A full moon and one thread

The blood moon is supposed to bring on imminent doom. I believe it!!! The other morning I saw the wretched red moon and thought cool, in hind sight I should have just gone back to bed!
In the studio one stray thread wrapped itself behind the race of the bobbin, here below is how I spent my day:

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7 hours later, tears, laughter and then just letting it go until the next day, everything is in working order and back together.
So moral of the story, clean out your machines of lint and stray threads, and never do anything important on a blood moon !!!

To make up for the very-bad-no-good-day, I dyed up a batt of the left over Tunis from this past weekend. I used a food coloring idea and at first I wasn’t as thrilled as was expected to be.The colors mixed up too much…..I had picked okra and two small eggplants and the colors really were beautiful and I tried to create that. It didn’t work like I planned
But then I took it for a spin this morning and ohhhh I’m happy!!

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So when a problem happens, give it time and work through it. What we say in our house, “work will win when worrying won’t!”

Fall festival yarn

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I forgot to post a picture of the yarn I spun at brookgreen. I plyed it today and it didn’t turn out too bad. Very fall-ish!

Fall festival at Brookgreen gardens

Our spinners group is invited to spin as part if the fall celebration at Brookgreen Gardens. Now if you know nothing about Brookgreen gardens google it quick. I’ll wait!! In short it’s heaven!

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We are down in the zoo area in the Campbell center and I got there early to hog this table space for myself!

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Ok I seriously need want this sturdy basic outdoor tall table, but that’s beside the point. I demonstrated a cleaned fleece and the processes just to get it to the spinning wheel. So I talked picking, carding, combing, hackling, dizing, dyeing and now I’m pooped out!!! Every year after this event we have more recruits for our group which we all say ” another one falling down the rabbit hole!” We all blame Pam! Here’s some pictures

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A raw ram fleece

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It’s something to see a bunch of women with spinning wheels and drum carders piled on a golf cart!

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Great weekend, thanks girls! Anyone in the area on October 16th downtown Conway public library 11-1 and lunch to follow at Grady’s Yum! Here’s a sneak peak of dessert

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Indigo part 2

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So yesterday I got brave and tried dying locks of Romney wool flleece.
I put about one pound of soaked cleaned raw locks in a plastic strainer type bucket and placed in my vat of indigo I regret to say I forgot to take a photo then. Indigo smells so bad I just forgot due to holding my breath.
I am so excited to see how it looks spun so I am spinning straight from the dried locks

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As I progress more I will post more. Yay!!! I can’t even figure out how I got so many colors from all the same locks, same number of drippings in the vat, and basically the same in everything. I did not stir the vat or move any locks to be careful not to add oxygen to the vat so maybe the bottom locks took more indigo than the top layer of locks? Just a curious happening, but sorta cool!

Scrappy yarn

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Isn’t this a cool looking yarn. Ok, first you’ll need some left over yarns. I used ribbon, eyelash, and novelty yarns in bright bold colors.

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I wound a ball of the mix-matched yarns by winding a little (say a yard or so) of one color, cut the yarn and tie on one or two yarns from another yarn and wind. Cut off at about a yard and then repeat in random fashion winding a colorful ball.

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You could just use that yarn as is now to knit a fun scarf but I plyed that lovely yarn with a couple of solids to give it more substance.

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I did this on my wheel, but you could just as easily taken the four yarns and tie them together and wound a ball. You wouldn’t have the added twist so you would have to watch when winding and using the yarn in a project for knotting.
I chose to weave it on my simple loom with the left over warp yarns from a previous project.

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Now here’s the cool part. Maybe I have 2 hours in this project!
Have a great day!!

Funky yarn

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This is a yarn I played last night. I coiled one of the singles around the other two. I think I will weave this into scarf

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I just picked this book up from the library today and I can’t wait to start. The photographs are like a holiday already!!!

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I want to finish this pillow before I start my book. I double hooped the top of the pillow to make the words as large as the actual pillow. The fabric piece is an 19″ square. The font is monogram wizards sweet script I can’t wait to mail this off to a certain college girl.

More of what I’ve been up too

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What started off in the far right has been blended and over dyed to created these batts.

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These are hand spun yarns I’ve created starting with raw fleece. The process of sorting, cleaning, carding, blending and then spinning is a slow art but so rewarding.

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This beautiful cormo blend I took one step further from the above yarns I dyed before spinning. The yarn which is a perfect USC gamecock garnet is now being knitted into an infinity scarf for a later in the season gift! ūüėÉ

Indigo

I realize it’s been quite awhile since I’ve posted, life just gets on the way. I’ve also been on an adventure in fibers. Today I wanted to share about my on going process with indigo.

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These are indigo plants that grow here in South Carolina, this is the tropical variety of indigo not the Japanese. I grew them in a sunny garden area and have harvested half my crop as I want to let the others go to seed for next years crop.

