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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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.
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,