Monday, July 06, 2020

Monsoon Calamity Indulgence

I was given a lovely gift of a huge 1050 yard cake of MonsoonCalamity gradient yarn in the "I Must Be Crazy" colourway. It's a fingering weight yarn made up of 4 finer strands held together. The colour changes gradually throughout the ball.

As soon as my loom was free I wound a warp to coordinate with it.

I put a few stripes of the gradient yarn into the warp and then for the remainder of the warp I chose mercerized cottons that harmonized with it.

The warp was then woven with the lovely gifted yarn as weft, keeping the colour gradient in order.

Final result after wet finishing is 16" wide x 4.72 yards in length. Or in metric terms it is 41cm in width and 4.32 metres in length.

I haven't decided yet what to make with the finished yardage. I think ti could be lovely clothing of some sort. It's soft, has great drape, and washes up beautifully by machine.

Thursday, July 02, 2020

Wardrobe of Wristbands

The jewelry findings I have been waiting for for months have finally arrived. Now some of the Inkle bands I've been weaving can be made into wristbands that will work with my medical ID bracelet.

The lobster clasps hook into both sides of the information disk making the bracelets interchangeable. 

The information portion sits relatively hidden on the underside of my wrist,

While the more decorative Inkle band shows on the top. 

I've made beaded versions before but the Inkle band ones are incredibly comfortable and are easy and inexpensive to make. 

Monday, June 29, 2020

2020 Tour de Fleece

Spinning outside on our first really nice day this summer. Not too hot, not too cold, not too windy, nor raining. The mosquitoes weren't even too bad.

I'm participating in the "Tour de Fleece" this year. For about three weeks spinners spin along, most years while watching the Tour de France bicycle races. The actual races were postponed until August this year but the Tour de Fleece will go ahead now, since for this event social distancing is entirely doable. 

I'm spinning wool and wool blends on my Majacraft Little Gem and cotton on my Mahatma Gandhi Centennial Charkha.  

Friday, June 26, 2020

Maker's Tote

I recently completed this Maker's Tote using Saori fabric I had woven a long time ago and put aside for future consideration since it was so wild I didn't know what to do with it at the time.

While looking for a way to transport an Electric Eel Wheel 6.0 e-spinner to spin-ins I came across a sewing pattern for "The Maker's Tote" by Noodlehead. The fit looked like it would be good so I decided that the time had come to cut into that wild handwoven fabric. 

I already had the handmade bias binding leftover from a project completed several years ago. 

I made an Inkle band with the intent of using it for handles and a cross-body strap. The handles ended up being enough though so I scrapped the idea for a removable cross-body strap that would require additional hardware. 

The wild floral lining, with colours in keeping with the rest of the tote, is from the remainder of a thrifted sheet. I had enough to make the abundant pockets, inside and out.

I did have to buy a sturdy separating zipper for the top closure and also some foam stabilizer to give the bag some structure. 

I'm very happy with the finished bag, but it likely won't be used to carry the e-spinner. I'll use it for knitting instead. I've found a second hand wheeled Zuca bag that will allow me to trundle the e-spinner, all the fibre I need for a day's spinning, and any other stuff I want to take along. The great thing about the Zuca bag is that it can be used as a table to set the e-spinner on once I arrive at my destination.

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Lovely Soft Cotton

The organic cotton warp I was working on in March has come to an end. I managed to weave three long table runners each in a different natural handspun cotton. No dyes used! There is Sarepta Brown cotton on the left, natural Acala cotton on the right, and natural green cotton at the bottom.

After washing, the colour transformation in the green was quite remarkable. The punis and storage bobbin below show the natural green as it looks before washing in hot water or soaking for 30 minutes in ammonia. The runner is an example of the "after" wash colouring. 

The runners are all woven to a generous length for either my kitchen table or a couple of display chests I have in the living room.

I'm very happy with the way they turned out.

When the runners were complete I still had some warp left and played around a bit with other weaving techniques including a pick up lace and traveling inlay. 

Saturday, June 20, 2020

Joyful Stitching

Turns out painting is not where I will find my JOY, and that's okay as I have plenty of other hobbies that bring me joy and more than fill my available time.

One such hobby is hand embroidery, in particular freeform "Stitch Meditations" like the medallion above. Another hobby I love is weaving in its many forms. The cord for my pendant is a tubular Inkle band I made specifically to use this way. 

Another hobby that I really enjoy is sewing. Yes, this is yet another of the York Pinafores. I think I have six now. I am a woman who not too long ago said I would never wear a dress again. The pinafores are just that easy to make and comfortable to wear and honestly, I don't think of them as a dress, but more of a butt cover when wearing leggings. 

The painting? No, you won't be seeing any more of that. It's a wonderful course, especially for free, but I had a bit of an epiphany yesterday. I don't like painting! I don't like getting dirty. I don't like having to clean up the mess afterwards (and whoooo boy do I make a mess!). All in all, with only one life to live, I'd rather spend my time doing any one of my other numerous hobbies.

Thursday, June 18, 2020

Imagery Is Not My Joy

I decided to share this even though I'm not satisfied with it and will eventually scrap it and use the canvas for something else.

I learned something struggling with this. I learned that although I do enjoy playing with paint, actually trying to capture even a vague image of some sort pulls me right out of my joy. And yet, without at least a vague image, my attempts at abstract come out looking like lovely wrapping paper.

I'm not sure now how I will proceed with the remainder of the "Finding Your Joy" course. I am committed to doing all of the assignments. I think there are two or three more. But after that I may abandon paint altogether and go back to my fibre arts corner of the world to lick my wounds.