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I placed the plants in water in a bucket and covered for 5 days. The color is extracted from the plants by fermenting and today I removed the plant and moved on to step 2.

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I’ve added lye to create a base ( lowered the ph) and then stirred to add oxygen. Next I need to add a reducing agent which will take out the oxygen for the indigo to be successful as a dye.
There’s a whole lot of chemistry in this dying process but I am enjoying the learning curve.
I’ve collected coreopsis flowers and made a dye bath in a different manner using heat and a mordant of alum.

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The picture shows the natural color fleece. I actually dyed the locks of wool then carded them into the batts you see. The natural is in the bottom to the left is a yellowy from the coreopsis, the purple and red are from the same pot where I didn’t mix up the food coloring dye too well and only half dyed purple and the other red. Oops! Cool mistake though ! The green came from form food coloring.

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Not only will I spin with these colors I have felted too. The flower is wet felted first then needle felted into the burlap for a cool outdoor pillow.
I will show you the results of my dye vat as soon as it is ready. I’m planning a demonstration for Brookgreen Gardens fall festival the first weekend in October.
Hope all of you are well and thanks for keeping in touch with me while I’ve been away from blogging

Rules of Monogramming

I am asked this question all the time and the answer has changed over the years. When a couple is getting married how should their combined monogram read?? I ask do they want a traditional or a modern¬†monogram, the difference being what name comes first the Man or the Woman?¬†¬†¬†If asking my advice I tend towards the traditional by having the man’s initial first, I’ve being doing that for a very long time now and that’s my thought. However, that being said, within the last several years it’s changing towards the Modern with the Brides name being the first initial. A monogram is a personal and individual thing so you can make up your own rules too.

I’ve researched this and Embroidery arts has the best response on all sorts of¬† monograms. Visit their site for more information at: http://www.embroideryarts.com/resource/rulesofmonogramming.php

Here is their findings for the Tradition/Modern monogram for couples

 

In the 19th and Early 20th Centuries, when the rules for three-letter monograms were created, it would have been fairly easy to decide which letters represented which parts of an individual’s name.

Alice Canfield Bostwick would immediately recognize this monogram as her own ‚Äď first name initial (A) on the left, middle name¬†initial (C) on the right, and last name initial (B) in the center,¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† larger than the rest.

In the modern world, things get a good deal more complicated, and so it is with monogramming. The rules haven’t really been revisited lately, and some confusion and disagreement have             always accompanied these rules anyway. In an effort to help  extend the rules for the 21st Century, we hosted a focus group and asked participants to respond to a series of monogramming             situations.

We collected responses over a three month period. The results are posted below. Thanks to all who participated in this project.

1. John  Taylor and Mary Blount are getting married. They have already decided that after the marriage they will both use John’s Last Name. How would you create a monogram for them?                                      
- 766 votes.                
                     - 1766 votes.                
- 349 votes.                  

Conclusion: The majority prefer¬†¬†that the man’s initial goes on the left and the woman’s initial goes on the right. However, there is a reasonable vote for¬† the opposite, with this comment representing their reasoning¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† – “…linens are generally considered a bride’s domain.”

 

How to make a bow tie

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Bow ties are way easier to make than a straight tie…however tying them is more the challenge. This little bow tie pattern is designed to tie once and forever!

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The pattern is one simple boat oar shape. The stem is 1″ in width and the paddle or bow section for my ties are 2.5″in width. You can make that smaller for young boys and larger if you want for more of an effect.DSCF7798

I’m making¬†my bow ties a two tone design¬†out of seersucker blue and navy linen. You can make yours one color/fabric.¬†I had just enough scrap fabric of both fabrics to make three ties. One tie was made to perfect my pattern.DSCF7799

I added a embroidered element of the SC State tree, Logo and flag to really “prep” this out. Cut the fusible interfacing to the size of the finished tie piece. Iron onto the backside of your fabric. Place two layers of fabric with the right sides together and the interfacing side up. Stitch around leaving the small end open to turn inside out. Here’s a hint which I did on the Navy linen sections. Stitch just a wee bit on the interfacing so that it doesn’t pull up like on the seersucker end (where I have the pins.) I can iron it back down, but I don’t want it pulling or wrinkling after the tie is finished so stitch it in enough places to hold it forever.

DSCF7801¬†Turn inside out and press liberally to perfection. Now… add three small half inch button holes to one end and find three matching buttons¬†to add to the other end to make this adjustable.¬†This is also how you put it on and take it off so you never have to tie it on someone. Especially helpfully little feature for fidgety little boys while trying to get the ready for church!!!

Here is my personal favorite video on tying a bow tie…. I can not tie with pictures¬†or written directions… I need a visual.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AEjF-MzzqaE

Happy Bow tying

 

 

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