This newsletter is coming a wee bit late in April, but I still have a few days left to squeeze it in. It is finally time to get outside and get planting where I live, so the siren song of gardening has gotten the better of me. Soon it will be too hot and humid and the mosquitos will rule the world, so I try to get out there when I can. I've been focusing on trying to find native and non-invasive species that will flourish in my shaded backyard. It has definitely been a lot of trial and error...I have high hopes for these cuties I picked up this year.
I have added a pattern to the rigid heddle collection this month. It is for sale both here and in my Etsy store. The pattern is a fun one for your four-legged friends; it is an inkle band-styled woven leash. Really this translates to being a warp-faced project, something you might not have known you could achieve on your rigid-heddle loom. I encourage you to check it out, it is quick and fun.
On the Loom
This month I am trying to finish up some kitchen towels for an upcoming live event. I am selling some of my woven wares at a local coffee shop. Sixty percent of all sales will go to the local food bank, so I am trying to create things I think are beautiful but practical to catch the eye of the casual coffee drinker so they will be enticed to make an impulse buy (and thus a lovely donation to the food bank). I will make sure to post some pictures of the finished items going on sale and of course will include a photo of the donation receipt when all is said and done. :-) I am very excited for this. Not only is it my first "real life" sales event, but it is an important cause for me.
I have been absolutely loving my subscription to Jane Stafford's Online Weaving Guild. She has six completed seasons and a seventh ongoing that deep dive into weaving structure. It builds from the ground up and is wonderful for any new weaver but is definitely a great study for veteran weavers, too. I have refreshed, deepened and learned anew as I have explored her offerings.
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