Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Happy Hanukkah!

Last night was the first night of Hanukkah and of course I forgot to take a picture of my menorah before turning it off (it's electric). So I'll have to take one tonight to show you, but in the meantime...

Happy Hanukkah!!!

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Pointe Shoe Alteration

Just a recent project that I've been working on. I actually have about 12-14 more shoes to decorate and (hopefully) sell. The store where I work is allowing me to sell them in store. There are so many ideas that I'm wanting to try and there just never seems to be enough time. I do have three other shoes that have gotten base coats of paint, but that's it. And I really want to try using fabric dyes on at least one of the shoes.

For this one I used some more pages from an old book that I have, a black floral rub on, silk ribbon in pink and green, some paper flowers that I made and some little crystals to give it a bit of sparkle. I'd love to know what you think about it!

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Superfine spinning

Recently I treated myself to a new tiny spindle from Threads thru Time on Etsy and the best way to describe it is amazing! It is a tiny Turkish Spindle that weighs in at .7 ounces and has beautiful coloring. They also sent along a little sample of BFL/silk blend fiber so that I could try out my new spindle and it spins beautifully. The yarn is so skinny right now that even if I do a 3 ply I still don't know if it will be lace weight! And for a size reference
It is 4.5 inches tall and 2.5 inches across. Seems that it will be a nice little travel spindle. I just have to make a little project bag for it. So far I have spun for about 2 hours on it and with the yarn being so thin it looks like nothing. Most of the spinning was done last night, but I did do a tiny bit on Friday.

Also on Friday I tried to 'ply-on-the-fly' with one of my other drop spindles and it was a rather successful experiment though not a technique I think I enjoy. Though it might just be because it is new. I'll have to play around with it some other time. But I did make a mini skein of the test yarn.
I spun thick and thin and love the way it looks plied up