Tuesday, 31 January 2012
Monday, 30 January 2012
I'm one very happy and relaxed Lady!
Thursday, 26 January 2012
Wednesday, 25 January 2012
Beautifully crafted and brightly coloured I'm thrilled with it... It works like a dream, holding my pre-drafted fibre as I spin. It's perfect for taking out with me on days out, spinning groups and shows.
I noticed that the seller also had rainbow crochet hooks... I need to nudge myself into learning that this year. Then I can add the hooks to my Christmas list (Cheeky, eh?!)
The next podcast is up at http://sarastexturecrafts.podbean.com/2012/01/23/episode-7-a-new-year/
It's been a slow start and a long time since I last podcast, so here's an update about where I'm at and why I was absent from the audio show.
Don't forget you can also find me on iTunes at http://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/dreaming-in-fibre/id438666862?ign-mpt=uo%3D4
I'm looking into getting this uploaded to the Android system and possible future videocasts too!
Monday, 23 January 2012
Free entry and lots of activities for families meant lots of people, but fortunately the refurbishment is such that it didn't feel tight for space. All the rooms had such a lovely light and airy feel and the exhibits were well thought through and some interactive.
Of course I found myself being drawn more to the textile pieces that were woven, beaded or embroidered more than most... But there's so much to see I think I could be inspired by something different each time I go.
This is a Back-strap loom weaving that is part complete. It was made in Guatemala in the 1980s.
Isn't it wonderfully vibrant?! It has made me think I should revisit for some more direct inspiration for my next weave... And weaving against a dark colour could be something to consider.
This is a Chaka Spinning Wheel (the original design of which was commissioned by Gandhi). I still haven't quite mastered mine... Maybe I should have another go?
I also came across this loom reed from Japan (I think). You might not pick it up from the photo, but all along the face of the reed there are beautiful carved designs... I'd loved to have seen the original loom.
I got the feeling every now and again... While I was taking the occasional photo... That I was being watched...
Who is that man following me?!
To be honest I'm surprised I didn't loose Darrin to some of the children's activities... I usually do!
What have you been up to this weekend?
Bye for now,
Friday, 20 January 2012
Shop Update 20th Jan 2012
New Handspun yarns are in store at http://sarastexturecrafts.com/category/625-saras-texture-crafts-knitting-yarn-indie-dyer.aspx. I do have some more and will add these in the next shop update, which I hope to be a twice monthly thing from now on. These are made using my own fibres and include blends.
I also managed to relist a Free Tutorial at http://sarastexturecrafts.com/category/9831-tutorials-and-classes.aspx. Again, I have more to add and will list these in the next update.
Finally there are some more half price commercial yarns in the sale at http://sarastexturecrafts.com/category/563-sale.aspx, along with some patterns too.
Don't forget I am holding prices at 2011 rates for the whole of January! Also I shall be offering a free copy of Ashford's magazine 'The Wheel' to anyone who spends £30 or over, while stocks last.
Next Update Due: 3rd of Feb!
Thursday, 19 January 2012
I have to say not everything needed was in the kit and some replacement items gave me a different look... But all in all it made me smile!
What are you making today?
Tuesday, 17 January 2012
Thinking I need to set something up... I hate that the loom looks so empty!
Bye for now,
Friday, 13 January 2012
It was so lovely to see everyone's smiley faces and to meet a few new ones too... I'm really determined to get to every meeting this year.
I also had a few lovely surprises, as some had finished their projects with fibre they had brought from me. This is Sarah... She spun and knitted this beautiful scarf from my Merino and Silk blend, colour 'Dawn'.
Isn't it fab... It's so soft and warming I was tempted to grab it and run away with it!
This is Marian. She spun and knitted this fabulous Cardigan from my limited edition Merino blend, colour Autumn Woodland. I think it could easily be worn as a coat too and I really wanted to try it on and curl up in it!
These ladies have definitely inspired me to get some new blends made up.
The last hour or so we had a demo on Shetland Lace Spinning. Dodie had put together a wonderful display of photos, books and samples.
She talked us through preparation and showed us just how fine a Shetland lace yarn needs to be.
Here are samples of yarn, fleece and charts.
This is two ply Shetland lace yarn... It's so fine it hurt your eyes just trying to see the plys!
Here's a knit sample...
I loved every minute and really enjoyed Dodie's enthusiasm... You can tell she owns a flock of these beautiful sheep.
I don't think I'll be able to spin that fine personally, not on the wheel at least... Although on a lighter spindle I might manage it. I feel all creative now!
Have a great weekend!
Bye for now,
Thursday, 12 January 2012
An hour, good TV and some wool... makes for blissful needlefelting!
Wednesday, 11 January 2012
Crazy Price Promise!
I am holding prices at 2011 rates for the whole of January! Utterly crazy in some cases, but think of this as a bit of a recession busting gift... It's looking like a tough year economically, so here's my offer of help.Don't forget if you are a Club Member you can also save your loyalty points for later purchases.Also I shall be offering a free copy of Ashford's magazine 'The Wheel' to anyone who spends £30 or over, while stocks last.
Shop now at www.SarasTextureCrafts.com
Monday, 9 January 2012
Thank you so much for bearing with me during my time off... I am back now and ready for a new year at Sara's Texture Crafts!
I am currently working my way through orders and emails, but hope to get a full update for you by the end of the week.
Wednesday, 4 January 2012
Tuesday, 3 January 2012
Monday, 2 January 2012
I hope you all had a good Christmas? A fun filled New Year celebration?
I may blog, or tweet from my phone in the next week if I feel up to starting any new craft projects... Or just reach out for a chat if I'm feeling a bit bored (as D goes back to a full week of work this week), so please keep me company!
Here's to a brighter new year...