Tuesday, May 11, 2010

New Book is Finished!

Yeah! We received the first boxes of the new book from the printer on Saturday. Yesterday and today we shipped out the orders to those folks who had ordered the book at the pre-publication price. I must say that I am happy with how the book came out. The printer did a great job.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Silversmithing and Turquoise Mining Class in Nevada

This is some jewelry from the class Don taught in Tonapah in 2009.

Don Norris is teaching a Turquoise Mining and Silversmithing class in Tonapah, Nevada May 20,21,22,23, 2010, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.


I am so excited to mine my own turquoise! I love that stone and want to make a pendant to hang from my sterling silver Viking knit chain. I have worked with Don before. He is a great teacher and EVERYONE will come away with a lovely piece of jewelry. Don's easy soldering methods got me back into doing silversmithing after a 35 year hiatus. I had convinced myself that soldering was just too difficult a process. But Don's method is easy and fun! It is fun to return to a craft that was lost to me so many years ago.

My daughter, husband and I have signed up for this silversmithing class in Tonapah, Nevada. But my daughter has a new job and she can't go. We are looking for someone to take over her reservation and deposit.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Cover And Sample Page From New Warping Book

Here is the cover and a sample page from the new book. It's almost done. It's just in the final proofing stages. The book is from Fine Fiber Press and is called: So Warped, Warping a Loom for Weaving Tapestry. It was written by Kathe Todd-Hooker and myself. I did the layout and design of the book while Kathe wrote most of the information on warping various pipe and frame looms. I wrote the section on warping floor looms. Go to www.finefiberpress.com to learn more about ordering this book. ISBN 9780-9753698-6-9

Friday, March 5, 2010

Rough Draft of Book is Finished!!!!

Yesterday at 5: PM, I finally finished the rough draft of the new book from Fine Fiber Press. It is called So Warped: Warping a Loom for Weaving Tapestry. It is 110 pages of fact filled information. The good thing about having had the surgery on my foot is that I have been pretty much tied to my computer, 8-12 hours a day. This forced down-time has given me the impetus to get this done. Kathe and I wrote the book together, I illustrated it and did the layout. Now I have to finish the cover so we can post it for folks to see.

Of course, as I was going through the first chapter last night, I found about 20 typos. At least now the book itself is done, and we are at the editing and corrections stage. We hope to have it ready to sell by June.

Friday, January 29, 2010

New Book from Fine Fiber Press

I am so tired of not being able to exercise. The foot surgeon said I have at least two more weeks before I can do weight bearing exercise. (I've been off the foot for 4 weeks now.) But there's a huge lump under my foot. He says it's swelling. I hope it goes down. I start therapy for my wrist after the tendonitis surgery on Monday, so that seems better. But I am feeling very out of it.

But I have been able to work on the computer a lot and I have done the layout, photos and drawings for about 2/3's of Kathe Todd-Hooker's new book. It's called So Warped, and its about warping tapestry looms. So far it's about 90 pages. Since the pages with lots of diagrams can take about 2-5 hours to lay out, I'm sort of glad that I've been home bound and only able to work on the computer. I've been putting in 10 hour days, but it's coming right along. The book is for our company, Fine Fiber Press and I hope it will be ready by late spring. We want to have a mock-up ready when we travel together to teach at the Conference of Northern California Handweavers in April.