Branch Weaving – another way to use it

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branch_weaving_3-CROPI found this advert in The Republican Journal – no I don’t read it, I just clicked on a link about branch weaving!  

You can find my previous post on Branch Weaving HERE – so when I saw the advert for a Branch Weaving Workshop below, I was ‘blown away’ by the picture, and the idea of using this method to weave flowers and plants.  I have slightly edited the information about the workshop (left out phone nos etc), but if anyone actually wanted to join this workshop on 1 October – there is a link to both the artist and the Friends of Sears Island.

Of course, as I am in West Wales, and many of my readers are in India, Australia, and all over the world, as well as many in the USA, it’s unlikely we’d be able to go – smile – but if anyone does, please do get in touch and tell us about it!  (see the suggestion in my post about ‘reviewing’ any craft events you go to.)

Branch weaving with Cirillo

Friends of Sears Island workshop

Courtesy of: Sandi Cirillo

SEARSPORT  (USA) — The Friends of Sears Island invite the public to a branch weaving workshop with local artist Sandi Cirillo Sunday, Oct. 1, from 9 a.m. to noon. She will lead program attendees on an exploration of Sears Island while gathering natural materials to create a weaving, suitable for display in the home or a child’s room.

Participants will look for a small but sturdy branch and then learn how to weave on found items. Everyone on this outing will learn more about the environment on Sears Island and how important it is to protect it.

Cirillo has been a fiber/mixed media artist for more than 25 years. A retired art educator, she gives many different fiber workshops in the Northeast, North Carolina, locally at her home studio in Searsport and through Bucksport Adult Education. For more information about her and her work, visit especially-for-ewe.com.

Sears Island is on Sears Island Road, off Route 1 just east of Searsport. Participants should park along the causeway at the end of the road and meet at the kiosk near the island gate by 9 a.m.; and bring a beach blanket, to sit on while weaving, and a pair of sturdy scissors. Sturdy shoes, suitable clothing for hiking, a snack and water is recommended, plus bug spray if desired. No pets are permitted for this event.

For more information and updates in the event of inclement weather, visit friendsofsearsisland.org and the group’s Facebook page

 

Update: What I have listed on Etsy so far

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I am slowly  putting up listings on etsy for the stock I have with me in West Wales – the updated list is below.  I also have a couple of items on ebay – and will be adding more soon.  I’m glad to say I have already posted several orders from each site!

