Thursday, September 10, 2009

Handwoven Horoscope Shawl and Whatzit?

Back in 2007 I signed up for a Bonnie Tarses Horoscope Weaving workshop. I was unable to attend the workshop but was given the horoscope to weave on my own. With the nudging and help from Beth, our guild president, I finished the shawl! It was a lot of fun to weave. Even though it is plain weave I never got bored (how could I with all the colors). Thank you Bonnie and Beth!!!

I purchased a Bambu 7 kit from Cotton Clouds and using the horoscope threading draft from Bonnie I wound the warp.
Weaving in progress.

All finished!!!

The workshop also included a kit to make a beaded necklace based on the same horoscope. I hope to have that completed soon.

At my last guild meeting one of our members brought in a very interesting item and asked if anyone knew what it was. We didn't have a clue so now I hope someone out there will know what it is.

What the heck is this?
It has an adjustable arm on the top with a platform that has small pegs. The platform has grooves. It is handmade and very well made.

There is a second adjustable arm that appears to have the ability to hold something down.

This may or may not be related.

Update: I would agree with Vanessa. It's a needlepoint stand. There are lots of examples out there in internet land that look similar. Check out this site for a review of a needlepoint stand with similar features.

As for the other thing in the photo... some one thought it might have something to do with the creation of lampshades.


Life Looms Large said...

The shawl is really beautiful! I love the colors and the way you've combined everything!

No ideas on the whatzit! Hope you find out!!


vanessa said...

the shawl is stunning. your selveges are perfection.

the whatzit looks like a stand for cross-stitch or needlpoint. the clamp part holds the canvas which usually on stretcher bars or a needlework frame. the pegs are for threads and i would think you could use the grooves to hold the pattern.

did you know i worked for years in a needleoint store?

Bonnie said...

I love the shawl!, but then I am somewhat biased (grin) I am so glad that you persevered---lovely!