I've had a break, recharged my batteries and feel ready to take my blog forward. My interests have evolved over the last 18 months and I have had time to focus on new crafts and skills. I have been very busy and, along with some major changes in both my home and work life, have needed to stop and re-evaluate things. Change is healthy, but too much at once is stressful and I have had to ride out the wave. The waters are calmer...
So, time for a
few introductions. Firstly, my drum carder. I don't think I've shown you this
It is really
useful when carding clean fleece and also for blending fibres. Charlotte and I
carded this batt recently. I love the sparkly fibre on the surface.
This is my
triloom. I tried to purchase one but they are hard to find in the UK and
shipping one over from America is costly so I made my own using instructions
found on the internet.
On it is my hand
spun yarn woven into a triangular shawl. It has now been removed from the loom
and I need a crochet trim to finish it off. It will make a lovely summer shawl so
I need to crack on and finish it!
This is my floor
loom. It has four shafts and six pedals and was a bit of a bargain.
I have only had
it a couple of months and have lots to learn. Using the warp left on it by the
previous owner I have had a bit of a play.
Weaving is fast,
but warping takes an age! Hopefully, I’ll get quicker with practise.
Lulus has been
playing on a loom too. This is a rigid heddle loom and perfect for children as
it is not too complicated. It also means little fingers are busy and away from
I have been
reflecting on the reasons why I blog. I love reading other people's blogs, but
found I was constantly comparing my crafts and life with theirs. Without
realising it, I had put myself in a competition, which then drove me to do
more, but for all the wrong reasons. So I stopped... and now I'm blogging again because
I want to. I have learnt so much about my recent endeavours through some very
generous bloggers and I want to share what I'm learning and continue to learn
from others who are accomplished in those crafts. This blog will serve as a
record of my journey and a link with others who share the same interests and
hopefully can help me to develop my skills. ;)