The silk fibres and silk laps are about to be listed, but I haven’t yet checked all the details, so I thought I’d give you an update now, and let you know with a follow up shortly – I have a few other unrelated things to do in the mean time – smile.
As I said in a previous post – if you are not registered on either site, you can still click the links – have a look, and let me know if you’d like to order something direct – I will send you a paypal invoice, so you have the same protection as on the sites.
Please use the “contact me” form if you are not already on my mailing list – which is now totally private!
SALE PRICE: Miniature Rachel of Greenfield Quilt Kit - Spotty Hen 13in X 15in - Free UK Postage.
SALE PRICE: Miniature Rachel of Greenfield Quilt Kit – Spotty Hen 13in X 15in – Free UK Postage.
£23.99
Hand Painted WOODEN CHICKEN BUTTONS - 3 Different Design Sets - will make any garment look special! Can also use as Badges
Hand Painted WOODEN CHICKEN BUTTONS – 3 Different Design Sets – will make any garment look special! Can also use as Badges
£4.75
Hand Painted WOODEN BIRD BUTTONS - 3 Different Design Sets - will make any garment look special! Can also be made into badges
Hand Painted WOODEN BIRD BUTTONS – 3 Different Design Sets – will make any garment look special! Can also be made into badges
£4.75
Hand Painted WOODEN SHEEP BUTTONS - 3 Different Design Sets - will make any garment look special!  Can be made into Badges too!
Hand Painted WOODEN SHEEP BUTTONS – 3 Different Design Sets – will make any garment look special! Can be made into Badges too!
£4.75
100 gm Ball of Natural Colour (CREAM) DISHCLOTH COTTON - Suitable for all crafts, home & garden - safe for tying up  the Sunday Roast!
100 gm Ball of Natural Colour (CREAM) DISHCLOTH COTTON – Suitable for all crafts, home & garden – safe for tying up the Sunday Roast!
£3.59
100 gm Hanks of RECYCLED  Blue and White SARI SILK for knitting, crochet, textile art, weaving
100 gm Hanks of RECYCLED Blue and White SARI SILK for knitting, crochet, textile art, weaving
£7.99
Sale Price Lot: 6 x 100 gm Cones of PURE SWALEDALE WOOL - British Sheep - for weaving and knitting
Sale Price Lot: 6 x 100 gm Cones of PURE SWALEDALE WOOL – British Sheep – for weaving and knitting
£39.99
100 gm cones pure MULBERRY SILK - BLACK Flecked with multicoloured cotton neps -2 thicknesses warp & weft yarn for weaving knitting crochet
100 gm cones pure MULBERRY SILK – BLACK Flecked with multicoloured cotton neps -2 thicknesses warp & weft yarn for weaving knitting crochet
£9.99
100% Black  Merino WOOL PRE-FELT - 1 Metre  x  Half a Metre - for quilting, dressmaking, wet and dry felting
100% Black Merino WOOL PRE-FELT – 1 Metre x Half a Metre – for quilting, dressmaking, wet and dry felting
£9.95
Bargain Lot: 800 gm (8 Cones) of Off White MACHINE WASHABLE Pure WOOL - British Sheep - knit a jumper or crochet, weaving- knits as Aran
Bargain Lot: 800 gm (8 Cones) of Off White MACHINE WASHABLE Pure WOOL – British Sheep – knit a jumper or crochet, weaving- knits as Aran
£35.00
Luxury  WOODEN SOAP CUTTER - Allows you to vary the thickness of your slices - robustly made - should last for years
Luxury WOODEN SOAP CUTTER – Allows you to vary the thickness of your slices – robustly made – should last for years
£29.50
KROMSKI'S Nicely Turned NOSTEPINNE - turns Handspun and other yarns or SKEINS into balls of wool for knitting
KROMSKI’S Nicely Turned NOSTEPINNE – turns Handspun and other yarns or SKEINS into balls of wool for knitting
£13.59
4 WOODEN Hand Turned DROP SPINDLES - made from Named British Woods - Great for Experienced Spinners and Learners
4 WOODEN Hand Turned DROP SPINDLES – made from Named British Woods – Great for Experienced Spinners and Learners
£21.99
TIBETAN Type DROP SPINDLE Unique Hand Turned and Beautifully Finished - 29 cm long
TIBETAN Type DROP SPINDLE Unique Hand Turned and Beautifully Finished – 29 cm long
£28.50
Pair of Stainless Steel Spinners and Felters MINI CARDERS - great for blending small amounts of fibres, right size for CHILDREN'S hands
Pair of Stainless Steel Spinners and Felters MINI CARDERS – great for blending small amounts of fibres, right size for CHILDREN’S hands
£28.50
IRON ON Personalised Garment LABELS - 4 designs, for your handmade clothes and gifts - pack of 4 (2nd listing) - Free Worldwide Postage
IRON ON Personalised Garment LABELS – 4 designs, for your handmade clothes and gifts – pack of 4 (2nd listing) – Free Worldwide Postage
£4.50
IRON ON Personalised Garment LABELS - 4 designs, for your handmade clothes and gifts - pack of 4 - Free Postage Worldwide!
IRON ON Personalised Garment LABELS – 4 designs, for your handmade clothes and gifts – pack of 4 – Free Postage Worldwide!
£4.50
2 Iron On Military looking BADGES PATCHES:  Eagle Wings and Sergeants Stripes - Heavy Metal Style!
2 Iron On Military looking BADGES PATCHES: Eagle Wings and Sergeants Stripes – Heavy Metal Style!
£3.99
SALE PRICE: Miniature Rachel of Greenfield Quilt Kit - Frosty & Friend 13in X 15in - Free UK Postage.
SALE PRICE: Miniature Rachel of Greenfield Quilt Kit – Frosty & Friend 13in X 15in – Free UK Postage.
£23.99
WHITE LACE ZIP - 35 cm length - for Wedding Dresses or That Special White Outfit - Dressmaking, Sewing
WHITE LACE ZIP – 35 cm length – for Wedding Dresses or That Special White Outfit – Dressmaking, Sewing
£5.59
100 gm cones of 3 thicknesses of pure TUSSAH WILD SILK - Cream Colour - warp & weft weaving yarn,  and great for knitting, crochet, macrame
100 gm cones of 3 thicknesses of pure TUSSAH WILD SILK – Cream Colour – warp & weft weaving yarn, and great for knitting, crochet, macrame
£9.99
SALE PRICE: Miniature Rachel of Greenfield Quilt Kit - Ham & Eggs 13in X 15in - Free UK Postage.
SALE PRICE: Miniature Rachel of Greenfield Quilt Kit – Ham & Eggs 13in X 15in – Free UK Postage.
£23.99
200 gm Pure COTTON WARPING Yarn, light cream, for Weaving Warp & Weft , Knitting, Crochet, Macrame etc
200 gm Pure COTTON WARPING Yarn, light cream, for Weaving Warp & Weft , Knitting, Crochet, Macrame etc
£8.99
100 gm cone of thick pure CHINESE WILD SILK - light Cream - warp & weft weaving yarn,  and great for knitting, crochet, macrame
100 gm cone of thick pure CHINESE WILD SILK – light Cream – warp & weft weaving yarn, and great for knitting, crochet, macrame
£12.99
200 gm cones of PURE LINEN YARN -  White, Vanilla and Gold - for weaving, warp & weft, knitting, crochet, macrame
200 gm cones of PURE LINEN YARN – White, Vanilla and Gold – for weaving, warp & weft, knitting, crochet, macrame
£11.99
2 Iron On Driving BADGES PATCHES: Motor Racing No 1 and Motorbike Skull and Crossbones - Heavy Metal Style!
2 Iron On Driving BADGES PATCHES: Motor Racing No 1 and Motorbike Skull and Crossbones – Heavy Metal Style!
£4.50
100 gm cones of Dark Pink, Emerald Green & Khaki PURE WOOL - Great for Knitting (hand and machine), Weaving, Tapestry, Felting etc
100 gm cones of Dark Pink, Emerald Green & Khaki PURE WOOL – Great for Knitting (hand and machine), Weaving, Tapestry, Felting etc
£6.99
Stainless Steel EMBOSSING RULER for Parchment Craft, SCRAPBOOKING, and Design Use - 6"- Free Postage
Stainless Steel EMBOSSING RULER for Parchment Craft, SCRAPBOOKING, and Design Use – 6″- Free Postage
£4.25
WOLF fabric PATCH Badge - iron or sew on your jeans,  jackets, caps
WOLF fabric PATCH Badge – iron or sew on your jeans, jackets, caps
£4.50
WELSH DRAGON and English Roses fabric PATCH Badge - iron or sew on your jeans,  jackets, caps
WELSH DRAGON and English Roses fabric PATCH Badge – iron or sew on your jeans, jackets, caps
£2.99

