I have been rather silent recently, though for good reason. First the weaving stuff. My super awesome guild, NOBO Handweavers, decided to do a bookmark exchange using only sheep breeds from the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy also cross listed with the Rare Breeds Survival Trust, a UK organization. Eleven of us participated, and each person wove twelve bookmarks, one for each participant and an additional set which we have sent along to Handwoven Magazine. I was thrilled to receive what essentially amounted to wonderful little samples of each breed.
My latest article for Schacht Spindle Company was published back at the beginning of February. It's an introduction to twill weaving. I have to say that I'm pretty thrilled about the project I made. It's not that complicated or particularly remarkable, but I'm happy with how it turned out and can't wait to use it in our new home.
New home? Yes indeed. We're in the midst of fixing up a 260 year old saltbox in a wonderful little historic neighborhood on Boston's North Shore. It's my urban living dream come true. We can walk to everything, including the train, the ocean, the library, the bakery, plus we have a driveway and a yard and three fireplaces! The neighbors seem to be lovely people too, which is a relief. Hopefully they are thinking the same about us, though I suspect they'll be happy when there is no longer construction debris littering the driveway.
I have been doing things like scraping wallpaper and tiling. I even managed to get a few hours outside two weekends ago raking and tidying. The house was in fairly bad shape, more from neglect than ill use, so we've had to remove rotten floor boards and install new structural supports here and there. Aside from the electrical and plumbing work, we've been doing everything ourselves. It is a labor of love, and we are having a blast.
We have come across some fun little bits of history. An Indian Head penny from 1897 and some newspapers from the same year as well as a slew of newspapers from 1926 which are in pretty good shape and funny to read. It gives you a bit of an idea of when changes were made to the house. Of course there are lots of wonderful cut nails and other bits of interesting hardware as well as many interesting layers of wallpaper. I could go on an on, but what I really need to do is go wind a warp.