Welcome to My Gentle Threads! It is a New Year and a time for New Creative Beginnings! This year I am entering my seventh year on my blog and I thank you for being here! I'm excited to share my creative walk with you in my sacred space. Life is all about the journey we walk each and every day. I love sharing my artistic moments, thoughts and adventures with you here! I wish you peace and light in your life!
Well I certainly let a whole week go by without posting!
I told myself in January I would try to post
regularly, every Wednesday on my blog.
I made to March 29th, 2017!
One thing I have learned for sure,
is that life is full of unpredictable moments!
Moments that take your breath away,
Moments that occupy your time in ways you never dreamed of,
Moments that just fly by.
Moments that keep you from accomplishing
all that you want and need to!
I have been weaving a lot lately,
I am currently weaving on my beloved Mirrix loom
and creating a Tapestry Woven Pouch Necklace.
I am blogging from start to finish
for the Mirrix Loom Blog,
this project is amazing
and the hand painted silks are beautiful
to work with,
I am having a wonderful and creative time.
The first post is posted on the Mirrix Loom Blog,
you can follow my journey HERE . . .
Currently on my Mirrix
Adding in some Beads
I have been reading a lot of blog posts
about building your own pipe loom,
either from copper or galvanized pipe!
The weaving community is so generous
and always sharing knowledge with each other,
for that I am truly grateful!
My weaving mentor, teacher and friend
wrote a great post HERE ...
So I went to the hardware store
and bought what I needed ...
if you want to know exactly what to buy, HERE is the link that Tommye Scanlin so generously shared!
I actually bought the pipe pieces about a month ago,
and have just gotten around to building it on my day off today!
I thought it was going to be overwhelming,
but opening the pipe pieces
actually took longer than building the loom itself!!!
Cleaning the scanner price tags
took longer than building the loom!
So here is the finished product!
Tightened up with my hubby's strong hands
and a really good wrench!!!
My finished loom
So I immediately wanted to get a warp on the loom,
I used my 12/6 cotton seine
sett at 8 ends per inch
I plan on weaving a small tapestry diary
and getting used to the loom.
I am totally in love with Washi Tape,
so I marked off inch and half inch increments on my tape
and then added it to the loom.
Setting at 8 ends per inch
So as you can see Tapestry has gotten
a lot of my attention lately,
and I think that is a good thing.
In order to do anything well, we must spend time with it.
so guess I will try to online shop with the museum
to stock up on a few more!
I am in love with the accordion journals,
they are portable, and you can draw on both sides!!!
I decided to share it with you today,
and let you have a peek inside.
I love to carry a small travel bag at all times,
I only carry this small journal,
a portable watercolor palette,
pencils, micron pens, eraser
and of course a water brush.
I never want to find myself without supplies,
there is so much inspiration out there in the world,
a quick sketch is just a moment away.
I am practicing my sketching skills,
I'm not always good with perspective!
I guess I didn't pay attention enough in art class!
Documenting my favorite OBX destination
Just sketching what I see
Drawing and Sketching are used in so many
parts of my life ...
sometimes it is nice to step away from Zentangle®
which is a very focused and meditative way of drawing.
Even in my Tapestry Weaving journey ...
drawing my cartoons are important,
which then become a woven cloth. I've been playing with all my watercolors in a different journal I created for my friend Mindy Lacefield's Watercolor Journal Course (she is amazing and I'm just relaxing and playing) I'm learning to just enhance my painting and design skills