Sonya has been doing clever things again with her yarn blending. The time away from the club is letting us sort our stashes, find old patterns, explore the myriad of things we have collected. Sonya’s new blended yarn is mixed fibres. She has the lovely ocean merino tops which she spun and plied with the colourful cotton yarn. She has plied that with some commercial acrylic and mohair yarn which she had. The result is fabulous and it will be a strong, durable yarn. We wonder what she is going to make with it? When you spin, you can spin anything. You can allow yourself to mix whatever you feel like whether it is unspun fibre or a mix of fleece and commercially spun fibres.
Maria had nearly finished her vintage jug potholder when she arrived this morning and completed it during the day. It is double sided , cotton and the colours are great. It is a clever idea. It is a bit different and it looks really good.
There are free patterns for a jug and sugar bowl potholders on antique crochet patterns.
While Marina was away she was finding ways to keep up her weaving. One idea was to use an embroidery frame, warp it up and then use yarn oddments to create a nice woven fabric. The mini loom was a chance find in an op shop. It is so small but very handy . Marina had to repair it and that was all part of the mini weaving adventure while she was away. It really is a clever little loom. She made the fabric for the needle holder on it. This little loom is totally portable and a weave anywhere kind of loom.
Plenty of lovely, well made , colourful stuff on our show and tell table this week.
John’s woven shopping bag is finished and he is working on the next one.
Wendy produced a beautifully finely spun ball of lavender tops dyed at the work shop.
Peter: the blue weaving from last week made into a large rug by Marina, and a skein warp of brightly coloured yarn ready for the next project.
Jan 3: her very finely spun cream crochet scarf finished with a lovely pearl beads edging.
Marjorie: a beret in Autumn colours, Navaho plied tops from Brenda, 2 Bionic bags in readiness for the challenge winner…
Hilary: 3 woven straps in bright cotton from the mountain Hills Tribe community in Thailand.
John brought along some of his weaving so we could have a look. It is always important to know what you can achieve . Peter and Marina have started their weaving journey and need something to aim for and to have ideas. The rest of us can just admire the neatness and the colour choices and how beautifully made these items are. Woven bags would make a good choice for sustainability and not everyone would want a bag with a flap. The scarves are colourful and lovely and would dress up any winter outfit. We especially loved the lime green and navy blue scarf.