Monday, April 27, 2009

But I Digress.... The Top 10

Thanks folks! Very helpful, indeed.

Sorry for the wonky picture, but I realized I had left a loose thread here. Here are the top 10 from upper left to lower right: A6, A3, A2, A4, A5, A1, C1, C3, C4 & C5 tied.

Regardless of whether your top choice was selected, if you voted I will send you your favorite card when you send me your mailing address. CLICK ON "VIEW MY COMPLETE PROFILE" AND THEN CLICK ON "EMAIL" to leave me your address.

If you didn't vote already, I will let you know when the cards are available for purchase.

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Gary has Visitors

Today Syne Mitchell and her son Kai came by to weave a bit of Mary Meigs Atwater's Horoscope Weaving. What a treat and an honor! Gary invited Kai to be the first boy to weave on him. Since I will be using this warp to cut up for swatches in my kits, I thought this would be a perfect opportunity for a weaving experience.

I really love these pictures. Syne's sweater is one of the many cashmere sweaters I collected to recycle. It used to be white, so I decided to send it to Connie Rose to overdye. I thought it would be great fun to ravel a variegated --that was until I saw the sweater. It came out so beautiful I just couldn't take it apart. Sadly it didn't look good on me but, it was perfect on Syne, so she gets to "borrow" it until...

I noticed a teaching "style" I didn't realize I possess----spending 3 minutes talking to the person at the loom and then walking away. Hmmm

I've been thinking about "the woven mile" and wonder how long it took.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009


Here are the rest of the greeting card designs that were selected by the Sacramento Guild.
The 6 designs above are collages from direct scans of bamboo/cashmere weavings.

The 6 designs above are collages made from magazine images.

This group (1,2,3, and 6) are collages made from photographs of my weaving. 4 &5 belong with the middle group.

Which are your top 3 favorites? I am interested in producing a set of 9 cards. If you send me your top 3, I will compile the results based on your selections. Your name will be put into the pot for a drawing for a set of cards.

Select from these 18.
A 1 * A 2 * A 3
A 4 * A 5 * A 6

B 1 * B 2 * B 3
B 4 * B 5 * B 6

C 1 * C 2 * C 3
C 4 * C 5 * C 6

Tuesday, April 14, 2009



I have so many ideas in my head and projects started that I haven’t known where to begin to write about it. Let me just pick up any old thread and follow it today, and see where it takes me.

Before I begin, let me say once again that I have 2 meme awards that I haven’t posted. I will continue to delay on them although my thanks to (fill in the blanks). I am sincerely grateful to both of you and will acknowledge them properly before the month is over.


One of my percolation projects is to set up an Etsy Store. I have been mulling this over for at least a year, perhaps longer, but finally I decided what I was going to sell---greeting cards using woven images and woven lavender sachets. When I used to participate in crafts fairs and shows back in the 90’s, I started making greeting cards just to have some inexpensive item to sell.


Over the years, I have created hundreds of designs. I decided to hand produce a line of 24 cards and to use the Sacramento Weavers to market test which designs to use.


I made up 100 different cards and asked those who wished to select their favorite card. If they could have one card, which one would they choose. I asked them to put their name and address on a post-it and stick it on the back of their first choice, and I would send them their cards.

When I returned home I discovered 53 people selected 29 styles which I whittled down to 24 designs which is the number I wanted. There were 5 I took out of the line because they were either too difficult to duplicate or they were so individual they didn’t fit into a grouping.

Like so many of my bright ideas, my 53 “gifts” turned out to be much more effort than I had imagined. Happily I mailed the last 6 off today! Now I can turn my attention to actually making them up. Pictures of the complete line to follow.

Now I have to decide what to call my “store”.


  1. Bonnie’s Weaving Spirit Store
  2. Bonnie Tarses Designs
  3. Bodacious Bonnie’s Bodega
  4. Outstanding Moral Fiber Emporium

Thoughts and comments appreciated.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009


Even if you only have a table loom and a terrible cold, you can still create a beautiful Color Horoscope Weaving.

"-I really enjoyed selecting my color pallet for Bonnie's horoscope workshop. I started my warp color choices with a copper scheme and then followed that by using a copper colored weft. I have been wanting to do a piece using copper colors, but couldn't decide how I wanted to start it. Bonnie's workshop was a wonderful catalyst. Thanks so much Bonnie, for getting me out of my "usual box".-

Thanks again Bonnie, it was great. "