Random Retro Warp

Sometimes after weaving several scarves, I have lots of spools that have just a tiny bit of yarn left on them. I decided for my next two scarves that I needed to use up some of that yarn. While putting the colors together, I came up with a sort of retro themed color spectrum from my mostly used spools. I didn’t mean for it to happen like that, but once I started measuring out the yarn on my warping board, it all just started to make sense.

I really loved the color combination that came out of these two scarves and I had a lot of fun weaving them.

Here’s a few process photos…IMG_0577

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…and the finished scarves.

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To find these and more scarves visit my Etsy Shop!

Progress Through Instagram

Happy Monday.

It is all too often after I have finished a scarf, that I have a hard time figuring out where to begin for my next project. I gather inspiration from a myriad of places, and often one of those places is looking back over what I have made in the past. Sometimes it helps me work off of a certain idea and other times, it helps me to see a completely new and interesting direction to take.

All that to say, I have recently finished an idea that I was holding onto for a while, and now, I don’t know where to go from here. So, while I’m having a creative block kind of day, I will share with you the progress of one of my most recent scarves, through a series of Instagram photos.

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dressing the loom

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getting ready for the final tie on

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the first foot

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halfway

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the finished scarf

To see more behind the scenes weaving photos like these (and pictures of my cat), you can follow me on Instagram!

A Scarf for My Main Little Man

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What a cutie, right? I have one nephew and one niece, each of whom steal my heart every time I set eyes on them. Sadly, we live so far away that I haven’t got to see them all too often in the past couple of years, so when this Aunt’s assistance is called upon, I just end up melting at their every requests.

My dear little nephew, who is now 4, called me a while back to make a simple request. He very politely asked me if I could make him a Mickey Mouse scarf. And so, for the first time, for his birthday last year, I wove a child’s size bamboo scarf in Mickey Mouse colors (which I took to be red, black, and white).

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Until that time I had never really thought about weaving children’s scarves, and they are still probably not something that I will add to my regular inventory. But it was fun to weave a scarf for my little man. And oddly enough, shortly after I finished his scarf, I had a custom order request for a girls child size scarf (which I will show you in a later post).

So all this to say, I now have children’s scarves in my wheelhouse of experience, and if you are interested in a scarf for a little person in your life, feel free to contact me about a custom order!

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And on a related note, if you would like a scarf of ANY different size, I am very willing to work with your requests. I know that some people like shorter scarves and others like extremely long scarves and I would be happy to make a custom size! The fringe I tie at the end of my scarves is optional as well in a custom order.

So please, if you are looking for something that you can’t seem to find in my shop, please contact me about a customer order and I would be more than happy to work with you to create that perfect scarf!

My Etsy shop: weavingandweather.etsy.com

My email address: weavingandweather@gmail.com

Custom Orders

When I start planning out a scarf, whether it is a custom order or just something I am making to add to my shop, my design and color combinations are often a gamble. I can sketch something 100 times and it may come out exactly as I planned or in some cases, better! Or, it can be a real dud. I always give a great deal of attention to what colors I use, how I put them together, and what pattern will fit with the feel of the design.

I am always so grateful and touched when someone requests a custom order, and I try my very hardest to produce what the customer requests. At the end of the year, I had a custom order for 2 neutral colored scarves. The first, for a woman, was to be lighter in color, mostly ivory, with a mix of browns and tans. The second scarf, for a man, was requested to be about 50% black, with tan and ivory running through it. The following photos are what I came up with. I was very happy with how the two turned out, but I can never be sure if my customers will have the same response to the work as I do (and if someone doesn’t I will ALWAYS be willing to create a redo). But pleasantly, my customer and I were on the same page, and her response to my work just filled my heart with joy! It’s moments like this, moments where someone truly appreciates and enjoys something that came off of my loom, that make me love what I do and thank God for giving me the ability to do it.

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Why Not 100 Percent?

That is a question that I had to ask myself over and over again leading up to October.

To recap, earlier this month Weaving & Weather started a small campaign to help raise awareness and funds for breast cancer. My inspiration for this campaign is my beautiful, caring, strong, faith-driven, 7-year-breast-cancer-surviving (or in all actuality you could say thriving, because seriously, she gave it 110% the whole way through her treatments, and she’s now more fabulous than ever) mom.

If you missed the initial post that launched my Pink Collection (I think I’ve been watching too much Project Runway), you can find it here.

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Back over a year ago when I was still in the process of getting my Etsy shop set up, I knew that I wanted to do something special for Breast Cancer Awareness Month and making a collection of pink scarves to sell and give back the money to a breast cancer charity just felt like the right way to go. So during September while I was making the scarves and really thinking about how I could help, I struggled with how much money I could donate. I really wanted to give 100% of the sales from the scarves to charity, but being such a young business with lots of little over head costs here and there… I just didn’t think my little business could do it. Therefore, I decided that the very most that Weaving & Weather could afford to donate, was 75% of the sales. Which in all honesty, I am still struggling with that as I type these words because it’s been very hard to justify not giving 100%. But I have used my own money along with help from my family to start up this business, and unfortunately my sales didn’t skyrocket at soon as I opened the cyber doors to my company. And registering Weaving & Weather in Germany has had it’s added fees as well.

