Giveaway: An extended Yarn “recipe’ for wearable art!

Giveaway: An extended Yarn “recipe’ for wearable art!

This week I published a little ebook, an extended ‘Yarn Recipe’ for creating this yarn and wearable art piece. Previously I have made yarn recipes that were simple step by steps, but this time I have added in some spin tips for creating this yarn, about twist and where to add more, and it includes a new way of adding your long locks into the yarn as you ply! This means its possible to determine exactly where you will have the locks, and they are securely integrated without having to spin them into your single first.  You can read more about it and download the free ebook from our Fiberygoodness website by following the link HERE or clicking on the cover below. I hope you will enjoy this new way of adding locks and creating this textured skinny scarf, almost complete when it comes off the...

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Spun yarn Turned into Something – Project

Spun yarn Turned into Something – Project

I have found a new ‘favourite thing to make’ recently 🙂 And I think its a good one to answer the FAQ ‘what do you make with that yarn?’ Because its simple and quick and I reckon that if I can do it, anyone can! For this design I use a fine spun, energized single. I choose to use energized rather than plied for a reason, even though it can be a little tricky to handle because of the twist. What happens when you knit a very fine spun single (and I don’t wash and set it either) is that the energy in it actually opens up the stitches creating a really neat lacey look. I used size 25 needles for this, so I think the bigger the better. It also creates a really wonderfully stretchy fabric when knitted, just great for a scarf/shawl! I also use a heavy lockspun yarn, with as much texture as I can get in it. So the simple part is the pattern! All I did was cast on one, then add one stitch at the beginning and end of each row. Basically I just keep knitting (garter stitch) till I use up all my single. Then I take my giant crochet hook and crochet the lockspun with a single crochet stitch all along the long edge. I pretty much have three times the length of that edge in lockspun yarn which seemed to be adequate. Thats it, simple! And quick, and I love wearing these 🙂  And now I am going to inundate you with photos of them!...

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Yarn Recipe!

Yarn Recipe!

I realise that my posts here are becoming a little more sparse than they used to, the simple reason being that I am more regularly blogging over our on Fiberygoodness.com website, I find it difficult to blog in two places! However apparently I have no trouble spinning on two wheels, although I havent yet figured the trick for doing that all at the same time.. yet.. Anyway I am just going to repost here the same thing as I posted last week on the Fiberygoodness blog, just because I would like everyone to share this fun yarn recipe I made up 🙂 Heres the post..! This week we would like to share something with you! Perhaps you already know about our Fiberygoodness Yarn Recipe series (for sale in our shop), these are spin techniques largely developed by myself (Woolwench/Suzy) and Arlene (the awesome SpinArtiste). They have included quite a variety of spin recipes and one of my favourites has been Arlenes ‘Helix’ yarn, a method of integrating locks into a ply. I love including the concept and activity of weaving into everything I do 🙂 Well I carried on playing with this technique, and not too long ago was lucky enough to be up to my elbows in the most amazing Teeswater locks at the farm of Virginia Scholomiti (The Yellow Farm) USA. I was teaching, and it seemed logical to focus the weekend on… locks! And now was my chance to do some more Helix spinning, this time adding locks into an Nply weave. I used some of the colours we had been dyeing that weekend and a neutral single I had spun earlier and made this:Up till now, the only people I have shared this technique with were the ones at the workshop 🙂 And I say up till now because.. today we would like to share the yarn recipe with YOU! It has morphed a little since I did that one, but mostly in the colours I have chosen, I have been busy with a lot of rainbows recently (for reasons that will be revealed in the next couple of months) and so I wanted to see what this one would look like in rainbow colours. I had a stash of rainbow locks that Arlene and I had dyed together in the US, and this rainbow batt just calling my name, and this is what i came up with 🙂   You can get your free download  with instructions to spin this yarn by clicking the image right here: I also made a video to go with the recipe card, in which you can see each step of the construction of the yarn pictured. I hope you...

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DIY Rainbow Roving

DIY Rainbow Roving

I thought it was about time I posted a little project, and I am currently preparing some rainbow roving for the Colour Blending Workshop I will be teaching at the end of the month, so thought it was appropriate to share it here too! This is an extension of the Colour Blending Course that we have available online from our www.FiberyGoodness.com website, so if you are interested in extending your fiber and colour experimenting you might like to check that out too! I have been making this for a while (since I got my hackle!) and when I was preparing this workshop a couple of months ago I made some specifically to spin this: and I also used some to spin this:  and in a little while there will be a Part Two of the Colour Blending course that will cover spinning techniques for making the most of your colour blended fibers! So here we go with the Rainbow Roving! You will need:    A Hackle, a Diz, some sparkles, and fiber in the rainbow colours of your choice. Here is one of my secrets, don’t just use plain old dyed fiber for this, do what I do, take some extra time, dye (or buy) only the three primary colours red, yellow, and blue, and then blend those with your combs or drum carder to make the gorgeous rich tones that are only possible when blending coloured fiber, trust me, its so much more complex and subtle than a simple dyed colour, once you get blending you will see! Use your primaries to make the secondary colours, orange, green, and purple. Add in some sparkle as you blend. If you are going to use dyed rather than blended, you can also add in the sparkle as you load the hackle, or (also cool) just give each colour a quick blend with the sparkle before you load onto the hackle, it will give you a more delicate and subtle mix. 1. Start loading the hackle with your first colour, make one not too thick layer all the way across the hackle. I used blue first: 2. Load on the next layer, try to make it about the same thickness as the previous one. My second colour was purple, and I added some extra bling to this layer: 3. Follow this with a new layer, again, all the way across the hackle and about the same thickness as previous colours. The reason for taking the colour all the way across the hackle is so that your stripes run the full length of the roving. 4. You can see we are building the rainbow horizontally across the hackle now! The red layer...

