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Where have I been ….

Where have I been is busy.  Other parts of my life had taken over my crafting and blogging time 😦 I have been trying to find a balance between all of the things in my life.

During this time I have been doing some crafting but not as much as I once was.  But I have just come back from my annual Spinners & Weavers Camp with my craft group.  Going to this has given me the spur on to actually see about doing something about my craft space and what is stopping me from using it.

But I would like to share with you some photos from the weekend

People on Camp

A small group of people but lots of fun

warping a loom using a board

This is me giving a demo of warping my loom using my warping frame

I was asked by my group if I would do a Rigid Heddle Weaving Demo on the weekend.  A lot of people had already taken up this craft but they had never seen someone use their warping board the way that I do.

Building a SampleIt with Sue

Helping Sandy to build her new SampleIt Loom from Ashford.

I was so honored that someone wanted me to introduce them to my world of Rigid Heddle Weaving. There was so much going on during the camp even a Continuous Raffle.
Continuous Raffle

4 badges made by me

A close up of the badges which you can see in the above photo. I made these by needle felting and sewing.  I had a lot of fun making these; this is a new craft that I have taken up lately.  Yes I know I didn’t really need another new craft but it uses stuff I already have from my other crafts.

MY OTHER thing – fixing up my craft area.
Yes I know I only just did some updates to this area not so long ago but this didn’t fully fix the problems that I was having.  This is also another reason I haven’t uploaded much lately.  When I am in my crafting space I just don’t feel inspired or really want to be in that space.  So my Hubby and I are currently trying to figure out a better solution for me.  I need to be able to craft but also feel comfortable while doing it.  A lot of my stuff I have done lately has been at our dining table and this can not continue.

I will try and upload some more in the not too distant future.  Until next time I wish you all some wonderful crafting time.

From
Tracy B

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A help or hinderance?

 

Hello Everyone,I am back today to share with you a couple of photos of my latest large loom project that I am in the process of working on.  And someone who likes to sit with me while I loom.
My HelperOk so it is not a person.
This is our 7mth old Budgerigar Sapphire.  She loves to hang out with the family no matter what we are doing.  But she has gotten more bolder of late – jumping from our shoulder onto the table or as you can see from the photos she has started climbing down onto my weaving. It is just nice that she wants to be with us.

But anywho onto the actual project that i am working on ….

Cream & Beige ShawlThis is a Cream & Beige Shawl that I am working on at present.  This is actually being made for my Prayer Shawl Gifts that I do.  I know who it is being made for but at the moment I am unsure as to why God chose this person to be a recipient of one of my shawls.  But I suppose I don’t always need to know why – I would just like to know thats all.

The shawl is being made with 7 different types of yarns.  Once I started to do the weft yarns. I realized I should have used a bigger heddle for some of the yarns that I am using in the warp.  But so far it is turning out quite well.  Once I am finished I will put an updated photo here.

But I just want to say thanks for taking the time to stop by my blog and looking at my creations.  And to let me know that you stopped on by today and what you thought of my creation, why not leave me a comment below.  I love to hear what people think of my creations – feedback is how I improve my craft.  And my final thought for you today is:  That I hope you find yourself doing something you love.

Hugs & Blessings Always
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A new loom for Me

My newest loom – a Ashford SampleIt Loom.
This loom was an early Anniversary Present from my Hubby.
(Celebrating 18 years … 🙂 )

This is a photo of me in the process of building the loom
DSCN0907I found it quite hard to screw the screws by hand so I used my Husbands Power Drill – so much easier.

Of course after it was put together I had to put a project onto it.  Couldn’t leave it bare now could I? … Could I?
1stProject 15Sept13The Warp is a pure green yarn and the Weft is a combination of two yarns as I found that I didn’t have enough of the multl-coloured bobble yarn for the whole of the weft.  Morale of story is to buy more yarn than you think you will need as I went back to where I bought the yarn originally and they had sold out of this particular colour.  So I found a varigated yarn that had similar colours in it to the bobbles.  I am happy with how the project is going.

