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Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Tool and School Talk...and Nostepinde Eye Candy!

I did the first of many to come once-a-weekers in my daughter's school library. They had me re-shelve books, make bookmarks, and log in returned books, which isn't so simple when the computer system is down! I had fun, but did feel a bit lost at first. Oh, and we had a fire drill!!
In sort of fiber news, I photographed the spinning tools I've been making:

They are all for sale, and here are descriptions from left to right:
1) Nostipinde made of red oak- this one fits well in smaller hands as it is thin-handled. $14.00
2) Nostipinde made of Sugar Maple- I love the curvaceous bottom. $18.00
3) Nostipinde made of Purple Heart-this one is good for large hands as the handle is a full one! $18.00
4) Nostipinde of Alder wood-has a nice feel to it, with lines burned into the wood to emphasize the cuts. $18.00
5) Nostipinde made of Chicarella- I love how the character of this wood showed through in the final piece. This is my
husband's favorite. $20.00
6) Nostipinde with 1" sett gauge (WPI tool) built in to handle, made of Red Oak- simple lines. $18.00
7) Sett Gauge (WPI Tool) made of Mahogany - has both 1" and 2" gauges. $16.00
The noste's measure between 10" and 11" in length.
You can email me at: sheila (at) eweniquefiber (dot) com
using no spaces and replacing (at) and (dot) with their symbols. Shipping is $5.00 for Priority Mail to anywhere in the US, and I can take Paypal.

Monday, August 21, 2006


We (that's DearH and I)
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have had lots of beginings and endings to celebrate this month. First there was Cari's 17th Birthday (begining of her 18th year)
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Then Kim started School
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That is her looking apprehensive just before we left the house that first morning. She is going to a Montessori school, the same one that my 2 older children attended, and she really seems to like it.
Then Cari graduated from High School (one year early) and has already started college!
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Now I'm in the throws of planning Kim's Ladybug Picnick Birthday Party for early September. I'm not feeling the balance yet, and I haven't finished fringing the plaid tri-loom shawl, but as soon as I do, I'll post a picture.

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

An almost Finished Object!

I've finished weaving my second tri-loom shawl:(the left side of the pic is distorted by the sunlight)

I'd lost motivation to work on it when I realized that, to me at least, it looked more like a blanket than a shawl. Then my mother showed interes in it, so I decided to finish it for her. Once I resumed work on it, the weaving went quickly. I still need to add the fringe, and then I can start a new one. I'll probably do a herringbone pattern in 2 colors, or maybe a shawl with small blocks of autumnal colors.
In the world of wood, I've been making more spinning tools. I really enjoy working on the lathe. I'll post a picture when I have more to show.

Friday, August 11, 2006

Progress, progress

Well, I haven't managed to make an 18th century reproduction one-piece spindle on my lathe that I'm completely pleased with, but I have made a few other tools, like a WPI tool, 2 garden dibbles (used for making and measuring holes when planting seeds), and some smaller practice pieces too. Here is the WPI tool, made of mahogany:

Next I'll make a matching nostepinde and orifice hook for a complete set.
My youngest daughter started school last week, and I've signed up to help out at her school. As an RN, I get to work in the Health Office when needed, and today I was asked if I could sub in mid September. I'm pretty excited about it. I'll be helping with screenings in October, and hopefully doing more subbing and assisting throughout the year. Imagine, me- a school nurse (well, a substitute).