Circle Weaving Majacraft Loom Giveaway!

Circle Weaving Majacraft Loom Giveaway!

Here we are today with a special announcement! Hopefully you already know about the Circle loom and the Circle Weaving group we (Andrew Poad of Majacraft and I) set up on Facebook, its a really great community of creative people doing the most creative things! We made the group because, once the Circle Looms were made and we started using them, it quickly became obvious that there are way more possibilities for their use, and what can be made with them than we had even originally anticipated. If you haven’t seen it yet check out what everyone has been doing in the group, you will be amazed too! And one of the nicest things is the spirit of helpfulness and cooperation you will find there too, you can learn lots, and the sharing of tips and techniques is very open and inclusive, I am really enjoying being a part of that. So today we are announcing the winners of the ‘Warp Speed’ competition we have been running in the group. There are four Majacraft Mini Looms to be drawn! Warp Speed is a booklet that Andy and I put together with our new system for pattern making and warping instructions for the circular looms. We included a number of different patterns for people try out, and a template for making your own. You can get your copy of it from the Majacraft Website  if you havent found it yet! The entries for this competition have been absolutely stunning, inventive, creative, detailed, beautiful, and just simply gorgeous 🙂 We will be following up with a second booklet to feature them in and to share with you too! I would like to thank everyone who took part, I am deeply impressed with your creations 🙂 We are also announcing ONE MORE winner, someone who is watching the broadcast live (check the YouTube link below to get the countdown!), someone who has left a COMMENT ON THIS POST! Just say hi, thats all we need 🙂 The draw will be made live on Air today!! If you want to jump in and join the circular excitement, this could be just the thing to get you going, this extra draw is open to everyone, although we would love it if you join the Circle Weave Facebook group too of course! Comment below then watch the broadcast live on YouTube and see if you are a winner too!     ...

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Its a WoolWench Giveaway

Its a WoolWench Giveaway

Two things! First, to my utter amazement we are nearly at the 15000 likers milestone on my Facebook page! This coincides with my imminent departure for New Zealand (where I shall remain for some indeterminate time that will surely be at least 6 months), and an over abundance of yarns in my stash. These things add up to a pretty cool giveaway! I need to reduce the amount of yarn in the house and someone is going to get a bundle, some hand dyed skeins, some handspun art yarn, maybe a couple of fun cone yarns… a batt… it will be a big surprise 🙂 Are you in? Leave a comment here, share it on Facebook, and on the 30th July I will randomly choose a winner! And whether thats you or not, I want to thank you for your support and interest in the things I do here and on Facebook, I love to share that little part of our combined online lives in the places where they intersect, its pretty wonderful to feel part of a global family 🙂 So go on, leave a comment on this post, share away, and I will start making up a goodie...

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A Country Market

A Country Market

Birdsong, open spaces, greenness and some really cool handcrafts! The market day at my friend Alet’s place was magical. Alet has her amazing Textiel Wol en Zo studio on her farm property, and its packed with goodies, and I mean REALLY packed with goodies, all kinds of spinning fibers, a big range of Landscape dyes, books and more books (to be poured over for hours) and lots of amazing yarns. And last weekend a market materialised in the field behind the studio. There was fiber and yarn of course, also some amazing felted work from Adrian Art.. her dyed fibers were gorgeous and her wearables were also wonderful, check out the texture in this! There was of course also some spinning going on:   I didnt take my wheel with me , but I did have my loom, and shared the weaving with a young girl who was instantly fascinated with the process, and the pretty colours 😉 The day ended with a bit of a mad pack up before the expected storm arrived, but even that was fun 🙂 Great people and a lovely stressfree country day out. Thanks Alet and Eva!        ...

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SWAY Art Yarn Festival, Florida 2014

SWAY Art Yarn Festival, Florida 2014

It has been a few weeks now since the wonderful SWAY art yarn guild event held in Sarasota Florida. However I can still feel the warm sun and the welcoming environment that I was lucky enough to be able to enjoy there. This event is an annual one, growing every year, and the organisers, Karen Simpson, Deb Lambert, and Kim Perkins did an amazing job of creating a weekend full of great opportunities! There were some incredible products on sale from the well selected vendors, including the stunning fiber from Kim Perkins of Batts in the Bellfry (who I finally had the great pleasure to meet!), and really cool upcycled clothing, Saori looms and equipment (Kathleen Keenan) and the delightful Mary Egbert of Camaj Fibers who let me come home with some serious handfuls of her amazing Soffsilk product. The people attending this event were also amazing, so friendly and fiber nutty and fun, and what a great experience it was for me to meet everyone, in many cases putting real faces and voices to those I have met online through my Facebook page. We, (I had brought my daughter Ana along for the whole ‘USA’ experience) were welcomed so warmly it was easy to feel quite at home. Here are a few images from the days we spent together.. Above is Amy, who totally nailed the challenge she chose randomly from the challenge cards I made up for the event. Her challenge? Make a plied yarn without a wheel or a spindle. And what a yarn she made! Not only was it a perfectly spun plied yarn, she also went the extra mile and added in those lovely locks too! All done without the aid of any manufactured spinning equipment 🙂 And then there were other yarns created, including this stunning one from Mary (Camaj Fibers) As well as spinning we also did some weaving on the circular looms, supplied by Majacraft especially for this weekend:    I was very sorry to leave, there is something very special about a room full of creative people, the energy is fantastic, ideas and chatter and much laughter.  I think its one of the great pleasures that we have as fiber people, getting together and sharing these events, and I was also struck by the openness and friendliness of my American spinsisters,  I very much hope to be back in the USA again. My thanks to everyone who made it possible, it was an adventure that I will treasure 🙂...

