Friday, January 27, 2012

Hummingbird Garden


I was playing around with plying this week. I spun up a super textured, super chunky single, chock full of locks and other goodies. Then I Navajo plied it, then I Navajo plied it AGAIN, this time in the opposite direction, and I had myself a huge strand of chunky goodness! I ended up with about 7 yards of yarn. This lariat is a little over 90 inches (2.5 yards) which makes for plenty of length to work with for different styling options.


I've been thinking about different ways of using my Faerie Bells-Silk Cocoon flowers and super chunky art yarn makes the perfect lariat/skinny scarf, so why not combine the two?


I dyed up this special batch of cultivated silk cocoons in sunset and moss to make the Faerie Bells, and I added some funky free form tassels/flowers. Guess what I made the tassels with? Confession time, I hoard all these little bits if stray fiber along with random chunks of handspun too pretty to toss. Normally I used them for felting or to add into a batt when I need more texture. I think that these wild tassels look like exotic flowers. I have some pretty little charms of humming birds, honey bees and dragonflies that I think I will add...now where are they?

I hope you all had a wonderful, creative week!
Blessings Friends!
Melissa

17 comments:

  1. So pretty and fun, Melissa! Just what we all need as the winter (warm as it has been here) drags on!
    XXO-

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  2. Your creativity just amazes me. I haven't the coordination to Navijo ply once yet alone twice ;-) I love how this turned out especially with all of the cocoons.

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  3. You are so creative!! Love those Faerie Bells.

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  4. I save bits too... mostly for stuffing tho. Your's is so much prettier.

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  5. Way Cool and oh so pretty. A great accessory to any outfit. Love it.

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  6. Fun, fun - I do some spinning but haven't tried and "art yarn" - maybe I'll just have to try it. Thanks for sharing...

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  7. I expect you'd make the kitchen sink look great all plied up! That lariat is super.

    Now, it needs it's own action heroine. :)

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  8. Those faerie bells, I can't get over them, they're almost luminous with beauty. You make the most magical things, I'm so happy to be able to look at them.

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  9. I plan on trying the navajo this year. It seems like a useful method aswell as add9ing another dimension to the creative process. Love all your colours.

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  10. So pretty! I like the way you photo graph your fiber, to put them against completely white background, the colors really pop!

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  11. Lovely! Very whimsical and fairy-like!

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  12. adorable bells-do you sell these or have a pattern?

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  13. You are very creative! Looks like something a beautiful forest faerie would be wearing. : )

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  14. I just love how you think and create! It always makes my heart happy to see what you have done...really.

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  15. Very pretty! Looks like a very fun craft!

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