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Mardi Gras in Houston – Party Gras on looms

I got to celebrate Mardi Grax a little early in Houston while I was there to do a program and teach a workshop for the Contemporary Handweavers of Houston (CHH).  On the last day of the workshop, I was introduced to “King Cake” . . . and I even got the baby baked inside!  (I also understand the person that finds the baby has certain rights and responsilibites . . . but, more on that in minute!).  I even wore my Mardi Gras beads all the way home and learned that if you want to make the process of getting through TSA security screening a little fun, show up wearing Mardi Gras beads!  Even passengers on the plane were wondering where the party was.

The weather was absolute perfection!  Low-to-mid 70’s and sunny.  The CHH weavers were such a great group and I hated to see the workshop end . . . and also leave behind one of the cutest dogs I’ve ever seen.  Georgie belonged to my host, Sandy . . . and just looking at her sweet face brought a smile to my face.  The weaving in the workshop looked wonderful . . . and I also enjoyed the creativity and ingenuity in their use of color, texture, etc. . . . even coming up with solutions to weighting warp ends with car keys and Mardi Gras beads!

As I understand it, the person that gets the baby in the King Cake is responsible for buying the cake for next year . . . however, I doubt if I will be back in Houston for Mardi Gras next year . . . but, hopefully the CHH weavers can hold tight until the Contemporary Handweavers of Texas 2011 conference in College Station, TX is held in June 2011 (check out weavetexas.org for more information)  . . . I promise ‘payback’ in some way while I’m there to teach . . . in the meantime, I will hold on to my fond memories . . . which should be easy to do since my Mardi Gras beads are now hanging on the castle of my AVL and will serve as a reminder every day!

(Half?) Baked Weavers

Sometimes little things crack me up . . . like going to the grocery store and finding crackers called Weavers.  They’re a baked cracker and come in ‘Original’ and ‘Rosemary and Olive Oil.  My husband thinks they’re the same thing as Triscuits . . . but, I think they’re more special then that.  Triscuits have never made me laugh!

Finally! Carbs for fiber artists!

Handwoven Decorative Trim – the monograph is available for sale!

I am pleased to announce that my new monograph Handwoven Decorative Trim – An introduction to weaving passementerie trims is available for sale.

Handwoven Decorative Trim - An introduction to weaving passementerie trim

Woven decorative trim has been around for thousands of years; however, there is very little available that explains how to weave it.  This monograph was written with weavers in mind.  So, if you understand just the basics of weaving, you will find this monograph full of helpful information.

This initial monograph is limited to warp-faced plain weave . . . but, once you start becoming acquainted with woven decorative trims, you will understand why the bands are often so simple in their structure.  Therefore, everything in this monograph can be woven on a simple 2-shaft loom or even an inkle loom. In addition to covering techniques for weaving decorative trim, there are sections additional sections, such as equipment, cording ideas, and instructions for creating fabric-covered cord.

This monograph, ISBN number 978-0-9842675-0-7, has been printed in color.  

Price – $18.95 (Plus, first class postage shipping & handling in United States- $2.00.  Total = $20.95 . . . Note:  Washington state residents – please add $1.63 for sales tax)

Please contact me if you live outside the United States for shipping costs.

You can pay by mailing a check to:

Robyn Spady 
c/o Spady Studios
P.O. Box 3178
Bremerton, WA  98310

Or you can pay via PayPal to account robyn@spadystudios.com

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