winning fleece needs to be washed, carded and spun and will -- hopefully -- be a finished garment someday.
Away to bed...long day tomorrow! I have two quilts to finish for other people, and on Friday, I get to pick up two more. In the meantime, I have 7 to do for myself. Gaaaaahhh!