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spinning my wheels

January 29, 2013

too many unfinished projects on the go

shibori 123

the woven shibori had to be cut in half in order for it to fit on the pipe and it is still too long to fit in the dye pot

weaving-finishing 254

twisting the fringe on the first scarf, I usually finish the entire warp length before cutting anything off the loom but I wanted to see what this looked like before continuing

spinning 113

several different spinning projects under way

cotton on my favorite little Turkish spindle kuchulu from Jenkins

hemp on a Bosworth spindle

and llama on my wheel, it feels light and soft but had too much guard hair so will be scratchy to wear

weaving-finishing 255

so what am I doing?  Anastasia wrote in her blog about making pom poms

they looked like something my granddaughters might like and they could be made with thrums

I bought a package with the 2 smallest gizmos, and eagerly started winding. It took 2 or 3 false starts before I decided to read the instructions!!  More  yarn is needed than I anticipated (that’s good, it will use up more thrums).

They still aren’t as round and full as the picture on the package. Maybe the larger size will look better?

Not happy, needs more testing, wasting too much time.

Maybe the girls will like it.

9 Comments leave one →
  1. January 30, 2013 10:12 am

    The shibori process is looking fascinating . I can’t wait to see how it turns out. Need a bigger vat?


    • January 30, 2013 11:17 am

      Kristin – I have a 30 gal. vat outside but it is dormant for the winter. Thought I was too impatient to wait but maybe I’ll have to, meanwhile I’ll gather and tie the second piece. I, too, can’t wait to see it.


  2. Kathy permalink
    January 30, 2013 5:52 am

    I know one granddaughter that would love to try this pom pom device. It looks much nicer than our two cardboard circles.


    • January 30, 2013 9:14 am

      Kathy- I thought it would be fun making things with the pompoms. I’ll get the larger set, they might be easier. Those cardboard circles made better poms


  3. Alfia permalink
    January 30, 2013 1:31 am

    that “puce” scarf is turning out gorgeuos, both the colors and the structure!
    curious about shibori.


  4. January 30, 2013 1:15 am

    I think we also have dozens of unfinished projects 🙂

    Sometimes we miss a piece, a technique, the right color of thread, or simply we don’t give it the time.

    But these projects keep on making their way in our minds. The idea stays, and leads to other ideas.

    I was very pleased with these pictures you put here, thank you for doing so. Your work is inspiring, even unfinished. It also allows us access to intermediary steps of your process, and this is always rich when you can have a look to experiences.

    It’s such an important part of the creative process. There is a french artist of the XXth century named Robert Filiou, (even less famous than others :), who named ” un done ” (pas faites) a part of his works.

    So this time is not totally wasted. The little ungly unfinished things deserve to live, it will grow somewhere under an other form 🙂

    Have a nice day.


    • January 30, 2013 9:22 am

      Alfia – I’ll show the shibori when it is dyed. It is the unknown element!

      Guillaume – yes, I think it is an important step in the creative process. Not every start ends with a work of art and one must learn. I think we must find completion in our mind and move on to the next step- otherwise the clutter slows us down.


  5. January 29, 2013 6:34 pm

    yeah, the smallest ones aren’t coming out as nice as the larger two. i’m going to try finer thread and see if that changes the results for the small ones; mostly that the binding thread is visible. so far the green colored size is my favorite; the results remind me of a toy i had growing up, a koosh ball.


    • January 29, 2013 7:31 pm

      Anastasia – it was the small ones I had plans for but the bigger ones might be easier for the girls. Does that mean I have to buy more windy things?


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