March 21, 2010


Main Entry: cov·et
Pronunciation: \ˈkə-vət\
Function: verb

transitive verb
1: to wish for earnestly

intransitive verb
1: to feel inordinate desire for what belongs to another

I'm constantly amazed at the talent of others. When the talent belongs to a member of my family, however, I just feel damned proud.

Take for instance, this shawl woven by my cousin, Heidi Zeretzke. I can't even imagine weaving something that appears so intricate.

Facts from Heidi:

This pattern was featured in the Nov/Dec 2006 issue of Handwoven Magazine. It is called Shadow Weave. There are lots of variations on Shadow Weave (Which is a particular kind of weave structure which typically uses alternating light and dark threads to create the shadow effect.) Because this was featured in the magazine I suspect there a other shawls like this out there.

I used Bambu 7 yarn from Cotton Clouds in AZ. The pattern as well as the yarn may be purchased from them.

The shawl was featured in the annual Staff/Faculty Art show at Western Washington University in Bellingham, WA.

Sadly, she's not going to sell it.


Four Winds said...

I love the chartreuse color! That is absolutely beautiful.

Golden West said...

Outstanding! Both my mom and grandma were weavers, so I appreciate what an absolute treasure this piece is.

Carla said...

An absolutely magnificent piece of wearable art!! Can't you just feel how soft it would feel draped across your shoulders? I look forward to seeing more beautiful woven pieces from you, Heidi!

32˙North said...

Perhaps a future gift for you?

Karine said...

Wow, it is wonderful and SUCH a fantastic color. I love talented people.

picciolo said...

I'm not surpried she isn't going to sell it, it looks like something worth far more than the money. What a lovely colour and intricate design, just beautiful
: )

vicki archer said...

Heidi is brilliant....that is such a beautiful shawl, xv.

donna pizzi said...

Your cousin Heidi has great style and skill. I spent a week learning to weave, living as a "stage" in Vermont many moons ago (in the dead of winter) and it is a fabulously enjoyable art form. But this piece shows incredible skill! Hey, and I LOVE the colors. Brava!