Stay Tuned For Change

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For those who have been loyal followers I’ve been gone for a while. I will be back soon with a new name and probably a new blog. Having a philosophical difference with WordPress and will probably be moving my writings. Look for information on Tricraftual which is the name that I will be using.  See you soon


Sunday Recap

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Well I did a lot this week. Attempted to make felt again and decided that Alpaca is a great medium to use. It felted easily. Still need some work with a pro and hope that I will be taking a class the beginning of May.

Small felted pouch made with natural Alpaca and wool

I also got the hang at least the basics with the bloom loom. I am going to use the flowers to embellish the  little bag I made this week for my granddaughter.

Grand Daughters bag with flowers from bloom loom

I made some smaller flowers which I am going to add to the vest that I made the grand daughter.

smaller flowers from bloom loom

I also made a small pouch with Poem yarn that I intend to full and use as a business card holder.

Small wool pouch

A pretty productive week I think!

Felting? Well sort of.

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Okay I am still learning to make felt and I still haven’t had the opportunity to take a class from a “professional” yet. So today I used my Alpaca from North Star Alpaca. I added some embellishments with felt I purchased from one of the big “arts & crafts” stores. The Alpaca felted like a dream! It was like magic. The little designs however really didn’t adhere to the main bag. I tried to put them on at the beginning of the process and took them off. I put them on after the main fabric began to felt. Some of them felted some didn’t.

small felted pouch

Then I made a jelly roll with multiple layers of wool felt and the alpaca. Ultimately I am going to cut it into circles and maybe make jewelry, I’m not sure.

okay so it looks more like a felted snake

Anyway baby steps at this time. I will continue to experiment on my own and I am hoping to take a class soon. I will be ordering more Alpaca in the near future.

Monday A Fiber Diet

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I am so excited. I received my first order of Alpaca fiber today. I ordered it from Maple at North Star Alpacas.  The package was waiting for me when I came home this evening and I can’t wait to do something with it. The package smelled good and the natural colors of the fiber have me thinking of things to do. Much more to follow!

Cute label on my package from North Star Alpaca
My Alpaca fiber sampler bag

Saturday Research Felted Soap

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For the last few Saturdays I have talked about the process of taking wool from sheep to felt. We have covered some of the basics  of cleaning and combing the fibers. I will get back to some of the basic information but today I want to talk about felting soap. This is supposed to be a simple project that gives you a bar of soap encased in a scrubby. Great for dirty hands or for exfoliating other areas of the body. All of the things that I’ve read say that the wool will continue to felt as you run the bar of soap through hot water. When the soap is used up you can keep the little scrubby for personal or cleaning use. Halcyon Yarns actually sells a kit and made a video on felted soap rocks. The kit provides fiber in blends of gray that looks like rock. They shave bars of soap into rock shapes and felt them. Cute idea! Anyway I think that I will try this and let you know how it comes out. If you want to see the video click on this link  Halcyon Yarns.

Sunday Weekly Recap

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Another busy week! I don’t have a lot to show for it though. Part of what I do every week lately is research. I stated earlier that I have barely broken the seal on the book Uniquely Felt by Christine White. There is so much to learn from this book.  I will find the time this week to do some more reading.

I finished my fulled make-up clutch bag but now I think I’ll find some other use for it.

Fulled clutch bag

Last fall I got a pattern that some ladies from my lys KnitKnack had used to knit and full a purse. I bought the yarn and never got to it. I started it this week with some alterations on my part. I added rows to the base of the bag which meant I had to pick up lots more stitches than the pattern called for. I was using my Denise interchangeable knitting needle and because I was using Malabrigo Rasta  super bulky yarn and a needle that was  too small,  I had to keep tugging my stitches. Anyway around ten rows into the body of the bag I heard the unmistakable snap and realized that I had snapped the end off of the cable. I cannot find a cable long enough to slip into place and I don’t have another circular that I can use. Stalled! In the past this would have caused me to obsess and not be able to do anything until I could replace the cable. So I’ve grown some. I am venting about it now but I have moved on for the time being. Hopefully I can get a new circular in the next few days and pick up where I left off. I really love the Malabrigo Rasta yarn.

Malabrigo Rasta in Arco Iris coloway

Think I’m going to try to felt some soap this week. Stay tuned.

Saturday From Sheep to Felt Part 5 Dyeing

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I have been going step by step through the fleece to felt process. At this juncture the yarn is clean and carded so the next step would be to dye the fiber if you want different colors. Personally, I will probably be a buyer not a dyer. It sounds very glamorous but if I allow my mind and more importantly my body to lead me in too many directions something is bound to suffer. I was “gung-ho” about  dyeing yarn for a brief minute. I did one hank of yarn and realized that this could be a full time job.

Yarn hand dyed using natural dyes

I understand the fiber artists that do the whole thing themselves and if I was supporting myself with my art maybe I would do this. For me now buying dyed fiber is the way to go. There are things that could change my mind, we’ll see.