Today I had hoped to share about another big project finish, and pair it with a podcast too. But TJ & I are putting finishing touches on the podcast, so that will be for Monday coming up! In the meantime, a mix of things, and looking ahead...
For fun, at the top and above is a peek of the corner of our living room where a LOT of the creativity happens. We have a big table, which I'm so thankful for, as it means anything from small to big projects of all kind can be worked on it. And in late summer it makes a great spot for drying herbs and lavender. Making and/or wrapping Christmas presents. All sorts... This table has been a great companion through the years!
It's been heavy on the fiber here... And it will be for a while to come! During the autumn and winter ahead, among some creative plans, I hope to try my hand at some simple yarn spinning using a handheld drop spindle. This week the spindle I ordered arrived! After a lot of research and looking around online, I ordered this simple drop spindle starter kit from A Little Bit Sheepish via Etsy. This is a great beginner spinning kit that includes a hand crafted wooden top whorl spindle, 100 grams (about 1/4 lb/3.5 oz) of British Bluefaced Leicester wool spinning fiber, and a leaflet of instructions to get started spinning! The wool smells sooo good... sooo sheepy!
And... I'd also like to learn tablet weaving (often called card weaving in the US), an ancient craft. It is a simple weaving method, which produces a narrow work--for belts, braid, trim, etc. I've gathered a few supplies. The wooden tablets, wooden weaving shuttle, as well as the woven braid pictured above are materials I purchased from Vytu Vatu, a Lithuanian shop, via Etsy, which offers beautiful handmade tools for weaving, as well as woven braids and bands. The tasseled woven belt I purchased is something like I hope to be able to weave. I bought it to study the construction, and to wear too! I've not started this craft yet, but plan to soon.
More fiber delight in the form of gifts in the mail from my dear friend Melanie! She knit for me this BEAUTIFUL pair of fingerless mitts with wonderful tree motif... How gorgeous are these??!! I can't wait for the cool days of autumn to use these! THANK YOU, Melanie! :)
And Melanie also sent me an amazing assortment of bits of wool roving from her own stash... Something to practice my soon-to-be spinning with??!!
Do you have any plans for the autumn (spring) ahead??!! Wishing you all a HAPPY WEEKEND!! :)))