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r ranson
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The leaves have turned golden on the trees and the frosts are nearly here.  Is anyone else freaking out about the holidays yet?

I just started my holiday gift making.  Don't tell anyone, but this year they are all getting handmade towels!



That's the warp!  Next step, put it on the loom and start weaving.  I think it's going to take about 2 weeks, which should be enough time to get them in the post by mid-November. 


Working on this, I thought it would be fun to start a thread filled with photos of all our handmade holiday gifts. 

Don't know what to make?  we have a thread for that.

We also have a thread for wrapping your pressies
 
Nicole Alderman
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Oh man, this is definitely the time of year I get the present making urgency. I usually am knitting scarves and hats and oven mitts for people, but I don't know if I'll be making anything this year. With a one-year old and a four-year old, my hands are almost always busy! I'm also throwing a baby shower for my sister-in-law. So, I just finished knitting booties and mittens for her. And, I really need to get some mittens knitted for my daughter, too! I had delusions of being able to knit and felt some rainbow nesting bowls, but I'm pretty sure THAT won't be happening!

Maybe I'll make some cool pouches for my nieces and nephew. Those don't take too long and end up looking pretty cool. But when will I find the time?!
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Pouches I knit for an auction this summer
 
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Hmm, you have to have someone to gift things too for this to be a cool thing.

Love your ideas for gifts R and Nicole.
We mail ours to Canada to the kids, grand kids and great grand kids, Wolf is in charge of this part of the year, we have flutes getting built and I've been told I need to make a fiddle and a mandolin before the end of November.
No photos yet but I'll try to get some put up here when I can.
 
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Tonight I plan to start carving some spoons. I have some Doug Fir branches which are about 2" around. I have been drying them in my woodshed for several months. These will be my first carved spoons. So wish me luck!
 
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Bryant RedHawk wrote:Hmm, you have to have someone to gift things too for this to be a cool thing.

Love your ideas for gifts R and Nicole.
We mail ours to Canada to the kids, grand kids and great grand kids, Wolf is in charge of this part of the year, we have flutes getting built and I've been told I need to make a fiddle and a mandolin before the end of November.
No photos yet but I'll try to get some put up here when I can.



I'd love to see the mandolin when you make it.  The art of the Luthier has always fascinated me! 
 
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I'm a wood turner and these are a couple of the gifts I'm making for the holidays.   I'd like to turn some Christmas ornaments this year too.

Cheers, Scott
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Turned Oak bowl and some Crochet Hooks
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Ambrosia Maple Bauble Box
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Fancy Turned Box
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Box turned from an old Oak Fence post
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My first Mead that I will share with friends and family
 
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Wow, those are gorgeous!

The towels are coming along much faster than I expected.  I think I'll have time to make a second set before I have to ship everything out. 



It's based on a fibonacci number sequence and here's my test run to see if the pattern would work out okay.

 
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Your towels are gorgeous! I'm inspired to follow through on my weaving lessons!
 
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Some more towels - half way done my holiday weaving and it's already the second half of November.  I need to start earlier next year.







I've been thinking how much I enjoy making a large number of the same thing.  So I've been timing myself to see if I'm ready to sell yet.  Per two towels, I estimate about $30 worth of labour, but the material cost for organic cotton is far too high to make these for sale.  If I could find an affordable source of organic cotton, I think I would enjoy making towels for sale. 
 
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absolutely beautiful R. Ranson!

It's been a number of years since I've done any production weaving and the cost of organic cotton and availability of organic hemp had a lot to do with my winding down from weaving all together, that along with aches and pains from treating my body like a machine for so many years. 

You have lucky folks on your gift list!

 
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My dad is getting a leather belt I made. My sisters are getting spoons I’ve carved.
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