Kilim Exhibit

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There’s been almost no progress on the Circle of Life shawl. I have been focused on warping the loom and weaving yardage for Daryl’s jacket workshop next month. The yardage is progressing, but not very exciting. So, I’m here to give you more eye candy from my trip to Turkey.

While there, I noticed a signage in the big palace across the street from our hotel. A special exhibit on 17th-19th Century Anatolian Kilims! I took one afternoon off from my friends and took my time going through the museum. It was fabulous!

You can see a few of the rugs in my photo album. I wasn’t allowed to use a flash in the museum so some of the rugs are a bit fuzzy. I used Photoshop to adjust the lighting, but that is it. I did not do any color adjustments. So yes! The colors in those rugs are just that vibrant, even after all these years!

While you are in my photo album, you can take a look at the rest of the photos from my trip to Turkey, including more photos from the Ethnography Exhibit blogged earlier. I haven’t finished processing the rest of my textile photos. Stay tuned!

Carpetbagger

Following my progress on the Circle of Life Shawl right now is about exciting as watching paint dry. Let me distract you with a few Turkey posts.

While in Turkey, I became a carpetbagger. This tote made good recycling use of an old kilim rug. I adore it. It’s a generous tote bag, capable of holding a long weekend’s worth of clothing, electronics and all my fiber projects for the trip. While cavernous, it doesn’t hold a candle to Mary Poppin’s carpet bag.

Aegean!

Spinning some merino/bamboo fiber in the Aegean color way with my Aegean Turkish Spindle while sailing in the Aegean Sea.

I brought the spindle and fiber for my Tour de Fleece effort on my vacation. Unfortunately, I broke the shaft of the spindle shortly after this photo was taken. But it was for a good cause — I was having too much fun playing cribbage. Alcohol may have been involved…

I’ll get a replacement shaft. In the meantime, I’ll need to find another spindle to play with for the duration of the tour.