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.

Wet Felting

Wet Felted Scarves and Neck Warmers 2021I 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.

Wet Felted Hats 2021I made 5 beanies.  They are all for family members and myself.

Wet Felted Bags and Accessories 2021I 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).

Misc Felting 2021I 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.

Knitting

IMG_0751I knit this Teeswater locks collar.  It is one of the softest things I have ever made.

Spinning

I finally got to use the spinning wheel that I bought for my birthday last year!

99153616_2713637718895488_4027873102451965952_nMy 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.

Spinning and Knitting 2021I 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).

Weaving

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.

Downloads-002So, 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.

Weaving 2021So 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.

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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!

6 thoughts on “Six Month Craft Update

  1. Wow… so much to love in this post… Love the wet felting… Your weaving is amazing… I want one of the beanies… but most of all that crazy collar (think you called it Teeswater?) is so AMAZING!!!! BRAVO!!!!

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    1. Thank you so much! I like to keep busy! That crazy collar took me nearly three days to knit, in between housework, no other crafts. It is a one off!

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  2. Hi Arlene,
    You have done incredibly well over this past 6 months! I’m amazed and so appreciate you sharing your journey with us!
    You’ve really stepped up and pushed through and are way along your path!
    Many congratulations.
    Carol

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    1. Thank you Carol. I just hope that people can see that you can do anything if you put your mind to it. It is just a matter of what interests you and trying new things.

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