Posts Tagged ‘fiber arts’

Happy Valentine’s Day

February 14, 2009



Happy Valentine’s Day

Happy Valentine’s Day to one and all. I have added more fiber items to my Etsy store for those folks who might be interested. I even listed for sale some periwinkle Cotswold locks. They’re very soft and yummy. ( I tend to keep Cotswold locks for myself.)

I’ve decided this year’s theme will be to explore wool fibers as best I can. I intend to try new wool offerings whenever possible, from assorted wool top or roving to scouring untried fleece. Break out of the mold is the goal. So if you come across anything interesting or a good source, please do share. I feel the need to shake things up!

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Leicester Locks For Sale

February 7, 2009



Leicester Locks – For Sale

I added several new listings to my store since my last posting . There are now more offerings of Romney wool top along with Perendale locks and Mohair fluff. I also listed some more Falkland wool roving. If you don’t see anything you like, please check back as I have still more goodies to list for sale.

Enjoy your weekend. All the best, Pepper

Wool For Sale!

February 5, 2009



Wool For Needle Felting

FYI to those who might be interested: more lots of wool shall be posted soon on my Etsy shop in the next day or so. I have wool for needle felting, hand dyed Perendale locks and some Romney roving to post.

I have some lovely red fibers for Valentines Day. Meow.
Cheers for now!

Shop Update: Hand Dyed Romney Wool!

January 20, 2009

I have continued to add new offerings to my Etsy shop.  I’ve more to dye, photograph and list still. Check back with me from time to time.  It all takes time!

I watched the swearing-in ceremony today — it was such a high point!   Hope everyone is staying warm and cozy. Cheers!

Colour Blending Fibers: Hackle & Diz

January 12, 2009

Colour Blending Fibers: Hackled & Diz

 Now that it is a new year, hello 2009, one of my goals is to break out of set “fiber arts behaviors”.  I started doing this by spinning yarn using my various drop spindles.  Spinning with a drop spindle is so rewarding.  So digging it. Why did I just let them sit there for so long? Anyhoo,  I recommend everyone interested in the fiber arts giving spindling a whirl.

I’ve also been playing with my blending hackle and diz.. For so long I just let them sit in a corner. Why? Well,   not any more!  I’ve decided that 2009 is going to be all about exploration and learning — breaking out of old habits.  I’ve decided to challenge myself  — try new spinning technique, explore natural dyeing more and try weaving with an inkle loom.  So HELLO 2009!  Hello to new horizons! Goodbye 2008!

Books: Traditional Crafts of Saudi Arabia

January 5, 2009

Inside Shot: Beduin weaving

I discovered two wonderful books at a local bookstore this past Saturday.  I have always been fascinated by nomadic people and their handicrafts, especially the Bedu and Sami.  Upon eyeing a copy of Traditional Crafts of Saudi Arabia by a John Topham, well…  I just about fell over.  It covers such wonderful topics as weaving, jewelry, weapons and household crafts.  The photos and text on Bedu weaving are just pure joy for me.  Thank you Mr. John Topham!

The other book is titled The World of Carpets and was written by Maurizio Cohen.  It is a wonderful book which explores oriental carpets.  I like best his section which examines the techniques of creating such works of woven art.  He book is very well laid out with much of it presented as an illustrated atlas of carpets. Again, I thank the author for sharing his knowledge and passion.

A Happy New Year To All!

December 30, 2008


Drop Spindled Merino Wool

I just wanted to a take a moment to wish everyone a very happy 2009.  There will soon be new fiber offerings posted on my Etsy store. Orders have been placed.  So please check in from time to time.  All the best, Pepper

Happy Holidays to All!

December 23, 2008

This holiday’s winter weather has really been an challenge  for many parts for the US.  Besides Seattle taking a beating, arctic blasts sent temps WAY down in many parts of our nation.  I can honestly say I did not find the single digit temps fun.  But the recent bouts of frigid temps, ice and snow does translate well  into productive spinning time.  And soon I plan on dyeing fibers for sale.  New colourways are coming.  Make a note. 

Happy holidays to all!  Stay warm and safe!  Pepper

The BallBand Christmas Dishcloth

December 10, 2008

Close up: BallBand Christmas Dishcloth
 
 
 It has been some time since I posted.  I assure you there has been plenty of knitting and some spinning behind the scenes. Now that the cold weather is definitely upon us, knitting and spinning  are the sports d’jour.

My two current favorite patterns are the Ballband dish cloth pattern and the Morning Surf scarf pattern. I love knitting these simple but colourful cotton dishcloths.

 I did modify the Morning Surf pattern from increments of 10+6 to a total of 39 cast-on stitches. I also changed the yarn overs in the pattern. Instead of 2-3-4-3-2 sequence, I knitted 1-2-3-2-1 because I wanted less “poofing.” I also altered row 9 to start with K2 stitches and end with K2 ,instead of just one. By the by, you can find the altered Morning Surf scarf pattern on my Flickr.com.

Hope everyone is well. Happy holidays!

The Holidays Are Coming!

October 15, 2008

Now is the time to start preparing for the holidays. I have started my spinning for selling, gifts and charity. The handspun “Purple Carnivale Twist” yarn is my latest spinning creation off the Majacraft bobbins.

I bought serveral Gulf Coast spinning batts from Running Moon farm.  Margrett Stretton dyes her own Gulf Coast fleece.  This purple colourway is one of my favorites of her dyed lots. Thank you, Margrett!