Weaving a Life: Vadmal

Once again I have seen someone state with absolute certainty that ‘vadmal’ (or vadmel) is made by weaving a very open cloth then fulling it significantly. Based on my research into wet finishing and fulling, my extensive experiments into fulling a great variety of woolen cloths, same yarn, different densities, creating different qualities of cloth … Read more

Weaving a Life: Why Write?

Instead of getting dressed (yes, I’m still in my jammies) and getting on with my day (finish pressing those damp towels, finish threading the Megado, write for a couple of projects waiting in the queue) I find myself thinking about writing in general, and why *I* write in particular. Well, first of all, I have … Read more

Weaving a Life: Warping Valet

I first found out about this tool on a trip to Sweden and asked what it was used for. Unfortunately, it was not actually in use at the time, but an explanation of how it worked was given, and I duly filed the information away for the time being. A few years later, interest in … Read more

Weaving a Life: Willful Blindness

There are none so blind as those who will not see. Mom said this to me one time when I asked her about something going on in the world and it kind of stuck with me as I became more aware – more ‘woke’ as some might call it – as I grew older, learned … Read more

‘Canada’ Day

  As a child of settlers, it took some time before I began to understand the role of Europeans (in particular the French and British) in the formation of this land. I was privileged in having history teachers who taught the actual always dominant nature of the settlement (theft) of this land from the First … Read more

Weaving a Life: A Good Life

An unexamined life, they say, isn’t worth living. Well, about that… I can’t remember a time in my life when I didn’t think about life, and stuff. Maybe because I read? I dunno. Maybe I read because I wanted to understand. I wanted to think things through, and it helped me do that when I … Read more

Weaving a Life: Economic Reality (TMI?)

promotional material done for the gift show we used to do Yesterday I posted about the fact that my weaving income would not qualify as a ‘living’ and someone asked if it had ever been our ‘living’. The fact is that technically, for about 9 years, we had no other income than weaving. Would I … Read more

Ice, snow, and northern lights

The nature. On the plane on the way to Iceland (if you fly Iceland Air which I recommend), there are lots of fun videos about this country. Many of them are about how to enjoy and protect THE nature. I love that they use an article to set apart the monumental importance of the landscape … Read more

3 Tips for Introverts — Sketch Design Repeat

Marketing Tip #1: Reframe What “Marketing” Is At its core, marketing is simply the process of finding customers willing to pay for your art. And it doesn’t matter whether you’re selling products or services, the process is largely the same: You try a bunch of different things to find customers, work to build and relationships … Read more