Wednesday 15 November 2017

November Podcast Postponed

Life has gotten in the way since I last had a chat with you all.

I have nothing new to show you on the weaving side of things this month besides my thread that I have ready, but not even warped for my next project.

Due to the lack of progress I will be podcasting again for you by mid-December, when I will look forward to sharing my weaving with you again.

Until then.

Monday 30 October 2017

Upcoming Sewing Projects

I have been browsing through my pattern books, through the internet and collecting all my supplies to put together a couple of sewing projects that I would like to attempt before the end of the year.

These are the projects I have come up with so far:

Magic Pattern book abigail


These two combos will be used to make Abigail tunics (The Magic Pattern Book) and a Liv Tops (Pattydoo)

I plan on making hubby a couple of raglan shirts from the Tom Pattern (Pattydoo)

pattydoo tom

yoga pants

With this jersey fabric I plan on sewing myself some new yoga pants.


I am considering making a blouse or a flowing tunic with this Voile.  


With this jersey I would like to make a top or a dress.

boxer shorts

And with this stretchy jersey I would like to try my hand at some boxers - this will be a serger project.

I guess I will start with the projects that I know I definitely want to make and continue on my search for the perfect tunic/dress/top for the other fabrics.

I will let you know what I come up with.

If you have any ideas for me, please do share them below :)


Friday 27 October 2017

FO - Chakra Bracelets for the Family

chakra bracelets
The internet and social media has been swamped with these chakra bracelets lately!

You know the one......Lava beads used to diffuse aromatherapy oils.....

Well, I liked the idea (except for the aromatherapy oil detail - not so sure I would want to put those drops on my skin!) and as I had quite a few semi-precious beads at home already, I needed to purchase some of the lava beads and get busy :)

I added a few more beads than necessary for the chakras, I just couldn't decide which ones I felt were more relevant, and I included our individual star-sign stones along the way!

Stones I included:

Sun Stone
Yellow agate
Lapis Lazuli
Moon Stone

It was quite a fun project and I look forward to beading again soon.


Friday 20 October 2017

FO - Incremental Scarf


incremental scarf sidispinnt

This is my latest FO:

It is my Incremental Shawl, and I love it :)

I originally bought this yarn as a kit for one of Sidi's own creations, but could not get the pattern to do as it should have, and so I left the yarn in the naughty corner for a while until I stumbled upon the Incremental Shawl by Flock Fibre Studio.

Yarn: Sidi spinnt Merino singles
Needle: 4.0mm

Now onto another cardie perhaps?

Or just another pair of socks......

What have you been up to lately?


Monday 16 October 2017

My Weaving World Ep.3, Samples

weaving samples

When I weave I always include enough warp to make a sample of the project.
I may never use the same threads as a warp and weft together, but I never know, and so by making a sample I have a future reference of how the threads worked together, the amount of shrinkage they had etc.

To make the sample I weave about 30cm and I then cut the sample off the loom and reattach my warp (I will show you this process in the next Podcast)

I then cut this piece, lengthwise, in half, so that it gives me two almost identical sized pieces. 

I finish each piece off by zigzagging the cut edges (stitch length 2, width 4) and then I wash one piece and record the details of pre-wash and post wash size onto paper which I staple onto the pieces.

weaving samples

I then keep the unwashed and washed sample together for future reference.
In the folder I will also note how I washed them and any other relevant information.

Here is this month's Podcast for your viewing pleasure:


fall weave along

Fall Weave-along:

I hope you will consider joining me in the fall/autumn weave-along.

Take a photo and be inspired :)

Share your projects with me on Instagram with the Hashtag:


You can find me on Instagram as @marigoldsloft

I can't wait to watch your projects grow :)

To use your photo to create a palette, you can use the palette tool on the following free websites:

Projects from Podcast:

sofa covers
Couch/Sofa covers

Warp: Cotton Mercerized 8/2
Weft: Cotton Mercerized 8/2
Loom: Lilla
Technique: Tabby Weave

silk/merino scarf

tussah/merino scarf

tussah/merino scarf

Scarves for the family:

Warp: Tussah Silk 20/2
Weft: Merino 30/2
Loom: Arm, Patronic
Technique: 8-Point Twill

merino twill scarf

merino scarf

Ombré Scarf

Warp: Merino 30/2
Weft: Merino 30/2
Loom: Lilla
Technique: 8-Point Twill

Feel free to leave your comments and questions below. 
I will get back to you as soon as possible.

Hope to see you again next month :)

Friday 22 September 2017

A New Toy and Prompt FOs :)

brother 3034D

My lovely hubby surprised me with this amazing overlocker last week and I am having so much fun trying it out :)

My first projects were going to be something for him of course, and I managed to make him these two sweatshirts:

sweatshirt basic buttinette

burda 6718

I love them and so does he, which is super, as I plan on making him a whole bunch of them now that I know how :)

Pattern: Burda 6718

Fabric: Basic Sweat

Do you have a good go to pattern for hoodies?

Tuesday 12 September 2017

My Weaving World Ep. 2 - Lilla Öxabäck

lilla öxäback

I bought my Lilla directly from Sweden and am so glad I did!
The company was so helpful and friendly it was a pleasure doing business with them.
That said, I have a friend who lives in Sweden, and she was so kind as to call the company up and arrange things for me, as their website is only in Swedish.

