Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Making spindles!

I thought I would post a quick couple of pictures of some spindles I have been making recently! This is the season of sparkle and I certainly haven't limited myself with the glitter! 

People tell me my fibre blends are like unicorn hair... Well these look like fairy wands! 

Ive started using a more shock resistant resin for my spindles, which will be much better for newbies to learn on. I'm really pleased with how they have turned out

I've also made two art yarns from hand carded batts, they really compliment each other well. 

It is a really busy time for me in my shop at the moment- lots of Christmas orders to post out and custom orders to finish. I'm looking forward to some quiet time with my spinning wheel in the new year. 

Monday, 17 March 2014

This week I have been a busy spring bee.  Not only have I been working hard getting things ready for wonderwool, but I've been doing it sporting a beehive hairstyle (my current hairstyle obsession) so I think that counts doubly towards me being a busy spring bee!

So, I've been making some lovely spindles whorls for the show, concentrating on using up some pressed flowers that I gathered last summer from my garden.

They are looking really pretty! I've also been experimenting with embedding pictures in my resin- I can't wait to show you the results. I've made spindles with maps in, illustrations and vintage fabric... 

I've also been spinning and dyeing yarn for my shop. Since I've got my new addition to my fleet (Maple the Lendrum) you cant stop me! 
The weather has been wonderful for drying yarn outside too.

I've also been really enjoying reading a retro favourite - "a country diary of an Edwardian lady" recently. I love comparing the way spring unfolds in 1902 compared with today, and learning wildflower names at the same time. Spring is about a month ahead right now! 

Saturday, 8 March 2014

I am so excited to announce that I will be at Wonderwool in Wales this April! I will be in stand W7 in hall three with my gorgeous fibre blends, roving, locks yarns and if course my brand new range of resin spindles. Eeeeeep I'm so excited! 

This is the first time I will be showing at wonderwool, so if you are going come and say hello to help ease my nerves! 

Here's what's been on my carder this week:

A Caribbean Ocean of fibre

And Watery Mermaid batts... Perhaps I'm dreaming of holidays by the sea!

Id also like to introduce you to my new wheel! This is Maple, my preloved Lendrum. Isn't she a beauty? 

I'd been struggling spinning lace weight on a single treadle on my Ashford Joy for a year or so and lusting over new wheels, then up pops a bargain on Ravelry that I couldn't say no too! So, Maple has joined my fleet of spinning wheels! 
I think I will have to sell my lovely Joy, even though she was my first wheel, but for now I have them both safely tucked away in my cottage! 

 I've lots planned for the show season ahead, lots of dyeing, carding and spinning, as well as thinking about making a series of learn to spin vids for YouTube! 

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