Kantha: Exhibition of Textiles of Bengal

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Mingei International Museum
Kantha: Recycled and Embroidered Textiles of Bengal
October 28, 2017– March 25, 2018
San Diego, California  Learn More

I came across this Exhibition, from one of the mailing lists I am on – yes, I’m still talking about mailing lists.

The image is very striking, and I’d never heard of Kantha before, so I looked up the link above, and this is how it described it.

This exhibition features approximately 40 kantha

from Mingei’s permanent collection.

Kantha is a term used across the Indian sub-continent to denote decorative stitched quilting. In Gujarat, hangings patterned with concentric circles or squares in running stitch are known as kanthas, while in Bengal, kanthas are stitched for a variety of purposes, such as winter quilts, covers and wraps for books and valuables or as mats for ceremonial purposes. They are most often given to daughters on the occasion of their marriage, as a token of love, or as a gift for a new-born child or grown son. They are often, as tradition has it, made up of old cast off saris or dhotis. They can be the work of two or more generations of women and are treasured as family heirlooms.

I’d love to go to the exhibition, but its in California – so if anyone does go there, especially if prompted by this blog, do let us know what you think of it!

COME TO THINK OF IT –
IF ANYONE WOULD LIKE TO WRITE A SHORT PIECE
ABOUT ANY CRAFT EVENT OR EXHIBITION THEY HAVE BEEN TO,
I’D BE HAPPY TO PUBLISH IT ON THIS BLOG FOR YOU!
ANY ONE, FROM ANYWHERE, ABOUT ANY EVENT THAT’S LINKED TO ANY CRAFT

 

DON’T BE SHY, IT DOESN’T HAVE TO BE A MASTERPIECE

BUT YOU DO NEED TO HAVE TAKEN SOME DECENT PHOTOS OF IT!

WHO’S GOING TO BE FIRST?  

PLEASE GO TO THE CONTACT ME PAGE AND SEND ME A MESSAGE!

LET’S SEE IF WE CAN GET THIS IDEA OFF THE GROUND!

RE: Whoops! – the solution is Bcc!

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Give Peace a Chance at windhamfabrics.net

Give Peace A Chance, free quilt pattern by Rosemarie Lavin and Jean Ann Wright for the Feelin’ Groovy Fabric Collection at Windham Fabrics

Let’s hope peace breaks out among my irate customers, after I made the mistake of not realising how much was going to change now that I have upgraded to Sierra!  I really do apologise that the first “newz from julz” email I sent out after all these months, wasn’t private.

