Our 2nd Monday weavers gathering was a perfect spring day in a perfect setting at Elin and Bob’s place.  Coffee on the deck was surrounded by orioles feeding on oranges and magnolias and bleeding hearts giving us a spring show, much needed after a long and hard winter.

There were lots of fiber goodies to see especially from those who haven’t made it to a meeting in awhile.  Janet’s scarves were so beautiful that I need to get out my Handwoven magazines and get some inspiration.

Elin treated us to a spectacular meal with some great greek meatball and salad fixins with pita bread and all the toppings; that made for a memorable lunch.

Walking into Elin’s entrance way, she has a mini shop set up with all of her inventory.  I definitely have inventory envy. We are both artists in the Winding Roads Art Tour that is coming up fast, June 1-2.  It will be a lovely drive through the driftless area hills around Viroqua, Wi. and a chance to get a peak at where and how some some of the areas most talented artists make their art work.  And at Elin’s you will get the added benefit of petting some cute sheep.

For my show and tell I brought a fresh off the loom scarf done with a technique called bead leno. An intriguing weave that I had to set up to understand how it works, and it is still a little iffy.  Beads are threaded on some of the ends and hover between the heddles and the reed, making crazy sheds that twist the yarns in interesting ways. For those of you that don’t do weave speak, it is just magic.  I’ve included one of the pictures showing the tricky sheds. I’m dyeing up some silk for tying on the next two scarves, cause it took too bloody long to thread all of those beads to just do two scarves.

Thanks Elin and Bob for sharing your idyllic setting and giving us a glimpse into the beauty that your hands have created.

our lovely hostess and her dye studio

my bead leno scarf in the works

rug weaving

rugs galore

Beauty inside and out

three intricate and beautiful scarves by Janet and a lovely pink rayon scarf by Elin

perfect day

loom #2 and some super soft twill scarves

rug loom

Glimakra looms are great for rug weaving


Bob’s sweet ride…another form of art