janetdawson

NS, CA
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I am a handweaver, a teacher and a shop owner. I have been weaving since 1994 and teaching weaving since 2000. In 2004, I started my own weaving business, The Weavers Palette, as well as a craft co-operative and consignment shop, Mixed Media Artisans, with four other artisans.

I have two blogs: Scarf A Day, where I've been blogging about weaving a new scarf [almost] every day since the start of February, and High Fibre Diet, where I blog about everything else fibre related that I'm up to.

scarfaday.blogspot.com
highfibrediet.blogspot.com
www.weaverspalette.com
www.mixedmediaartisans.com

craft interests: knitting, sewing, weaving

Member Since: 03/11/2009

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Scarfaday #30

I tried an experiment in Warp #9 and left 1/4" gaps in the reed between groups of threads.  The hope was that this would create a very drapeable shawl that would also be comfortable gathered up...

Cute as a button

Just a couple of pics of some jewelry I made last year, in honour of button month!  The buttons are from my big stash of vintage buttons; the wire is sterling silver.

Scarfaday Warp #6

These are the scarves I wove on Scarf A Day warp #6, between Feb 25 and March 3.  My favourite is scarf #20 - because of the way it drapes, because of the colour, and mostly because it was an...

Scarfaday #22

I've been weaving a scarf [almost] every week day since the beginning of February and blogging about the process and the results.  I took a week off at the start of March to regroup but am back...


recent comments

Re: Book Giveaway: Chic & Simple Sewing by Christine Haynes

Another great sewing book! Would love to win - the "chic" sounds good but the "simple" sounds GRATE.

Re: How to Make Recycled Cotton Art Yarn

Another fabulous recycled yarn tute! Love them all so far. :)

Re: Book Giveaway: Betz White's "Sewing Green: 25 Projects Made with Repurposed & Organic Materials"

Would love to win this and put my mad new sewing skills to the test. Going to find Beth's blog Right Now!

Re: How to Make a Reusable Sandwich Wrap

If I had that to look forward to, I'd pack a lunch more often! (Who says you can't pack yourself a lunch even when you work from home?)

Love the pink polka dots and stripes fabric. :)

Re: Itty Bitty Baskets

Oh man, how cute are those!?

Re: I remember summer!

Wow! So beautiful! Can't decide which one I like best...

Re: Grandma and the Beautiful Button Hat

My gramma taught me to knit. :) She was a fabulous knitter – made all kinds of fiendishly complicated cabley things, and colour patterns and stuff I still can't ever see myself knitting. She was a lefty, which made it difficult for me to copy what she was doing, and I didn't really get into knitting until someone else taught me the Continental method years later, but I still consider Gramma as the source of all things fibery in my life. :) I inherited all her knitting needles and old pattern books as well – have been eyeing all the clever things people are doing with vintage patterns lately and thinking that might be a fitting way to use them.

Gramma also started weaving in her 70s; although she didn't teach me to weave (I didn't learn until years later), I'm sure having her little loom around the house filtered through my subconscious to some degree. At the time I thought weaving was boring – it was all BROWN (Gramma loved neutral tones and natural fibres) and I was 13 so if things weren't purple and turquoise they weren't pretty. ;) Now, years later, I find myself weaving with brown a whole lot more than purple, and weaving much the same kinds of things that Gramma did when I was a kid. I sure wish she was still around to compare notes with! I'll always be really glad that the first thing I ever wove was a present for her (in purple and turquoise, come to think of it!) and that she knew she'd passed on one more great craft to me.

Thanks for the happy jaunt down memory lane!

Re: winter yarns

Beautiful yarn! Is that one skein or two?

Re: Make Your Own Buttons from Polymer Clay

LOVE these buttons! You make it look so easy to do - might be time to haul out all the polymer clay supplies I've got stashed away and try this. I always have trouble finding buttons big enough for my handwoven pillows, so this is a perfect solution! Thanks so much for the inspiration.

Re: Book Giveaway: Crafty Chica's Guide to Artful Sewing!

Mmmm, craft books = yum! I'm taking a beginning sewing class right now so would love to have a book full of inspiring projects to use my mad new sewing skills on!