Let me just start off by saying I know I have craft ADD lately and that my impulse control is bordering on obscene.
I woke up this morning and, while brushing my teeth, scrolled through Instagram… as is my habit lately. I saw a lovely picture of a tapestry woven by Maryanne Moodie and was awake enough to read the caption.
I’m signed up for the class. See! No impulse control. In this case I am super glad I didn’t wait to make a decision.
I know I have been pretty quiet lately. Life has me incredibly busy. I can’t ever sit still and I always need to be making things. It’s been so hard to focus….I fee like I have crafty ADD.
I just started weaving. Yes, just what I need….ANOTHER hobby. I really love it though. It is super relaxing and a pretty great stash burner. Of course, now I want to bring ALL THE TOOLS into my place. I recently bought myself a small tapestry loom from Board and Bread. It’s gorgeous and great to work on. I bought myself a larger loom from Loom and Spindle on etsy, which is also a great starter loom. I ended up staining it a bright teal color.
I had some embroidery hoops left over and, on the weekends, I’ve been helping her warp them so she can weave too.
So you can see, I just can’t get enough. I’ve already warped the looms back up and am ready to jump into some more weaving…well, as soon as the heatwave ends…
Last Saturday Night was the Iron Giant Tribute Show at community/A Little Known Shop in Anaheim, CA. Hooray!! My very first art show!
Community is a great little space that has small shops, gallery space, a craft space and a great walkway in-between where all sorts of vendors had set up their tables. They had food and music in the back!
My mother insisted that I get a picture next to my tapestry. She’s really into sharing this kind of stuff with her friends.
We had a great time and it was so nice to see old friends and meet some new people. I also bought a few things in the shop!
For a while I’ve been collecting scraps of yarn and bits of fiber leftover from various projects I have been working on. The intention was to go out into the world and stick them in places where the birds could get them. I live in a condo, so there isn’t really anyplace for me to have one of those suet feeder things to stuff with this sort of thing.
So on a Saturday morning, I handed bits of yarn to my kids and had them leave them around the neighborhood. They hid bits in bushes and trees. This way the birds of Burbank will have truly lovely nests.
So, I have been busy at work on my piece for an upcoming Iron Giant Tribute Show happening Saturday, September 13th at Community in Anaheim, CA…
Here is a little sneak peek that I had posted to my instagram account. Poor guy was headless for so long. He is happy now that his head is attached!
I hope to have him done this week sometime…it’ll probably happen this weekend. Either way, my deadline is fast approaching and I have to get this piece done and in the right hands!
Oh look! Another seriously belated post. Go figure!
But hey, I’m one step closer to clearing all those drafts out!
Here is what I completed this year for Tour de Fleece. I wasn’t spinning with a team or anything, so it really is NBD…but I thought maybe someone out there might wanna see what I had spun up.
That’s pretty much all of it (well, minus a skein I had spun pre- tour and plied during the tour).
Pictured above is 2 skeins of Creatively Dyed (that I purchased at Stitches West a few years back) 20 milk protein/ 20 seacell/ 60 wool, try 3-ply, 729 yards total and 1 skein of wool/silk/abunchofotherstuff, 2 ply (ply only), 95 yards.
Also, just for fun, I figured I would show off a skein of non-tour yarn. Below is the yarn I spun for Courtney for her birthday. I called it Autumn Candy Corn and it is 80 Merino/ 20 Silk from Bee Mice Elf Fiber (purchased at CogKNITive Fiber Retreat last year), 2 ply, 390 yards.
Okay…so I originally wrote this post awhile ago…long before I knew what was actually going on with any of this. I saved it in my drafts (which is becoming more and more cluttered these days) thinking that later this year, when I am able to talk about it, I would go ahead and show everyone.
I had taken this picture right after I was done making a few of these….then pixelated it because I technically can’t show you what it is.
But then this happened and since I work on this show, I am going to feel free to straight up pimp it’s tumblr out on my blog. Plus there’s that thing ….ya know…I made the little guy pictured in the profile pic.
I am thinking once I get a moment, maybe I should write up the pattern. Maybe someone might want one of their own.
Leave it to me to volunteer to take part in something and then rethink my project until it is nothing like anything I’ve ever tried. On the bright side, it means I’m never bored.
Here’s the thing…I was asked if I wanted to take part in an art show. Of course I jumped at the opportunity, because really, when do I ever say no?
Well, I spent weeks thinking and rethinking what I would do for my project. I thought to myself over and over again “Of course, everyone is going to think I should crochet a doll. That’s easy.” It was the first thing to get crossed off the list. I wasn’t even going to keep it as an option…because I am a pain in the ass like that.
Then there were the discussions with my knitting friends. Maybe some intarsia or something? I could easily chart out something cool… Nope.
Luckily, Courtney is someone who is big on ideas. We went back and forth about what would be good. There were a bunch of suggestions she threw out…and I somehow settled on weaving.
I did my research. I wanted to do something sort of mixed up and using different techniques. Really, folks, I am feeling my way through this. It’s not like I own a lap loom…
It’s a good thing I am all about the process. I started making a loom with some nails and a picture frame. I got 3/4 done when my husband took over so I could keep my thumbs.
So far it is looking pretty good and I just got an email today saying when I need to have my piece turned in…and it’s more time than I thought I had. I dunno…I might actually pull this off.
There really is something special about seeing folks create projects with yarn that you have spun.
Last CogKNITive Fiber Retreat, I had donated some yarn for raffle prizes. The stuff you see below was from that donation. My friend Loretta (who is seriously one of the sweetest people I have ever met in my life and is amazing with a crochet hook) got her hands on it and made the lovely cowl you see below.
These are her photos from her Ravelry page. The pattern is the Danube DK Shell Cowl by Cathy Campbell.
This really has me wanting to make something with my own hand spun. I haven’t made anything with my own yarn in awhile…I should do that.
(Well, when I am done with all of my current WIP’s).
I started off Tour de Fleece with a bang, getting quite a lot done. I knew I couldn’t keep up that pace though. Maybe I was overachieving to prepare for the dip in productivity during the work week?
Not bad progress for day two of the tour. Day three was a different story. Monday I got all of 5 minutes of spinning in. It was a crazy day…and with the kids and our parents coming out to Los Angeles, this week might be light on spinning time.
I’ve been trying to get other projects done too though. I decided I want to try weaving and needle felting things I love. I had a friend that was in need of a good luck charm…so I made this.
I should have taken this picture next to something else for size reference. It was tough, because it is small (I think maybe it had a 4 inch diameter). I did the weaving first, then I needle felted on top of it. I think my friend liked it. After making it, I thought of a couple of improvements I could make. I am planning on taking another shot at it, but in a bigger size.