Saturday, November 21, 2015

Arty Yarn

From this

 to this

to this

My first attempt at arty yarn, lots of things to do differently next time and I might even look at some instructions instead of guessing how to do things. :)

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Dyeing experiments

 The Spinners and Weavers group I belong to had a retreat last weekend at Awhitu.  The weather was beautiful, and Saturday was perfect for dyeing. I had a few bags of fibre that other people had given away that I decided to dye in the hope that I will now do something with the results. Everything was dyed using Ashford wool dyes and the microwave method where you paint the dye on and wrap in gladwrap for steaming.  You can find a tutorial on this page.

First up is what we decided is probably mohair, it is very hairy whatever it is 
and has a slight sheen to it. It is the fibre equivalent to having a Welsh Springer Spaniel in the house as it just keeps on shedding.

 Then some carded wool fibre of unknown breed.  

And finally some mohair locks, they're still a bit wet in these photos so the colour is deeper than when they dried.

I'm spinning the locks above with some red merino.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Stop shouting, love. Stop making a fuss, it's too late.

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.

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Monday, July 13, 2015

New to Me Dollshouse

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.
Next step, undercoating the interior and exterior, getting rid of that dark blue, and deciding whether I want to try wiring the house.