Monday, August 14, 2017

T Stands for Tuesday & a Little More Spinning

It's time for T that is T for Tuesday where we share a beverage related post with friends. Come join us, our hostess is Bleubeard and Elizabeth  find link in my right hand column.

   Since April perhaps a little earlier of this year, I have really been doing allot of spinning-almost every day. In my new spinning group I can see where many are spinning really nice yarn in no time-but I seem to struggle with it-trying different methods and spindles.
   I am not discouraged because I love the whole process-some I have started with raw wool. My spinning teacher on the spinning wheel last year suggested we must spin every day in order to improve and get better-I think this is the case with most ventures. I am just slow though lol
   I am getting better as I work toward a finer yarn-I am really not needing a super fine yarn-that most seem to strive  for-for what I want to do with it-weave using my handspun as the weft. When I look back at my handspuns from two years ago there is much improvement so trying not to be too hard on myself.
   I am just loving the bison fiber-so far not over spun, sometimes a little fatter yarn than I wanted but all is good. and I have changed spindles this week-the one I shared last Tuesday was just too slow-my spindle would not stay spinning for hardly any time at all and was constantly going back the wrong direction-I think it is the weight of that spindle. I did love the yarn though - my hands not so much.
   Sooo I have switched to my favorite spindle by Louet. I will show you another photo where this spindle that I have had for at least 30 years split at the top when I went to tighten down the hook-thinking I broke it completely I bought a new one.
    Waiting for the new one to arrive in the mail, I glued it down with gorilla glue-and works good. The bottom whorl-that disc on the bottom-is now made a bit differently

all photos will enlarge just click on them

  I don't remember what kind of stone this was-but I bought this piece to use with my navajo spindle-which is very long and the tip sits on the floor-this carved out stone works perfect with this drop spindle used as a supported spindle-the yarn not suspended from hand while spinning.

And my completed skein-loving it!

I am still spinning up the the baby alpaca too-working on getting this yarn a bit finer-these two different wools spin up so differently I have been switching between the two of them.

Here you can see my repair-gurilla glue on the hook to keep it from spinning around and the crack beneath it-very smooth so still spins great.

Last year when I was learning about supported spindles-which are great for very fine lace weight yarn- I picked up a couple of these vintage glass salt vessels-I don't remember the name for these-but are fun to look for. 

I have started texturing the hallway walls-same technique as the bathroom walls-tissue paper-wallpaper paste-and paints and glazes. I don't like using white for anything so I have been looking at paint colors that have a bit of color but light for this dark hallway-I think I have decided on a light grey
  I plan to hang vintage mirrors and art work along the walls

I was out of laundry soap so I needed to make that today. The hardest part-which isn't really hard-is grating all the bars of soap. 
     I was drinking several cups of my chicory-dandelion root beverage in my Yellowstone cup with cream during this project.

I just got the foam in to make new cushions for the dining room bench seats. The old ones are just starting to wear after 15 years-not bad-I had dyed (white) blue jean material at the time. In my fabric stash I still have yardage of blue denim so will make them out of that this time.

Last time I made these cushions I used recycled cushion material this time I needed to hunt down the foam that was affordable-ended up finding it on Ebay. I need to make two cushions.-This piece will be cut in half both directions to get the right size which will give me two extra pieces-I may just make some cushions for chairs with the left over pieces.

Since the cool down here I have started walking again-over the weekend built up to the 3 miles again. The bugs are still bad though even with spraying down my clothes well I ended up with numerous chigger bites-ugh--I bought some essential oils to make up a bug repellant I need to do that this week and will let you know how it works.

Next week I will share a new spindle that I should have by then. It is a celtic Scottish spindle that is totally different than anything I have seen before. and when you wind on the yarn it ends up being a pull ball of yarn-how cool is that?? So of course I need to try this out-fun!

Thought I would come back and add a photo of the twins-they were on their own tonight-no Mom

Happy T Day everyone!!  Enjoy your week.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Dutch Oven Baking Day Today

    I decided today was a good day to make two apple-raisin deep dish pies. One with white whole wheat for the crust and the other with a gluten free crust.
    I am not big on mixes but they do come in handy for some gluten free baking. I have not conquered making a quality gluten free pie crust as of yet so I splurged and bought a pie crust mix from Bob's Red Mill-it worked up really nice. I had a bit left over after crimping the edges of the pie so I rolled it out and sprayed with coconut oil and then sprinkled cinnamon sugar on top.-It baked up delicious and flakey.

