Friday, 28 November 2014

Finished Object Fridays

It is done and I love it!
The edges turned out so wonderfully straight, and I really loved working in the two colours - I actually think this is what helped me to keep the edges straight!

As you may recall I had a mix up with the two greys when it came to warping the loom but I am really glad I stuck with the combination of the two greys and the purple.

Sure I don't have the houndstooth pattern I was originally going for but I think it actually looks great the way it ended up.

rigid heddle weaving

I used Drops Baby Merino for this project which I love. 
Firstly it is a Superwash yarn which makes things so much easier wash wise and the yarn feels amazing against the skin.

The next project I have to share with you are Kay's Surprise Socks:

batman socks

She is a sucker for Batman anything so I thought I would create her a pair of socks with this in mind.

I like the way they turned out and appreciate the colour combination.

I always love that process from idea to actual finished object, especially when it turns out the way I want it to.

What have you managed to finish off this week?

I will be sharing this post with my Friday friends.

Well I am off to go and grab me some Black Friday Craftsy Courses :D
All classes are on offer for $19.99 or less - there is no time like the present to grab yourself some amazing courses!
I will share my incredible choices with you next week :)



Thursday, 27 November 2014

Tutorial Thursdays Month-Long Linky Party

Welcome back to the last chance in November for some more linking fun!

This month there is no theme, and no feature. 

Feel free to link up all your crafts below.
I look forward to visiting all of the links I find below.

If you want a button for your side bar - here you go:

Marigolds' Loft

Feel free to link up all your crafts below.
I look forward to visiting all of the links I find below.


Wednesday, 26 November 2014

When a Plan Comes Together

WIP Wednesday

Don't you just love it when a plan comes together? 
(If you grew up in the 70s and 80s you will remember the A-Team - my maiden name is the same as Mr. Crazy - was always fun to go to school after the latest episode - NOT!)

Anyway I digress..............

It seems that I am still on track with my Christmas projects.

I have managed to finish Kay's Scarf and her surprise socks, which I will share with you on Friday.

The buttons for my Mandrakes arrived this morning and if I have enough time over the next day or so I will be able to share these with you on Friday also.

Finishing projects is always exciting as it automatically opens up space in my WIP corner for something new :)

This week I have two new projects to share with you.

First up - a Bray Cap for Jas.

I am just changing needle size and am about to start with the patterning.
It is such a pleasure to be able to knit something on a bigger size needle again and I am loving the fact that it grows so quickly :)

I am making this hat in Drops Karisma and in a colour as close as I could get to the original as Jas loves it :)

I have also cast on another pair of wristlets/cuffs for Hubby


He loved my last pair of wristlets and wears them all the time so I thought if time allows I would like to make him a couple more pairs to put under the tree :)

His Tardis socks haven't grown much this week but I plan to remedy this tomorrow time allowing.

Reading Wise - I have managed to get my hands on a couple of good looking books and have chosen to read The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
I haven't yet read enough of it to form any opinion on the book and will let you know once I have done so.

I wish all my American friends a super Thanksgiving.
See you soon.
I will be sharing this with all my Wednesday Friends


Monday, 24 November 2014

Crafts From Another Era


About 3 weeks ago I had an amazing opportunity to travel with the weaving studio from work to go and visit a Swiss passamentery factory.

Now, I didn't even know what I should understand under passamentery.
I even Googled it with no great results!
Being bilingual helped and I managed to find a Wikipedia description in German which explains that passamenteries are objects which don't themselves have any function other than to serve as a decorative extra to things like clothing, furniture etc.

I was now a little closer but still couldn't really imagine what it was that we would be going to see.

What we got to saw took my breath away.

I couldn't believe that this is something that still is in production!

The two ladies that own this company spent the morning showing us their crafts.

What they make and create are:

Curtain Cords
Furniture Gimps

When they started to show us their wares the first thing that came to mind was how I imagine it to look in the Palace of Versailles!

They create these amazing curtain cords:
(These are images from their product page line-up)

Herma Partner Cords

Herma Partner Cords

And they create them from scratch!

I was quite intrigued to hear that this kind of craft is still alive and well and that they receive many orders from clients who want to either have curtain cords to fit their curtains or furniture gimps to fit their furniture. (For those of you who like me didn't know what a gimp was - it is the narrow band of fabric which you will find attached to antique furniture to enhance the piece, where the fabric ends and the wooden frame begins) Here is an example I found on Pinterest:

Furniture Gimp

Furniture Gimp

The clients do this by sending the company a small piece of the fabric which the ladies use to create the perfect matched piece.
We were then shown how they do this.

The one lady used my scarf I was wearing to find the perfect match in thread.
This exercise was amazing in itself as she chose quite a couple of different pinks blues and greens and combined them to get an absolutely perfect match:

We also watched in amazement as they created an incredible tassle.
What jumped to mind was my youth, my parents had these big poufs that were made from woven fabric. I recall this piece having loads and loads of silky soft tassles all around the bottom of it and I loved playing with them.

It looked something similar to this: (Another Pinterest find :))

At the end of our tour we went into the middle of Lenzburg to find ourselves looking at some amazing Yarnbombing done by the school children of the area:


This ended a fantastic, inspirational morning on a high note for myself :)

Don't you just love learning all about skills that are centuries old but still alive and well in our time?

Do you make use of curtain cords or have antique furniture with all the trimmings?

On that creative note, I wish you a wonderful start to your week.

Friday, 21 November 2014

Remember this Hat?

Bob Marley Slouchy

Well, Kay can't find it!
She has searched and searched and searched.....
But then she is a teenager so it is probably somewhere in her room!
Anyway, her room is not my room and so I thought I would make a short process of this and whip her up another one for Christmas.

She has this blue version I made for her aswell but it isn't her favourite.

Bob Marley Slouch Cap

If she finds number 1, well then she will have a reserve.
Why am I making such a fuss about this - she really likes this cap I made for her - the child who told me there are clothing stores for a reason and not everything needs to be handmade!

So here is Version 2:

And with that my FO for this week.

Have you finished something this week?

I will be sharing this with my Friday Friends :)

Have an awesome weekend, thanks for the visit.

The Hunger Games Mockingjay Part 1 Fan Gifts

Thursday, 20 November 2014

Tutorial Thursdays Month-Long Linky Party

Welcome back to another week of linking fun!

This month there is no theme, and no feature. 

Feel free to link up all your crafts below.
I look forward to visiting all of the links I find below.

If you want a button for your side bar - here you go:

Marigolds' Loft

Feel free to link up all your crafts below.
I look forward to visiting all of the links I find below.


Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Secret Santa 2014 Reveal Link Up

Where has all that time gone?
All the Secret Santa Parcels should be on their way to their new homes.
Have you received your parcel already?

Awesome - show us, show us!

Feel free to link up your gift reveal post below.

Thank you to all the wonderful participants who took part this year, I do hope you had fun?

I look forward to seeing you again next year :)


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I used to be a homeschool mom, and now that my children go to school, am a mom who has found a creative side and am exploring that with great delight!

I am interested in alternative therapies, studied as a vibrational therapist and incorporate my beliefs into my everyday life.