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Esther
Kitchener/Waterloo
Interests: weaving . . .knitting....needlepointing....beading.... but most of all.....family.
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My babywrap business is now closed. This will hopefully allow me to weave what I want, when I want. I have a new loom - a 32 shaft Louet Megado, 43" wide - and it's a beauty. I've woven 4 different warps on it, and am loving the freedom it... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2017 at Woven Rainbows
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CYBER MONDAY - further reductions on previous 'on sale' wraps are as follows: 35 - 50% OFF - ALL COTTON WRAPS First come, first served basis. Payment via paypal is requested within 4 hours of purchase. Canadian purchaser will pay appropriate taxes. Shipping/insurance is not included. If you wish to... Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2014 at Woven Rainbows
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I haven't blogged in over a year, and I think it's time to start again. I've been deeply involved over the past 12 months in weaving babywearing wraps. I've gone from being an occasional weaver to a professional one, complete with an incorporated company and taxes! Yikes. Not sure how... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2014 at Woven Rainbows
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So after the shrinkage/measuring disaster, I've come up with a solution. I'm using paper rulers attached at the side of my weaving to act as a 2nd measuring assistant. In addition, I'm putting little markers every 50cm. . . . as well as another measuring tag that gets moved as... Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2013 at Woven Rainbows
As the woven cloth sits on the dining room table, I am paralized - unable to sew the hems so that I can wash the fabric. Will the shrinkage be what was calculated? Will the wraps be woven, washed and shrunk to the correct size? Will all that hard work... Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2013 at Woven Rainbows
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This morning I wrote a blog post, added photos, all about my new group Woven Rainbow Wraps which was created to showcase the babywearing wraps and help those who have ordered one or wish to purchase one. The lists for the Rainbow Wraps and the One of a Kind (OOAK)... Continue reading
Posted May 29, 2013 at Woven Rainbows
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Babywearing. When I wrote those two posts last week, I had no idea of the response I would get. Just a couple of days into weaving now, I have a list that grows daily. It's a joyful list. Everyone on it wants something I weave. What could be more rewarding... Continue reading
Posted May 23, 2013 at Woven Rainbows
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So it seems I'm just about the only person in the world who hasn't heard of this. I've heard from so many people since yesterday. And it seems like there are a whole group of people who want handwoven babywearing wraps. So, I'm thinking that this can be a viable... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2013 at Woven Rainbows
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I posted recently about my towels and runners. A lovely woman from out west contacted me through my Etsy shop and was intrigued by them. She is a babywearer. Huh? A what? You heard me, and pardon my ignorance. Quite literally, there is a whole world out there that I... Continue reading
Posted May 17, 2013 at Woven Rainbows
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Almost a year ago, my youngest grandchild was born, the first child of my son James (Jamie) and his wife Emily - such an exciting time. For months before, even though I was a new weaver, I planned his gift - a handwoven baby blanket. It was based on a... Continue reading
Posted May 4, 2013 at Woven Rainbows
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Just after I started weaving (November 2011), I purchased an Ashford 4 harness table loom. Before a month had passed, I ordered the upgrade to 8 shafts and have been working on one pattern ever since. Towels in many different colours have emerged; some gorgeous, others not so much. In... Continue reading
Posted May 3, 2013 at Woven Rainbows
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A look-see through my last few months of weaving using an ikat method I learned on You-tube from Bonnie Tarsis. It works beautifully for any space-dyed yarn. First, a photo of one of a series of ikat bordered medallion scarves. The first one is the result of many trials -... Continue reading
Posted May 2, 2013 at Woven Rainbows
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Here are a couple of hand towels I just finished. They are on reserve until the purchaser chooses which one she prefers. The larger one is 27 3/4 inches x 17 3/4 inches; the smaller one is 22 1/4 inches x 17 3/4 inches. The larger has 3 black tabby... Continue reading
Posted Apr 28, 2013 at Woven Rainbows
I have tried many, many times over the passed several days (a week, actually) and Have had no success connecting with this site (handweaving.net). Is it a tech problem, or is the site down for some reason. Any help you can give me would be appreciated, as I would love to download your book. Esther Budd
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Nov 30, 2012
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My new blog. A blank slate. I hadn't been posting much on FishyKissKnits blog. Since July, in fact, when the sale of Emmatrude fell through. Since then, much has happened in my weaving world. I've received and set-up my new loom (I call her Lucy, usually), I've participated in our... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2012 at Woven Rainbows
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Kismet. The Universe speaks, and I listen - well, usually. For some time now I've been searching for the PERFECT loom. I have had the help of many different people - mostly from our local Kitchener-Waterloo Weavers and Spinners Guild.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2012 at FishyKissKnits
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Been a while. Weaving has taken over my life, and blogging has been less important. That said, a strange thing happened yesterday which connected my past life - knitting, with my present life - weaving, and I just had to... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2012 at FishyKissKnits
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I'm obsessed. Officially. Up to this point in my life, knitting has been my passion, when it comes to hobbies, and even for work (I owned a knitting store in the 80's). My thoughts in my down time are often... Continue reading
Posted Dec 11, 2011 at FishyKissKnits
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Here's a unisex scarf which I designed as a submission to an online pattern publication. I love the way the short rows work in this pattern, showing off the long repeats of colour and creating a 'stained glass' effect. The... Continue reading
Posted Nov 22, 2011 at FishyKissKnits
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A gift for Belinda last year, I finally got around to writing up this pattern. Two beautiful stitches adapted from one of Barbara Walker's stitch books - Herringbone, and Banded Rib. Both are easy to learn, but produce a beautiful... Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2011 at FishyKissKnits
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A stash buster for sure. This project is a great way to use up small bits of yarn left over from other projects. It was originally designed to use the scraps from three different swaps in the Ravelry group Sundara... Continue reading
Posted Oct 24, 2011 at FishyKissKnits
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I don't often knit another designer's pattern, but last month I decided to make my youngest son a sweater for his birthday. He chose the Baseball Jersey by Bruce Weinstein from the book Knits Men Want. This is a gorgeous... Continue reading
Posted Oct 23, 2011 at FishyKissKnits
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I just finished publishing my first ebook on Ravelry called WILLS, An ebook of 3 Scarves. They are the result of a month and a half of knitting and pattern-writing to beat the fall deadline when everyone wants to start... Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2011 at FishyKissKnits
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The sign up sheet for Kate's Shawl CKAL (katesCKAL) is now up and running. To enter you must be a member of Ravelry (no cost involved), and then a member of the group Kate's Shawl and All. My own shawl,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2011 at FishyKissKnits