    Baking two things in one day using the same dutch oven is an all day project. I decided to buy a second Lodge dutch oven the 12 inch across and holds 8 quarts. That way I can bake two things at the same time-loving that idea. lol

Here are a few photos: (click to enlarge)

These first two photos is the wheat crust pie

This is a photo of my baking area. That large lid to the right is a top to an old Weber fire pit set up-that I now use to cover up the left over hot coals when finished-would not want to start a fire in the woods

This is the gluten free crust pie I put a K on the pie instead of a for Apple 

Both pies cooling down indoors

Pleased with the pies, they look so pretty too  now to taste them after dinner-can't wait lol

Monday, August 7, 2017

T Stands for Tuesday and Update on Spinning

  Hello everyone,
      I am joining in with T Stands for Tuesday where we share a beverage related post.
    Our hostess is Bleubeard and Elizabeth. To join in at the T Party please click on button in my right hand column.

  The talk of the weather this week is--lots of rain, storms and temps that feel like September-fall days--Loving it!

   Last week I showed how I was using my blending board to make rolags for spinning with baby alpaca and bison fibers.  I did a niddy noddy full and decided I didn't care for it. The lengths of the two fibers were just too different. and I really didn't want the yarn to be varigated. What I had envisioned was the fibers to be more blended-to accomplish that I would need to hand card the two together on fine carders.
   After thinking about that, I decided I really wanted bison fiber spun not a blend with another fiber. I think doing it by hand would have taken away from the character of the bison fiber.

  When I had first purchased the bison fiber and tried to spin it with my drop spindle it was too fragile to do that, that is where I got the idea I needed to blend it with something else. 
    On my new fb group a member suggested to spin it with a supported spindle. I tried this out with my drop spindle-just put the point into a vintage glass salt bowl-it went much better-and then I got to thinking two years ago at a hand spindle class that I had taken,  I received a modified russian support spindle. It is modified because it has a hook on the top instead of only a point. With my hands now it is a struggle to make yarn with the traditional-but after a spindle full with my  modified russian-wow I was so thrilled-couldn't get enough spinning bison fiber and more bison fiber in fact after two years this is finally the nicest yarn I have ever spun.

  Sooooo even more excited now with my accomplishement

I also started spinning the baby alpaca fiber on my drop spindle-loving it.

    Over the weekend I had just enough cucumbers from my garden and garden sweet peppers from a neighbor to make my chunky sweet relish. A two day process from start to canned

For my beverage I decided on a diet lemon lime soda with a splash of gluten free vodka.
   When I was going through boxes of packed items I found two of these pottery glasses. I used to have a whole set of these dishes-loved them-now I am down to most of the serving pieces, cups and these glasses-they go well with my handmade pottery pieces.

and for a treat-so nice to have a gas stove-I made me a s'more with cinnamon gluten free graham crackers and a well toasted marshmallow

Happy T Day everyone!

Oh and today I had a soap making day. I use the all natural melt and pour glycerin soaps that are creamy with butters, goat milk and buttermilk, honey. I had a small order for a friend and since I needed soap for me I made several bars just for me.
   This one is in my favorites list-calendula soap that I add in loads of calendula petals. The color in the petals also colors the white soap base a bit too-

  Today I also made soap where I added in pink himalayan salt to the soap and for a third bar I also filled up soap in large dragonfly molds. Bathing fun!!

salt bars out of the molds

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Second on the 2nd

This is where on the 2nd of each month we share a past post. To join in just click on the button in right hand column. Our hostess is Bleubeard and Elizabeth

I was trying to think of dye projects I had done in the past to share-and I came upon this blog where I had shared a few things for a blog event back in 2014  click here to take you to that post-for better reading too
     The blouse I had offered in my etsy shop and surprise to me it sold right away along with three other pieces, I still have the woven shawl, I really loved the fiber art piece and it also sold I would like to make more of those. 
      That piece shown was my first attempt at a fiber art piece, I used quilted blocks that my Mom had made, my own rust dyed fabric, and I needle felted it with wool, cotton, silk noil-allot of fun. This was titled something like bear in the apple orchard. I would like to make one with bear in the pumpkin patch someday. 
   I had made a needle felted piece also with bears and lots of my hand dyed fabrics that I had framed and kept for me that I love. 
    The pokeberry yarn was gorgeous up til last year when it really faded but I will still use it someday in a woven piece.      Back when I was quilting more I dyed allot of cotton fabrics and enjoyed it allot. 
    I also really enjoyed flower pounding in the spring and would make stuffed little pillows and give them away for gifts. They will fade though as it is a stain not an actual dye-I has even mordanted the fabric first but still fading-but I really enjoyed the process.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Around the World Blog Hop

  I was invited by friend Tammy to participate in this event. I don't usually do these, but since this one was art and creativity related I decided it would be fun to participate in.

  Find Tammy's post here I was drawn to Tammy's blog because I enjoy her beautiful photos, crochet pieces, shared food and recipes, and also for her positive and happy posts. Tammy was tagged by her friend here which I wanted to also share-she has a beautiful post too.

