First of all – a very happy, colourful and creative 2017 for everyone!
My parents gave me some money for Christmas “to buy something nice”. At our last craft market of 2016 I had seen a fellow stallholder using a little square loom and was intrigued. My not very mathematical head would most certainly struggle to figure out how to set up a really big loom but something small and simple could be fun. The woman I saw using her little loom recommended “Wild Colours”, a company based in Birmingham UK which specialises in Natural Dyes and, amongst other things, sells Hazel Rose Looms in various sizes. I ordered a 3.5 inch quilt weavers loom which arrived in time for Christmas and it got me going. Here are my first results.
Coasters from Herdwick wool bought in the Lake District last summer.
Squares from Shetland Wool. I want to sew them together to make a cushion cover but needed to order more yarn to complete the project. Once finished I will post a photo (provided it looks presentable).
And another set of coasters. Herdwick weave and Shetland border before (front) and after (back) washing and blocking.
I would like to felt the squares after weaving. Maybe I make a slightly bigger loom myself to get squares that are still large enough for coasters after felting. And I want to try out different yarns. There is certainly room for experimentation and improvement. The weather being rather gloomy at the moment makes it easy to spend time in my workshop.
After a busy summer season with guests, friends visiting, craft markets and work on various little projects around house and garden, I was looking forward to having more time in my workshop. In wet and windy weather as well as on crisp sunny days, it feels like a real privilege to be able to retreat to my cosy shed, spread my stuff and start playing. I would like to come up with a few new things for next year’s markets to enhance my own creative repertoire, keep the locals interested and provide something new to discover for everyone.
Some people are natural crafters and makers. Everything they make just looks perfect and neat and very inventive. The Twisted Yarn (her posts are absolutely delightful and always make me smile) is one such natural and I love her work. I am definitely not a natural but I am learning by making, benefitting from all those generous people who share their tips and tricks online.
Some of the things I have made recently. Upcycled biscuit tins, pencil pots and gift boxes, small crocheted bowls, knitted napkin rings, purses, fingerless mittens and wristwarmers, felted sheep and keyrings, pin cushions and Christmas decorations …
In the past I had “painterly periods” in which I experimented a little bit with water colours and pastels but I haven’t touched any colours for years. Thinking about new products for the markets, I thought I would like to have a go at making paste papers. After some inspirational research online I made a start yesterday. These are my first results.
Maybe a little “chaotic” but I quite like them, whether they get used for anything or not. Will definitely do some more and see where it takes me.
This autumn and winter has been rather nice so far, frosty and not too windy. We even had a day or two of snow! Change is forecast for the next few days. Time to go back to the workshop.