Monthly Archives: January 2016

Inkle Weaving, Not just for Hippies Anymore.

I got to thinking about inkle weaving. It’s a thing from my childhood in garish colors that decorated all sorts of “cool” people and their clothes. Now a days inkle weaving is back as a great gateway to the world of weaving. Easy to learn and most any yarn or string can me used.  As all things from the time period we have better materials than the 60’s and a new modern appreciation of colors schemes and patterns. There is even a great pattern generator online here at The Carolingian Realm. You can make your own but there are a world of weavers like me who will do the work for you. Great colors that can match any need you have. Check out my gallery above and drop me a line or visit my Etsy Shop.DSC_0001 DSC_0010 12418031_10207387985532143_3647196019444834061_n 12243416_10206994663859347_4984300274305057740_nDSC_0008

Sometimes it’s Just as Good as Magic.

As a fiber artist I have many tools in my collection for sewing, weaving, knitting, crocheting and spinning. One of the niftiest tools is the fringe twister. It allows you twist sections of warp into spirals that twist on to themselves and form decorative ropes. It’s the same technique used to make any type of rope large and small. No matter how many times I do it, it always seems like a small bit of magic.

100% wool belt, 92″ long, $30 in my Etsy shop.

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How to Make a Homemade Niddy Noddy.

When you are a weaver and fiber arts person the tools can add up pretty quickly. Many are very expensive. It’s nice to find a solution for one tool that is inexpensive and easy to make yourself.

This tool is a Niddy Noddy. It’s a rather strange looking offset bar tool to collect yarn that has just been spun into hanks. Once the yarn is in hanks it can be wound into balls by putting the hanks on a swift and then winding it into balls using a hand crank ball winder.

I reclaim yarn from sweaters for weaving, knitting and crocheting. While I unravel the yarn from the garment using a ball winder, I then wind the balls onto a niddy noddy so that I can wash the yarn to straighten it to get the manufacturing kinks out.

If want to make one for yourself visit “AllFreeKnitting.com” for the instructions –

Homemade Niddy Noddy directions

These can be made into a variety of lengths depending on the size of hank you wish to make. The only change I would make is to LEAVE THE CAP OFF OF ONE of the posts so that you can slip the hank off of the NN. The cost making one is about $7.00 though your price may vary depending on where you get your PVC pipe and connectors.

 

What are we doing today Brain? Taking over the color world!

People ask me where I get the ideas for my designs?

As a fiber and textile artist I am constantly looking around me for ideas in the things, colors, shapes, trends that can inspire me. There is no one place I go to for ideas. Everything I see is an opportunity for a new color pallet to recreate in my work.

One way I work through ideas is to cut out images and tape them to a sheet of note book paper. This isolates the image so that I pick out the colors, shapes, and designs on graph paper with colored pencils. Another way is to pull yarn from my collection and wind it around a ruler to see the colors side by side in simple striped patterns. Very rarely is it random or thrown together. Any way that sparks your imagination is one that is good.

I also purchase yarn & fiber color cards from the big mail order houses like Halcyon Yarns or The Woolery. A color card has a sample piece of every color in a particular yarn’s line. It lets me see exactly what a yarn will looks like in my hand. When you don’t live near to a large fiber store color cards let you see it all so that you can choose and not guess.

Inspiration is all around if we only open our eyes and be receptive to the possibilities.

Some links: You can also search for “Weaving Yarn” for a shop local to you.

Halcyon Yarns

The Woolery