I will post an update to this post once I have finished the project.
Here is my UPDATE – Wednesday 25th September, 2013.
This is the first time I have had time to update this post with a picture of my finished scarf.   It has been washed and I have cut off the joining threads.  I am really happy with how this has turned out.
1stProject Off the Loom

Thanks for taking the time to stop by my blog and looking at my creations.  And to let me know that you stopped on by today and what you thought of my creation, why not leave me a comment below.  I love to hear what people think of my creations – feedback is how I improve my craft.  And my final thought for you today is:  That I hope you find yourself doing something you love.

Hugs & Blessings Always
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Purple is my Colour

Hi Everyone,Wow this is my second post for today.
But I wanted to share with you one of my finished Loom projects.
Tablet Cover Aug2013I am really happy with how this turned out.
This project was actually an experiment only because I wanted to see how Crochet Cotton & my Fuzzy yarn would go on loom. I put the Crochet Cotton as my Warp thread & used Purple acrylic yarn and my Fuzzy yarns as my Weft threads.

I am looking forward to experimenting more with what can be done on my Ashford Knitters Loom.  But I have also decided to save up for their smaller Samplet Loom.  I would like to have one of these as these are the perfect size for scarves and I could work on this as we travel places and other places as well 🙂  But this would also leave my larger loom to have bigger projects on it.

On my loom at the moment is another experiment – a tartan.  I have noticed that I haven’t done the pattern properly going up the weft so I will need to try doing this again.  But it is all a learning process and I am having a lot of fun.

Thanks for taking the time to stop by my blog and looking at my creations.  Don’t forget that if I mention any products in my posts, and you are interested in buying these, I will always direct link to where you are able to purchase them if they are still available. And to let me know that you stopped on by today and what you thought of my creation, why not leave me a comment below.  I love to hear what people think of my creations – feedback is how I improve my craft.  And my final thought for you today is that you find yourself doing something you love.

Hugs & Blessings Always
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A Foray into Weaving

On Saturday 27th July 2013 I purchased a
Ashford Knitters Loom
from a lovely lady, Lindy Boshler, from Margate, QLD.

Loom Set Up( Me sitting on the floor reading the manual on how to Warp Up)

The reason for me purchasing this loom is because I think I am getting arthritis in my fingers which has been hampering my knitting endeavors of late 😦  Actually most of my crafting has been affected which is why I haven’t been online of late.

One of the things I love about the Ashford Knitters Loom is that I can take this loom with me when I go to places. So I will be able to take this with me to my Friday Morning Crafters Group and I will also be able to take it with us when we go on holidays as well.  I am going to have to figure out what I can do in other situations.

But onto my first project.  I had bought some Autumn Variegated Wool Yarn and also some Green and Fawn Acrylic Yarn with me when I knew I would be buying the loom.  So once I got the loom set up & I read through the warping instructions I set up the loom on a small table & placed a dining chair the distance away from the loom as specified by the manual.

The next step was to start the warpinWarping the Loomg process.  This was a little tedious but it had to be done and once it was done I could get onto the fun part of working the AuWorking the Wefttumn Variegated Wool Yarn across the weft.

I had to learn how to work the loom and how to manipulate the tools as well.  But I had so much fun doing this and starting to learn this new craft.

I worked on this for most of Saturday night and then I worked on it on Sunday afternoon as well and I finished the project. 😀

A scarf which measures 162cms (64inches) which if I would be knitting the project would have taken at least a week if not more for me to complete has taken just over a day.  Of course this was over a weekend so once I am doing this during the week this will slow down I think. But I cant wait to get on with my next project.

Autumn Scarf July 2013My finished project.  I am quite happy with how it has turned out but of course there are things that I don’t like about it but these are technical things which I think will get better as I do more projects.

Thanks for taking the time to stop by my blog and looking at my creations.  Don’t forget that if I mention any products in my posts, and you are interested in buying these, I will always direct link to where you are able to purchase them if they are still available. And to let me know that you stopped on by today and what you thought of my creation, why not leave me a comment below.  I love to hear what people think of my creations – feedback is how I improve my craft.  And my final thought for you today is that you find yourself doing something you love.

Hugs & Blessings Always
My Name