The overall effect is kind of random and wonky, but I'm showing up each day and weaving just what speaks to me for the day. Sorry about the muddy picture, but I'm weaving it in a room without windows.
And here we have a bit of Old Shale lace knitted with spindle spun yarn:
Turkish Delight spindle from Jenkins Woodworking. Wanda tucked a sample of Optim fiber in the package with the spindle. Here you see it spun up as 2 ply lace weight yarn and knitted into an 8" x 12" swatch. It's an interesting fiber to work with, but I think prefer natural fibers that haven't been messed with.
So, tapestry weaving with butterflies and handpicked sheds and spindle spinning lace weight yarn...how much slower can you get?
The thing that blows my mind about these marvelous reference books is this:
Bertha Gray Hayes and Irene Emery compiled the information in their books in the days before personal computers. And Helen Bress had access to computers, but she started this book ~27 years ago, so not computers as we know them in the 21st century.
Now that is truly the weaving equivalent of "in my day we walked to school which was 5 miles away, in the snow, up hill both ways." These women are amazing and I am awed by their work.
Helene Bress' Coverlet Book(s) is well reviewed on Weavezine . If you'd like me to review any of the others you see here, let me know.
Just one more book recommendation as we contemplate the earthquake disaster in Haiti. If you want to know more about the complexities of delivering health care in Haiti read Mountains Beyond Mountains by Tracy Kidder.