Saturday, February 13, 2010

Back at it

Ah, back at the studio. Thank you, Lord. Every day I spend there doing what I love is just another day in paradise.
I'm telling ya.
I have some other sock waste that I have been trying to decide how to use. I brainstormed and had a bunch of ideas, but honestly, all of them involved sewing and not weaving, and they didn't appeal to me one bit.
Maybe in another lifetime.

Here are the pieces/parts that I started with.
From Crazy as a Loom

I put them up on my work table and cut them with my handy, dandy Eastman cutter, which you have seen, but in case you have forgotten.......
From Crazy as a Loom

They look weird, but they are actually the strip on the back of the sock that includes the heel.

From Crazy as a Loom

From Crazy as a Loom

Do you see any blood on that table????
From Crazy as a Loom

Oh, yeah, I cut the fatty pad on the end of my thumb clean off. And yes, I screamed, and NO, I am not going to the ER. You couldn't DRAG me there.
Pressure dressing, (yes, that is masking tape) no need for sutures, nothing to SEW TO.
It was the end of my cutting for today though.

And this is what I came up with. A 20"x30" rug for in front of the sink, or the shower. It can have short fringe, or no fringe, but the sides are shaggy, somewhat fringed actually. They are sewn all the way down the shaggy side, so those edges are secure. And......they don't have bumps like the regular sock rugs. Interesting.
From Crazy as a Loom

From Crazy as a Loom

What do you think? Fringe? No fringe?

I love when an idea comes together. I think these could have some potential as place mats, since they don't have the bumps. I am going to have to work on that one.

I was going to end my day weaving on some waffle weave towels I started, but the thumb kept bleeding through, so I decided to give it up.
They are nice though, aren't they??
From Crazy as a Loom

My body had better just shape up. I have way too many things to do. My husband has said many times that I will never live long enough to weave all the stuff I have.
Now you know, don't you, that I have to prove him wrong?
It's only right.

Weaving in Kingsbury,


Tina J said...

Are we going to have to come up there!

Tina J said...

I vote no fringe!

Tuesday Weavers said...

No fringe! I wear those socks and absolutely love them! Seeing them in your rug like that is fascinating. Different from the looopers, that's for sure! We really missed you while you were out "sick". You're not supposed to do that to us! We love your blog and you inspire our weaving.

Restless Knitter said...

I vote for no fringe.

Those thumbs are always getting in the way. I've cut both of mine, though I didn't cut any part of it clean off!

LA said...

I think the one without the fringe looks the best. This might be a way to use up some of the socks leftover after the dryer eats the mate. Never have figured out where they go..........

red or gray art said...

auch stunning colors1!

be careful...but enjoy!

SkippyMom said...

Sorry about your thumb - but I have to say I too avoid the ER at all costs.

And the mat? GORGEOUS! I love the place mat idea, but if you are going to use it on the floor I would go fringy. Just so neat.

Hope you heal soon. :D

Julie said...

I've done the same sort of thing with denim strips. I just lay a strip in that is longer than the width of the warp. After the rug is off the loom I random cut the strip edges to even the edge up a bit and run a couple of lines of stitches down the sides, too. Was kinda cool.

KarenInTheWoods said...

I vote for NO blood on handwovens! You have gotta slow down a bit Lady Jane! I hope your thunb heals well and you keep it clean and dry. Want me send a KISS to make it all better??? <<<<>>>>

Oh ... I like the no fringe......

Hilary said...

Well, my thumb is 'thumping' right along with my pristine heart. Yeah, I need to cut those heel strips a different way, no doubt.
I guess 'no fringe' wins the day.

Sharon said...

I was going to say no fringe, but apparently I'm behind in reading blogs because that's been the consensus, which only proves that I have good taste - and no blood on my handwoven :)

Anonymous said...

I also vote no fringe...what a nice clean look!

Hilary, I think you may NOT have to slow down, just become more mindful. ?? A lot of times I just start getting ahead with my thinking from what I am doing to thinking about what I will be doing next...and next think I know I've lost a bit of thumb, or tripped on something, or whacked something else.
Jaimie in iL.

Anonymous said...

Alright, how in the world did you get your thumb in that thing? I should talk - I'm the one that can trip over thin air. I tripped in the studio - good thing the loom was in the way or I would have hit the concrete floor harder.

I vote for 'no fringe' - it just looks neater with your great selvedge.

Kathi D said...

Love that rug! I vote no fringe.

Gail said...

Beautiful rug and you only gave part of your thumb...well worth it. It is beautiful.

I will ask no questions of how you cut your thumb because in past throes of my creativity I have stuck scrissors into my leg...go figure.

No fringe is my vote. The rug makes its own statement unadorned in all its colorful beauty.

Valerie said...

I vote no fringe as well. So sorry about the thumb. I've done that to my left pinky finger...twice (duh!) with regular dress making shears.

Love both the rug and the waffle weave!!

Janne said...

So sorry about your thumb, hope it is healing well. I vote no fringe also.

Hilary said...

Sigh.. feel better.. san fringe. :)

bspinner said...

Last summer my husband did the same thing only with the pruners. Like you he wouldn't go to the hospital and to be truthful they would have done the same as we did which is the same you did to so why bother.

No fringe.

Hope your thumb is healing!!!

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