Christmas in July

Greetings Friends,

Where has the year gone? It seems like it just started, and we’re already more than halfway through. It’s July, which means it’s time for me to get started on holiday sales. Literally Christmas in July!

I’m working on some new handwoven scarves for my website and the galleries that carry my work. I found some fun eyelash yarns at Art From Scrap in Santa Barbara, and used them for this first scarf done in dramatic purples and black.

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Eyelash yarns

Cassandra Tondro handwoven scarves

Cassandra Tondro handwoven scarves

Cassandra Tondro handwoven scarves

Next I wanted to do a scarf using bright orange and red with some charcoal gray. I had a lot of gray merino wool and decided to use that for the warp.

It didn’t occur to me that the gray has a lot of blue in it. When mixed with the oranges and reds it muted the bright colors to rusts and more of a brick red.

Cassandra Tondro handwoven scarf

Cassandra Tondro handwoven scarf

It’s not what I had expected, but I actually kind of like it. The muted colors have more depth than a brightly colored scarf. It’s pretty! I’m thinking of trying more complementary color schemes.

I recently bought four skeins of bright yellow silk warp yarn from Swanson’s Fabrics in Massachusetts. Swanson’s is a store that describes itself as “a textile merchant for the people, by the people.” It’s stocked with unused fabrics and yarns from fiber enthusiasts. Their mission is to supply everyone with affordable materials while helping those with too much reduce their stashes in a comfortable way.

I’ve been thinking about what to do with this yellow silk when it arrives. It might be a good candidate for another complementary color scheme scarf.

What are you up to this summer? I’d enjoy hearing your thoughts. You can share them with us in the comments section below.

With love and appreciation,



  1. Swanson’s sounds like a much needed “eye candy” trip for me! I love the muted tones of your orange and red scarf too-feels transitional and yet seasonless AND timeless! I am about to embark on carving some woodblocks for printing on silk! I have all the tools finally and hoping to have success without trip to the emergency room-I haven’t carved since high school!

    1. Thanks, Maurio. Swanson’s is a great idea! We all have stashes of fabric and/or yarn, and I love the idea of donating some or all of it so that others can enjoy them, too. Looking forward to seeing your printing on silk! That does sound a bit dangerous. Be careful with it. I wouldn’t want to see you in an emergency situation!

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