    I enjoy reading blogs that inspire me, make me happy, learn new things from, and for the meaningful and caring friends I have met inside my computer. I am retired, l live very rural, don't get out much-but I can visit the world through friendships here in my blog. and I really Treasure and Love that.

We were to answer a few questions about our creative process.

How does my work differ from others?

I delve mostly into the natural fiber arts and natural dyeing. My work probably differs cause I am self taught, I do allot of recycling-quilts made from cotton shirts found at the resale shops mostly, wool, silk, and linen also found at the resale shops.
     I rarely make what is trending, I just create as I am inspired to do so. I usually have several pieces going on at the same time quilt in progress, warp on the loom, embroidery-or hand quilting, I also have a rug hooking project in the works, and ideas in my head for eco printing onto cloth, and soon a wool crazy quilt purse

Why do I write/create what I do?

Before retirement I worked very long hours-two jobs and a long commute to my main job. I did not have children to raise but I still worked at having a nice home for my husband and myself. This left very little time to create-I did do a little weaving, but not allot-was a great way to relax and de stress.
    Upon retirement in September 2003 exploring my creativity was very important to me. It makes me feel good, inspires me to learn new things, and I love the process. At this time in my life-mid 60's its important to me to keep myself inspired-and creating things does that for me.

How does my writing/creating process work?

When I am creating a fiber art piece-I do not totally plan it all out. I will have an idea-grab fabrics, needle felting supplies, and other components-and just start. The process evolves til I am finished. I worked this way when I was swapping hand made cards too. 
   When I weave I do follow a pattern, choose my yarns and weave. However, soon I plan to start weaving the soari method which is spontaneous-one just weaves and creates with no pattern in mind.
    If I make a quilt, I also go by a pattern for the most part, but I always change up the fabrics and colors, and perhaps change the borders-I am not one to purchase a kit and make something that many other people are making.
    Sometimes I will purchase a pattern that had inspired me at a quilt show event-but I always change it up-wool instead of cotton appliques as an example

Hand Dyed Eco Clothing     Silk on Silk  Woman's Blouse

Silk on silk blouse-this was allot of fun to dye  This is the first piece that when I listed it for sale, a customer fell in love with it and purchased a few weeks after it was in my shop

Autumn in the Ozarks Hand Dyed Fabric Collection 5  free shipping within USA

I like to hand dye cottons for quilters and fiber artists These are fat 1/8's

My first fiber art piece-includes rust dyed cotton, quilt squares, and lots of needle felting with silk noil and wool roving this piece has sold

Handwoven shrug with organic cotton, wool, mohair, flax  Really love this pattern, very comfy and warm to wear.

Flower Pounded Lavender Mini Pillow

A few years after we moved here I went to a quilt retreat nearby and learned about flower pounding-this was one of my first pieces I filled it with rice and dried lavender buds

Hand Dyed Lundgren 2 Ply Rug Yarn Dyed With Missouri Pokeberry

This was my first attempt with dyeing wool yarn with poke berries-so pleased with the color 

What am I working on?

Right now I am still collecting leaves for eco printing onto cloth. I enjoy finding garments at the resale shops to repurpose into something new-either by hand dyeing, transferring colors of silk ties onto silk garments, or my new found technique eco printing. I do have a scarf and a blouse in the works now.

I  have a rug hooking piece that needs to get finished this winter, I am putting a new warp onto the  loom to make a shawl with wool and alpaca for a friend, I am in the thought process now for a new fiber art piece-mixed reclaimed wools especially and needle felting with wool and silk.

 I am hand embroidering some large blocks and will sew them  into quilts with lots of autumn homespun cotton fabrics. I have two of those quilts I would like to make and will tie them up-faster way for me to get a quilt to use. I have made many quilts in the past that I gave away for soldiers returning from the war, or those needing a hug-so love quilts were made. It is now time for me to make a few quilts for us. 

I also have collected lots of beads and wool this past year to make a wool crazy quilt purse-so that will be in the works too. I am excited to start this one.

  I tell my friends-I am never bored-how could I be-always something new to learn about and to create. I do have a search tool here in my blog-just put in weaving,  quilting, crazy quilt , hand dyeing, rug hooking  etc. to find posts and more photos about my creative projects..

I have tagged three friends to continue the Around The World Blog Hop.
    Loretta has been a long time friend, she is a gardener and an artist and recently retired.  Her post is up now-link will take you there.

    Heidi has also been a long time friend of mine. Heidi loves to make things too and she loves sharing her photography. Watch for her post on November 4th

   Carol is a new friend that I found here on Blogger when this became my new primary blog a few years ago. Carol is from Missouri too, an artist, and like me makes different things,and she takes beautiful photos of her garden. Watch for her post on November 4th