Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Friend Having Fun with "Art Yarn" and Felting

  My friend Barbara at Pineland's Treasures  makes these amazing mini to larger vessels from knitted wool yarns that she then felts. I really love them.  They are really nice to hold needles and thread especially when hand sewing.

   I had sent her some really newbie spun yarn to play with and she had so  much fun that she asked for more so she could make me one too. This one is a much larger vessel than she usually knits up-love it!

  She turned this newbie-art yarn- into a real Pineland's Treasure.  Thank you Barbara


Pokeberry "Blues"

   Yesterday I was still sorting through some areas in my craft room-studio and remembered that I had not updated some dye pages in my hand made journal.
    So I dug out those two skeins of pokeberry dyed rug wool-these had been stored away from light since around September 2014 and wow what a disappointment-remember that lovely deep burgundy I had achieved from the pokeberry dye pot?? (sorry I couldn't find a photo)  well this is why I have the pokeberry blues--

  It is still a pretty plum color but I was so surprised that it did this just being stored. I am so glad now that I didn't end up selling these. 
    This was stored away from light and in old wooden cheese boxes that had not been used for cheese so the wool could also breath in there.
   Most of the old dye books say this is not a colorfast natural dye, but I had run into a recipe that looked really good and the method of the dye process was so much better. Re reading it again she did say that it is mostly colorfast for several years.
   Before I use this in a project I think I will rinse it well and see what happens.
   On the plus side this color is growing on me this morning, it is more "earthy" and actually blends in better with the other browns and yellows I have natural hand dyed. Hubby commented he loves this color better than the burgandy--so all is good in the end.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Found: A Basket of Romney Locks

Over the weekend when I was organizing and making some sense of  my craft room-I found my spindles and a basket of romney locks I had started working on last year. 
     I had set this aside to learn how to spin on my Ashford Traveler wheel-Miss Jenny Ashley. So it got buried amongst the other wool.

This was part of a bag of romney white fleece I had picked up on Ebay  and was discouraged over how much skirting was included and how very soiled this was. After several soaks, washings, rinses it did clean up enough to process.
    Last year I wanted to keep some of the locks to stay as straight as possible, so placed them in a mesh laundry bag and hand washed a batch that way. The locks did stay seperated through the process. 
    I am using my flick carder-which I really love-to card the locks-and then for a break with that I spin the locks with my bottom whorl drop spindle.  
   The wool is so soft to work with.

    I set myself up on the living room floor-spread out an old flannel backed table cloth-a good spot to work and leave it set up to come back to. I love this drop spindle too, nice to work with it again-although I need a couple days to get back in the "groove" lol  (photos will enlarge just click on them)

What craft-art projects are you working on now??

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Do You Love Books Too??

   I have always loved books especially books that help to teach me something--- and I Love cookbooks especially-I have  collected so many over the years that now it has to be something really special for me to buy another cookbook-especially with pinterest and other sites online for finding recipes.

   Back in the late '70s when I first learned to weave on my 30" 4 harness J Made jack loom I purchased several books on weaving and many Interweave Press' pattern booklets. and back then til probably around the '90s I enjoyed their magazine Handwoven which personally I don't feel is worth the money now-I am glad I saved all of my old issues as they had some really good patterns in those.  I have not picked up a new weaving book as I haven't found any that are any better than what I have. 
    Do any of you weavers know if there is another weaving magazine around? 

   Learning to spin though a couple years ago-and still working on that-I have picked up several new spinning books and have learned allot from them.
     This morning I just bought a new one-The Practical Spinner's Guide Rare Luxury Fibers by Mackenzie on Amazon. Of course I was not looking for this lol - it popped in my mail box from Amazon   
    I have a couple wools that are double coated and I need some insight on those. I have a big bag of navajo churro that years ago I must have seperated the two layers, and now even after washing and rinsing in unicorn products they are still really matted together-it did card up nice though once I got the fibers pulled apart.

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  I thought I would share some of the spinning books I have picked up in the last couple years that for me were worth the money:

The Spinner's Book of Yarn Designs by Sarah Anderson

The Spinner"s Book of Fleece by Beth Smith-this is really an excellent book

I just found out about Ply magazine through a video class I bought on Craftsy It is a beautiful magazine but a little pricey for me as a yearly subscription especially that when they do share a few patterns seemed to be mostly for knitters and I don't knit. I did buy a couple back issues by topics though and was very pleased with the articles. 

The Field Guide to Fleece by Robison and Ekarius I bought when I was learning the breeds and buying fleece and I feel is a must have if you enjoy learning about the different sheeps and their fleece-full of information

and I had picked up Cotton, Flax, Hemp by Stephanie Gaustad and Silk by Sara Lamb which I have not gotten to yet.
     I had purchased some organic cotton to learn how to spin and also a little silk-I may end up blending those into wool and see what happens.

Please feel free to share your favorite books, online classes, or magazines about spinning with us

Enjoy your day