Tuesday, July 30, 2013

New Clothes From Old

My latest obsession... errrr, I mean pastime, has been upcycling clothing. 
When I go to thrift stores these days I look for clothing made of nice fabrics, specially linen. I don't care if they fit cos I'll transform into something that does. 

Here are the latest creations !

The two on the left are linen. They were both long shift type dresses in their former life. I was able to cut off the bottom and add panels in the sides. The cotton top on the right was cute, but too short. I added some extra layers to make it a length I like.

I also look for skirts that could become tops. Three of these were skirts that I sewed onto the top part of tee shirts I had lying around. The red one had part of a tee shirt added to the bottom.

This was really fun and I would like to think I've saved a few pieces of clothing from the landfill.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Some Weaving Has Occurred !!

I thought I'd post a few finished woven objects, just so you know I'm not a total slacker.
First one is a woven scarf. 
I was experimenting with using a very stretchy cotton in some of the warp threads which would ruffle when I took it off the loom and ruffle it did !

I was pleased with how the experiment turned out and will definitely try this again. I love it when I have an idea that actually turns out the way I wanted it to. (Not always the case if you take a look at the drawer of failed experiments, haha !!)

Continuing my obsession with finding new life for used coffee cans I found this idea of weaving around objects. Very simple, you make holes, top and bottom, thread the warp through the holes and using thread scraps, weave under and over the warp threads. Will definitely try this again on some other recycled containers.

Last item, also woven off loom, as it were, is a screen I made out at the cabin. I used maple sticks which I wove into the nylon thread warp. It was fun to work outside with the the trees and a couple of sticks as my loom.

Now I just have to finish the two items languishing on my looms at home !
That's it for now.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013


When we got down to the cabin today we were happy to see some trees had been cut down.
One particularly was a problem. Here it is before.

And here is the after.

Here is what remains of a big old cedar that was behind the cabin, much more light now !

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

A W♡♡LLY Day

Spent a day full with wool today.
On the left is some I am sorting ready  to wash. On the right is some Babydoll Southdown fleece from our ram Womble, washed up already.

And into the wash it goes. This is Kirby's fleece. He is our Babydoll/romney wether.

I also carded some of this nice Suffolk fleece that I got from Steve during this year's shearing extravaganza, (with Johanna Walker). It has lovely subtle grey and silver tones. The pic doesn't really show it very well.

And lastly I got to hang out with BUNS, and they are pretty woolly too !!