We are at the end of June already! Time to think about making Xmas items. I have some ideas on the back burner, but first I think I shall do an update on what I have been making and doing so far as the annual post ends up being quite long.
I made 25 scarves. I tried new techniques and got quite stuck into nuno-felting. I also made faux fur scarves with yarns. I also had a dyeing day of silk and other fibers. I sold two of the chiffon nuno felted summer scarves.
I made 5 beanies. They are all for family members and myself.
I made three pairs of fingerless gloves and one pair of mittens, 1 gas cannister cosy for the camper van, 4 oven mitts (my experiment with Bergschaf wool) a small purse with yarns, flower brooches and tulip tassels and brooches with yarn (pom-pom or Chrysanthemum).
I played around with more yarn and locks. It seems that you can can felt with any yarn. I really liked making samples with the Gotland and Teeswater locks.
I knit this Teeswater locks collar. It is one of the softest things I have ever made.
I finally got to use the spinning wheel that I bought for my birthday last year!
My friend Anna came over and taught me how to spin. She also checked out my wheel (there is nothing wrong with it). I have been developing my own style of spinning, which is an improvement from when I started.
I have spun wool, alpaca and sari silk fibers. I have just spun up 7 more skeins from batts on the drum carder (this is another post topic).
So, this year I bought myself a small weaving loom for my birthday. Well, actually, I bought a jumbo flyer for the spinning wheel. The loom was an afterthought. I am still waiting for the flyer to come into stock along with some other items.
So, this is my little loom. I love it. I feel like things have finally come full circle as my grandmother had a loom. It is nothing like the floor loom that my grandmother used to have, but it is a start and I am very happy with it. It is not too big, nor is it too small. I even have a carry bag for it.
So far I have made three things with it. I have been using variegated yarn in different colorways. What I love about this yarn is that it can make an item that is very simple to make look more complicated than it is. I still have plenty of this yarn. I read a post from a newsletter from one of the weaving magazines and they mention that there are two ways to use this type of yarn, when in fact there is actually three ways; 1) Use as warp with solid color weft, 2) use as weft with solid color warp, and 3) use as weft and warp as I did.
I even wore my poncho. It is as light as a feather and the perfect length for summer.
I am really enjoying the weaving and don’t mind not doing fancy patterns right now. I am still learning about getting the tension right and working on my edges (just like in felting, its all about the edge). However, after spinning up all of the alpaca, I was itching to use some of that in weaving, but I am still waiting for a 5 and 2.5 dent heddle to arrive before I can get on with that. In the meantime, I am spinning up some yarn to use in my own way and to try some freestyle weaving.
So, all in all, it has been a very productive first six months. Not only have I learned new felting techniques, but I have also learned new skills. Making yarn and then weaving with it is the next step to working with wool. I think I may have enough to keep me busy for some time now!