Welcome from the Village Weaver and Scottish Lion

Hello Friend Welcome to our blog! Let me introduce myself , Phyllis and I am a weaver of traditional fabrics and rugs for the home decor and my husband is a metal artist that works in iron and stone. I post what is happening in our creative world . Check back and see what we are working on or shows we may be attending in your area!

Thanks and have a Blessed Day!

You can find us on etsy . Click on the highlighted text to go to each of our shops

village weaver
or the scottish lion.

Country Folk Art Flag

Country Folk Art Flag
Wall hanging 12 x 15 created with hand cut wool strips

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Civil War Flag of TRUCE

I have woven the FLAG of TRUCE that was waved on the end of a stick at the end of the American Civil war .
Peace and let our differences not keep us apart but unite the country .
Flag of TRUCE 
Just a simple dish towel cut in half and used to end the Civil War at Appomattox 
Tell all that the war is over 
Live in Peace 
The Truce Cloth 
A simple ,hand woven 100% cotton towel brought truce toThe CivilWar on April 9 1865. The Truce was ordered by General Robert E. Lee ,carried on horseback tied to the end of a branch by James Longstreet. 
The remains of this’s monumental cloth are housed today in the National Museum of American History,Smithsonian Institute ,Bering Center. 
This is my exact rendition of that cloth .

Available in my Etsy shop 

Friday, July 19, 2019

Monday, June 3, 2019

Pemaquid artist stay

This weekend I had a wonderful Pastel Artist stay with us in our upstairs bedroom.our bedrooms upstairs are large about 16 x16 ft with a fireplace ( not functioning) great mantle and my handwoven items decorate the room . I hand wove the curtains ,rug, blankets for our quests to experience the warmth of hand made .
Here is my Airbnb listing click on underlined to be taken to my listing
Bristol older home

The artist that stayed with me was Traveling Artist

Sunday, June 2, 2019

Visit Fiber Frolic Maine part 2

Then I visited Buckwheat Blossom Farm from Wiscasett, Maine  and found her having her Coop worth sheep  wool dyed with indigo , a calm grey blue ,like fog on the coast .
Another great color for my shawls and wraps . Talking with her made me feel confident that we could work together to make beautiful items .
Here you can find them on Instagram Buckwheat Blossom Farm 

There is so much more to find so I recommend getting there to see for your self ! 


Visit to Fiber Frolic Maine 2019 part 1

I was able to go to Fiber Frolic up in Windsor Maine yesterday, it is still going today Sunday June 2 2019 . If you can , go to it. Maine fiber farms are alive and well and could use more business to keep them going .
Packing up to be there away from their animals is a big deal . There were booths there stocked with precious skeins of yarn ,roving , fleeces and sheepskins
Lavender was on the wind from the Lavender grower there.
Soap, rug hooking , and patterns
A few animals on display to keep the young and old entertained.
I went on the hunt for the farm that grew , spun and bonus!  dyed their yarn .
That’s what I want  to work with . Mark and Carrie from Waggin Tail Farm in Pittsfield , Maine
www.waggintailfarmme.com
I found Alpaca yarn dyed with madder



Saturday, May 11, 2019

Selvages

When weaving it is hard to cut the material after it is woven . Carefully washing and pressing your fabric and now what to do with it ?
I came across this wonderful usage of hand woven fabric on the Mendocino wool and Fiber website .
https://www.mendowool.com/blog/fabric-usage
Her explanation of using the fabric for a top makes a lot of sense and I am going to try it .
Happy weaving!

Friday, May 3, 2019

Bobbin winder rebuild

Hi Weavers ,
Those who do a lot of sectional warping you know you use your bobbin winder faithfully.
I have used it for years . I am hard on it putting all size bobbins into the winder . I save my tubes from yarns too. Do you buy Brassard cotton , well they make great bobbins when you use up the yarn .i fill my rack with them when I need to fill it .
The motor has been replaced a couple of times. I go to Grainger to get my motors . They are used in sewing machines as well as the pedal I get from Grainger.

 The one thing that has bothered me and I finally fixed .The spring underneath broke repeatedly.
Well the bobbin winder use to bounce around terrible. The noise was deafening. I used ear plugs to prevent the loud noise from hurting my ears.
Well replacing the spring fixed all that . It runs smoothly now and is pleasant now to work with .
Hope this helps you all hard working weavers .

If you need more help let me know.