This has been a learning experience for me. I have put up a fence around my well cap, it is right beside my driveway and but trucks tend to run over it. I put up the remaining two fence pieces by my driveway so that my garbage cans cannot easily fall into the ditch. I warped and started weaving on my rug loom in the detached garage. I can shoot crafting videos, okay so I’m still improving on that. I also discovered that I can spin if I hold my fiber very loosely in my bad hand, to do this I am using my electric wheel because I tend to tightly grasp fiber in my left hand when using my regular wheel. Knitting is something that can happen (on larger needles) because I only need to hold the needle still in my left hand. (Crochet is not going to happen because I pinch my project in my left hand while crocheting to keep it still, that still hurts) Socks still are not going to happen, however I can use size 4 needles.
I finished two plying projects, the one on the left is the Shetland Moorit I started spinning last year for the Spin Off Hap-Along. The project on the right is when I took a couple of lace weight yarns that I plied together to create about a fingering weight yarn. I do not think that this will actually be a fingering weight yarn, however I think it will be a wonderful project eventually.
I was able to swatch for a mitered square blanket I bought a couple of years ago, when a knitted afghan project is under $35 it is hard to resist. I’ve also progressed to knitting a worsted weight shawl out of the Hedgehog Fibres Potluck in a really pretty orange. I crowd sourced whether I should add on some black or just be done, it was decided that I do not need to add on black.
Finally I wound up lightly felting my 7′ shawl from my tri loom. I took a photo before it came off of the loom, I will have a felting photo in another post.
It has been very busy here. One of my supervisors is talking about starting procedures for opening back up, presuming that we will be doing this in Mid May.
Remember to Live Life a Little More Abstract, and if you are an introvert check on your extroverts! Be safe!
I adore my mirrix weaving loom. Due to my earlier sampling efforts with handspun yarn my mirrix tapestry loom was already warped and ready to go. I created a line to keep my weft from slipping too far down my warp, and started weaving away. My first few picks were created using a paperclip and my weft yarn, then I went looking for tapestry bobbins. Unfortunately for me, and my budget, tapestry bobbins are about $20 for three wooden ones. Balancing my desire to not purchase any more plastic than absolutely essential, and my want for several bobbins to create my multi-colored tapestry, I was concerned that my budget was going to go out the window. One persistent search later and I discovered that some enterprising individuals discovered that they can use 4-inch golf tees as tapestry bobbins. They work well, I have to be careful because the weft can slip off of the point creating a bit of a tangle. It is with great shock that I discovered passing these bobbins back and forth under the warps does not seem to bother my wrist at all. I firmly believe that this is due to the amazing shedding device on the mirrix.
The other major crafting that I am doing this week involves needle felting. I have to admit I adore stabbing something a few hundred times with a piece of art or other useful object as a result.
With less than an hour’s work I managed to create these two pouches, I believe that they will be useful for small objects such as tapestry bobbins on the go. I will be teaching two needle felting classes in the next two weeks, one will involve creating coasters while the other focuses on sculptures. I am really looking forward to both of these classes, I also hope to incorporate a very small amount of the slow fashion/slow cloth movement by mentioning that you can create your own decorative patches for repairing clothing using needle felting.
Have a great week and remember to Live Life A Little More Abstract.
As you can see I am still working on samples for my cup cozy classes as well as working on my latch hook tutorial. I admit I am having a blast with these crafts. I think that I might finally have something of a handle on wet felting, and crochet has always been a passion of mine. I am really looking forward to teaching the Latch Hook class, it is over a couple of class periods so I think that the patrons will have a chance to make some real progress on this.
I am still prepping for Spinzilla, I hope to have a progress picture on that in the near future. Time just flies when you are having fun. I also know that some of you might be directed from either pinterest or my instagram account, if so, Welcome! I am currently experimenting with Hootsuite to coordinate my blog and social media accounts, please forgive any glitches along the way.
Right now my New Year looks to be full of crafts.
Almost every week I will be teaching a craft class at my public library. They will cover a wide variety of topics from spinning yarn, weaving, making bath bombs, and much more. I am really looking forward to these Monday’s.
In addition to this, my mother has decided that I need to needle felt a nativity for next year. I’ve tried to explain that I’ll have to do one animal a month or some similar method to that, she is adamant so assembling the fibers for this project is next.
This year, my crafting goals are a little different. I hope to work on assembling a collection of types of spindles from around the world. This should be a ton of fun, and I am really looking forward to discovering how to use all of these different spindles. In addition to my spindle and spinning exploration (and my new felting projects) I hope to advance my weaving skills in the new year. With the Nativity I am now going to felt, I was thinking about seeing if it is viable to weave the camel coverings in bright and beautiful colors. I do not intend for this to be anything too fancy, but I do plan on making several variations and enjoying the process.
The first step in my new year of crafting, in addition to buying the wool I need, is to cut off all of my old warps (since I wasn’t weaving them anyway) and starting fresh in the new year!
Happy Crafting All!
All of the notebooks look so Great! My students used their wet felted wool to create these amazing notebooks. Since there were a few issues with thin spots on their felt and a desire to add decoration I introduced some needle felting techniques to the process so that they were able to create the notebooks of their dreams!
Since our spinning class is coming up in a few weeks I decided to look into the plans available for the inexpensive ‘DODEC’ wheel. They look very easy to use if you are, or know, a woodworker. However, the gentleman that created the plans also sells the wheels already made. At $178 for his 2 wheels and 4 spindles you might think that expensive. Consider this however, an Ashford Kiwi (single drive, bobbin/flyer wheel) starts at $450. Given this information I have ordered his complete package to be sent to the Library. These are similar to the old fashioned ‘great wheels’ insofar as they use a spindle instead of a bobbin and flyer to add the twist into the fiber and to store the fiber. Honestly, for me, they are a beautiful step in between the drop spindle and a wheel, they allow the mechanics of a bobbin flyer wheel to be introduced gradually to the students instead of going from a drop spindle to this complicated looking wheel.
I do hope that they are simple to use, or at least that I can get the hang of them quickly. I will let you know when they arrive and I stain/assemble them! The link below is to the store, from there you can purchase a wheel or access the plans.
The ladies, and occasional gentleman, are having so much fun with these classes. I find it so heartening that all of my students just jump in full force with all of the classes I am teaching! I admit I keep forgetting to get pictures of everyone crafting, mostly because I am having a ton of fun right along with them!
Most of my students had created mini batts in our last class and they were using those to make their felt. I had them wet down their batts and use soap to gently begin felting. Since they were just mini batts they felted very quickly, though some had thin spots. This felt is going to be considered the basis of their bookmarks as well as mini notebooks, so I would rather it be as solid as I can help them get it. Since wet-felting doesn’t seem to be doing the trick we will be playing around with some needle felting (after another quick lecture on safety). I hope that they will be able to needle felt in some filler for their thin spots as well as some embellishments. (I’m going to experiment with bamboo and patching today).
These classes are so very exciting! My supervisor has recommended I look for a grant to offset some of these costs in the future and this is certainly worth looking into.
I, very happily, carded a couple of batts from the fiber I dyed. I have named the Pink Batt ‘Stormy day in a rose garden’ while the other batt is ‘Sunrise’. Both batts are entirely compromised of wool. Stormy Day was carded once while Sunrise was carded twice. I love the look of each batt. I am planning on spinning the batts and wet felting small portions of each. I will show off my progress as they are completed.