Julia asked me a couple of questions regarding my loom on the last episode, here are some helpful discussions that may be interesting:

  • There is a very interesting thread about the Lilla on the Warped Weavers Forum on Ravelry. You can find that thread HERE (By the way, there are now 43 pages of chatter about this loom :)
  • There is another great thread about Countermarch Loom Setup also on the same forum. You can find that thread HERE

Here is this month's Podcast for your viewing pleasure :)
I would love to hear from you, please leave your comments/questions below.

Projects from this Podcast:

Silk and Merino Scarves:
silk and merino scarf

Warp: Tussah Silk 20/2
Weft: Merino 30/2
Pattern: 8-Point twill
Loom: Arm Patronic

Couch covers:
8/2 cotton

Warp: 8/2 Cotton
Weft: 8/2 Cotton
Pattern: Tabby
Loom: Öxabäck Lilla

Finished Objects: 

Recycled Bags

Warp: 12/2 Cotton
Weft: Various
Pattern: Tabby
Loom: Lilla

You can read more about this project on the blog HERE

Half-finished objects:

Lounge Rug and Couch cushion covers:

Warp: Media Cotton 10/4
Weft: Maxi Rep-yarn, 12/2 Cotton
Pattern: Rep-Weave
Loom: Lilla

See you next month :)

FO - Weaving Bags, a recycling project

weaving bags

On the last Podcast I did, I showed you my warp that I was going to make bags out of.

The original idea came from Ravelry, from Cindy, who I am so thankful to for her inspirational project :)

 I have since finished the bags and want to share my results of that weaving project with you today.

rug rag bag

Here is the first project:

It is a rug rag bag which I created by cutting a duvet cover of my children (who are now adults :)) up into a 4cm continuous strip and used that as my weft.

I lined the bag with a pillowcase that belonged to the duvet cover and added a pocket and key fob.

Outside, I created the closure with some more of the pillowcase and made a matching button out of polymer clay.

cotton bag

The second bag I created out of this warp is a zipped, lined bag, which I totally love :)

This bag has a weft of 12/2 cotton.

It has a zipped pocket on the outside, and inside it has another pocket. 
Again the lining of this bag is with the pillow case.

toiletry bag

And lastly, I had enough warp to make a toiletry bag.

I created this weft with two shuttles, one background, and one pink 12/2 cotton.

Lined with the rest of the pillowcase :)

All in all I am totally thrilled with these results and look forward to putting these bags to good use.

If you want to have a better look at them then feel free to watch my latest podcast where I talk all about them :)

I hope you will come over and join me.
You can find it here on the blog under the tab Podcasts on the top of the page, or over on my Youtube channel

Have a great week.

Friday 8 September 2017

FO - Gloves ready for the Cold :)

handmade gloves

I have finished with my fingered gloves and they fit perfectly :)

drops alpaca

I haven't heard from anyone who would be interested in a glove step-by-step knit-along, so at the moment I will not be offering one (if you want to learn how to knit gloves and would like to take part in a knit-along, please leave a comment below)

I plan on knitting another couple of pairs of these over the next while as I still have quite a bit of Drops alpaca to use :)

Pattern: I didn't use a pattern, I worked on these using my Regia Size table (See below)
Yarn: Drops Alpaca
Needles: 2.5mm Circular

regia handschuhe tabelle


This is what I am busy with at the moment.
It is my Incremental Shawl, and I am loving the project!
The colours are coming together really well and it is a lovely, easy knit :)

What are you working on right now?

Friday 1 September 2017

Sewing FO - The Cross Body Bag

(affiliate links included)

Here is my new favourite bag that I recently finished thanks to the Craftsy course - The Cross-Body Bag by Mariah McPherson

I made this bag in an afternoon and am hooked, I will be definitely making different versions of this bag in the future :)

craftsy bag class

canvas bag

sew bag pockets

how to outside zip bag pocket

inside outside zip pocket

make bag straps

bag filled and still has space :)

Fabrics used: Canvas and quilting cotton. I didn't use waxed canvas as I couldn't find any where I live, but I am really happy with the canvas I chose.

Tips: I had to do the outer pocket step twice :( as the video instruction was a bit confusing when it came to attaching the zip to the lining and outer fabric.  Mariah mentions that we are using the "Lower Body Lining" to create the zipper pocket, and so I whizzed off to sew them together, only to find out after watching her begin to sew hers together, that it was incorrect. So if you are taking this course, be aware of this step so that you don't have to repeat the process, OR don't be like me, watch the step to the end before you begin on your side ;) 

Would I recommend this class: Yes, definitely :) You get a great sized bag and learn some great techniques, especially if you have not made a bag before. 

Friday 25 August 2017

FO - Naima


I absolutely loved this project :)
It seemed to grow really quickly and the small little details made it that much more fun!

I followed the pattern, the only modification I made was with the needle size.

Pattern: Naima
Yarn: Drops Karisma
Buttons: Handmade by me
Needles: 3.0 and 3.5mm

naima by ankestrick

drops karisma

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