Archive for ‘spinning’

May 3, 2013

Spring Garden and Leisure Show Ardingly 2013

Last years show was one of the wettest on record and was literally a wash out for many of the traders. This year it looks like the sun is paying us visit and I may well need a sunhat & suncream. The East Sussex Guild Weavers,Spinners & Dyers will as usual be demonstrating their skills with members from other local guilds. We will be in a marquee near the alpaca show.Image

I will be there on Sunday demonstrating needle felting and broomstick crochet.

The show is also open on Bank Holiday Monday.

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December 10, 2012

Tasty hats for the holidays!

Super cute and completely unique these delightful hats will bring smiles all round. Each one is different, hand crafted with love. Just like our edible British Christmas puddings these come complete with brandy butter on top and a sprig of holly.
In 3 different sizes
For the little one
hat no 1
For mum or big sister
Hat no 2
For Dad or big brother
Hat no 3

December 3, 2012

Christmas Gifts for spinners and felt makers

Just a couple more seasonally packaged mixed fibre ‘crackers’.A perfect gift for anyone starting out on their felting journey. Lots of colourways to choose from in the etsy shop.
Ingredients of Lido
Lido cracker
Ingredients of pink & white
Pink & White Marshmallow cracker

November 30, 2012

‘Christmas cracker’ fibre gift packs

I created a few of these last year and they were very popular so this year I started early and made even more. 6 area already winging their way accross the pond to the US.
Each ‘cracker’ is packed with a hand dyed selection of fleece, tops, silk, locks and tencel.
A fabulous gift for anyone who loves to spin or make felt. For those hard to please people on your list. Here are a couple to whet your appetite!
Peaches & cream cracker
Ingredients of Peaches & cream
Proud peacock cracker
Ingredients Proud peacock

July 20, 2012

My entry for the Rare Breed show on Sunday

Finished in record time, I’m usually still knitting the night before the show. I spun up and plied 108m of Jacob wool into a DK weight yarn for the basket of this tea cosy and odds ‘n’ ends of dyed Wensleydale for the crocheted flowers. Sewing the 30 or so flowers on was time consuming but then when you spin the yarn to make something it does take time! I have many vintage knitting patterns and this was really appealing, I changed it slightly and crocheted the flowers rather than make them with the tool it recommended. Voila, one very sweet tea cosy for a little tea pot! Guaranteed to keep the tea hot!
Flower basket tea cosy
Flower basket tea cosy

November 18, 2011

Knitwit Originals branding

Knitlewes54 has changed it’s name to KnitwitDesignsUK on etsy, same fabulous stock just a new name.
Lots of Christmas cards and cup cosies upcycled from woolly jumpers and handmade hats and mitts for all the family.
KnitwitOriginalsUK for all your spinning and knitting supplies. Blythe doll collectors will find beautiful curly fleece for re-rooting the hair.
http://www.etsy.com/shop/KnitwitDesignsUK
http://www.etsy.com/shop/KnitwitOriginalsUK
Barbie pink

October 22, 2011

Teeswater curly locks for Blythe doll hair

The beautiful fleeces I purchased in Yorkshire are in the process of being transformed into lustrous colourful locks. It’s time consuming, washing the fleeces but what a transformation! I’m especially loving the way the Teeswater morphs into these amazing spirals.
I’ve dyed about 8 different batches now, the falling leaves and pewter have to be my favourites so far, although the Barbie pink locks have been popular with Blythe doll collectors. I had never heard of Blythe dolls until a lady in Thailand purchased some locks and I inquired as to what she was going to do with them (I’m nosy I know). Anyway she sent me pics of the first doll to be re-rooted and she was so cute I could see why they are collected around the world. My pink curls made for stunning ‘hair’.
The washed and undyed curls of the Masham will make great beards for Santa and the natural black Wensleydale will be great for felted gnomes. It’s great when buyers show me what they have done with the fleece, I have a better understanding then of their needs.
Of course all the locks can be spun into a worsted yarn or woven on a peg loom or tapestry frame.
Barbie pink
Goldilocks

September 11, 2011

Masham Sheep Fair 24th and 25th Sept 2011

This fair promises to be the highlight of my year. To date, the Brighton Mini Maker Faire is far and away the best event of the year for me but I’m really looking forward to getting away from it all and having a mini holiday with my friend Pat. Now Pat is not a spinner and is not into wool at all so this may come as a bit of a shock to her. We are sharing the driving, I’ve probably not driven that far since I drove from Arizona to Tennessee a millenium ago but I’m up for the challenge, and so is Pat. I intend to enter Jacko the giant pumpkin in the competition, there is a class for an interior design article, I think he qualifies!
For more info about the fair check out
http://www.mashamsheepfair.com/

August 22, 2011

Gorgeous colours from nature

Dyeing is still in progress, the mulberries are still falling so I’m still picking them up. Had good results with weld, golden rod and buddleia, some lovely yellows and golds and all the berries are giving me pinks, purples and lavender shades. Most surprising is what happens if you add a little copper sulphate crystals to the pan with the plant liquor. Also found that stronger colours occur when sea salt is added to the dye pot liquor. More buddleia, golden rod, mulberries to come.
dyes from nature
dyes from nature

August 6, 2011

Time for dyeing-the natural way

With summer in full swing now is the time to gather dyestuffs from round and about. Next doors mulberrys are dropping to the ground and getting soggy in this rain so I have nip round there during a dry spell to pick them up. The first batch produced a lovely pinky mauve on silk and alpaca. Yesterday at Bentley Wildfowl I was allowed to pick some Golden Rod which has given me some lovely citrusy yellow on Falkland Island tops. A pound or so of elderberries has turned 100gms of Falkland Island tops a lovely mauve and the exhaust from the Golden Rod and elderberries is still in the pot with another 100gm of F.I.tops.
My earlier dye session this week turned out very blue, not with natural dyes I hasten to add but some vintage ICI dyes. I mixed some blue with red hoping to achieve purple but it all came out blue! It is on the lavender side of blue and I have a lot of blue wool, yarn and tops.
from one dye pot
wool and tencel