Friday, April 27, 2012

The Hands behind Handmade.

In response to the recent "Etsy Reseller Kerfuffle".......Actually a PR disaster for the Etsy Admin of Tiatanic proportions! (No pun intended) Many of the real handmade sellers on Etsy are on a show us your hands campaign. So here are the hands of a handmade seller in all of their beat up glory. You can see more beautiful artistic hands by typing "teamhandmade" in the Etsy search bar.........Go team!!!!! :) A weavers hand.

Friday, April 20, 2012

First peek at a custom piece :)

This is a wee peek at a custom piece that I just started on for an Etsy customer. It's for a guy in the SCA, his persona is a Berber I'm thinking from Northern Africa probably around the time of the early Crusades, I'm not sure but I will be asking him. I'm certain that his garb is amazing. That's the thing I love about my male Etsy customers they put tremendous effort into their SCA garb. I'm hoping I can get a picture of him in his to add to my private SCA guys album :)

Stripes!

Here it is, the promised stripes! Eight tablets all turned forward threaded \/\/\/\/ (that's S and Z) in two colors of silk A and B threaded in Azure, C and D threaded in Tangerine :) 96" long and 3/16" wide ha ha if you call that wide. I love tangerine and azure together.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

A little time out for a pagan team cross promote!

This is from a team members shop:) I love jasper and agate..check it out :) Here is the link to her shop http://www.etsy.com/shop/rainadelmagick
On Sale through Beltaine. After that the price for this magic / magick altar tool will be $40.00. This one of a kind 2.5 inch Landscape Jasper ritual altar bowl was hand carved and polished to bring out the rich iron stain veins and the wood grain effects of the inclusions. There is a translucent section of Plasma agate, which gets it's rich green hue from Chrome. This piece is ideal for working magick. You can fill it with sacred salt for cleansing and calling quarters, fragrant oils or water for blessings. My photos were taken in natural sunlight so as best to display the natural colors inherent in the the stone. The piece is much brighter than the photos can convey. Scientific Properties of Jasper: Stone Type/Family: Silicates Crystal System: Trigonal Chemical Composition: SiO2 Silicon Dioxide with various inclusions/impurities Jasper is a member of chalcedony family. Color: Multi-colored, Solid. Yellow, Orange, Brown, Green Hardness: 6.5 - 7.0 Source of this Landscape Jasper: Africa, Madagascar Jasper is known as the “Supreme Nurturer”. This stone has been used and revered by people world over. Many people believe that this supreme nurturer has energetic powers which heal the soul and body. Jasper was one of the stones worn in the breastplate of Aaron the great healer, brother of Moses. Some Native Americans believe that Jasper can protect us in astral travel and also could open the gateways of the spiritual realms. Rainadelmagick always includes a thank you gifts of a field collected crystal or mineral with every purchase.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

I know it was supposed to be stripes!

But I got bored and wanted to something bigger.......so 30 tablets four colors 100% wool. 91" long 1 1/2" wide phew! got that out of my system....... there will be stripes this week.

Deer Totem Prayer Beads

New in the shop today!
Is your totem animal the Deer? Deer Totem Prayer Beads can be a useful tool for meditation or focusing spiritual energies. This set is comprised of: 11 6mm Brecciated Agate, 9 6mm Jade, 8 5mm Brown Pattern Jasper and 9 6mm Dalmatian Jasper beads with brass spacer beads and pewter spirals. The top end has a beautiful pewter deer charm the bottom has a antler tip. The total length is 14 1/2 ”. There is a lake near by where I love to hike, the ground is littered with great chunks of agate all around and there are always deer to be seen :) So naturally I love the combination of the jade jasper and agate ..very "woodsy" feeling! All of the antler I use in my jewelry and Runes is shed antler that I find while hiking around the back country of New Mexico.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Tablet Weaving #4

As promised a chevron pattern in black and waterlily pink. Again eight tablets four threaded S and four threaded Z in two colors. All tablets turned forward to create a sharp chevron. It is 96" long and 7/16" wide I was able to weave about 15" before I had to untie it and untwist the threads. Another option would be to reverse about every ten chevrons and have a diamond at the reverse.
Next up stripes :) I will post the pattern draft for the chevrons with the stripes. Hopefully I can get some shots of the threading and the weaving in progress for the next one.........

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Tablet Weaving #3

Here it is! The exact same threading pattern as the last one only with all tablets turned forward. Eight tablets two colors. This one is 92" long and 7/16" wide. I usually work with slightly shorter threads when turning in one direction. I have to stop every ten to twelve inches untie the whole thing and untwist all of the threads then retie the whole thing. I love the way it turned out you can see that by turning in one direction all of the treads neatly twist together.
Here is the pattern for both :)
Patterns for Tablet weaving can be a bit deceptive you can see that rather than a sharp diamond pattern it's actually more rounded due to turning forward and back. You can see a tiny bit of the weft thread where the pattern reverses. This would look really sweet with a different color thread such as red
Where as when the tablets are turned in one direction the pattern ends sharply creating a nice arrowhead pattern.
You can see how easily your imagination can take off! Next week ...chevrons and stripes :) All tangled up in thread.......Desert Willow

Friday, April 6, 2012

Tablet Weaving #2

This is the second Tablet Weaving of the week. Eight tablets four turn forward and four turns back. Threaded four tablets S and four tablets Z. The finished work is 136" plus 5 1/2" fringe in indigo heather and cream wool.
Here you can see both sides..........I think they are equally beautiful!
Next up with be the same threading pattern in one direction.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Tablet Weaving

My passion! I love tablet weaving turn the cards get a surprise! My mind reels with Z threading S threading forward turns backward turns... colors! You can get infinite patterns just by switching the Z's, S's and turns it boggles my mind that iron age people figured out this amazingly simple process to achieve a complex looking designs. This is my simple weaving frame.

Some people use the doorknob or a chair to anchor the threads for me this is simpler and more authentic! Plus your work turns out more even...always the challenge when tablet weaving. This is what you can achieve with 6 little tablet cards. I love the results so simple and yet so beautiful!


I will be adding more tablet woven pieces to the shop later this week :)

Monday, April 2, 2012

New Tarot Card Bag in the Shop Today!

One of two new Tarot Card bags in the shop today :)



Keep your Tarot cards safe and secure in a handwoven hand stitched tarot card bag in shades of peach, lavender, ash brown and pink in Merino wool. Lined in a soft brown fabric. Holds standard decks the size of Rider-Waite. Photographed with Paulina Tarot... My personal favorite!!! Great for a spell or charm bag or to store your tumbled stones or crystals. Bag dimensions are 7 3/4"X 4 3/4" All of my items are woven on an Inkle loom and hand-stitched by me :)