Catching Up

I’ve made slow progress on the Navajo rug.  There’s only 4 inches to go, the space for the shed is really, really short and tight.  I’m lifting my arms above my shoulders to weave and that has caused some shoulder joint discomfort.  That’s one of the disadvantages of using the Navajo weaving technique. The advantage of Navajo weaving is that there are no warp ends to finish and no loom waste.  So Pat suggested that we flip the frame upside down and finish weaving it from the bottom up.  My next Navajo weaving will be on a new loom made specifically for Navajo weaving.  And I will use the Ashford tapestry loom for traditional tapestry weaving.Image

I’ve also had to cut back on knitting because of my shoulder.  This is a shawl I’ve started.Image

Fortunately, spinning doesn’t bother my shoulder.  I’m drum carding white ultrafine Merino and dyed variegated blue Blueface Leicester Top to get a softer blue yarn.  Image

It was also time to change the quilt hanging in our living room.  It is called “Mesa Rhythm.”  I designed the pattern, machine pieced and quilted it during the last year of my quilting business.  Image

Here’s a close-up of my hand-guided free-motion quilting.ImageImage

When I had my quilt business, the studio was a dedicated “work” space.  Now the “Studio” is one of our favorite places to relax.Image

Here’s wishing everyone a fun St. Patrick’s Day!

See ya,




About psobrien

Hi, my name is Sandy and I am a retired professional quilter turned fiber artist with my main interest in spinning wool , using natural plants to dye fiber to be used in tapestry weaving. I grew up on a dairy farm in Kentucky, travelled around the world and now make my home in Southeastern Arizona with my husband, Pat and Duffy, our Westiepoo.
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2 Responses to Catching Up

  1. says:

    That Westipoo looks completely at ease ! I just cannot wait to see that Navajo rug finished – I absolutely adore it.

  2. Cheryl says:

    Wow! You’ve made a lot of progress on your tapestry. It’s beautiful! I love it! Great quilt too! Your doggy looks so happy hanging out with you while you’re knitting. 🙂

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