Monday, July 27, 2015

Stuff for sale: Rug hooking kit, Books & Yarn!

Hi! I have the following for sale... clearing stuff out to make more space... I'm in the US, in north Texas... PM me with location info so I can figure out your shipping!

Rug Hooking kit:

1: I have a burlap kit called “Marie’s Sampler” that I started several years ago… it comes with the wool already cut, 1/8th of an inch wide strips…burlap with the design stamped, 19”x24”, actual design is smaller… instructions, paper guide & a photo… if I can find it, I can include the hook, which has a W or M on it… $45 obo, here are two photos of the kit:

2. Books:

Dreaming in Color by Kaffe Fassett, hard cover, good condition, dustjacket was damaged when I got it… $26
Icelandic Patterns in Needlepoint by Jona Sparey, $10
Raw Art Journalling: $9
Ikat textiles of India: $7.50
Knitter's Stash: $3
Twenty Easy Machine-Made Rugs Jackie Dodson $2
The Tassels Book $3
Small Woven Tapestries by Mary Rhodes, $8

3. Yarn:
Various skeins of Briggs & Little yarn, $3 per skein (approximately half price):

Heritage, worsted, 2 ply, 100% wool, green heather, red heather, royal blue, jade, blue heather, dark grey & evergreen...the 2nd photo has evergreen & dark grey and is actually darker and richer in person. 10 skeins dark grey, 2 skeins evergreen, 1 skein of the rest.

Tuffy (80% wool, 20% nylon),  oxford (1), denim (1), green heather (2), green mix (2), granite (2)


Tuesday, June 2, 2015

The Hope Of Kntting & Weaving adventures...

I've been working on and off on Evan's cat rug... it's a locker hooking project... hopefully it will be ready for him to take when he moves... I don't know if he will want it as a pillow or a wall hanging... we will see! I found the printed canvas on ebay & it's supposed to be a fabric needlepoint, but I decided to locker hook it instead...

I've also been coloring a bit & reading too many messages about coloring/coloring books/coloring tools and Reuven has been coloring as well...he's been working on one picture since Evan's graduation night (on May 29th) and I've just been jumping around between projects/wannados... coloring has gotten pretty popular. Coloring takes the pressure off feeling that I have to come up with my own ideas... eventually I will....the rain we had has caused Texas to "grow some creeks, fill some lakes" and I love water, so maybe I'll get to do some water compositions...

I've also been going through patterns for making a shawl since last week I got to go to Hill Country Weavers in Austin and bought some yarn... I don't know what the Jupiter Farm "Zooey" is going to be. but the Classic Elite "Cricket" in pumpkin is going to be Christie Pruitt's Inspiration Capelet:

This is the yarn color:

These may be the beads I use... I may keep looking, but 1/0 beads seem to be hard to find..

I also may do a different (but somewhat similar) stitch pattern for the capelet, will swatch & see if I can make the numbers work!

I worked a little on my Color Affection (aka Color Insanity) shawl, but I don't love it & it seems to be going really slowly when I do pick it up... according to my project page, I started this almost 3 years ago.June 1, 2015... almost 3 years later, I'm playing with this pattern again.. I do pick it up every so often. I'm not in love with it, partly because I don't like the long points, so I've been dropping some of the increases, and hope to somehow make the back come out longer if I ever actually finish this as a shawl...  this project is further along than the Ravelry photo shows... I now have the project on a 50" needle, so maybe I can take a picture soon to show an update... it's not that bad, just... tedious.  The colors are cool, though! Here is the photo I took almost 3 years ago:... there's a fair bit more donesince the photo and one additional color, a sparkly gold.. the sparkles are very subtle...

I have a couple of other things that I'd like to finish, like the Beauty & The Beads shawl... I've done a lot more on this project since this photo, it has about 1,000 get a decent photo, I'll need to put it it on at least one other needle so that I can stretch it out :

I get bitten by the shawl bug when the threat of cold weather lets up! :)

One other project I'm looking forward to is this one:

I'm gathering the yarns for it... the yarn has been discontinued, but people are selling it online... if they weren't, I'd find other yarns, but the called for yarn is SPARKLY and that is going to be fun!

The kitten in the photo above is Peppurr... she's about 3 now and had kittens a year ago... (she's spayed now!) and is pretty sweet... she has the prettiest green eyes.  We kept her 3 kittens..

I'm working with a tapestry weaving mentor online & when she gets back from her trip, we'll work on circles...

Friday, March 27, 2015

Locker hooking

I've been putting some locker hooking ideas together... I want to do some patterns that are already painting/printed on canvas, one of a duck that I've had for a couple of years or so... I'm doing the duck a little differently than the design on the canvas... I may try putting in some lettering along the lines of protecting wildlife. Here's the beginning of that canvas... I've made more progress on it since I've started, but I haven't taken any new photos. I think I got this canvas from one of the local thrift stores. If it's what I'm thinking of, it came with some strips and an aluminum locker hook, but that may another project I'm thinking of.

I figured out a way to do these points with a continuous strand of fiber. I'm using Briggs & Little country roving (which can be found on my website and by clicking on "country roving"). I'm using 6 strands of the fiber instead of the 5 that it comes with because it fits the holes best that way. This canvas is 3.3 holes to the inch.

I'm showing the back to show how I keep the roving going continuously.

The way I do it is to work the shape back and forth and the straight edge is the last loop in each shape... when I get to the top of the shape, I work back to the bottom of the section, keeping the loops oriented correctly and then do another shape... 

I could also do each shape individulally without the single column at the straight edge and cut the yarn, but that would be a lot of weaving in (which could be done as you go OR a bunch at a time. Working line by line would probably give a similar effect of the piece I'll show below...but then I would have to have several pieces of roving in progress for each point... which might not be so bad!   

This morning, I pulled out a "swatch" that I did several years ago using carded batts turned into thick and thin roving... I did a larger piece that was probably lost in our house fire in 2009... this piece was in our storage space:

It isn't finshed, probably 2 or 3 rows to go... the canvas is distorted and somewhat compressed...the fiber is probably too thick for it to lay flat, though blocking it may help... here is a closeup and you can see that the canvas holes are no longer properly square:

Here's the back:

Yes, I know.... messy messy... if I finish this piece I'll weave the ends in... it still won't be a 2 sided piece because you can still see the canvas peeking through in between rows.. not to mention the "jumps":

I don't remember the details about the fiber. I may have dyed some of it, but I don't think so...