Monday, September 15, 2014
Monday, September 8, 2014
Saturday, September 6, 2014
Spring colours wool. For the fingerless gloves I used a pattern called 'Leaves', designed by Valentina Georgieva. It's a nice, easy pattern that I've used before. The idea for the headbands came from a young neighbour, who is moving to a very cold part of the country and has been making headbands to keep her ears warm. Yesterday I made two little headbands for another neighbour's daughters. They have a new baby sister, for whom I made a kimono shirt, using a pattern from The Purl Bee . The flower is Martha Ess's pattern, using folded rings. It neatly hides the velcro closure.
Friday, September 5, 2014
When I dyed wool before spinning the other day, it was very uneven. So this time I wet the wool thoroughly before dyeing and used a much bigger container. I dyed blue first and wow, the result was not bad.
I've only spun half the wool I need to make a sleeveless pullover. I think I'll run the other batch of blue through the drum carder too. It doesn't take long and then spinning is easier than when I try to spin a bit of this shade and a bit of that so that I don't end up with too long a stretch that's light or dark.
Thursday, September 4, 2014
hardware this time. There were nice comments about the Tunisian crochet bag, but the strap isn't stiff enough. Right. The judges didn't like my tatting. The pink bookmark is too long, they don't like the backing fabric, my tension is average and the yellow centres detract from the design..... Right. I saw pictures of the winning entries and the question of whether I should enter a traditional doily next year or a progressive one is answered. I may still enter Under an African Sky, but I won't expect a favourable response.
Tuesday, September 2, 2014
here. Not perfect, but an improvement on yesterday's one. The yellow thread is Milford 20, the green is Cebelia 20 that I dyed myself. I wanted the two colours to be different but not too different.
Art Noveau dragonfly, so I'm happy to revisit the technique. First I visited Jennifer Williams's Cariad website to remind myself of the process. I did a bit of practising, but not really enough before I tackled the pattern. I decided to continue so that I could see how it went. I've left off a ring, blah, blah, but I'm happy with it as a first attempt. Thanks Carollyn. I hope to do it more justice next time round.