All this to say, I just wanted you to know that the 15% that I am not donating from each scarf to the Oklahoma Panhandle Chapter of Pink Heals for Breast Cancer Awareness month, is to assist in covering the costs of my materials, packaging, and shipping. I am not making a profit on the Pink Collection of scarves, but in order to come out even, I had to make a business decision.

I hope this doesn’t scare anyone away, or make anything think less of me or my business, but I just needed to be transparent with my customers.

There are still 3 of the 4 Pink scarves available for purchase at weavingandweather.etsy.com. If you would like to help me in supporting Pink Heals for Breast Cancer Awareness, please jump on over to my Etsy shop and take a look! Hopefully in the future, I will be established enough to be able to give that full 100 percent!

Breast Cancer Awareness: In Honor of my Hero

As many may know, October has become known as Breast Cancer Awareness month. There are so many great fund raisers and organizations out there for research, education, and financial assistance, and as the disease has made its way into my family, I wanted Weaving & Weather to take part in the national movement to raise awareness.

My mom is a 7 year breast cancer survivor. My mom is my hero.

In 2007, my mom discovered a lump in her breast and out of precaution, saw her doctor who performed a lumpectomy to remove it. She didn’t want to make it a big deal, and neither did I, because I knew that there was no way my mom could be susceptible to cancer.  After the quick surgery and recovery, she and my dad went in to the doctor for the biopsy results. I remember thinking that it should be a very quick appointment and that they would be home soon. Several hours later they finally came home, with the unsettling news that there was malignant tissue in the tumors that were removed.

On March 13, 2007, my mom was diagnosed with Stage 3B breast cancer. At that stage, she had 4 spots of cancer in her breast, and the cancer had spread to her lymph nodes under her arm.

She started Chemotherapy treatments in April of 2007 and continued the treatments through August of the same year. Once she finished Chemo, her doctor performed a second lumpectomy, to remove any remaining tissue that had been cancerous. She then went on to Radiation treatment 5 days a week, totaling 40 treatments. Monday through Friday, a friend or family member would drive her 2 hours each way for Radiation; once she was back home everyday, she would go to work and resume her day as usual. She was, always has been, and always will be a fighter.

Her last Radiation treatment was right before Thanksgiving in 2007. After that, she continued to take medication for 5 years, and has slowly come down from a doctor’s appointment everything 3 months to now, only once a year.

My beautiful mom and big sister, shortly after my mom finished Radiation treatments.

My mom is a fighter and a survivor. She is the strongest and most faith-driven woman I know, and I feel very fortunate to be her daughter. 2007 was a rough year; it was extremely difficult to watch my mom go through treatments, knowing that everything was out of our hands. But I knew, and my family, our friends, and community knew also, that God had a plan and would take care of my mom. And He did. With a lot of love, prayer, and support, my mom led our family through her fight with breast cancer, and we are so much closer because of it.

She was too young, too busy, too loving and caring, and too full of faith and hope to have something like that happen to her. But cancer does not discriminate. The disease can happen to anyone; and as it has happened to my mom, my sisters and I know that we have to be very proactive and attentive in our own lives concerning our health in this matter. And no matter what your own family’s health history consists of, I encourage you to be proactive in your lives as well.

In light of the impact that breast cancer has had on my mom’s life and my own, I have woven a collection of 4 pink scarves to sell during the month on October. 75% of the sales from each of the 4 pink scarves will be donated in my mom’s name to our hometown’s local chapter of Pink Heals.

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Pink Heals is a national organization that is divided up into local chapters that operate on their own in their community. 100% of the donations they receive go toward helping someone in their local community who is going through cancer or another debilitating disease. The Oklahoma Panhandle Chapter, helps by providing gas cards to those who need to travel to and from treatments and assisting with bill paying for those who need help financially. In addition to the funds they provide to individuals, they have two pink fire trucks that they take to non-profit events to raise awareness for breast cancer, as well as doing home visits to raise morale. If you want to know more about the this charity you can find the Oklahoma Panhandle Chapter Facebook page here. Or if you are interested in looking at the national site to find out if your local community has a Pink Heals chapter you can find that information here.

Custom Orders

I recently took a custom order that, with the permission of my customer, I would like to share. My customer had specific ideas in mind. They wanted a solid purple scarf and a scarf that combined blue, black, and ivory, in an interesting stripe pattern. So we worked together, messaging back and forth to design the two following scarves.

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I am currently taking orders if you would like a scarf that has specific colors or patterns for yourself or someone special. Christmas really is just around the corner and it is never too early to start preparing gifts!

Feel free to contact me at my email: weavingandweather@gmail.com.

Or in a private message through: weavingandweather.Etsy.com or Facebook.com/weavingandweather.