Thursday, 30 September 2010
Tuesday, 28 September 2010
Thanks to the loan of a wool winder I was able to wind this yarn from the many cones of wool I had acquired. There are now more manageable balls of yarn for me to start being creative with. The trouble is now having to decide what to make! It is mostly 4ply, so I could follow a Fair Isle pattern and make a hat with red, blue and brown.
Friday, 24 September 2010
Thursday, 23 September 2010
Friday, 17 September 2010
Thursday, 16 September 2010
These yarns were hand dyed with natural dyes but members of the Guild of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers. Last night I went to the monthly meeting and we were given a demonstration on how to use a peg loom. It is such a simple device and method yet you can produce useful products such as rugs, chair seats and bags. All sorts of materials can be used on the peg loom, such as chunky yarn, raw fleece, selvedge etc. This is going to be a good way to use all those bags of fleece I have in my craft room. Now I will have to think about what colour scheme to use so that a really nice item is made. We have a show and tell meeting at the Guild in March (such a long way off) and I would like to take a peg loom item to show.
Tuesday, 14 September 2010
Monday, 13 September 2010
This week-end I set up my folksy shop with recycled haberdashery, fabric, yarn and other ephemera - www.folksy.com/shops/geranium. We all have bits and pieces that could be used again for our crafting projects and I hope to be able to supply them to you lovely customers.
Friday, 10 September 2010
Wednesday, 8 September 2010
The Really Wild Festival was good fun but not a success as far as sales of my crafty items. £1.00 was the final total, but someone did commission me to make 2 dolls. The dolls are for Christmas presents so I had better get knitting.
Monday, 6 September 2010
Has summer finished with us? How would I know? At the Really Wild Festival, St David's yesterday it really felt like it had. There was rain and wind but plenty of people were there enjoying Welsh produce - plenty of beer, cider and yummy cake. I do think that my fire pit will be put away for a while until the weather improves.
Friday, 3 September 2010
At the dye day the other week I used dryed heather flowers on this small piece of fleece and it came out a disappointing dirty yellow shade. There was a vat of indigo so I popped the fleece in and it came out this lovely shade of green. The photograph here doesn't show its lovely colour so well, but it is a pleasing shade.
Thursday, 2 September 2010
The Bank Holiday and the lovely weather we are having right now have distracted me from blog life. Over the week-end I went for picnics on the coast and dropped by Melin Tregwynt. They have their mill, a shop and tea rooms close to a quiet beach. Sometimes they have bargains on offer in the shop, such as cones of wool and off cuts of woollen fabric, but unfortunately this time I could not find any oddments to purchase. In the workshop the looms were set to make traditional double weave Welsh quilts in lime green and purple and looked fabulous.