Monthly Archives: May 2013

SHOW & TELL NO 2: DECORATED KROMSKI FANTASIA SPINNING WHEEL BY CHRISTINE FROM TOTNES DEVON

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SHOW & TELL (Click blue text to go to the original blog)  is open to all my customers who have bought from me at any time over the years. Please send in photos of your work, it can be in any craft or other media, with a brief description, to show (off) to others and hopefully inspire all of us.  If you’re not a customer, and would like to take part, just buy something, however small – from either ebay or etsy .  To my see current stock, please click on the links on the right hand side of this blog.

I will publish all contributions, and please don’t worry if you are just starting up, its just nice to see what people are doing!

Currently, the opportunity will be open until the END OF JUNE, altho I am always happy to see what my customers are doing, and will have other SHOW & TELL SESSIONS , so please send in photos of your work at any time to julz@julzweaving.plus.com.

CHRISTINE, from Totnes, Devon bought a KROMSKI FANTASIA SPINNING WHEEL from me last year, and was inspired by my suggestion, and the picture on the listing, that because of the way the wheel is made, there is a great opportunity to decorate it and make it totally individual.

She sent me these pictures earlier this year, and is happy for them to be part of this SHOW & TELL!

spinning wheel 2   spinning wheel  spinning wheel 3sock yarn

THIS IS HOW SHE ACCOMPLISHED THESE EFFECTS: “I finished the wood parts with danish oil and the MDF wheel was primed with white emulsion, after masking the cross piece with newspaper and masking tape. I then sprayed it with black matt car paint.  The front lettering is  traditional, bygone west country sheep counting language, much like the well known Cumbrian one which goes yan, tan,thether etc. On the back I drew little white leaping sheep, both using Eddings paint marker pens. Finished off with a couple of layers of varnish. I have also included a picture of the first yarn I spun on it, a sock yarn, spun from a hand painted superwash merino blend roving.”

I was really impressed when I saw what she’d done, and was going to put the pictures up at the time – but then I thought I’d lost them, as I hadn’t saved them separately – just as well I went back & checked!

Please do leave any comments for Christine at the end of this blog!

out of the boxThis is what the FANTASIA looks like when it comes out of the box – it doesn’t take too long to put it together, but whist its still in pieces, it makes it easier to decorate the various pieces in any way you want to – its only a suggestion, if you don’t want to bother, this is what it looks like…  fantasia unfinished

If you are interested in buying one yourself, have a look at the US distributers website – http://www.newvoyager.com – where you will find lots of useful information, as well as a picture of another decorated Fantasia.

I am a registered UK agent for all KROMSKI Spinning Wheels and Looms – I currently stock the 24″ Harp Loom, and if you want to order ANY Kromski product, I can get it for you.  For US customers, you will find a list of suppliers on the New Voyager website.

Please email me at julz@julzweaving.plus.com for prices and delivery times

I look forward to being able to put up more work from YOU! – Smile….

All the best

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LUSCIOUS SILKS – SOME NEW ADDITIONS

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I love silk, and you might have noticed that I have got a stock of silks, either as fibres or yarns, and have just added some silk lap to the mix (trying it on ebay first – see links to my pages under the photo)

WHITE SILK LAP  Silk lap is strange stuff, its part fabric and can be used as wadding if you are making something from silk material that will benefit from the use of something quite so expensive – I have a small roll of white silk laps that I am selling as wadding  – but can also be used for felting & spinning.  It will be hand cut from the roll in aprrox 12″ squares.  You can use my landscape dyes to dye it too!

I also have some beautiful pieces that have been dyed in absolutely luscious colours, which I am selling as 5″ squares – no square will be exactly the same, and can be used to make pictures with, added to a felting project, or will make amazing silk yarn if you want to tease out the fibres for spinning. (apologies for the picture layout, I can’t seem to get them where I intend them to be!)

