Wednesday, 31 August 2011
Tuesday, 30 August 2011
I love it when customer's send me pictures... this is one from Pauline, who bought the above Zwartbles blend batt.
You can see she has captured the shine and beauty of the Zwartbles and retained the blended colour as a feature... I love it!
Thank you for sharing Pauline!
Monday, 29 August 2011
To join in, they simply have to do something with wool during Wool Week and the venue is anywhere! Living-room, coffee shop, beach hut, cliff top, schoolroom, library or why not put your pyjamas on and have a knit-over!
Signing up on-line at campaign for wool.org (online from mid-July) is free and entitles you to free knitting patterns from Rowan and Jamieson & Smith, the first 100 will receive a felting pack from British Wool too.
“We really want to give wool its wings and we hope that all those wool lovers will join in and make this something really great.” Bridgette Kelly at the British Wool Marketing Board said.
LoveWool UK is the exciting new promotion from the Campaign for Wool (CfW). It is a free-style event for the knitting and craft enthusiast and will happen all over the UK during this year’s Wool Week from 5th to 11th September.
The aim is to have a huge celebration of wool at a grass roots level and show the real people power behind this amazing wool promotion.
The CfW knows that many people want to show their support for HRH’s The Prince of Wales’ initiative to celebrate this fabulous natural fibre from our amazing sheep.
Saturday, 27 August 2011
Ok... I have been listing away and here is this weeks update of new stock;
1 - Sewing and embellishing Shop. I have listed lots of new equipment pieces at http://sarastexturecrafts.com/category/644-equipment.aspx These include Fiskar scissors, rotary cutters and a really good 12-in-1 tool (pictured).
2 - Knitting and Crochet shop. I've listed some smaller sundries, such as stitch markers, row counters at http://sarastexturecrafts.com/category/632-equipment.aspx and some circular bamboo needles (pictured) at http://sarastexturecrafts.com/category/631-needles.aspx
3 - Feltmaking and Spinning shop. I have listed some more fleece at http://sarastexturecrafts.com/category/592-fleece.aspx which includes some Wensleydale (pictured) and Shetland.
I also started to list some new handdyed fibres like this Finger Roving in colour Bohemia at http://sarastexturecrafts.com/products/8560--merino-silk-finger-roving-hand-dyed.aspx
There will be lots more to see next week, so do come back when you can!
Friday, 26 August 2011
If I had the time I'd be there... Fantastic courses by a very good tutor.
Bye for now,
Thursday, 25 August 2011
Wednesday, 24 August 2011
Tuesday, 23 August 2011
Monday, 22 August 2011
Sunday, 21 August 2011
I finished my demo, a spindle spun yarn in Blackberry Bush. I enjoyed spinning this and talking to new spinners as I did so.
I just want to thank everyone who came today. It was lovely to meet you.
I can see I have lots of stock to prep over the next few weeks for the website ;)
Bye for now,
Saturday, 20 August 2011
Good job really, as it gave me enough time to buy some fleece!
Then it really poured with rain, so much so I was surprised people made the effort to come... A resilient bunch, those fibre addicts!
By the afternoon all change and beautiful sun (and a hog roast bap with apple sauce), had us feeling a bit brighter.
We had a really lovely day, catching up with friends, customers and meeting new addicts... Thank you very much for coming to say 'Hi'.
Bye for now,
Thursday, 18 August 2011
I'll be honest and say I've been suffering from a headache for the last couple of weeks (I'm so over it already!), so I'm not sure how much I'll get done... But I'm hoping to work with some of the new blends I had made up this year and some carded art batts.
If you get chance pop by and see me!
Wednesday, 17 August 2011
He managed half a box, which is a great help... So thanks D!
Tuesday, 16 August 2011
Monday, 15 August 2011
I'm hoping to start finishing the ends this evening and considering which way to wash the piece. Fortunately Louise Cottey (our tutor) has given us some really good handouts, so I'm feeling in safe hands.
Thanks for sending me the photo Bev!
Sunday, 14 August 2011
I tried Herringbones, balanced and unbalanced twills. I just need to finish the piece and my sampler is complete.
My head is now full of pattern, colour and texture ideas... I just want to get a loom now! I think I'm going to get the Ashford 4-shaft table loom, possibly 60cm width.
I had a really lovely day and made sure to ask Louise Cottey (our expert tutor), if I could add her details under the community section of my website at www.SarasTextureCrafts.com ... I think it might be www.louisecottey.wordpress.com I shall add the details soon for you, as I know there were still 3 places left for the September term. I really do recommend Louise as a tutor, she is very patient, knowledgable and inspirational.
I really loved working with the small group of students too, everyone had a different approach to their weaving... Exactly the sort of mix you need for a good group... And I'm looking forward to seeing all of them next week at Fibrefest.
Bye for now,
Saturday, 13 August 2011
Later in the afternoon we started balanced twills, which I forgot to photograph. This was probably my favourite stitch patterning so far.
I also love finding that different warp designs would give us different effects with the same weft structure.
Everyone in the class has such lovely work, every one of us is quite different in our approach to colour and texture... This makes learning from each other just as inspirational as my individual journey.
Last day tomorrow :(
Friday, 12 August 2011
I'm looking forward to tomorrow as we'll get to start putting in our weft and actually weaving... Still my heads buzzing tonight, so I'll go put my feet up I think.
Thursday, 11 August 2011
We worked on our warp design first, highlighting which yarns would be suitable for warp threads and which are best for weft.
I'd made a mistake here, but hadn't noticed and moved onto the warping mill.
A huge skeining frame really...
Which required looping the yarn in certain ways to then take to my table loom. I made a second mistake here.
Here's my loom... I'm just starting to warp-up. This is where I noticed my earlier mistakes... But actually, I don't think anyone would particularly notice this and it all works out in terms of warp balance and finished warp width.
I'm really looking forward to tomorrow!
Bye for now,