Thursday, May 18, 2017

35 rugs


That's how many rugs came from my last warp of blues.

Here is a mental health rug.... More corduroy! 

I tried to do as many denim rugs as I could stand.

Those are my most consistent seller, and I was basically out of stock.

The rugs are various lengths.

14 denim rugs got hemmed edges, and 13 denim rugs got fringed edges.

That's a first!  I usually make WAY less hemmed rugs.  :)

I'm pretty sure my next warp will be more blues.  I've got alot of denim strips and raw denim in my stash, I can always use more denim in my inventory, and I haven't been collecting much for weft materials lately due to the work/remodel/hopeful move situation.

The next warping will be delayed until I get some other things done around here.  I've been showing the house and acreage like mad.  Crazy how the professional couldn't get anyone to come look last year, and now I am getting calls almost daily.  Maybe they are mostly lookey loos, but at least there is some interest!

A rummage/moving sale is on the to do list, as well as the daily chores associated with helping my parents with their business.  Also need to build fence for my horses to keep them in grass and prepare a place for me and my 'stuff' when this house does sell. 

Craft fair coming up in two weeks, too.  All these new rugs need to be tagged, measured and priced, as well as the record keeping involved.

All for now,  JULIE

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Still Denim :)

Still working on my blue denim warp. 

I've been getting less done, because I've been driving between my home and my parents home more...

Nope on the sale of the house.   Have shown it several times lately, but no real action yet.

Corduroy mental health rug....   Cute little thing :)

I always tell myself to take the roll off and get back to weaving, that the tying / end finishing can wait.
But I just can't!  I've gotta see what they look like finished!   So I set myself up in front of the tv and get to town on tying knots. 

I think I have about one more batch of rugs until the end of my warp, but it sometimes seems the warp never ends when I say that....   We'll see I guess, how many more rugs are left on the beam.

So far I've take 26 rugs off this warping.  Most are in the 45 inch long range, but I've done some 54 -60 inch rugs as I have buyers for those, too.

I'm thinking when I'm done with this warp, I just might put another blue one on.  I've got alot of denim left.....   LOL

All for now,  JULIE

PS.  I've committed to being a vendor at Fort Sisseton Rendevous.  First weekend in June, so here's hoping some of these rugs go home with buyers.   Also been working on records/sales/bookkeeping for my parents ag business.  I'm busy, but I get to plan my own days... Winning!  LOL

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Next batch

Just pulled the next batch of rugs off the loom.

Here's the denim that I'm plugging away at.  There's a mix of hemmed and fringed in this group.

Remember my "mental health rug"?  Here's the finished product....

I think it's cute!

I've already woven my next mental health rug, and it's already tied back onto the takeup on the loom starting the next batch of denims.   Gonna tease you on this one.  Clue - it's another corduroy!

All for now,

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Denim, Denim, and more Denim!

 I've been slogging away at building up my denim inventory.  And use up some of the huge stash of denim jeans...  Just took off a roll of hemmed edge rugs - will get these hemmed up sometime this week.

In the background of this picture, you see a pile of denim and a 'mental health' rug.  I get bored with denim after a bit, and so I have to do something different - That one on top is a flannel shirt, and old blanket bits that seemed to work together.  Using up stash!   :)

 Here's my next 'mental health' rug.  Corduroy!  Went with 4 different blues -  navy, dusty, lavenderish, and a light teal.  Then I threw in a tan neutral.  This one will be fun!

I'm doing stripes - 8 shots of weft for each color and then repeat.  I think it's cute.  Decided this one would be 'busy' enough so I did a hemmed end - something I do rarely.  I don't know, I think my preference is fringes, so I just don't think of doing the hems, until I remind myself that some of my customers prefer hems!

House update.  I'm talking with a couple, trying to come up with a way for me to get what I need for the house, and a way for them to get into it! 

I spend my days rehabbing my hamstring repair, selling personal belongings in preparation of moving from a 5 bedroom house into a bedroom, and weaving.  Sometimes I feel positively lazy....