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Woolwench Neckwear Tutorial

Woolwench Neckwear Tutorial

This week I am excited to finally be able to bring you the woven Neckwear Tutorial for use on the Majacraft Circular loom! I have been working on this for months, and just shared it with the wonderful participants at the SWAY art yarn guild Festival in Florida, where some really amazing pieces were created using this technique. The secret? Is in the warping! This is a method that was prompted way back when we had just made the very first prototype of this loom at the Majacraft mothership in Tauranga. We were sitting on the porch and putting  warp on it and Andy suggested making a hole in the middle by using a loop. So of course I had to try this out 🙂 My first one was quite simple, and I embellished it with some Dr Who Gallafreyen text.. I found out that this was a fun way to warp the loom, and I tried a few variations on it until I found the one that I have used in the tutorial, which to me seems the simplest and it also creates some nice weaving possibilities for both thick yarns and finer threads. Making the ‘hole’ in the middle of the circle weave was the key. Its just a short hop from there, to making something you can wear around your neck, simply by not continuing to weave around and around but making an opening by turning the weaving and going back in the other direction! These can be made lacey and delicate, with beads, shells, pearls.. Or they can be made thicker and more wooly and warm for a really bold statement! I am really really excited about being finally able to make the tutorial available! I had been saving it as a special treat for the SWAY weekend participants, with the plan for releasing it here on by website at the same time. I cant wait to see what people start making with this pattern, and yes it IS a pattern, but it is one that leaves it very open for you to make what you will of it, your choice of materials, your embellishments, the kind of edging you make on it, please feel free to add or change anything you like to make this work in whatever unique and ‘you’ ways you can find. In the tutorial I have included sections on design, warping, weaving, and embellishments, all suggestions and creative starting points rather than something to be followed exactly. I think this is an idea that together we can all grow and develop and I really hope you will share your creations and discoveries with me and others! Please feel free to...

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Announcement! Launching the Journey for the Golden Fleece Fiber Creativity Certificate!

Announcement! Launching the Journey for the Golden Fleece Fiber Creativity Certificate!

Here we go!! I am very excited to tell you that Arlene of Spin Artiste and I, have been super busy  together these last months developing something totally new, an online, interactive Creativity Boost educational Course for Fiberista’s! I am very proud to announce the upcoming launch of the ‘Journey for the Golden Fleece, Fiber Creativity Certificate’! Yes you got that, there is a certificate involved! This is an 8 module, 10 month long course, its very comprehensive, with projects, spinning, self reflection, discovery, and culminating in a final piece to create. It involves the creation of at least one new yarn per module (we will have a gallery to show them off!)  plus some study and journalling time. I think its pretty epic 🙂 Here is how it all started.. Firstly I have to say I am lucky. Very very lucky. I find myself in a life in which I have been  fortunate enough to have gained some measure of the biggest gift of all, wonderful friends, people who bring inspiration, joy, creative ideas, and a willingness to share these things with me. I am grateful for this every single day. Because these wonderful people are my enablers. I’ll tell you how this works 🙂 Once upon a time, earlier this year, I was skyping with Arlene (Spin Artiste) and now, I don’t remember what we were chatting about, but at some point, ideas started bouncing around. I love this. Ideas that ricochet back and forwards so fast that it becomes a blur of creative thought, each one feeding the next as the idea expands and grows into something wonderful. This is impossible to do alone! This utterly requires the input of at least two people, preferably two people who get excited about the same things, and are on the same page about their goals, life views, and creative direction. I have found this in Arlene, who has quickly become one of my best friends and whom I admire immensely for so many reasons 🙂 From that wild skype chat came the idea of an online course, something that anyone could take part in, that encompassed all my ideas about education being a holistic process, not only a string of techniques and skills to be learned, but an ongoing process  of discovery that is guided by the participants, that encourages individuality, self reflection, and the highest value placed on freedom of self expression. I discovered that Arlene and I found similar inspirations and shared an excitement about all the potential that can be found in combining learning about spinning with self exploration, in a way that helps people find their own voice as artists. This has all led to...

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