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Yarn Con – Intro to making with wool sweaters

Sweater Hoarders

Saturday April 2, 2016 2PM to 2:50PM

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.

pile of sweaters

See YarnCon for details and to register.

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Yarn Con Slipper Class – April 2nd

YarnCon


Slipper Class

Saturday April 2, 2016 12PM to 1:50PM

We will be cutting up a felted sweater to hand sew  simple slippers   Each participant will use one sweater to make a one-of-a-kind pair of slippers to fit their foot.

Green & Grey Slippers

 

See YarnCon for details and to register.

 

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Arm Knitting – Videos

Arm Knitting
Arm Knitting

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.

It’s not terrible for a first attempt, but lots of room for improvement.
Have a look  “Arm Knitting Videos.”

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!

I went back and watched this video by Handimania and it is good (and pretty!)

Give it a try.

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Day 2: Creative Keys – Not what you think!

Broken Car KeyDay 2 of my creative challenge to myself. For five days I will indulge in a new creative endeavor each morning.

So 6 months ago, I almost lost my car key because it had a crack in the plastic top (where you put the key ring.) It flew off my key chain and sat on the street in front of my car for 2.5 hours. Thankfully a friend helped me find it that night and I resolved to fix my key.

The first time I repaired my key I used a piece of lightly felted Turquoise wool to cover the key. That repair lasted almost six months, but eventually the felt wore a little thin at the top. So I have been carrying my key around without a key ring for several months, just waiting to lose it again!

Day 2 Key Collage

So today’s repair is with leather. I bought an old leather coat a while back and have a small pile of scraps from another project.

  1. Make a pattern: I traced the key on a folded piece of leather, which turned out to be too small. So used that piece to make a larger piece.
  2. Cut out a small opening in the middle of the new cover to slip in the key.
  3. Whip stitch all around the key top including sewing in a split ring.

I did have to sew it twice as the first time I used a running stitch which looked horrible. Whip stitch — much better.

diy leather key chain strap or wristlet

Since I finished that rather quickly I decided to replace the strap for my key ring also.   So after carefully measuring the width of the hardware, I cut a piece of leather twice as wide, folded it in half and machine sewed.  The leather I chose was a little stretched out and was difficult to sew without ripples which you can see in the photos…

DIY Leather Key Fob and Key cover

 

 

Not the most creative of projects but I got a chance to work with leather and learn some new skills —  Not to mention peace of mind!

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Resolutions or Revolution?

pine0001It’s January 29th not New Year’s eve, but after a month of frustration I have a new resolution.

I resolve to make one upcycled object for the next 5 days. I have seen many of you take on projects like this for one month or even a year, but that seems way too big for me!

Why am I doing this? As a working fiber artist there is a delicate balance between making the things I want, versus making the things I might sell. It’s a constant struggle to balance these two desires.   I have so many ideas that I struggle to hold onto until I have time to spend on them. So for the next five days I plan on spending the morning working on something that I have wanted to do for a long time for whatever reason!

Day 1.
A long time ago, my aunt showed me how to make a wreath with pinecones.  So this new wreath design is based on that idea.
Simple, but I like it.

Red Pinecone Wreath

 

If you would like to make one, take a look at my upcoming workshops.

 

Wreath pattern

 

I haven’t written up instructions for my new design yet, but I do have two other designs available as a downloadable PDF.