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BLUE GREY SILK LAP  GOLD YELLOW SILK LAP

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New stock includes some degummed white silk throwsters waste, which can still be used for paper making, will the addition of a glue, and will also add lovely effects to felting pieces.  The silk noils have always been popular and I am running out of the tussah silk noil, so it is presently only on etsy, but I plenty of the cream mulberry silk boil.

white sari silk  yellow sari silkAs for silk yarns, I have some new white recycled sari silk hanks, and still have some of the yellow hanks  – I sold out of the green and multicoloured hanks a while ago and am not sure whether to buy any more in – please let me know if you’d like some!  I also have a few cones of various different silks – see etsy for those.

silk-hankiesI recently restocked with the white silk “hankies”, which have been hugely popular, altho’ sometimes customers have not read the full information and think they are buying handkerchiefs – smile – these are literally hemmed squares of unrolled silk cocoons – how they hem them I don’t know – and altho’ I sell them in lots of 15, they are very difficult to count – but even more difficult to weigh – so I usually end up adding more in to make sure you have at least 15 in your bundle.

The SHOW & TELL feature – see last two postings – will run until the end of June, although I am always happy to showcase customers work, and I’d love more of  you to add pictures of your work, or related projects, or even work in progress!  So if you have been feeling shy, please don’t be, and if you keep meaning to take some pictures – please do and send them in – smile!

We are finally having some nice weather, as I predicted, so hope you all make the most of it – who knows how long it will last?

All the best

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SHOW & TELL NO 1: FELT MAKING BY ZOSIA IN S WALES

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This is the first reply I have had to my last blog, asking for club members to send in some pictures of their work – the opportunity is open to all my customers who have bought from me at any time over the years – from either ebay or etsy – to see current stock, please click on the links on the right hand side of this blog.

Zosia says “I’m a felt-maker based in Gwent, Wales. I started felting using the wet and nuno felting techniques about a year and a half ago, and last year me and my friend Helena (who also makes hand-beaded jewellery) started our Facebook page (link below).

https://www.facebook.com/otulinadesign

The first shawl below is based on photos from the Hubble Space Telescope, the second is a colourful design based on an exotic flower design on the silk she used.    Nice work Zosia and thanks for sending it in!

You are welcome to post a comment using the comment link – if its hidden, just go to the end of the tag list – and if you would like to send any photos in – with a brief description of any of your work – please email me at julz@julzweaving.plus.com – all submissions will be published on the blog – its not a competition, just a way of sharing your work, whatever it is and however skilled you are – smile!

Kepler 16-b and its two suns (2)

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SHOW & TELL? Send in some pics for the blog – please……

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To be honest,  I haven’t got anything new to plug, if you’ve been following this blog, you know more or less what I sell, and you can always click on the links underneath my (old) photo to see what’s currently on my ebay or etsy pages. (Personal Links)

I’m also looking for some new inspiration – its (almost) summer – well if we’re gonna get any decent weather this year, it should be around the end of May, the beginning of June.  Just in time for the exams…..

I know lots of people spin, knit, dye and weave all year round, but projects can tend to tail off until the autumn, and I thought it would be nice to see what you have been making – and perhaps we can all get some inspiration from each other, and think about planning what we might make next.

So how about a SHOW & TELL MONTH?

Please send in your photos of any craft work you have been doing and want to SHOW(off) to other members of this “Club”.  Don’t worry if you’re a beginner or a professional – it would just be nice to share our work.  If you have any problems you’d like to solve, why not see if anyone else can give you some advice, or praise – smile!

I have no idea how many, if any, of you will send your photos to

julz@julzweaving.plus.net   

(sorry, can’t work out how to make my email address a click on link, so please copy & paste it…..)

but I will publish ANY photos you send in – on this blog (approximately in the order they arrive) – please add a description for those of us who can’t tell what it is (joke).

Any craft work welcome, it doesn’t have to be textile based, and for those of you that have bought any of my hatching eggs, pics of chicks would be nice too!

My SHOW & TELL for today is the latest photo a friend took of me a couple of weeks ago – and yes, I did knit the beret – from some old mohair yarn I had hanging around!

All the best – look forward to seeing your work –

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