You’ve been hoarding sweaters for a while and still haven’t started that first felting project. Let me show you some of the things that I have made, types of sweaters I use, how I make felt and get you started on your stash.
This is trim that I purchased from a dance wear manufacturer that went out of business in 2011. They have been stored on the original spools and not exposed to light. Today I removed most of them from the spools to calculate the lengths.
To purchase any of the following please email firstname.lastname@example.org with the items you want, include your name and address, so that I can calculate shipping and send you a paypal invoice.
Shipping will be first class parcel for the smaller packages. The spools will be shipped Priority Mail.
Silver Sequin Stretch Trim
11 yards – $15 plus shipping – 1 available
8 yards – $10 plus shipping – 1 available
Gold Sequin Stretch Trim
11 yards – $15 plus shipping 1 available
Black Sequin Stretch Trim
13 yards – $18 plus shipping 1 available
6 yards – $8.00 plus shipping 1 available
White Sequin Stretch Trim 3/4″ wide on spool #1
I don’t know how much yardage is left on the spool but I estimate that about half remains. Spool originally contained 76 yards and is just under 1″ wide, it seems wider than 3/4 but not quite 1″.
Spool $10 plus shipping. 1 available
White Sequin Stretch Trim .5″ wide on spool #2
I don’t know how much yardage is left on the spool but I estimate that about half remains. Spool originally contained 56 yards and is 1/2″ wide
Of all the things that I do as a fiber artist and independent small business owner, the one that has frustrated me most over the years is taking photos of my work.
Mostly I struggle with lighting and the right props. My studio has poor lighting in general and not much natural light which is best for photos. I try to take the photos outside but that is easier with smaller objects than scarves. Learn how to adjust the white balance in your camera settings. This can improve your photos a lot!
This year I made a flat mannequin out of a cardboard box. It works fairly well and I love that I recycled something to make it!
Recently I decided that I wanted to be able to change the color of the mannequin to white or black, so I purchased some poster board and cut out the same thing but made the body longer, so that I could use it for longer scarves. For this shoot I poked a hole in the top of the mannequin so that I could hang it from a ceiling hook in front of a white wall. I attached the poster board with binder clips, which you can see in the photo.
A little editting and here’s the money shot! Not too bad!
You can see some of the results of my lastest photo shoot soon in my Etsy Shop.
I can’t seem to stop arm knitting! It’s quick, easy and so satisfying to use nothing but your arms and some yarn to make something wearable in an hour or so.
I am excited to be teaching a class tomorrow at the Stephenson Country Fiber Fair on the subject. So I decided to put together a little video on the subject. This is my first attempt at making this type of video for instruction.
I made them as separate videos so that you can watch them when you need them. I know that when I first started arm knitting, I had to watch several different videos until I found the ones that met my learning needs. I watched several of them over and over, pausing frequently!
I will be putting together a step by step pictorial here on my blog and on pinterest, so stay tuned!
So creation – invention not sure where today falls! I originally thought that I would be posting about the arm knitting that I have been doing, but in trying to take some photos of what I have made, I opened up a can of worms–How to take photos of scarves. Of all the things I make it seems that I struggle most with photos of scarves.
I have a vintage mannequin which I tried to use today, but it wasn’t very successful.
So after freezing my fingers off taking photos outside and inside I am trying something new.
I decided to try a flat cardboard model of a head and shoulders that I can use to drape a scarf.
It was interesting finding out what dimensions to use. I used 9″ as the head length and then the rest of the dimensions from this site.
So far I think I will like it, need to figure out how to hang it outside when taking pictures. Not what was planned for today, but hopefully this will solve a long standing problem for me.
So this is the last day of my 5 day challenge to create something every morning. I’m glad it’s over, the first two days I thoroughly enjoyed the process, by the third day I started to struggle with focus and staying on track. But the biggest problem (??) is that even though I only intended for this to take up the mornings it really took much more time than that.
But overall I am thrilled to have repaired my car key, designed a new wreath, and worked on a new scarf mannequin, 3 out of 5 is not too bad! And one unexpected pleasure was the blogging…..