Saturday, June 14, 2014

Good Luck on Friday the 13th.

I had a day off work-that made it a GREAT Friday the 13th.  I got out all the stuff and recipes for making an indigo dye vat.  I used a 5 gallon bucket out on my deck and dyed anything I could grab.  I had some older skeins of yarn I had spun and wasn't crazy about the color-and I had some I purposely spun up for this project.  I had some fabric pieces from my stash, and a T shirt, a white cotton shirt and an old faded denim shirt to throw in the pot.  The results were amazing.  I plan to do more.  I happen to have this 5 gallon bucket now that's full of indigo.  Anyone want to come by and do some dyeing?

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Dyeing on a Dreary Sunday

It's a gray and dreary day, time to break out the dye pots.  The weather is messing with my sinuses and my mood, so I figured I needed some bright color to cheer me up.  It began with two skeins of white wool (no idea what kind-its from ages ago) and two cakes of Lion's brand Fisherman's wool.  I decided to dip dye each end of the skeins in two separate pots-Jacquard turquoise and hot fuchsia.  I let the ends soak about 15 minutes and had poured a bit of each color up to the middle. I was pleasantly surprised when the combination came out to a wonderful shade of purple.  For the cakes I dipped half in each color-holding them there for only a few minutes each. Then I set them in a bowl and poured a little of each color over to mix them up. I then nuked them in the microwave for two minutes.  Gorgeous color, and great mood lifter.  Unfortunately it did not help my sinus trouble.

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Art Studio Tour

It's been a long time since I've added anything new to this blog.  I've been either too busy, or too lazy.  BUT, in the meantime I did manage to gather up enough stuff to have a pretty good presentation of my "stuff" to set up for the Art Studio Tour back in October at http://www.glasshausonline.com/.  My brother and sister in law own the studio and had me there as a guest artist.  It was a very nice weekend.  We had a good amount of people come through, but not a lot of sales.  I enjoyed talking spinning to people, and some ladies were very interested.  But being that I live pretty far from Green Bay I couldn't help them out.  I guess there's a really nice spinning group in that area.  I told them all about Ravelry and YouTube videos.  Two great places to learn all about spinning.  This was also a great experience in finding out if all my stuff fit into my new car-it did!  With a little room to spare.  So If I ever get to be in a show somewhere I know I can pack up and go.

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Another Two Days of Wooly Fun


The whole reason for the weekend


Eco dying class-picking out plant materials


rolling up the silk scarf with plants


steaming silk bundles


my finished scarves

We also did some flower pounding, which was great fun but very noisy.  Not sure I will do this at home, but it produced some interesting results.  Now I have to wait another whole year to take more classes and overdose on all the wonderful wooly goodness that is at Wisconsin's Sheep and Wool Festival.

Friday, September 6, 2013

2013 WI Sheep and Wool Festival

I LOVE Woolfest!!  I took a felted bangle bracelet class this morning from a Milwaukee felt artist-Jan Falk.  She did a fantastic job and she's such  nice lady.  One of the other students was in a class I took back in April at the WI Spin In.  Small world.  We talked all about felting, of course.  I definitely learned some new techniques to make more felted jewelry.  At least I have all the tools and a ton of supplies for these new projects. (Although, it did not keep me from buying more wool.)

And here's today's haul that will help keep my fiber addiction going for a long time.

The finished felted bangle bracelets-the first of many more to come, I'm sure.

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Good Clean Fun

I ventured into a new hobby yesterday-Hand Made Soap.  I was felting soap one day about a week ago using soap I bought at the dollar store.  A little voice asked me if I could do this with hand made soap, and I could not stop thinking about making my own soap.  So...With a trip to the dollar store for tools and supplies, and Wal-mart for oils and such I was armed and ready.  I just happened to have a jar of lye left from my adventure with indigo dying so I had all I needed.  The internet is such a wonderful tool-I think I watched every You Tube video there is out there, read a zillion blogs and websites and then found the Soaping 101 group on Facebook.  I got the confidence to give it a try.  The dangers of using lye scared me a bit.  But I took all the safety precautions and just plowed ahead.  It was fun to make, I felt a bit like a chemist, and I even got the bonus of a good cleaning of part of my kitchen for the project.  So after getting each batch in a mold I had to wait overnight for the reveal--TA DA!!-I have soap!!  They came out of the cheapo molds I used and cut up very easily.  They now have to air cure for about 4 weeks before I can use them.  I'm already thinking of what I can make next.

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Hand made paper

Yesterday I tried my hand at making some denim paper. I had help from Sophie and we chopped up some denim from and old pair of jeans into teen tiny bits, threw them in the blender with some torn up envelopes from junk mail and made 18 sheets of really cool "jeans" paper.   Then today I spent most of the day making more paper.  I had an old catalog made from really cool paper that I wanted to recycle and then just added some dye to get some different colors.  It took a while to perfect the method-but putting the pieces on my french door's glass to dry worked just great.  I love the results and can't wait for them to dry.  Not sure when I'll do this again-I'm all pooped out.  I'll just sit now and try to design some cool paper jewelry to make with my new creations.