I bought a secondhand 4-shaft loom, assembled it and then let it sit in the lounge been taking up room and collecting dust for a month. Finally I decided that I had better do something with it so I whipped out the copy of the book "The Four-shaft Loom" by Anne Field and followed the instructions in there for a first project, the result of which you can see below.
Of course there were a few mishaps along the way, mainly due to me not reading all the words before starting but I got there in the end and learnt quite a bit which is after all the point of practise. My navy wool was slightly thinner than the cream and I beat too hard for most of this project so the twill weaves didn't come out properly. Then I continued with the same warp and tried out a couple of other yarns for the weft. About a quarter of the way into using the grey I finally realised that I was beating too hard and after that the twill weave patterns looked a lot better. The cream and red yarns shrunk more than the grey when I washed the finished piece which is why it narrows.
I haven't forgotten about my rigid heddle loom though, here's a laptop case and bag I made using a piece I wove on that. The bluey purple colour is actually a dark purple and I'm pretty pleased with how they turned out. Now I have to decide what to do next, better start something before I forget everything I've managed to learn so far.
Wednesday, September 30, 2015
Tuesday, September 1, 2015
Monday, July 13, 2015
I've bought a second-hand dollshouse from TradeMe. It's a Classical Dollshouse and Basement from Dollshouse Emporium. Some of the interior was completed but not to my taste so I have spent the last couple of days stripping wallpaper and carpet ready to start the makeover.
I thought the dollshouse seemed quite large until I started putting my Mackintosh furniture in it. The furniture is from a range the Dollshouse Emporium used to sell, there was a house as well but it wasn't ever in my price range. It is a lovely house though, so if anyone wanted to give me one I wouldn't say no.
Tuesday, June 30, 2015
I have had the book Fashioning Technology: A DIY Intro to Smart Crafting for several years but haven't got any further than looking and dreaming. Then burda easy Spring/Summer 2015 mentioned the 21st Century Fashion Kit from sparkfun.com and I thought that looks interesting, checked out the website and ended up looking at LilyPad sewable electronics. I found the sparkly bracelet tutorial on the sew electric website which looked nice and easy and found a New Zealand supplier for the components. And here is the result.
Here it is in action:
|The back - very boring|
- Conductive thread
- 4 x LilyPad LED Yellow
- LilyPad Coin Cell Battery Holder - Switched
- Coin Cell battery CR2032