Monday, September 28, 2015

Latest Bobbin Lace project

 This pattern is from the same book as the last one.  "Making Lace with the Little Grey Bunny" this is pattern 5 in the book.  It is a square doily and it will be framed like last weeks project and presented as our "Mother's Christmas presents" this year.  They do not need to be worrying about keeping the little things clean!

This morning I made it back around to the beginning of the piece and I was ready to join the end to the beginning.   But I was out of time, and I had to put it up for the day.

Early tomorrow morning I will carefully tie the end to the beginning, but I will take it with me when I go to Norris, TN. to join my weekly weaving group the "Tuesday Weavers".  I have some ideas about how to improve my finishing techniques that I want to run by Carol, my weaving and lace instructor.

I used Gutermann's silk sewing thread again in the ecru color.  (I read something this week on the lace internet about this being a medium thread choice!) I was able to pick up some fine linen fabric for the inside of the pieces and I hope to have them both totally finished and ready to frame this week.

This is crunch week for me in the studio as well, because next week is the "Homecoming at the Museum of Appalachia".  It is a 4 day event for those that demonstrate and sell, and since I am doing both it is a lot to get ready.  I will be spinning for 4 days while there is music and food and lots of people all over the place!  Thursday will be Heritage day, with oodles of students running all over the place!

The other 3 days are open to the general public.  It is one of my favorite events, but it is truly a marathon of an event.   By the time Sunday rolls around we are all a tired bunch of weavers.  I am lucky in that I belong to a team of weavers that band together to ply our wares and they will staff our booth that is inside the Peter's Cabin, while I sit on their porch and spin wool and flax.  People are always asking me if I sell my work, and I get to point them to the room behind me.  While they are looking at my inventory, they will also be looking at everyone else's too.  It is a win win situation in my book.

My latest knitting project is with my hand spun, lace weight, 2ply yarn that I finished a couple of months ago, using Malabrigo Nube, a Merino wool top.  It was a very long spinning project, because it was so fine and I was using a spinning technique I don't normally use, but I really like the way it is knitting up.  It is going to be an equally long knitting project as well, as it is a big one!  I will get pictures up and information about the project as it progresses.

Until next time, Happy Crafting, Tina

Friday, September 18, 2015

More Fiddly than Tatting!

I many times prefer old fiddly things to new.  I like my fiddly antique spinning wheels so much I sold all but one of my more modern wheels.  I use these old spinning wheels to make yarn, so that I rarely buy ready made yarn anymore.  Most of the wool I spin, is naturally colored and cleaned here in the studio, another fiddly process, though I do buy pretty colors of "ready to be spun up" wool on occasion!     I weave on fiddly old floor looms, projects that I sell at 2 fall shows that are coming up very quickly now.  I have done cross stitch, dabbled in quilting, and  I learned how to tat years ago, though I don't do much of those crafts now.

Well, within the last 6 weeks, I have taken up a new old fiddly craft.  It may even be the fiddliest of them all!  It all started when my Husband got a virus that was going around.  I am of the belief that if I may come down with something like that, I am surely not going to take the chance of spreading it around the city!  So, I was stuck at home wanting to do something different!

I suppose I found this craft on You Tube or something like that, I get into all sorts of trouble there.  Anyway, my interest was peaked, I had some things I could cobble together to see if I liked this fiddly old craft.  So I started assembling everything, skewers, beads, paper, glue, rolling pin, felted wool, pins and some patterns from the internet.

I don't think you would ever be able to guess what I have gotten myself into from that list, so I will set your mind a rest.  The new old fiddly craft  is Bobbin Lace.  I stumbled around on my own, and then let Carol my weaving teacher know that she had a new convert to the new old fiddly craft.  I told her to sit down while she read the email, and to not laugh too loudly.

After I did several beginner projects, I set about on something a little more challenging.

 Here we are after 50 hours or so, back around to the beginning.  It took me so long because I kept having to un-lace as much as I laced.  The pattern is from the book "Making Lace with the Little Grey Rabbit", and I am using silk sewing thread that I picked up on sale at Jo-anns.
I need to trim off the thread where I joined to two ends, and put some lovely linen in the center, and this project will be done.

My next project is already on the pillow.  I do lace first thing in the morning, from 5 until 7, while I drink my coffee and listen to inspiring words in some good audio books.  It makes my day!

Until next time, Happy Crafting, Tina