New work and NH Open Doors    Tuesday, May 2, 2017

With CraftBoston Spring behind me (what a lovely venue and what lovely patrons!) as of last weekend, I am preparing for NH Open Doors.

I will be offering a weaving demonstration at Littleton Fine CraftGallery on May 6, 2017. You're welcome to try out the loom, too! 

There is some new work on the loom this week. I am somewhat ashamed to say that after 18+ years of weaving, I have never worked with bamboo fiber until now. I'm really liking it so far! I am anxious to see how the new scarf (an eight shaft point twill) feels after finishing. Here is a sneak peek:

This point twill pattern is one of my favorites. I used the same weaving draft in this recently finished piece:

If you would like to learn more information about this piece, please contact me or visit my website to learn about upcoming events (where we could chat in person!).

Finally, I am pleased to share that a selection of my handwoven kitchen towels are available at the League of NH Craftsmen Meredith Fine Craft Gallery. Thank you, Nancy, for making my work available in the Lakes Region of our lovely state.

Back to the loom! Thanks for visiting!

Be well,

Kate K.

 

 

Fish in the Pond overshot and Spring events    Friday, March 31, 2017

New overshot woven pieces are underway and will be ready for CraftBoston Spring, to be held at the lovely Cyclorama in Boston, Massachusetts April 20-22, 2017. This is a new design for me, an 8 shaft pattern variation on "Fish in the Pond" as found in Carol Strickler's "A Weaver's Book of 8-Shaft Patterns."

I plan to try a different treadling variation on the same threading just to see how this affects the overall design. I'm using mercerized cottons in these pieces. This design does not make for "fast" weaving (if there is such a thing, and I have my doubts) but it does generate really interesting motifs and half-tones in the cloth.


NH Open Doors will be a new event for me this year. I will be demonstrating handweaving on my small Harrisville floor loom up at the Littleton Fine Craft Gallery in Littleton, NH on May 6, 2017. I am looking forward to this immensely! Learn more about NH Open Doors by visiting their website and here is a bit of information on my demo in Littleton. It promises to be great fun.


If you are a textile and/or fiber arts enthusiast like me, you may find that you enjoy Instagram just as much as I do. I post a photo just about every day on my Instagram feed  and enjoy seeing the work of fellow makers and artisans from the great state of NH, throughout the region, and all manner of interesting places around the globe. It's fun and inspiring!

Thanks for checking in.

Be well,

Kate K.

 

 

Weaving for Spring    Friday, February 10, 2017

2017 is in full swing and I have a few new things to share with you, lovely reader. I've been busy at the loom weaving old favorites but have also added a few things, too.

Windowpane plaid towels in red, blue, and green found their way into several homes in December between CraftBoston Holiday, several of the League of NH Craftsmen Gallery shops, and my online shop. I've added a new color combination to the mix, a black windowpane plaid. Here it is!

Black Windowpane Plaid Kitchen Towel

(click the blue highlighted link above for details about this piece)

I have a new variation of my Farmhouse Plaid Table Runner, which, in case you missed it, was featured in Log Home Living, Nov./Dec. 2016. I am working this fabric into pillow covers. I'm going to take a few of these with me to CraftBoston Spring in April. Here is a photo:

(Some of my readers already know that the antique chair used in the photo was refinished and caned by my lately departed grandmother, Maxine Tanner, of Franklinville, New York.)

I liked the bold, centered plaid so much that I decided to take a step away from the more wintertime shades of garnet and black to work up this fabric to remind me of my favorite plant and aroma, lavender:

With at least 20" of snow on the ground right now and 2 degrees Farenheit temperatures, this fabric is a nice diversion from the winter chill here in New Hampshire. (Don't get me wrong, I do love a good layer of snow for cross-country skiing).

Thanks for reading! And if you are reading this, either because you follow along on the blog or get the ensuing newsletter delivered into your inbox, please treat yourself to 25% off your order through the month of February. Please peruse my selection of scarves, table runners, and kitchen textiles at my Nutfield Weaver shop  and enter coupon code TEXTILELOVE at checkout. Happy Valentine's Day!

Be well,

Kate K.

"Log Home Living" & CraftBoston Holiday    Thursday, October 27, 2016

I'm delighted to share that my "Farmhouse Plaid Table Runner," which has been one of my most sought after designs, has been included in the holiday 2016 issue of "Log Home Living." The editors sent me a copy of the issue earlier this week and I couldn't be more pleased with the results. It is a lovely magazine.

CraftBoston Holiday is just over a month away and I am working diligently to prepare for this event. I will be exhibiting my handwoven home decor as well as handwoven scarves, which are suitable for gift-giving. CraftBoston Holiday will be held at the Hynes Convention Center December 2-4. Hop onto the "T's" Green Line and enjoy a day of fine craft in the city!

