Thursday, September 13, 2012

Art Yarn Decorating

Back in early Spring we were packing our entire life to move to a new home.  I was and am not a fan of packing at all, and was overwhelmed to say the least!  When I finally made it to the garage and saw the amount of packing that was still left, I will admit I, for a millisecond, thought about tossing a match into the room and hoping it would all go away.  Instead, I had a garage sale.  When it came to the seasonal decorations, I decided I would sell it all, well almost all of it.....

Fast forward to the beginning of this week.  I decided I wanted to decorate my fireplace mantle.  Then I remembered....I sold most of my decorations......uh huh...sure did!  I knew my DH, who never complains about a thing, would not be a happy camper if I ran out and bought all new stuff.  So, I decided to challenge myself to decorate without buying anything new.  Tuesday evening found me in my fiber cottage making a batt that was chock full of texture and deep rich Fall inspired hues.  I decided to spin it uber thick, and then coil ply randomly.  What I ended up with is one of my favorite hand spun yarns to date.  I then when on a search throughout my cabinets and the little bit of holiday storage to decorate my mantle.  I am thrilled with the result!!  Art yarn can be used for more than weaving, crochet, or knitting.  It almost reminded me of my Christmas tree garland from last year.  Here are some pictures of the results!

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Friday, September 7, 2012

Found my Groove

Happy Friday!!

Well I have a couple of new projects to post, but they are only part of what I have been working on lately.  I have taken a jump off the grid so to speak and have been using my time to create, I am enjoying the solitude of my days and spending time outdoors with the animals.  That being said, I also enjoy interacting with positive peeps, and have been doing that weekly with a local group of ladies spinning and playing with fiber.  And recently I started a pottery class at a local gallery.  It has been 17 years since I have worked on a potters wheel and I felt like I was all thumbs!  I am enjoying the process and am enjoying my time!

I am still spinning, but have really been focusing on my felting. Once again I am participating in Peace Felt.  This is my 3rd year and I am very excited to see how my project is received. If you are not familiar with Peace Felt, Click HERE for more information.My project which was wet felted, is drying as I type.  I will post a picture after my partner receives it!

Next week I will be dyeing and will invite a friend over to share my crazy technique.  I have a huge shipment of wool coming, the Merino is here, but I also am expecting BFL, Alpaca, Angora, Silk and an order of 6 lbs of yarn! It will be fun!

So here is a picture of a journal I made.  I gifted it to my sweet friend Ellen.  I went to the local middle school and worked the book fair for her during the school day.  She is a media specialist and loves to write, so I thought this would be perfect for her!  Thanks to Heather for the template!!

The next project is a nuno felted cuff.  I found yards and yards of silk that I must have been hoarding.  I did not remember buying it, but found it all when I was unpacking from our move!  I made a shawl, and this cuff. I am still adding beading, they are teeny tiny beads so it is taking me FOREVER!!  It's very lightweight and I am in love with the texture.