Wednesday, April 27, 2016

8-Shaft 24" Ashford Loom with Stand That Has 4 Treadles

I've purchased a wider loom and I have space for only one so I'm offering this loom for purchase. The price has been reduced to $600.00, PayPal only, and includes the following:

8-Shaft Ashford loom with 24" weaving width, made in Australia
Separate stand with side shelves and four treadles
A ten-yard warping board with collapsible table stand
1000+ Texsolve heddles so it can be threaded at over 40 epi
Ashford threading hook and Ashford sleying hook
New, unused Glimakra low-profile damask shuttle
New, unused Schacht small maple shuttle
Lease sticks and Ashford raddle
Ashford wrenches and hex key
Complete manuals for loom and for stand
Cardboard warp strips and heavy brown paper for winding warp
A used copy of the book Twill Thrills
A used copy of Carol Strickler's book A Weaver's Book of 8-Shaft Patterns
Four 48" one-inch diameter dowels plus elastics for the best warp tensioning

The loom has a repaired crack in the top of the castle; one of the treadle bar holders has a crack. Neither flaw affects weaving, but the loom has been priced to reflect the two of them.

The loom is set up on the stand to be used with the treadles as a four-shaft floor loom. If the buyer prefers, I can set it up with eight shafts to be used on the stand or a table with the eight levers.

The loom and accessories may be picked up in Sandersville, GA or I will deliver for free in Georgia. I can also deliver to the Florida Panhandle.
For more information, email me a

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Books for Quilters, Knitters and Fans of Patricia Kristoffersen's Crocheted Doilies

It takes years to convince me that I'm not going to explore certain media and techniques and should make some of my books and supplies available to people who will, indeed, go there.

Most of these books were not new when I purchased them; several have scuffed or scratched covers. All, however, are in highly legible and useful condition and are priced a little or a lot below prices found on Amazon. All prices include media mail postage in the US, so the price you see is the price you will pay.

I take PayPal cash and PayPal credit cards; you need not have a PayPal account to make a purchase with your credit card. I ship as quickly as possible after you make your payment and no later than the first business day following the receipt of that payment. If you have questions about a book, please email me at

Beautiful Botanicals  $19.00
The Best of Patricia Kristoffersen $79.00
99 Little Doilies $37.00

Ultimate Doilies $31.00

A Treasury of Knitting Patterns $20.00

Knitted Noah's Ark $13.00

SOLD: Strick-ly Socks
More Sensational Knitted Socks $22.00

Thursday, September 17, 2015

The Prairie Schooler Patterns for Sale

 Noah's Ark: Book #3 - Out of Print - $9.00 plus postage in US

SOLD:  Village Sampler: Book #15 - OOP

Wedding - Birth Samplers: Book #5 - OOP - $9.00 plus postage in US

A Prairie Garden: Book #35 - OOP - $15.30 plus postage in US

 Sold: Farmers' Market: Book #39 - OOP

 Sold: Angels: Book #42

 Garden Birds: Book #56 - $5.40 plus postage in US

 Two by Two: Book #71 - $5.40 plus postage in US

 Two by Two II: Book #72 - $5.40 plus postage in US

 Sold:Farmer's Alphabet: Book #76

 A*B*C: Book #98 - $6.30 plus postage in US

Sold: D*E*F: Book #99

Sold: G*H*I: Book #104

Sold: J*K*L: Book #105

 Welcome Spring: Book #153 - $7.20 plus postage in US

 As The Crow Flies: Book #170 - $8.10 plus postage in US

SOLD: Set of two: 2006 Santa and 2005 Santa

First Class postage is $2.75 for the first pattern and $0.25 for each additional pattern up through 7 patterns. Eight patterns or more will go Priority Flat Rate at $5.75.

I take only PayPal cash and credit cards through PayPal. For information on the condition of any pattern or to request a PayPal invoice, please email me at

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Polymer Clay Tools Destash

Nearly twenty years after I took my first course in polymer clay techniques at Arrowmont in the mid-nineties, I have made the decision to return to weaving, spinning and quilting. The texture sheets by Donna Kato are for sale and are also being advertised on the Yahoo! group "clay-polymer." I take PayPal cash and credit cards by PayPal and I ship promptly on receipt of payment. Contact me at

I have used all four of Donna Kato's texture plates with cornstarch. You get all four texture plates for $25.00, which includes postage in the US. If you are interested in this set of four texture plates or just want to ask a question, my email address is

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Making a Quilt

The quilt on my bed is 20 years old and has been in constant use since it was made. The fabrics are faded slightly, but mainly I'm tired of it and ready for fresh colors and patterns.

I've been an admirer of Denyse Schmidt quilts and fabrics  for years, and found a complete set of her Flea Market Fancy fat quarters at Beth Louche's StashModernFabric on Etsy . I'm alternating squares of Schmidt's fabric with some PFD Kona Cotton that I bought for dyeing a couple of years ago.

