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Sep. 7th, 2015

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Upcoming classes

Mirrored from String Notes.


Look at that! A great heap of new frame looms! Those are part of my preparations for the Fiber ArtsFest to be held in Huntingdon, PA, on September 18 and 19.

What am I teaching?



And this!


And this!


And this!


Look like fun? You still have time to sign up for classes.

Jun. 8th, 2015

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Happy Velocikittenraptor Day!

Mirrored from String Notes.

Two years ago today we brought home a pair of curious creatures.

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They were so very tiny!

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Jun. 7th, 2015

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Odds and ends

Mirrored from String Notes.

I’ve been saving things to post, some for rather a long time, and I’d like to get them cleaned up and out of my way.

  • Pennsic Fiber Arts Pavilion: For those of you in the SCA, Fiadnata is organizing a pavilion at Flaming Gryphon’s camp in Block W-07 for all of Pennsic. It will be available for all Fiber Artisans to use for gatherings, classes, and general socialization. (Facebook page)
  • Archaeologia Cantiana Online (Kent Archaeological Society).
  • Via Carolyn Priest-Dorman, Ancient
    Monuments Laboratory Reports online. This is a two-step process. First, browse the British National Archives to find a title of interest. The link will tell you that the report is not available online. But don’t despair: Go to google search and in the search box put:</p>


    and the title of the report you’re seeking. The PDF should be the first search result. (You can also assemble the URL using the publication year and index number, but I’m lazy.)

  • More from Carolyn Priest-Dorman: a new blog featuring write-ups of her textile research.
  • From Grace Hatton, a series of photos of a Sami weaver from the Norskfolkemuseum collection. The next link will take you through the series.
  • Via Christina Duffy on Twitter, these images of the seal tag attaching the Great Seal of Henry III to the Magna Carta (1225; BL Add MS 46144).
  • More Sami weaving, this time videos. I obtained the link from Nancy Ayton.
  • Arelate Studio has a new website, and all of Nancy Spies’ books, including Ecclesiastical Pomp and Aristocratic Circumstance, are available as PDFs.
  • There’s a new book on the tablet-woven stole and maniple from Arlon. (I haven’t seen it yet.)

That should keep you busy for a while, until I get the next batch organized, or perhaps even do some real blogging.

May. 3rd, 2015

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Mirrored from String Notes.

I’m only writing this once.

Apr. 5th, 2015

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And now we are two

Mirrored from String Notes.

My babies are two today!


It seems like just yesterday they were tiny and cute. Now they’re large and gorgeous.

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Apr. 1st, 2015

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Welcome to town

Mirrored from String Notes.

Hi April! Welcome to town, lovely to see you again. Oh, yeah, March, the door is that way. Don’t let it hit you on the way out.

April, my dear friend! I missed you! Look, I got you flowers!


Or maybe you got me flowers. It’s so hard to tell. It’s all good, and thanks for melting that snow from yesterday. March was being such a pain.


I’m working on some flowers for your friend May. I’ll share them with you too, if you’re nice enough. Not the tomatoes, though, or the peppers. You’re wonderful, but a bit too fickle for those sensitive types.


I’ve definitely got some peas for you, and lettuce. Spinach too, just as soon as you warm up a tiny bit more. I saw you were still considering snow; I blame March’s bad influence. I know you’re stronger than that: don’t listen!

Anyway, I’m glad to see you. Really, really glad. I hope you’re settling in well. Let’s get together soon for drinks, maybe some food, and definitely more flowers. I see those daffodil shoots you’ve got hiding over there, you know. Looking forward to them.

Feb. 10th, 2015

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Sticks and string

Mirrored from String Notes.

In the distant future: I just submitted four class proposals for the PA Fiber ArtsFest in September. I taught at the first one two years ago, and was on the schedule for last year but had to cancel for health reasons. I hope they let me come back; I haven’t been teaching nearly enough.

