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.


  1. Maybe it will feel like fall soon, Sue! Pretty post!

  2. I really like those blue hues and it warms the look of the pottery. It's fall in Philly. I'll pack some in my suitcase and bring back on Monday.

  3. Hi Sue - the colours are lovely aren't they ... we are really having warm sunny days - a surprise and pleasure! Wonderful the loom is working so well. I loved Wilfrid's poem though ... just perfect ... cheers Hilary


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