The layout is made with one inch squares of 19 of the prints on white cotton and I like it so much I may stitch the squares to the background and quilt it as a wall piece.

I was inspired to use contemporary prints and a very simple block design by following Rita Hodge on her Australian website, Red Pepper Quilts . I love the clean, fresh fabrics that she uses with unexpected bindings. I also want to complete this bed covering as quickly as I can and get on to other projects.

I have cut all of the squares and triangles and I'm working for several hours a day piecing them, by machine, of course. I've located my sewing table halfway between the little tv and my computer so that I catch all the episodes of Downton Abbey and Bones or play Craft in America episodes on the PBS website.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Jean Campbell At Arrowmont in 2013

I collected seed beads and books on beading for years and never completed a project. Sure, I would handle the bead containers and rearrange them, sorting by size or by color. Finally after maybe 15 years, I sold all of them and concentrated on other media, selling my chainmaille jewelry at small shows. This year I started adding beads to chainmaille and found myself purchasing beads once more. Then my hands started hurting from using pliers constantly and I looked to beads as a change of muscle movements.

Jean Campbell's books on beaded beads have always been my favorite books on the subject and they were the first ones I picked up to make a real attempt at learning to make jewelry from beads. Only a week after I received these two books in the mail Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts posted its 2013 course catalog on its website: and I found that of all people, Jean Campbell will be teaching a course there in July. The title of the one-week course is Geometric Beadwork, and peyote stitch will be used to create the geometric shapes. I registered for the class before the end of 2012, assuring myself of Arrowmont's early registration discount. I'll admit to saving money whenever I can, but I'll spend all of the money I saved on the class purchasing beads at the school's supply store.

You can find a course description and brief bio of Jean Campbell here: . Click on the link and scroll down to page 24 of the PDF catalog.

If you register for any one-week course, two-week course or weekend course at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, before February 8, 2013, you will receive a 10% discount on the price of your class. The geometric beading class price is $495, so the discount means a savings of $49.50. That's a lot of beads! Just make sure that you register by 5:00 PM on Thursday, February 7 and join me in Jean's class!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

King of Hearts - and a Giveaway!

The tricks are amazing, and the treats are even better. Many people who work with polymer clay know Dr. Ron Lehocky, a general pediatrician in Louisville, Kentucky, who makes polymer clay hearts to benefit the Cerebral Palsy Kids Center there. In 2005, when Ron became a board member of the Kids Center, he set a goal to make 10,000 hearts to sell at $10.00 each, with all monies from his sales to go to the Center for the children who are treated there. November, 2011, marks the sixth anniversary of the heart project and at this writing, Ron has made 16,840 hearts.

Ron's craftsmanship astonishes the person who picks up one of his pins for the first time. His construction is impeccable and his techniques and finishing details are those of pieces made for gallery exhibition. Each heart is made as if it were one of a kind. Buyers and gift recipients always feel as if they have gotten the better part of the deal, and when we displayed several hundred hearts in a class at Arrowmont recently, otherwise courteous and pleasant adult polymer clay students became aggressive and grabby in an effort to purchase just the right one.

Ron is a master of techniques that are appropriate for covering his plump, rounded hearts, and is generous with his knowledge and demonstrations on accomplishing specific techniques. Attend a class with him and he'll have everyone there howling with laughter - everyone knows how nice Ron is, but they forget to tell you about his sense of humor.  Not only do his Halloween hearts wear ghost and mummy costumes, but those costumes glow in the dark!
Ron has seven Louisville retail outlets selling hearts for him, including the prestigious Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft; each merchant writes a check to the Kids Center and then sells each heart for $10.00. No one profits from this project except the kids and the Center.

Maybe you need a glow-in-the-dark mummy heart to wear for Halloween or perhaps you need special gifts for favorite friends for the holidays. If you are nowhere near Louisville, Kentucky, you are as close to Dr. Ron Lehocky as the internet;  his email is and you can order hearts directly from him. Every heart that is purchased from him is really a double gift: you get a heart for yourself or a friend and you give help to the children who are treated at the Cerebral Palsy Kids Center. Don't tell 'em, but Ron's hearts are what my friends are getting for Christmas!
Oh, yeah! Ron's hearts will be appearing one more place this fall: you will be able to see them at Arrowmont the weekend of November 3 - 6, 2011, in Judy Belcher's classroom. Judy will be teaching Op Art in Polymer Clay that weekend, and there are still openings for the class. To register for Judy's class, phone 865-436-5860;  for more information about the class, click here.
Now, the Giveaway!
I have a gently-read copy of the February, 2009, issue of Polymer Cafe, which contains a six-page article written and photographed by Dr. Ron Lehocky.  He presents two heart tutorials and I tell you, there are more pictures than words. There are also other articles by artists you know, and I think altogether this is one of the best issues of Polymer Cafe ever. If you would like to have this magazine, leave me a comment below and your name will go into the Goat-A-Rama cap for a drawing on Friday. I will announce the winner of the drawing on this blog on Friday and we can get together about mailing it at that time.