      Proposal 1: Card Weaving for Anyone (Half-day)
      Proposal 2: Fingerloop Braiding (Half-day)
      Proposal 3: Ply-split Braiding (Half-day)
      Proposal 4: Sticks and String: Weaving with Minimal Equipment (Half-day)

That last is a new one. I’ve written about it here before but not taught it hands-on. But I just got the wonderful new book Norwegian Pick-up Bandweaving by Heather Torgenrud, and it has reignited my enthusiasm for that particular textile technique, including my desire to do it with the least possible equipment.

See, everything you really need to weave these bands is available at an office supply store: a box of unsharpened pencils, a package of rubber bands, a ball of twine, and two bulldog clips. I’m still working on the best low-equipment warping method, but I have time to figure that out.

I’ve started a new Flickr album for band photos, though there isn’t much there yet.

One of my great enthusiasms is getting people interested in weaving without forcing them to purchase complicated expensive equipment. Another is the way skill of hands and equipment complexity can be interchanged. And look: they overlap right here, in pick-up band weaving. Perfect!

Feb. 5th, 2015

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Yarnbombing and manuscripts

Mirrored from String Notes.

I have an enormous backlog of links and neat things, but wanted to get a couple of them out quickly.

The knitting group I’ve been a member of for some years has been engaged in a charity yarn-bombing project, and this has been noticed. Fun!

I’m taking a free online course thru Stanford University called “Digging Deeper: Making Manuscripts.” It’s on week three, but you can still sign up. I just did, and blew through the first three weeks in an afternoon. Fascinating stuff! I haven’t hit much new to me yet, but I like getting to hear and see the experts talk about and handle the books.

Jan. 28th, 2015

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Warm woolies

Mirrored from String Notes.

I’ve belonged to the knitting group at Schlow Public Library since its formation five or six years ago. We’ve always done a little bit of knit/crochet to give away – afgans, mostly, and some of our members do other things.

This winter I proposed yarn-bombing Downtown Eugene Brown, the statue outside the library and the CATA bus office, and the crocheting Sarah quickly chimed in with an even better idea: charity yarn-bombing! We’re knitting cold-weather gear and dressing Eugene with scarves and such bearing tags that say “Cold? Take me! – the Schlow Knitters.” The first scarf went to someone who even thanked the library for it, and I took another batch down today.


A lot of the chitchat about this project has taken place on twitter (where else can you talk to a library and a statue about warm woolies?), so let me share with you today’s conversation.

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@phiala: Doesn’t @DTEugeneBrown look toasty in his new scarves and mitts? @schlowlibrary

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@schlowlibrary: BIG THANKS to the #KnittingClub!

@DTEugeneBrown: Thank you, @phiala & @schlowlibrary knitters! You’ve warmed me all the way to my toes. #yarnbomb #RandomActsOfKindness

@phiala: @DTEugeneBrown I hope you and a few other people are toastier. We will try to keep them coming. @schlowlibrary

@DTEugeneBrown: #ManOfBronze will be here waiting! @phiala @schlowlibrary @CATABUS

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@schlowlibrary: #SchlowKnitters #StrategicKnitwear has all found new homes as of 4pm today. :) #RandomActsOfKindness @phiala @DTEugeneBrown

So much fun! There are more things on the way; I’ll keep a tally (so far 3 scarves and a pair of mitts) and keep you posted.

Dec. 25th, 2014

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Wonderful things

Mirrored from String Notes.

Such things!

The Eddic Poem of the Vikinges Who Do Go Berserk

Oon Vikinge, al aloon
Carveth a bynde-rune on a bone.

Two Vikinges heed the calle
And steer their longshippes to hys halle.

God-night, Rune“: An Old English Translation
Cassandra Rasmussen

Goodnight, Rune. Goodnight, Stone.
Goodnight to the sleeping king, laid alone.

Goodnight goblets, and golden plates,
Wondrous workmanship, wrecked by the Fates.

The Cat in the Hwæt“: An Old English Seuss Translation
Cassandra Rasmussen

Hark! We have heard tales sung of the great storm,
And the raindrops that fell like cold, wet spears,
how they smothered the unshining sun!

And best!

Gloria the Cow

A cow in a Christmas sweater! Gloria was decked out for a charity fundraiser. There’s an interview there with the knitter responsible.

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