All for now,  JULIE

Monday, March 13, 2017

Retired.... or not?

For the last weeks, when people ask what I'm doing, I've been saying I'm retired.

That's because I QUIT MY JOB.



My employer just wouldn't work with me on my rehab and reentry into physical labor.  They insisted on misinterpreting my doctors orders for limitations. 

So I quit.

I don't need to physically re injure myself just for them!

Consequently, I now have time to do some weaving.

The wider ones are some I just finished up.  The narrow one is a holdover to fulfill a request from long ago.

I am still restricted a bit by my physical limitations.  Can't handle long weaving sessions, but I'm building up tolerance.

I keep busy with the rest of my day doing exercises and rehab, as well as slowly selling off household items. 

I don't want to jinx the process, but someone is attempting to get financing on my house...  cross your fingers, say a prayer, think positive thoughts if you are so inclined!

Of course I have a few stresses that I try not to think about.  Along with the not employed comes not insured.  My state has only 2 choices for health insurance.  Each of them is tied to a hospital group.  Neither takes the other insurance.  One isn't sold in the county I am going to be living in, so yup, only one choice.  And that choice would cost me 600 - 900 a month.  For just me.   Couldn't do it.  That's why I support the repeal....  Something has GOT to change.

Good thing is. I'm not scared - everything I'm doing is what I need to be doing. 

Onward to the next adventure :)

Wednesday, February 8, 2017


Well, I'm back.   Kinda  :)

Eleven weeks out from my big surgery.  I'm still crutched and braced.  Hope tomorrow at a follow up appointment I will get to eliminate at least the brace.

I've been back to work since the last week of December.  No choice.  No time off, No FMLA left.  So if I wanted a job and it's insurance, I had to suck it up buttercup.  I started with 1/2 days until I literally had 12 hours left before I would get "let go" and then went to full 8 hour days.  Only difference is I'm working sitting in a chair at a computer doing 'dumb' work.   VERY repetative!

This last weekend I had the urge to see if I could get my Union warped.  I had gotten the beam loaded with blue warp for denim, but then the injury...

It took me all weekend, in bits and pieces, to get it done, but I did it!

Tonite I thought I should try weaving.   I had put a little time into strip prep during these last months while I was home and recovering, so was ready to go.

All went well, for about 24 inches!   That's when I listened to my body, and decided to behave and take it easy.   It's a start....

I really loaded the beam up this time.  So long ago I can't remember just how many turns I put on the sections, but I'm going to be weaving denim and blues for a longggg time!

All for now,

Monday, December 5, 2016

You're not gonna believe it....

Well,'s my announcement for my 3RD surgery of the year....

I had myself a freak accident.

I'd spent the day helping my dad with his cows.  We had got them in from the pasture,  sorted calves off their mamas  (52 of them),  run each of those calves thru the chute for their vaccinations, sorted 18 yearling heifers out of the bunch, and an assortment of cows that were being changed over to the fall calving program, or culled from the herd for assorted reasons. 

The day had gone AMAZINGLY WELL.   My dad is recovering from back surgery -  I had succeeded in keeping him out of the pens.  I had managed to do all the sorting and moving of cows and calves by myself without getting squished, kicked, stepped on - I didn't even get swatted with a poopy tail!

It was a good day.

Until.  My brother had gone into the pen with the young calves to feed them.  He saw there were a couple that were in the vicinity of the gate and hollered to me to watch the gate (I was in the barn cleaning up equipment).

UGH.  About 2 - 3 strides across the drive, I felt like I got shot in the left buttocks.  Bad pain.  Drop to the ground pain.  I immediately knew I'd done something to my hamstring.

Turns out that something was a complete rupture of the hamstring from my pelvis.


I'm almost 2 weeks out of surgery to re attach those tendons. 

I'm not having fun yet.

Work is not possible. Weaving is not possible.  It's barely possible to sit in this chair and type yet. 

Think I'm due for a break?  :)

All for now,  JULIE