Slow Start, Working on It

I want to start by mentioning a really neat article I read about keeping your handspinning resolutions: by Interweave Press.  I can tell you right now, I have already invested in a new spinning too, a Portuguese Spindle I obtained from Mielkes Fiber Arts and I absolutely LOVE IT! However I told myself that since I got the hang of it a bit I would just leave it alone rather than spin all of that lovely merino silk on it so that I had a pre-made piece to show my students….but now that I am thinking about it…that’s downright stupid!

The more I practice with it the better I will get.  The more likely I will remember what I am doing with it.  Frankly I’m not doing much with my yarn right now anyway so if the skein winds up really little, who cares?  I’m going to master the Portuguese Spindle, which is a modified support spindle since you are supposed to have it in your hand the entire time, before I start teaching my classes in April.  I am also going to buy several other types of spindles and do my best with them in the next couple of months, including but not limited to a Russian Spindle, Navajo Spindle, and Tibetan Spindle (all three of these are support spindles).  I hope to get another Turkish Spindle and a Delegan (Scottish Style Drop Spindle) so that I have a very wide variety of spindles to show my students.

My next work project is to start typing out mini-lectures on different aspects of spinning for my classes.  I would like them to go away with not only a basic knowledge of How to spin but a basic appreciation Of Spinning, as a craft, history, way of life, building block that civilization was created from.

The mini-lectures are on the following topics:  History of yarn, types of wool, trusting your twist, exploring fiber preps, prepping your fiber, plying your singles and why, And Finally Creating your own spindle and whorl.

For the History of Yarn I plan on emphasizing how important yarn and spinning really is, every culture around the world does some form of spinning, and many have modified their own version of appropriate tools to do so.  Spinning can require amazing tools or just fiber and your leg.  It really is as simple or as complicated as you want it to be.  I will give a wide variety of demonstrations as we go through the lecture, at the end all of my students will be using a top whorl drop spindle to learn how to create yarn.

You get the idea, there really is a lot to spinning and I am very excited to begin to share this amazing craft with my students.  My group from last year seemed to be very excited, and I am using the gift certificate they provided me with to buy three of my spindles for this year!  As for creative things I have done, well I used a tissue box and some printed paper to make a donation box at the suggestion of my library board.

Happy Crafting!

The Holiday Season

I cannot believe that it is this far into the season.  I have really enjoyed teaching my fall crafting classes and cannot believe that my last one is today.  We are working on completing some Sequin Houses from kits I bought on


Above please see my sample that I completed before the class.  Honestly the sample is how I came to realize that the class was going to have to be two classes.  These little crafts take forever to get completed correctly.  However, once they are completed they are simply beautiful.

This has been an amazing experience and a true lesson in patience.  I really look forward to seeing everyone’s finished projects.  Later I will post about my personal crafting journey this fall!

Happy Crafting!

Summer is Ending

I cannot, for the life of me, believe that summer is OVER!  It seems like summer just began and here I am looking at my last Wooly Wednesday Class Tomorrow!  We are starting up “Fall Crafting” next Monday during the afternoon but this still seems like the end of an era.

Wooly Wednesday’s could not have gone better if I had tried.  I do have some plans for how to modify these classes for the spring and summer in 2018 so that they are more comprehensive, don’t rush my students as much, and cover more students and class time for the same amount of supplies (my boss will like that one).





This summer of Crafting ROCKED, so did my Wooly Wednesday Ladies. I hope to see you this fall, I miss you already!

Happy Crafting


Nalbinding, Naalbinding, Needle Binding, Etc. whatever you call it, this ancient craft is a lot of fun.  There is debate if it is 1,000 or 2,000 years older than knitting, but this is  another craft attributed to the vikings.  While knitting takes two pointed sticks, Nalbinding only takes a needle.  There are Nalbinding needles for sale on etsy, but for now I am just using a blunt tapestry needle (mom uses them for plastic canvas).  I love the look of this craft, though it looks like garbage while you are making it (or while I am making it at least) but a tug here, a pull there and Viola:

Nalbinding 1 Nalbinding 2

I gathered my courage and watched a few more youtube videos, lo and behold I managed to make this:

Nalbinding Sock beginning

While I thought that this was a valiant start to a sock, I then found out that my Sombrero (as named by mom, of course) covers…a toe.  Well I will just have to change colors and make it bigger.  Why change colors, well it certainly isn’t because I ran out of this shade of brown..nope, its….um….a design element.  (yeah, we will go with that).  Most of the patterns that I am looking at, and yes there are patterns for this craft, state that a wool single might be the best fiber to use.  I am now thinking about spinning a wool single, thickly, for using with my Nalbinding.  It certainly is a thought.


I have decided since I have been in such a mood to learn, to pick up a few more new crafts!  At present I am fascinated by some of the older crafts that have been attributed to the Vikings.  The first of which is Lucet, a method for making a cord just using a two pronged object. Some people use forks with two tines bent or broken off, some use their fingers or a stick, I splurged and picked up a Lucet from Sistermaide on Etsy.


Since I had read a few articles and watched a couple of videos while waiting for this to arrive, I was ready to go as soon as it came in the mail.  After a few hours I was making a beautiful cord with even tension and no real holes.  Now I have a ball of Lucet made, not pictured, that I will then figure out what to do with!  Happy Crafting.