Monday, March 31, 2014

I was interviewed by Spin Artiste!

How cool is that?

If you want to check out the interview and have a chance to win a felted flower, then head on over to Spin Artiste Interview read the article, leave a message, and like my Facebook page.
 :) Kelly

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Conquer the Igloo

Had to share the babies fun on the new to them igloo.  Silly goats are always good for a smile!



Sunday, March 23, 2014

A little, felting, spinning, and weaving.

A few weeks ago I made a yarn for a class that I am taking.
I was able to incorporate wet felting into my spinning.  I started by wet felting my vines, I added leaves to some of them, while others I left plain.  I also finished some of the ends off so I could leave them free hanging in the yarn while others were only felted in the middle leaving the ends us felted so they could be drafted and spun as part of the yarn.  I fell in love with this yarn and wanted to try adding wet felted flowers to the mix.  

Here is the fiber prep for spinning with the wet felted flowers and vines.  I included super soft mohair from my goats that I dyed a deep green.

Here is a picture of the finished spun yarn.

I knew that I wanted to somehow incorporate this yarn into a weaving, but had no idea how I was going to accomplish my goal.  I decided to go pull other fibers for the weaving, and "wing", the rest of it.  

As I wove and added textures, I realized this weaving was coming together without much planning and I figured that since I wanted an organic feel to the weaving, that I was open to letting it just happen.  I am thrilled with the final result and now my mind is spinning with possibilities of incorporating all 3 of these fiber arts into one.  


This definitely screams Spring to me!
Happy Creating!

Friday, March 21, 2014

SAORI loom in da house!

My new SAORI loom arrived!  I purchased from Weavin Place SAORI Style on ETSY (awesome peeps)

It was amazingly easy to set up, and within 10 minutes, it was ready.  

I decided to try and stick with a few colors that matched a beautiful hand-spun thick and thin yarn that I spun last Spring.  The poor yarn has been moved around my workshop all year.  I never found the perfect project for it, until now......  

I started the weaving one evening once the weekend settled down and finished it bright and early the next morning.  Since I am using it for a table runner, I folded the ends over and gave them a quick stitch on my sewing machine, it was quite fun cutting off the fringe.

I am thrilled with the "visual movement" on the weft sections that I used the thick and thin yarn.  It gave me some ideas that I want to try out on future weavings, but for now I will write the ideas down in a note book since my brain seems to be stuffed with fiber ideas.  The loom is ready for another weaving and I'm excited to see what magic occurs when I get the chance to settle myself down in front of my new toy!
Thanks for stopping by....

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Tutorial for some wool candy....

I posted a picture a few weeks ago of this
on Facebook.

A friend then asked if I could tell her how I did it.  So I typed up some basic instructions and emailed it to her.  I am pretty sure these type of felt rolls were one of the first things I learned how to felt.  To this day I still enjoy making them and have even added them as elements to my hand-spun yarn.  I decided to add the instructions here to my blog.  I hope you enjoy the tutorial.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

SAORI Weaving Class

A couple of weeks ago I headed up to Northern Florida to take a SAORI weaving class.  I have seen so many beautiful weaving projects come from these workshops that when I saw one offered in the same state, I jumped on it.  Needless to say, it was time well spent. I had the opportunity to spend two FULL days weaving to my hearts content.  Instead of taking my rigid heddle loom, I decided to rent a SAORI loom for the workshop.

 What a fabulous loom it is!  I learned so many cool techniques from our instructors and saw such creativity from the other workshop participants that I came home energized, with new ideas filling my head.  After MUCH discussion with my better half, I decided to order a SAORI loom of my own!
Today the tracking info made it into my inbox, and I am tickled pink that it will soon be here.  Here are a few pictures of my finished wall hanging.  It's a sampler of many different techniques and of different types of materials.
Yes, I think I did get a bit carried away.....I'm going to need to find a very tall wall for this!