This summer has been, shall we say, challenging?
I've been struggling mentally - having a lack of focus and drive to get things done.
Finally now that I have some events scheduled I am at least feeling like I have been able to force myself to be a little more productive.
After the vendor event I was able to attend, it was determined that I really needed more denim rugs.
They have always been a standard item in my inventory.
The last few years, I have had my dad cutting strips using my Frasier Rag Cutter. He's pretty much stove up and can't get out and about like he would like, and I think him having this to do has given him the feeling that he is contributing.
Before then, I always ripped my denim strips. I kind of like the fuzzy look on the rugs, as well as I think it helps with the absorbancy of those rugs. But since Dad has been cutting, it gives me more time to sew strips, design and weave.
The first batch of denim rugs I did five that were all the same length, all hemmed, and then had 2 rugs longer, hemmed, before I had run out of space on the take up beam. Since then, I have taken another batch off and they are hemmed and ready for measuring and tagging for inventory.
I had about caught up with dad, and was basically out of cut strips so I went ahead and ripped three big totes of strips - these I sent over to mom and dads for them to clean the strings off. This helps with my time at the sewing machine - I will be starting on sewing those ripped strips as soon as I go and get the 3rd tote from them to mix them all together.
In the meantime, since all the same rugs one after another gets monotonous, I dug into my colored denim stash and came up with this.
Yes, this is all denim. It's amazing the colors I find :)
And here it is being woven. You can see the warp design here.
It's been very hot and humid here. But dry. The grass in the yard is crunchy and we could use some rain. Last night we had a summer storm go over - Heavy lightning and very loud thunder - and we got about 3/4 inch of rain. Just enough to make it even more humid. As I'm typing, there is another storm grumbling in the clouds.
I can't believe summer is almost over - and kids are going back to school.
Where did the summer go?
All for now,