Tapestry One Finished! Plus beading!

I finished this awhile ago and apparently forgot to post the end results here.

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Ta-dah!

I had a lot of fun learning the techniques, and I know that there are many more still to learn. I am especially happy with how the circle came out! I am planning my next one and it’s going to be an actual picture. I just have to make up my mind on which one I want to do first. It would really be helpful if I knew how to make clones of myself, then I could do everything at once!

The other week I ordered myself another Mirrix loom because I couldn’t pass up the birthday coupon. I got myself the little Lani loom to play around with beading or smaller tapestries if my Big Sister is in use. While I don’t wear jewelry, I want to try doing bead tapestries.

My first time playing with beads I did make a simple cuff. I messed up in a few places and I need to get better at dealing with the ends, but I’m mostly happy with how it turned out. I wore it out the other day and got a compliment on it.

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First attempt

I am also planning what I’m going to weave next. I picked up a mixed kit of beads to play with since I only have a small amount and not enough to make anything with. Now I do!

Tapestry – More Progress

Today I tried out some loops, did some more plain weave, then started trying out more rounded shapes. Just one so far but I’ll be doing more. Slowly working up to doing a full circle.

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I finally had to advance the warp! Yay progress!

Tour de Fleece – Finished!

At the beginning of the month, July 6th to be exact, part of my spinning wheel broke. I contacted MerlinTree for a replacement part and he said he’d send it right away…except I was having issues with my email which caused a delay. I did not get the part until this past Saturday, late afternoon. I immediately changed out the broken part and then spun like a crazy lady for the rest of Saturday all day yesterday. I lost two weeks of spinning but I wasn’t going down without a fight!

Here are the yarns I managed to spin up Saturday and yesterday. I finished the last one at 11:45pm!

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Monster Mash

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Monster’s Inc.

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Rubies and Amathyst

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Sapphire Skies

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Smoke and Mirrors

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Witches Brew

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Black Opal

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Changes

While I was spinning, I was putting finished skeins into a bin I had picked up for my craft area. When I took all the skeins out to take a group shot, my cat immediately jumped into it.

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This is Black Jack

Here is the group shot of all the yarn I spun up in a little over a week. I spun up a total of 3.69 lbs (pounds!) of fiber. I won’t know yardage until I wash all the skeins. I don’t know when I’ll do that.

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16 Skeins of yarn, 3.69lbs of fiber spun.

I am already looking forward to Spinzilla in October. Then the weekend after that is NY Sheep and Wool, a.k.a Rhinebeck. So I’ll get to restock up on fiber. Yay!

Spin on!

Let’s play with Tapestry

While I am still waiting on the part for my wheel (apparently there was a mishap with the email so he never got my address), I picked up this pretty Hokett tapestry loom when I went to Webs the other day. I’ve tried to do tapestry before on my Cricket, but a rigid heddle is just not meant to hold high enough tension, and the angle is wrong. I got this little loom to play around with. I also¬† have a Mirrix Big Sister (16″) on order that should be here tomorrow.

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Hokett Tapestry kit in exotic wood

I started weaving with scraps of acrylic and my handspun. I really did not like the look of the acrylic so I unwove it. I decided to just use my handspun. I’m not too far yet, but here’s what I got so far.

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My simple tapestry so far.

I can’t wait until my Mirrix arrives. I’ve wanted one for awhile now and ordered it for myself for my birthday present. I also ordered a tapestry kit and bought the class that goes with it, so I’ll be doing that.

Hopefully the part to my wheel will be in early next week (maybe Saturday if it gets shipped out today). I really am sad at missing so many days of spinning, but my spindles are just killing my shoulder so I can’t spin at all. At least I got some things done up, so I’m happy with that.

New Crafts: a Lucet and needle felting

When I went to the New England Fiber Fest a couple weekends ago, I finally bought myself a Lucet. It is made of Purple Heart wood. I’ve been wanting something in this wood for awhile and I found it in something I wanted, so it was a double win. This one was made by Stephen Willette. I also bought yarn bowl and naalbinding needle from him.

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If you don’t know what they are, a Lucet is used to make braided cords which can be used for anything. I have various things I can use cord for so it was a good purchase for me. So far I have made a thick cord using some of my handspun yarn. I have not finished with it yet. I will be sewing it into either a large potholder or a small basket. Here is what I have so far.

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I also have more cord that I am still working on for another project, but I have quiet a ways to go with that. No pictures of that yet.

I am really enjoying finding new crafts that I can do that incorporate crafts that I already do. Speaking of which, I have also tried needle felting again. Unlike my first attempt which didn’t go too well (I tried making a 3d object) this time I tried making a picture. I bought a kit the same day I got the Lucet, also at NEFF.¬† I had to go for the dragon when I saw it.

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I had a lot of fun doing this. It is something easy to do and does not require too much focus, other than making sure you don’t stab yourself with the very sharp needles. Since I spin yarn, I already have plenty of wool floating around and I had needles already from when I tried felting before. So this is a craft I can do and it won’t really cost me anything extra. I did buy some regular felt to use as bases, but that stuff is super cheap so still a great additional craft to do.

I think I have a crafting problem, but I don’t want to stop!

Circle Weaving

So I got this beautiful loom from Quirky Bits-n-Pieces and have been playing with it a bit.

IMG_0370I decided to experiment right away instead of doing a solid circle. It came out okay but it needs a bit of tweaking. This is made with embroidery thread so it took awhile just to do the center circle.

IMG_0418I then started another one this past weekend and am trying to win one of the Majacraft circle looms with it. The theme was winter. How do you think I did? There are metallic stars in there but they don’t show up too well in the pic. Either way, I had fun making it. I used some of my handspun yarn for this one.

IMG_0422I still need to work out keeping the weaving a bit loose so it doesn’t curl. I’m already planning out my next one!

Spinning and playing away

Over the holiday I have been working on my fiber related projects. I took stock of all of my fiber and uploaded them in to my stash on Ravelry so I can keep track of what I have. It also makes it easier to add to my projects when I list them. I got a gift card to Webs from my coworker for Christmas as well as a gift card from my parents and grandparents. I will be going down soon to stalk up on more fiber and to hopefully get some weaving yarn.
Here are some things I’ve done since this past Thursday:

Rolags from mystery fiber. Hard to tell in the picture, but they are black and purple.
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I spun this up and plied it with silver metallic thread. It is Loops December Bullseye of the Month Club “River Safari”. This is my first time spinning one of her bullseye bumps. I really enjoy watching the colors spin up as I get to them. I am looking forward to the next mystery bump!
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This one was a double experiment. I have never spun Polworth before or tried corespinning. I really dislike the Polworth. It is very “sticky” and hard to draft. I had to stop constantly and pre-draft. This was intentionally spun thick for weaving with.
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And a few projects I made earlier in the year but I don’t think I ever posted about. Nothing interesting really, just some basic scarves and ear warmers. The two black and white houndstooth scarves are woven. The others are knit.
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And aside from those, I have been making cotton wash cloths. No pictures of them yet, but I have a mountain of them. I’m trying to use up the small balls of Peaches n’ Cream I’ve had for a few years before buying new yarn.

So that’s what I’ve been doing! I hope everyone else had a nice Christmas and holiday.

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