Sewing Organizer… Free You Tube tutorial

CupSewingOrganizer1I’ve been on a sewing kick recently and have been trying a few different kinds of sewing organizers.  This one is very nice for keeping everything contained in a small area.  It’s sewn with many pockets and then 1/2 is inserted into a coffee mug so there are pockets inside too.

The video tutorial is HERE

Very cool outside this morning.. ;)  Looks like autumn has hit and just in time for Halloween.. :)

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A Support Spindle Mode

I’ve watched You Tube videos of people spinning with Russian spindles for a long timeRussianSpindleBowlCherry102014.  Never could get the gist of why a person would use one..  Well… guess what I did.. I ordered this beauty from Maine Fiber Tools on Etsy.   It’s Cherry with a brass tip.  It spins really well, but I had a hard time getting my fingers to do that snap thing to make it go fast…lol  However, I love the fact that I can spin while sitting down without having to lean over.  (Getting older is a real pain in back.. literally.)

This really got me started so.. I also bought these 2 Russian spindles and a Tibetan spindle from The Spanish Peacock.  The tiny sharp end of the shafts make it very easy to get the spindle up to speed.  I do love them.  SpanishPeacockRussianTibetanPurseRussianCards They are so perfectly balanced and spin so fast that I find that I like spinning on them almost as much as the drop spindles that I love.  Must say.. the Tibetan spindle in the center is my favorite of these.  The heavier whorl makes it stay in one place easier than the shifting around of the others in the spindle bowl.

I had decided that I would never be able to catch a Spanish Peacock spindle in time to buy it since they sell out witMalcolmFieldingSpindle1hin minutes of being placed on the web site… so in between getting the one from Maine Fiber Tools and The Spanish Peacock I ordered one from Malcolm Fielding in Australia.  It is a purse size Tibetan spindle that is Camphor Laurel whorl with Lignum Vitae shaft… and what an absolute beauty it is.. sigh   From the first moment I saw it I was overwhelmingly in love.  It spins like a dream, fits my hand perfectly and is small enough (purse size) that I can take it anywhere with me.

I have ordered another spindle from Malcolm Fielding… this one in the “Dervish” style in a starter kit with a Dymondwood bowl,  Australian wool and an ebook on learning to use a support spindle by Fleegle.   You can see her spinning with a Russian spindle on YouTube here.

It’s a beautiful day here in North Texas.  Supposed to cool off some this afternoon.  I have a corned beef brisket cooking in the slow cooker, my throw quilt is pinned and ready to baste for quilting and NO appointments on for the day… My honey is in the shower, the bacon is done and ready for breakfast when he is… :)

Have a good day today… :)

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Quilt Throw

I wanted to try one of the Jelly Roll Quilts… so I did.  But, alas, I did not have a tenth enough jelly roll to do anything so I decided to use the matching fabric that I bought at the same time and use the stripping as the edge.  I know this makes no sense whatsoever, so here’s a photo..lol  The decision about how to quilt it has me a little stumped  but right now it looks like I’m leaning to the scumbling center area and simple straight lines for the edgings.   We’ll see.. :)

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DFW Yarn Crawl, y’all… It’s Almost Here!

YarnCrawl2014This will be the 3rd year for the DFW Yarn Crawl, y’allInterest and participation is growing each year and this year presents as a great opportunity to get out and find new yarn and fiber merchants and meet and greet old and new friends in the Fiber Community.

This crawl can be done singly or with a group of buds all gathered up and making a day of it.  What to do:

1.  Print out your passport found here with the .pdf files to print off found near the bottom of the page.

2.  Begin the crawl and start collecting stamps on your passport Friday, October 3rd and continue through Sunday, October 12, 2014.

3.  There is no purchase necessary to have your passport stamped… but I’ve never been in any LYS without at least one turn around the shop.. :)

4.  At the last LYS you visit, you can turn in your passport to the clerk/shop personnel or you can mail it in by Sunday, October 19, 2014 to be eligible for prize drawings.  Passports can be mailed to:

     Jacob’s Reward Farm,  4308 Church Lane,  Parker, TX  75002

All of this information and more is found on the passport along with everything else you need to know about the Crawl.

If you are anywhere near the DFW area this is an opportunity not to be missed!  :)

The weather is slightly cooling here in North Texas and I am certainly enjoying the early mornings.  Finally bought some (very inexpensive.. but what the hey! )  chairs to put on the back porch and have certainly enjoyed them lately.  :)

Have a really good day.. :)

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Dear All Wonderful Commenters

998585_635535209814304_1081120007_nI finally was able to get into my email for Fabric Follies Two and found several commenters with questions.  I am so sorry for not being able to answer your questions.

The last 6 months have been a very long period of health problems and I don’t have anyone else as a backup … hmmm… I should probably try to do something about that… :)

But I do appreciate all of you who do come and check up on the latest.. :)

Thank you…

(I have found …after quite a long period of time… that I have gluten intolerance.  If you have ever rolled around in a bed of poison ivy day after day for 6 months, perhaps you will NEARLY be able to understand.. :)

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Blackland Prairie Artisan & Fibre Fair

On September 20, 2014 the 2nd Annual Blackland Prairie Artisan and Fibre Fair was held in Denison, TX.  What fun!  My friend Pat and I had a great time wandering from vendor to vendor.

Just sorry Pat B. and Michael Cook could not be there.  You can find Pat B. at her blog Confessions of a Fiber Enthusiast and Michael Cook at Wormspit.   Pat is into all things fiber and Michael produces his own silk.. from worms.. hence “Wormspit”.. :)

BPAAFJensenSpinningWheel092014  I was thrilled to see a real Jensen production spinning wheel.  Ameda Holmes was warm, welcoming and full of information about her wheel.  You can find her at Feather Creek Designs blog.

BPAAFQuilts092014I didn’t talk to anyone at this vendor’s booth… but I just couldn’t resist the impulse to take a photo of all these gorgeous quilts.  :)

BPAAFTriLoom2014There was no one at this tri-loom vendor as Pat and I made our rounds.  This was one of the demonstrations that occurred.. and we missed.. :(   It is probably a REALLY good thing since I have wanted one of these for a long time.  The urge to get one is working on me hard..lol

BasketScarfWool092014BPAAFThis basket is called a “Bolga” Basket is handwoven from elephant grass in Ghana.  I couldn’t resist.  And the wool roving is a mix of wool and silk with a little bling every now and then.  There’s a little hint of blue in places that I think will give the finished yarn a tweed look… but we’ll see about that.

The blue silk scarf was hand dyed by Leef Bloomenstiel of Apple Leef Farm in Van Alstyne, TX.  If you’ve never been there and are in the North Texas area there is only one thing to do… GO!  :)  Leef is an integral part of the fiber scene here in North Texas and holds Classes, has Spin In Saturdays, and carries loads of fiber supplies that “we” can’t resist.. lol

There will be more on BPAFF in a day or so.  It’s been a while since I’ve posted, but I find that there is much I want to say now.. :)

Summer is winding down and I bought some irises at one of our local fairs the other day… must get them planted.  Hope you have a wonderful day… :)

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Arm Knitting.. Free Tutorial at SimplyMaggie.com

Who would have thought of using your arms for knitting needles?  I just watched this video.  What a cool idea.  My first thought was teenagers making their own, but I really like this myself.. :)

Have a look at SimplyMaggie.com with the tutorial  HERE

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