See : Whoops, I found a Glitch and A Digital Nightmare.

It seems I was wrong in my original explanation – I was searching for all the help info about the “contacts” software, and I couldn’t find a solution.  In the old version, there was a box to tick for any group you wanted to keep private, and because I’d put the mailing list groups together over the last few years, I didn’t even imagine that they no longer were PRIVATE!

I did finally did another test this morning, with my sister and a cousin – who wouldn’t mind each others email addresses being displayed, and I got the same result as I had with the mailing list!

Then I “asked Siri” but it couldn’t find an answer either, “he” directed me to Office, which I don’t use, and a discontinued BBC page – which actually mentioned the Bcc trick.

Then I had an online “conversation” with Apple Help and found that they hadn’t bothered putting a privacy facility into the new “contacts” software – because you just use the Bcc field for the group when you a send an email!

It’s simple isn’t it – but I do wish they had put a line about that in the support section for “contacts”, it would have saved me a lot of time and worry, and my customers a great deal of annoyance.

Sorry – promise for sure now that it won’t happen again!

So now I can send out another email to the mailing list to apologise to everyone, cos not many will have checked this blog!

 

A Wonderful Vintage Straw Baler: at Llandysul Agricultural Show

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Yes, I know this is a total change of subject!

I went to Llandysul Agricultural Show yesterday, and it was the best organised show I’ve been to, beautifully laid out, with plenty of room for all the animals and their owners transport.  The weather was warm and  the views of the hills around the area, gave it a very relaxed feel.  Unfortunately for the organisers, it wasn’t as full of visitors as they’d have liked.

I “got into” agricultural shows when I first moved from London to Ystalyfera, and found myself co-opted as “official photographer” of the Swansea Valley Show – which unfortunately is no longer held.

If you happen to share my enthusiasm – there’s quite a lot of my photos of various shows taken over the years, on my rather neglected other blog  “The Spare”

You can find Sennybridge Show HERE  and HERE (kids in fancy dress on their ponies) and a collection of my favourites HERE

fullsizeoutput_273The straw baler is powered here by running the tractor connected to the 1948 machine through the long ‘canvas band’ which turns the wheels.  I’m not sure what the original power source was – all I can say is that it makes a very satisfying mesmerising racket!

In this demonstration, the straw is in the white sacks on the ground and thrown up to the man at the top who empties them into the hopper.

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(PS: after I published this I had a thought – it must have been a thresher with a straw baler, cos that big piece of machinery wasn’t made just to ‘straighten straw’!  – I just assumed it was a baler cos that was what it was doing at the time – and there wasn’t any information board in front of the machine – apologies!)

Which comes out “combed” at the other end.  The man who was making sure the straw got into the next part of the process, has stood in the wrong place, so he’s got straw on his back instead.  However, its a great picture to show where the straw is coming from!  It then goes thro’ the actual baler, and gets compacted into the familiar shape of a straw bale – and I think – the bale is automatically tied with twine to keep it in shape.

I did manage to have a quick word with the owner as they were packing up the machine, near the end of the show, and he told me it was a 1948 machine that he actually brought down from Scotland, as the machine was never used in Wales, because it was too expensive.  He bought it for £6,000 about 5 years ago and had to do a fair bit of work on it to get it running again!

It must be a huge job, transporting it anywhere – just wondering how he even got it to the Show Field!  It attracted a lot of attention from the visitors.

A few more pictures – I didn’t try to cover the whole show, there were also cows & sheep and dogs etc etc as well as a craft tent and the all important food and beer tents!

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Whoops – I found a glitch!

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Apologies to everyone on my mailing list,  I sent out a “newz from julz” update to you this morning, and whereas there was a facility on my old computer system, Mountain Lion, to hide all the addresses in a group, which I aways used, and I assumed it was the same with Sierra. (see Digital Nightmare!)

However, it seems they work on the basis that if you start a new group, you can decide then whether the email addresses in the group are available to everyone who gets it, or to keep them private – but there is no way to do this with a group already put together!

I couldn’t find a facility to do it any other way, and thought that because the old groups were already private, they would stay so!

I just got a “remove” email from someone, and the whole list of recipients was on it!

I got a real shock!

I promise you I won’t let this happen again, even if it means having to enter each separate email address into new group!

I really can’t apologise enough – but I honestly didn’t realise what was happening!

UPDATE – on 4 Sept:  The problem has now been resolved – please see

https://julzcrafts.com/2017/09/04/re-whoops-the-solution-is-bcc/