Thursday, July 23, 2015

Time to STOP

Okay, that's it, I'm done with the mess! I've enjoyed the weaving so far, but the mess associated with weaving in a tapestry-esk manner is just getting to me. I really need to stop and move on to a less messy weaving style.

Time to STOP!

I am normally a very organized and tidy person. My craft areas are the exception. While I'm actually working on a project, and need things nearby, it can really get out of hand! The problem is I am usually working on several different things at once. This means that there are messes in more than one area of the house and that, working on various interests in rotation, any one particular project may have to sit for awhile waiting for me to return to it.

That's where the weaving has been for a bit. I've been distracted for the past month by spinning in the 23 day long Tour de Fleece, and when I haven't been spinning my available time has been absorbed by exploring wire wrapping techniques. The weaving room has been a disaster zone for too long. I can no longer stand walking by the open door.

I'll post an update photo in a few days.

I hope.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Al Fresco Spinning

Yesterday, after a long walk, the dogs joined me for an lovely day of "al fresco spinning".

Blissfully Peaceful

The weather was perfect! There was enough sunshine for it to be cheerful, yet a light breeze and occasional cloud cover to keep things comfortably cool. The temperature was such that a person could be comfortable in either jeans or shorts.

Under the apple tree.

To add to the ambiance the ring neck doves were cooing in the background and the gentle breeze played softly with the neighbours' wind chimes.

Monday, July 20, 2015

Glamour Shot

Trying to take a photo of a skein of yarn for posting on a forum, daily for 23 days, while hundreds of other spinners do the same, can make you stretch to find some way to make it look a bit different.

Here was today's effort. 

I actually spun most of this merino/silk blend on Day 8 but didn't get around to plying, washing, and photographing it for several days.

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Wire Wrapping Practice

It's surprisingly difficult to take a successful 'Ear Selfie'.

I have a large supply of the 22 gauge copper wire used as the base of many designs. It was coated scrap wire I received free, and just have to strip. I then only have to purchase the 28 gauge wire used for the actual wire wrapping/weaving. I've been practicing wire wrapping techniques by using this inexpensive copper wire rather than the more expensive silver. Once I'm happy with a style and technique I will do a "good" rendition in the silver.

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Thick n Thin

I spent a lovely Thursday afternoon spinning with a few guild members and finished off some fine merino-silk I had started at home a few days earlier and then moved on to this:

Day 13 Tour de Fleece

It's a corriedale roving I spun thick n thin and then plyed with a black thread. I'm very happy with it. It should look great in future weavings.

Monday, July 13, 2015

Try, Try, and Try Again

I spent much of the day playing with copper wire. I started off using a tutorial and attempting a design that required a lot of hammering. The results were ---

--- lets just say "less than optimal"! Tricky little thing. It has extra, separate pieces that have to be wired in. I see now that attempting a symmetrical design while learning wire work is not such a great idea!

When I was finished I couldn't help laughing. This looks so much like those funny Pinterest posts were the novice creates a disasterous project that looks very little like the example and then exclaims, "Nailed it!".

After finally completing the hammered medallion I decided that I don't really care for that technique and will avoid it for awhile at least. I won't say "never again", but I think a lesson or at least more wire working experience should come first.

So after dinner I moved on to wire weaving and though this piece still uses three separate base wires it all fits together a little easier.

That still doesn't mean it was EASY. Nope, I found this one difficult too. Again with the symmetry problem.

I thought it wasn't too terribly bad until I took the picture. Why is it that the camera is always so eager to point out the flaws? Looking at these photos I realize that when I transitioned from single wire wrapping to wrapping 2 wires I made the same wrapping mistake EVERY time! Sheesh! Well at least I was consistent.

I'm not giving up!           Yet.

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Day Eight

For Day 8 of the Tour de Fleece I spun the second half of the vibrant pink Superwash Merino and Tencel blend that I was working on yesterday, then made a 2ply of it.

The photo is before washing it to set it. It's in the sink now for its beauty bath.