Friday, 5 June 2015

What's Available on June 5, 2015

There's been lots of interest lately in what Cariboo Handwoven has available for grad, wedding and guest gifts. I thought a little summary blog of what's in my studio might be in order - here's what I have now:

Hand Towels - lots of colours, including blues and greens and some with splashes of yellow, orange or burgundy.

I also have a few in more neutrals (cream, browns, maybe some soft yellow). All towels are generously sized, great for kitchen or bathroom, and $30 each.

I'm currently out of the larger bath towels, but planning to make more - let me know if you're interested.

Cotton Blankets - tons! I went on a spree this spring with several cotton blanket projects. Some are in rich blues and greens ...





... and others are cream, yellow, Tuscan gold and beige.




These cotton blankets usually measure about 135 cm (53") wide and 180 cm (71") long. The hemmed ones go for $170 each, and the few fringed ones I have are $200.

Wool Blankets - I'm starting to run a bit low but still have about ten in Shetland wool and one thicker blanket with handspun Romney wool from the local Wenger sheep farm on Fox Mountain. All are $250 each.




Scarves - I have lots of them also. Let me know if you'd like photos.

Requests for more information are welcome, and I enjoy sending photos and answering questions. It's easy to make a plan if you're interested in anything.

As well, Alison has lots of blankets, towels and scarves in Ottawa, so do contact her at alison "at" cariboohandwoven "dot" ca if you'd like to see what she has.

Happy June!

Wednesday, 3 June 2015

Georgian Bay

Georgian Bay forms a big bulge on the eastern side of Lake Huron, one of the Great Lakes.  It's a special part of Ontario, Canada and even the entire world to some people I know. I spent my early summers there, running around on the smooth, glacier-scoured grey granite, and swimming and boating in the cold water, while the magic of Georgian Bay unknowingly sunk into my bones.

I wove a Georgian Bay towel for my Dad and he loved it.  To portray a profile of the water, rock, trees and sky, I started with shades of blue broken with lines of white to represent whitecaps, then into grey granite, bands of greens for the white pines and cedars, and then lots of sky at the top. Now I've made more of these towels for a special order.

As always, no two are identical, but they share the same pattern and design. The orange among the grey rock is that bright, piquant lichen.

I'll soon be back weaving Shetland wool blankets, and I'll be using this motif for the Georgian Bay collection. And I'll be back to Georgian Bay itself for a few days this August - looking forward to it!