Category Archives: Inspired By Bonnie

A Gift Given, A Gift Received

Good Day Bonnie,

3 1/2 years ago you offered up on your blog the President’s Horoscope. I got one and held onto it. I finally wove it in Bambu 12. I added your “Almost Ikat” (that I picked up from your You-tube instructions) to add a Southwest flair and 3 … Continue Reading…

Ikat Dye Day in Sequim

After enjoying Bonnie’s inspiring presentation to our North Olympic Shuttle and Spindle guild in Sequim/Port Angeles WA on the joys of designing with Turned Weft Ikat, a group of members held a wrap, dye and warp day in July.

We assembled at my house with 8/2 cotton skeins wound and … Continue Reading…

Inspiration from Afar

Hi Bonnie,

Last summer we spent some time dyeing lots of wool with mainly plant material and cochenil.

I ended up with 2 kilo’s of wool in beautiful soft colours. As my old blanket started to wear out, it was a good idea to make a new one.

I have … Continue Reading…

Gina Gift from her Mom, Jan

Hi Jan and Bonnie,

I had to share with you both my first experience wearing my horoscope shawl…

As you know I’ve been trying to start my own private practice as a massage therapist. Fear has held me back a bit and I’d been clinging to a position at Massage … Continue Reading…

A Message in the Cloth

Bonnie

Here is a picture of a recently completed “woven word” scarf. Last month my 16 year old niece came to visit for 10 days. While she was here I used your woven word technique to plan a scarf for her. Using Courtney’s words: Happy-Independence-Calmness in the warp with her … Continue Reading…

Martha’s Masterpiece


When I signed up for Bonnie’s horoscope shawl workshop, I was both excited and intimidated. I had taken some classes from my very good friend to learn to weave and had woven a couple of scarves before becoming enamored with weaving rag rugs. I did not feel confident that I … Continue Reading…

A Gift to Myself

The horoscope shawl was a present to myself for my 50th Birthday. I somehow thought that it would help me understand myself at a deeper level and provide closure to a period of ill health. At the same time I am not in the habit of giving to myself. … Continue Reading…

A Gift from Shelley to Winston

4133a-winston2bdetail2bresizedHi Bonnie….Well, here is a picture of my husband, Winston Quan’s scarf. I am wearing it as he takes better pictures than I do. I will eventually send you a picture of him wearing it , as he is an interesting character being partly Chinese and partly Cree Indian. I … Continue Reading…

May Inspiration

The one thing I had trouble with in warping was bending down to the floor to change colors. I just read in Handwoven a suggestion that you put Velcro tape in a place to conveniently hold the thread while you are using another cone. I think I’ll try that for … Continue Reading…

A Wonderful Birthday Gift

This card was waiting for me when I got home from the most amazing NIA class I have ever experienced.

Dear Bonnie,
For the past six years the Olympia Weavers Guild has participated in the Puyallup Fair’s Sheep to Shawl. This past fall we decided to use the information you … Continue Reading…