Friday, March 26, 2010

Hot House Flowers



I've noticed that some of the artsy spinners were incorporating dyed silk cocoons in their yarn, and I was excited to see what I could come up with, not really wanting to copy them exactly. I was looking for a way to put my own whimsical stamp in the idea. I hand painted the cocoons with silk dye, then cut and shaped them, nesting the halves to give them a little more personality. It was a blast, I need more cocoons, I have a lot of ideas for creating fun spin-ins with them. This cute little bunch of flowers is ready to spin into some special yarn!

Happy Spring! Blessings Friends!
Melissa

Friday, March 19, 2010

Embellished Denim Cuff



Ok, so I have had this cuff floating around for a couple of years by now. It came from this really cozy denim shirt, which was perfectly broken in, but it needed taking in before I could continue to wear it. I ended up making the sleeves 3/4 length and removing the cuffs entirely. But I just couldn't part with the cuffs. I knew that someday, when the time was ripe, I would do something with this cuff. So I moved it from work table to drawer, trying it on, then putting it aside again. Then recently a couple of Ravelry friends were talking about this awesome fiber artist. I had to check it out. To me her creations feel like a form of meditation, her spiritual journey. You can check her out for yourself here at her blog, Spirit Cloth. Her art really speaks to me in a language so completely familiar. Exploring her work for a few days has really had an impact on me. The other night, soon after I had turned in for the night, I jumped out of bed with a really great idea, I would embellish my old denim cuff. Thing is, I had to find it, turns out it was right where I put it last. Ha ha ha!



I knew I wanted to try my hand at applique, I love working with little snips and bits. I added one of my favorite trims, the wire beads on a chain, just a little sparkle in my favorite shape, round. Then came the curly, twirly lines.



A ladybug, one of my symbols...I'm a little rusty on my satin stitch, but I don't mind how it turned out. I considered if I should completely fill the surface with embellishment, then decided to allow this to be a work in progress. I can add details as I go along, when the time is ripe for more decoration.

Hope you are having a wonderful, creative week! Blessings Friends!
Melissa

Friday, March 12, 2010

Caribbean Coils and Waves



I've been working on this coiled yarn spinning technique, and I think I am finally at the point were I can make a fairly consistent coiled yarn. Here's my yarn on the bobbin, I started this last weekend at a spinning retreat held by a fiber guild I belong to. I took my time with the technique, it was slow going at first, but I was able to pick up a little speed as things progressed. I finished plying the rest of the bobbin at home the next day. I'm happy with my progress, I love the chubby coils in this beautiful colorway.



I was pleased that my coils stayed intact after the yarn was washed and the twist was set. There were a couple that needed some TLC in the way of reshaping, I could see that I hadn't anchored those coils properly to the core yarn, so they scooched around a bit during their bath.



Using the same roving, I spun up a little skein of waves to go along with the skein of coils. Yum, love those colors!

Hope everything's going great for you! Blessings Friends!
Melissa

Friday, March 5, 2010

FAT FUZZY-WUZZY COILS AND CAVORTING IN THE GARDEN



I've been in a real spinning groove lately, I'm inspired by all the delicious art yarn techniques I've seen, and I want to master them myself. I'm honing in on the coil thing, it's been a process of reading/practicing the various techniques out there in spin-land, and then play, play, play...I mean practice, practice, practice. I've got plenty of tweaking to do for this technique, for starters if I want a smooth coil, I'll choose a smooth roving to spin, and in my next try, I'll space them closer together. That being said, I love how this turned out and I wish I had more of the fiber. I love those fat fluffy coils contrasting with the skinny hot pink plied section, it's just fun!



I included a lot of spin stuff in this blend. I really let myself gather together a bunch of different fibers, textures and colors.
In spinning, as in life, I want it all, I like a full palette!



I'm so excited to knit with this goodie, I think it would make a fun bag/purse! It's springtime and things are bustin out all over, I love this time of year!

Have a great week! Blessings Friends!
Melissa

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