Crete Mother Goddess is scarf pattern #2

I finished my latest Goddess Scarf pattern: Goddess Pattern Chart #2: Snake Goddess, © Lisa Rayner 2018. Mother Goddess from Crete, Neolithic period c. 6500-5500 BCE, Heraklion Achaeological Museum, Greece. This design is based partly on actual figurines, plus a linoleum block print design I created a number of years ago.

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Time to design my next Goddess motif!

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My finished Ancient Egyptian Nile Goddess. The freeform overshot pattern is available in my Etsy shop. It’s a 64-shaft pattern that I wove on my 10-inch rigid heddle loom using a pick up stick for the pattern weft. Hmmm …. which goddess will I design next for my Goddess Scarf?

A Nile River Goddess is my first Goddess Scarf pattern

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My first Goddess Scarf Pattern is now available in my Etsy shop.

The Ancient Egyptians made many ceramic Nile River Goddesses in this basic shape. This Goddess has a beak-like head; birds were common symbols of the Goddess worldwide. Her hook-shaped hands symbolize regeneration as part of the cycle of life. Her graceful crescent-shaped arms are uplifted in another regenerative pattern symbolizing the crescent moon. I added a double spiral on her abdomen; spirals are another frequently-found worldwide Goddess symbol.

Goddess Scarf underway

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My lineup of Goddess Scarf colors. I had wanted to start weaving my next freeform overshot project designing and weaving Paleolithic and Neolithic goddesses last week, but I decided that the pattern weft yarns would not work by themselves to provide enough contrast with the fuchsia warp yarn. I ordered a few mini sock yarn skeins in turquoise, violet and scarlet red. I will use each color for one motif, for a total of eight motifs. Now I will design the first motif. I’m not sure which end I will start with yet.

Spinning cotton on a charkha

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I am offering private lessons/assistance on spinning cotton and luxury down fibers like cashmere and yak on a charkha spinning wheel. I have experience spinning short-stapled fibers on both upright and book charkhas. I spin to weave, so I’m most experienced with spinning fine singles yarn and plying charkha-spun cotton on my Schacht Ladybug treadle spinning wheel. I can provide lessons in my home. In addition, I can travel to you. Outside of the city limits, I use the North Central Regional Transit District free bus system to travel to the following areas: Los Alamos, Tesuque, Pojoaque, Española, Las Trampas, Truchas, Cordova, Chimayo, La Puebla, Santa Cruz, Chamisal, Picuris Pueblo, PeñascoTaos, Eldorado, La Cienega, Los Cerrillos, Madrid, Los Cerrillos, Madrid, Edgewood, and additional locations with stops along these routes. I charge for travel time.

Weaving lessons in North Central New Mexico

I am offering private weaving lessons/assistance in the greater Santa Fe area for $25 per hour. I am experienced with rigid heddle looms and shaft looms. I can provide lessons in my home if you have a portable loom, or if you just want to watch me warp and weave my own projects. I can also travel to you if you need assistance with a weaving project on a floor loom or larger rigid heddle or table loom that cannot be moved. Outside of the city limits, I use the North Central Regional Transit District free bus system to travel to the following areas: Los Alamos, Tesuque, Pojoaque, Española, Las Trampas, Truchas, Cordova, Chimayo, La Puebla, Santa Cruz, Chamisal, Picuris Pueblo, PeñascoTaos, Eldorado, La Cienega, Los Cerrillos, Madrid, Los Cerrillos, Madrid, Edgewood, and additional locations with stops along these routes. I charge for travel time.

My Seashell Scarf project notes are now available

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Now listed in my Etsy shop: Weave a seashell-themed scarf using a pick up stick on a rigid heddle, backstrap, or shaft loom using my freeform overshot technique.

This eBooklet contains one page of weaving notes, providing enough information to make your own Seashell Scarf.

Note: this eBooklet does NOT include the 12 seashell patterns for this scarf. These patterns can be purchased separately or together in my Etsy shop.

If you need instruction on how to weave freeform overshot, please refer to my 20-page eBooklet or printed booklet, “The Mermaid Scarf Pattern & the Freeform Overshot Technique,” also sold in this Etsy shop.

Little Looms 2018 is now available!

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Both the print and digital versions of Little Looms 2018 is now available! My article, “Inspired by Nature” begins on page 110.

Everything is on sale in my Etsy shop. IN ADDITION, I have a 10% off coupon for the entire store: SPRING10. This is in addition to everything being on sale also. Good through May.

I’ve started warping a new freeform overshot scarf

I have started the warping process for my Cricket rigid heddle loom for my next freeform overshot project. Teresa Ruch 3/2 fuchsia tencel warp, sock weight wool yarn for the pattern weft. The theme is Paleolithic and Neolithic goddesses.

Watch a short freeform overshot video taken while I wove this scallop motif on my Lisa Rayner Handwoven’s Facebook page. If you need background instructions on freeform overshot, purchase my 20-page FULL COLOR eBooklet, “The Mermaid Scarf Pattern & the Freeform Overshot Technique.

I’m having a sale in my Etsy shop through May. Plus, everything in my shop is an EXTRA 10% off with the coupon SPRING10 on top of the sale prices through May.

A freeform overshot video

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Watch my short freeform overshot video taken while I wove this scallop motif on my Lisa Rayner Handwoven’s Facebook page. I can’t post videos to my blog, unfortunately.

Purchase ALL 12 Seashell Pattern Charts in my Etsy shop for a $44.95; buying them separately costs $59.88. And don’t forget that everything in my shop is an EXTRA 10% off with the coupon SPRING10 on top of the sale prices through the month of May.

If you need background instructions on freeform overshot, purchase my 20-page FULL COLOR eBooklet, “The Mermaid Scarf Pattern & the Freeform Overshot Technique.