October just pranced away on us!

Whoops…  October has shot by without a single blog entry from me….  which has been brought to my notice by getting emails from friends and relations asking, ‘Why?’

One of the reasons is that I am having trouble with uploading photos and I get so fed up that I just stomp off and go humph.


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Oho! I just discovered that I am too close to having used up all my allotted space on this blog- so that’s why it didn’t want to accept the photos!  I went and did some ‘housecleaning’ and will delete some more stuff so that I can carry on.

The photo that I ~finally~ figured out how to upload is of one of my new looms.

It’s a lovely little loom from Goodwood Looms – one of their mini inkles. (No profit in me telling you that I love their looms, just a satisfied customer. And, I did use one of their frame looms in my book: The Woven Bag.  I always feel odd saying “No affiliations”, as I do get very fond of my looms, and so I do feel ‘affiliation’ – so it’s more honest to just let you know that I don’t make profit by singing praises of the things I love).

I ordered another frame loom, too, as I love the one I already have, but it appears to have gotten stuck to the desk of some bloke in Customs.

Aw, c’mon! I want my loom! Puhleeeeeeeeeeeeeze  release it!

I have been weaving up a storm….  I am working on some new pieces that I will be making a gallery page for on my new website (which I haven’t managed to get done, oh my…. oh my)

I  also have just bought a couple of wonderful new weaving books- I am now working my way through Laverne Waddington’s  ‘Andean Pebble Weave’ book  (Link)

It’s awesome.  I had done pebble weave on my Inkle loom, based on Helene Bress’s book, and it’s a very different kettle of fish than the way Ms Waddington presents it. I am soooooooooo excited by the possibilities of working with the Andean Pebble weave.

As a dyed in the wool small loom aficianado, I love the potential for creating intensely complex patterning using this technique on small looms.

I am so grateful to Laverne Waddington for the years of exploration and study that she has immersed herself in and for her generous sharing of her scholarship and expertise.

One other thing that I just have to comment on is that she has such a lovely presence in her videos- she seems like a total sweetheart, and that comes through so beautifully in all that she does.   I hope that she will be doing more books.

I chose to go with the paper copy and I am glad that I did, as I like to be able to work at different places in the studio, and this way, I am not tied to the computer desk.

AND… a big thank you to Syne Mitchell for all the hard work that she does in bringing such deliciousness to the weaving world! Yay!

The other book that I’ve just bought is Jane Patrick’s new book: The weaver’s idea book:creative cloth on a rigid heddle loom.

LINK (and I just noticed that they also have 2 of my other all time most favorite books ever at this link: Helene Bress’s Inkle Weaving and Betty Davenport’s Hands on Rigid Heddle weaving.  They are MUST HAVES).

The Weaver’s Idea Book is also destined to become one of my treasured books.  It is stuffed full of really useful information. It’s beautifully presented, and the book itself is a sturdy piece of technology that I love: a hardcover that opens up to be coil bound inside.

Again: No affiliations, just loving both books.

What else have I been doing instead of blogging? Well, I’ve been busily designing crochet and knitted projects for yarn companies and magazines, so that has cut into my weaving time!

And, working on new book proposals… we shall see how those go….

And, a million and one other things that leave me wondering at the end of the day- ‘Who pushed the fast forward button?’






Filed under book review/book/books, Loom & looms & small loom weaving, weaving & handwoven

8 responses to “October just pranced away on us!

  1. Aleksa

    Good to have you back, Tottie. And glad you were able to upload that dear ghome-ish photo with the beautiful cactus in the background.
    I’ll send “release” energy to the customs folk on your behalf.


    • Thanks Aleksa! I love it when the Christmas cactus is in bloom- summers here are short and winters long, so I really really need indoor blooming plants!
      And, happily, the customs folks eventually released the other loom, which I love, and have taken pictures of, but sadly, can’t seem to get them to upload! fiddlesticks!
      Will keep trying…. 🙂


  2. My goodness, you’ve been busy! I just took a quick look at the looms link… I think I need to go Christmas shopping for myself!

    I haven’t tried the Andean Pebble Weave yet, but I do own the book… I think I need ample quiet time to understand what to do… soon… soon…


    • Hi Diane
      Oh, yes, looms are always the perfect gift! And, the best thing about small looms is that they are so much more affordable than large ones… plus you have the added bonus of them being so portable!
      The Andean Pebble weave book does take time and focus, so it’s a very nice one to have along if you have space and time for an immersion in your weaving. 🙂


  3. Alice

    There you are : ) Happy you’re back posting : )


  4. Bonnie

    So glad you are back. Love the inkle loom. I have not done any “inkling” in years. Have been using the weavette. Count so far is 425 squares….lol..now to put them together. I bought a backstrap loom but have not had a chance to start yet. I want to get Waddington’s book also. Her blog is awesome. Thanks for the headsup on the paperback version. Think I will get it that way too. Have a wonderful Halloween!


    • Hi Bonnie
      Thank you so much…. although I am having so many problems with my blog that I can’t upload anything these days, so I am kind of ~not~ back! LOL
      The mini inkle is a lovely little loom, and wonderfully portable- it’s a real pleasure.
      Sounds like you are having a blast with your weavettes!!!


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