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,