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Workshopping in the USA

Workshopping in the USA

My first post from my first visit to the US about my first US workshop 🙂 I have to say right off that this is going to be one of those gushy ‘everything is amazing’ posts, because it really is amazing! We landed  in Washington DC, and were scooped up by the lovely Arlene, and after all our weekly Skype sessions and our collaboration over the past year on the FiberyGoodness development, it was the best thing ever to be finally sharing the same space and the extra ease that comes with actual proximity rather than virtual. We travelled up to Pam’s farm in Oxford Connecticut, my first US roadtrip, which you can read about soon on the Fiberygoodness blog (complete with Dunkin Donuts and waffles with chipped beef..) Needless to say, it was an epic trip and the warmest of welcomes at Pams LOGHOUSE – yes a real loghouse! Complete with a porch among the treetops (it was like being in a treehouse!) which was decked with Zen making wind chimes and, by Saturday morning, women with wheels and lots of yummy fiber. And the workshop. It was a bit of a squeeze to start with, but after I did some talky stuff and explained our plan for the day, we were able to spread out again. The goal was that everyone would try some multiple plying, taking some risks and playing around with putting singles together in different ways.   The porch was well used, Nicole watched by the (not real) sheep and the table out there used to demo some hackle blending too. Some amazing yarns were created, and one of the highlights was seeing Ashly master the Silk Wrapping Shelob technique and create this beautiful yarn. She added in those amazing golden silk cocoons using the ‘Wrap and Trap’ method that I figured out can work so well with the strong silk fibers, I hadnt thought of adding in actual cocoons so this was an inspiration for me too, they looked all gold and luxury texture in the yarn, really cool! I think that for me, the best best part of the day was meeting so many wonderful people, most of whom I knew already from Facebook, and/or had exchanged messages with, and I’ve been following their photos and yarn adventures. There were some Golden Fleece students there too and I feel like I really made some good friends and connections, and seeing some of the Golden Fleece yarns ‘for real’ was just awesome,  I left with a very special gift from Marti that really touched me, a ‘friendship’ yarn that gives an even greater connection between absent friends when distance parts us. There were...

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Weaving with Circular Looms

Weaving with Circular Looms

In the last few days I’ve been surrounded by circles, warped and wefted, beaded and braided cut and pasted, and clipped and edited. Really! This week has been a busy one, preparing some stuff to take and present at the SWAY Art Yarn Guild Festival in Sarasota Florida, coming up in just a few weeks. And there are so many reasons why I am excited about attending this festival! Firstly, it is my absolute honour to be there as the ‘headliner’ for the weekend, two days to teach and share and meet everyone, and finally to be able to put real faces to names, as I know there will be many coming along who I know only through Facebook. What a wonderful opportunity, and I am really looking forward to sharing  this weekend with some incredibly creative people. It is also the first ‘outing’ for Arlene Thayer and myself as ‘FiberyGoodness’. We have the Friday evening planned as a Golden Fleece Course get together, along with a special activity we have imagined up for the event. We will also be releasing one of our new courses over the weekend! Both online AND at the festival itself. All I can tell you is it DOES have a fiber kit with it 😉 We will have some goodies and SWAY Swag there on sale, not only the new Course but also some pretty things to decorate your fiber space with that I hope everyone will really love. Is that cagey enough? I know I know! Its all surprises! And another reason I am really excited about this weekend is that I have been waiting to share something especially at SWAY for the very first time. It involves circular looms and the neckwear I have been developing. This past week I have been creating a tutorial for it, I just exported the PDF, and made a video to go along with it! I will have a few copies of the tutorial to use at the workshops and will give all participants the download link so they can download their own copy  after the event too. I am hoping to have an ibook version available as well, for those with an ipad, and that will have the video embedded in it as well as a couple of other snazzy interactive features. I am really excited about this possibility and I hope to be able to offer more of these kinds of things via the ibook store in future too. (I will continue to make PDF versions of everything though!) So back I come to the weaving. I just posted the link to Majacrafts circular loom on my facebook page, because they have recently brought out the large...

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