Christine brought along her sprang woven bag today to show us. She loved it and we loved it. We loved the colours and then we loved the texture and look of it. It was good to see something she had finished in her sprang weaving because we could see what a visual impact it had and then we could see how nice that little bag was. It’s a good skill to have and then not so hard to manage as a heddle loom. We can now properly visualise the possibilities of sprang weaving.
Crochet mandalas are very popular . It’s the colours peole use and then the visual impact. Great way to use up oddments, spend a happy rainy afternoon or have an on the go project which fills in small amounts of time when you want a break from bigger things. Mandalas look different in home spun wool or yarn. The pattern definition is not as stark and it will look more like a watercolour. Commercial yarn is very even and doesn’t have the texture. You use what you want to create the visual effect which suits your project. They can be framed, used as cushions or bags. They can go on the back of jackets or be grown into blankets or table covers. They are pleasing to the eye and this mandala is a good way to start.
We have all been there. We have bits of roving and slightly felted fleece which we’ve dyed and we want to use it . It can be fully felted and made into something new. It can also be carded and reworked so that it makes a stunning wool batt. You have random colours and so you have a colour challenge and colour surprises all at once. You can always add silk or sparkle to liven it all up if that suits your purposes. It’s a nice challenge, especially for a day when you are stuck indoors because of the weather. Your stash is revitalised and the ideas will come. 🙂
Christine brought along her crochet blanket kit on Monday. We just loved it. We loved the mandalas, the grannie squares, the colours , the look. It is vibrant and has such a high visual appeal. It is painstaking work and is taking time but Christine likes that sort of a challenge. This will be a stunning blanket when it is finished. It is already impressive.