I’m working with a friend to create a new line of handspun, handwoven handbags. I’ll be doing the spinning and weaving, and my friend will be doing the sewing, putting the handbags together. I warped my rigid heddle loom at 10 ends per inch. The warp yarn is a commercially spun wool yarn that came… Read More Weaving Handbags
I just found this on Youtube and thought it was brilliant. I usually use a cake ball winder, but if you don’t have one or want something that might be even faster, here it is. The video starts with a kitchen hand mixer, but she also shows an option with a drill near the end.
I have been an admirer of the work of Suzy Brown of WoolWench for a number of years. She just posted a really cool and easy tutorial for creating a scarf, shawl, or anything really using art yarn and some basic sewing skills. No knitting, felting, crocheting, or weaving required. Take a look here.
I just wanted to let you know about something new in my shop. I already offer a rainbow of merino top and bamboo top in my shop in small 2-ounce organza bags that make it easy to get lots of colors without needing to invest a lot, but I just added a new listing especially… Read More Felter’s Delight Fiber Set
Recently, my daughter made this gorgeous new colorway in art batt form that we decided to call Renaissance Festival. Inspired by the colors, I decided this would be the perfect opportunity to make a fractal yarn and show you how at the same time. I have to start with a bit of an explanation. Normally… Read More How to Spin a Fractal Yarn – A Photo Tutorial
In my last post, I showed you the finished product from my first skein of the new type of art yarn I just came up with, which I’m naming Dimensional Yarn. The thing that makes this yarn unique is that it goes from thin at one end to super bulky at the other end, which… Read More Dimensional Yarn – A Photo Tutorial
Over the course of the last few weeks, I came up with what I think is a completely new type of art yarn. I am calling it dimensional yarn. There’s thick yarn and thin yarn and thick-and-thin yarn but this is more like thin-to-thick yarn. The idea was to make yarn that went from very… Read More And now for something completely different…Dimensional Yarn
Recently, I had the opportunity to dye silk hankies with my daughter and start spinning them up. Whether you decide to dye your own or start with some of the beautifully dyed silk hankies available on Etsy and elsewhere, I thought it might be helpful to see how to spin these beauties, so grab a… Read More How to Spin Silk Hankies or Mawata
On Saturday I decided to make supercoil yarn out of a couple of my Spring Meadow batts. Just as I was starting, I thought it would be fun to invite you into my family room to see how I made it, so grab a cup of coffee, pull up a chair, and join me. 🙂… Read More Spinning Supercoil Yarn – With a Twist
I just finished making some very soft yarn that is 50% merino for elasticity and memory, 25% angora for softness and halo, and 25% alpaca. I purchased the alpaca and the angora just last week at the Flagstaff Wool festival and couldn’t wait to put it to good use. Here are some photos of the… Read More Lavender and Lace