Category Archives: Yarn and Thread

Baling Twine

Imageoh, what am I up to now? Some way to put all that gorgeous twine to use? You bet. I can’t help myself.

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Like how I use grocery bags to make my calendar pages. It is a constant problem.

WC Mercantile

Yes, there is such a thing as Fiber’s heaven. I wouldn’t have guessed it would be in Navasota Texas, but hey, it’s not my place to decide where fiber’s heaven belongs.

This is WC Mercantile, a fibers store that caters to .. all things fibers. They have silk, cotton, all kinds of wool in raw form for spinners, all different weights for knitters and crocheters, and by the lb for weavers. They have spinning wheels, knitting needles, mx dyes, wool and cotton cards, it was too much to take in all at once.This table of hand dyed silk was hard to pass up.
Scrappy fabric strips are popular now and were offered in an abundance of colors and prints.

They even offer kits – this one includes everything to weave a scarf. The yarn was dyed by the owner’s mom. I ended up purchasing 3 cones of a fine merino/silk blend for weaving.

They schedule classes – an upcoming event I wish I could attend is a weaving workshop taught by Laura Fry. The workshop will focus on how to work efficiently and with good posture. It is happening September 21-23. Their website (linked above) has more information about the event.

It is extremely encouraging to find places like WC Mercantile – seeing the craft that I love so much be promoted and have a space provided for its growth is heart warming.

All in all, the place was great. It has great atmosphere, a comfortable setting with couches and work tables for exploring a new stitch or project. The prices were very reasonable for the quality of the products offered. And the owner was very knowledgeable about everything in her store and was very patient with all of my questions.

Book: Fiber Gathering

Our school library is excellent. I have never enjoyed sitting between bookshelves as much as I do when I’m there and for me that is saying quite a lot. One of my favorite finds this last week was Fiber Gathering by Joanne Seiff. Along with some nice patterns and helpful hints for processing wool, there was this great ingenious description of how to rig a drop spindle.

I love things like this. I love the library. I love learning.

*I post about books on this blog purely out of appreciation for what the authors have done and not because I’m getting anything out of it.

Wood Pecker Pete

This wood pecker has raised a family for the past 2 years outside my window. I have named him Pete.

Here’s the quilt I’m working on. In retrospect, cutting small pieces out of knit material was not a great idea; keeping straight lines is next to impossible without using interfacing. Which I didn’t. So there, that’s your lesson for the day. Don’t be dumb, don’t piece quilt with knit fabrics unless you have a lot of patience and fusible interfacing.

Building Craft Equipment

Building Craft Equipment: An Illustrated Guide has me running around like a nut ball trying to decide what I should build first and where I’ll put it when its done. Space is certainly getting tight around here, but even so, I think this will have to happen.

Right now I’m working my way through my first pieced quilt. It’s made from old t-shirts following the Star Quilt pattern and idea by Alabama Chanin. I still haven’t decided which side I like more, but as it will be a birthday present for a friend, I think I’ll let them pick before I put on the backing.

I never realized how much time it takes to sew all of these little bits by hand… sheesh..

Texas Highways

there you go Brad

Lions love grapefruit

Based on a drawing by A.Bird.

Chain-Mail-Sewing

Finally, I mailed the letters. 8 envelopes have been stamped and sent off to 3 different states.

This idea was conceived at a merch table while listening to a FishBoy! show during NX35.

Everyone knows the basics of chain-mail: each person sends one thing around the circle, adding something or whatever, until it eventually reaches the original owner. The sewing taking on it involves an item of some sort (shirt, skirt, scarf, scrap fabric) being mailed around and added to/altered/embroidered/bedazzled/made into something entirely unrecognizable. And the general joy of getting mail, especially packages,  from a friend and not knowing what kind of surprise waits inside.

If you want to join in, the more the merrier, just leave a comment here.

Mailboxes beware!

ps.Like my new little stamp? I think he’ll be my logo from now on.

Wheeled Portraits

“It ain’t what they call you, its what you answer to” – W.C. Fields

Started/finished this one last night, 9:30-1, frantic stitching.

First in a series; wheels instead of faces.
I’m kind of obsessed with working in series right now: airport photos, birds, my breakfast every morning, it goes on.

Handmade Bash!

HOW DID  I JUST NOW HEAR ABOUT THIS?

TOMORROW, SATURDAY MAY 1ST

11 AM-5 PM

SOUTH SIDE ON LAMAR
1409 S. LAMAR STREET
DALLAS, TX

I hate being out of the loop. And having plans already. But you should go, definitely. Check out their site here.