Fall Tablescaping with Rag Runner and Amber Moon & Stars

A bit of 'Fall Tablescaping going on here.  It is always a nice change in our dining room when it is time to put on the fall table decorations which include a 'For Our Blessings We Give Thanks' quilt I made many years ago.  It is also a perfect time to get a few shots of the just finished table runner I mentioned in the Color and Pattern Consideration Make A Difference post.  All of the considerations made in the planning and actual weaving turned out just as I had hoped.

The one thing that worked exceptionally well in keeping it low key was the continuous use of the dark green strip.   In Twining, two strips are used for the weaving around the warp.  By always having one of the strips dark green it made the accent colors of rust, gold and blue-green dulled down and blended.

On this rug/table runner I found a perfect woven border with a twisted rope fringe.  I think this will be more pleasing and certainly will not ravel  like a fabric fringe would.

Now on to the next project on Libby LuLa 409 which is another table runner.  It's already on the loom.

As I mentioned earlier, the dining room table is covered with the quilt I use every year.  This year I have a new piece of glassware as the centerpiece.  Isn't it perfect for a Fall Table?  It is a Moon and Stars amber scallop edged and footed bowl.  It is quite large with a 10 inch circumference and sits 5 inches high.  It goes perfectly with several other pieces of amber Moon and Stars in my collection. 

Now, mind you, I have sworn off of buying any more glassware, but.....how could I resist this Goodwill find for $1.99.  REALLY!!!  It is in mint condition and from what I have seen is valued in the $40 range.   As a collectible, amber pieces are not the most popular or valued at the high end, but still very collectible and perfect for a fall table setting.  I'll keep it for awhile!


Howling Coyote Jonette Jewelry Pin

As you know, from earlier posts and photos, not only am I a gal from Texas, but I have a great love and appreciation for almost all things Southwest.  I'll clarify...I don't love rattlesnakes or much of anything that represents them...no snakeskin boots, no rattler collection, no snakes in a globe, no snake anything.   Let's talk about something else...like...this amazing Jonette Jewelry Coyote Pin.

Long a Southwest symbol, the coyote has been depicted in Southwest Art for centuries.  In 1986 the company that holds the JJ Trademark began marketing a line of pewter pins depicting animals of  the American West.
The JJ trademark represents Jonette Jewelry. a company founded in 1935 as Providence Jewelry Co. by Abraham Lisker. After WWII when metal shortages were brought on by the war, the company reemerged as Jonette Jewelry in honor of owners Abraham and Nathan Lisker's parents...John and Etta.

The JJ Trademark became an instant collectible on September 1, 2006 when the company announced it's closing due to foreign competition and market conditions. 

This pin has been in my collection probably since it first came out on the market.  I don't remember exactly what I paid for it, but it's value has more than tripled as an out of production collectible.

You can view the Howling Coyote pin on my recently re-opened Etsy shop.
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Color and Pattern Consideration Makes A Difference

Of the three 'Twined Rugs' I have made, 'Color Consideration' on this third one has taken the most planning.  Why is that you are wondering when a basket full of left over scrap strips are being used?  Why not randomly select a strip and go with whatever develops? 
Here are my considerable considerations that will make a difference when all is said and done....
~limited numbers of scrap strips for repeating throughout the table runner which is being made for a specific table.
~the recipient has an eye for detail and will be more visually pleased and comfortable with a planned, repeated pattern.
~the recipient is more comfortable with darker colors especially browns, rust, and forest green. 
When creating for someone who has specific needs,
and you want them to feel comfortable with the end result,
Color Consideration and Pattern Makes A Difference. 


SanteFe Rag Rug and Junk Jewelry

Twenty-five years ago this coming December, this SanteFe Junk Necklace was a 25th Anniversary gift from my husband.  Even though it is called a 'Junk Necklace', it is not made of junk but precious gemstones, shell, turquoise nuggets, silver and brass beads.
 It is the perfect piece to compliment my second 'Twined Rug' along with a 'Pine Needle Basket' I made about the same time as the SanteFe trip. The basket was made from needles from a Pine Tree that was in our front yard...more about that in a later post.  These items, the basket and necklace, are included in these photos as a way to document them as well as enhance the 'SanteFe Rag Rug' with it's beautiful southwest colors.
This rug is 18 inches by 24 inches...a perfect table top mat.  As the second piece made on my new Loom, I tried out the third warp peg bar that makes the loom so much more versatile in creating different sizes of rugs.  I really liked working on this size...it worked up in a couple of days.  Again, it was another learning experience with several things to note...#1 pull tighter on turn strips that wrap around the rod.  And #2 warp with darker color when majority of strips are darker prints.  This will eliminate the warp peg ends from showing.  This is how I solved the problem on this rug....
.....crocheted an edging through the warp loops and space between each one.
Definitely something to 'Tweet' about.


Indian Summer the West Texas Way

The Fall Season is slowly making it's way to West Texas.   Many refer to this time as 'Indian Summer'.  These last few weeks and days to come do fit the criteria of days that are warm, the atmosphere is hazy, little to no wind, high barometer readings and the nights are clear and chilly.

Why Indian Summer?  Some say it comes from the early Algonquian Native Americans, who believed that the condition was caused by a warm wind sent from the court of their southwest god, Cautantowwit.  There are other theories of the origin of Indian Summer, but I like the Native American one...it speaks to my love of the Southwest.

What could be more Southwest than handcrafted Southwest pottery and a woven rug!   This 'Twined Table Runner' made of denim was the first project made on my Libby LuLa 409 Loom.  It is 12 inches wide and 48 inches long.  I am very pleased with the way it turned out and quite satisfied with being able to weave again.  A second rug is already on the loom.

Indian Summer
by Wilfred Campbell
Along the line of smoky hills
The crimson forest stands,
And all the day the blue-jay calls
Throughout the autumn lands.
Now by the brook the maple leans
With all his glory spread,
And all the sumachs on the hills
Have turned their green to red.
Now by great marshes wrapt in mist,
Or past some river's mouth,
Throughout the long, still autumn day
Wild birds are flying south.


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