Here is a sneak peek at some of the items which will be on display in my booth (#703):

Teaser: I am working on a Christmas version of the red farmhouse plaid table runner! Please see my social media pages for photos of the work in progress!

Which scarf should be my "Artist's Gift?"    Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Hello, friends. I am so excited to be participating in the League of NH Craftsmen 83rd Summer Fair as a bona fide booth holder this year. I am going to be in booth 104 from August 6 - August 9.

This year, in order to help raise funds for the League, including the League's Artist Relief Fund, members can opt to donate a portion of a sale of a special item sold during the Fair. I'm in! It's a great cause, right? 

I'm not sure which item to submit as my Artist's Gift and would love to hear any and all opinions. I have my submission narrowed down to three options:

1. Chartreuse and purple scarf

2. Peacock feather scarf

3. Amethyst and blue ming scarf

If you'd like to offer your opinion about which scarf to pick, I'd love to have it! Cast your vote (1, 2 or 3) in the comment section below. I'll keep a tally and let you know who is the big winner.

Happy summer & be well,

Kate K

 

Birds and bookmarks    Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Hello, friends. Happy Spring! The orioles have returned and so I have a cache of thrums ready for them to put outside to help with their nesting endeavours. (What's a "thrum?" The tail end of a warp thread). Aren't the birds lovely? Here are some I caught at our pea trellis:

Eastern kingbird and northern oriole

Okay. Onto the weaving stuff...

Amethyst and purple scarf

Here is one of my newer pieces. It features a colorful palette and textured yarns. Rayon chenille, rayon boucle, and mercerized cotton yarns are combined in this item. This design has been particularly appealing to my customers who prefer plant-based fibers.

And here are bookmarks! Yes, I know many people have forsaken traditional tomes for e-readers, but for those who haven't, these make a lovely gift:

Black twill bookmark

Purple / jade / magenta / black bookmark

Right now I'm working on tea towels in my popular "farmhouse plaid" design and have new color combinations in the weaving queue.

Up next: my exhibit calendar for the rest of this year!

Be well,

Kate K

It's a purple thing    Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Hello, friends. Last week's fascination with tencel (you can read more about that here) has continued! I've woven several new scarves and am excited to share them with you:

I used tencel in shades of "amethyst," "hummingbird" and "iris." The scarves are lightweight and have a nice sheen. Questions about these items? Feel free to contact me!

My exhibit calendar is just about finalized for 2016. I hope to be able to share this with you soon.

Be well,

Kate K 

Terrific Tencel    Friday, January 15, 2016

I am embarassed to admit that although I have called myself a weaver for over fifteen years I had never considered using Tencel in my work. Well, let me tell you, friends, Tencel is wonderful! I just finished my first Tencel project and I am smitten with the results:

Tencel is a plant-derived yarn. It is made from wood pulp grown on sustainable tree farms. It is biodegradable. People who choose not to or who cannot wear animal fibers will appreciate the softness of this cloth. It holds up to the tension demands of the warping process and the whack of the loom's beater. The fabric that I wove from Tencel has a light hand and a nice sheen. The colors available are rich and vibrant. My first scarf (pictured above) is woven from Tencel in black and "blue ming." I used my favorite 8 shaft M & W twill pattern for this piece.

More projects are underway, and I admit to going a little bit crazy on the yarn ordering front! Here is a scarf that I'm working on using space-dyed Tencel in jewel tones:

These items are all headed for the Currier Museum of Art, Manchester, NH, where I was invited to retail accessories in the museum shop. What a treat! Do check them out if you happen to be in the region. 

Colorful cloth    Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Hello, friends. Many of you know that I do not have much in the way of formal art training. I've been a student in three formal weaving workshops but most of my instruction has been hard-fought at the loom. Working at the loom nearly every day over the course of the last 16 years has allowed me to become technically proficient, but, as my weaving mentors / jurors told me at the League of NH Craftsmen critique and jury session, there is always room for growth and development. In my case, the jurors encouraged me to explore color. Excellent advice!

I went out and got myself a color wheel and read a lot about color theory. (Reading about the science of color is a great way to cure insomnia.) I decided that the best way for me to start was to gather up a bunch of yarn and see how things shook out.

Turned taquete is a great way to approach color interaction on the loom. I'm so tickled with my recent experiments that I'm going to share them here:

The cloth in these two photos is perfect for dishtowels. I've enjoyed working with this structure so much that I'm in the process of designing table runners using this technique. I hope you'll stay tuned! 

Thanks for reading!

Be well,

Kate K.

CraftBoston 2016    Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Kate Kilgus is delighted to announce that she has received a nomination and invitation to exhibit her handweaving in 2016 with the Society of Arts and Crafts, Boston, Massachusetts. Since 1897, The Society of Arts and Crafts has fostered the development, recognition of the work of artisans who have mastered technique and excellence in design.

Kate will be exhibiting in December of 2016 at CraftBoston Holiday at the Hynes Convention Center.

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