fiber arts, new projects, spinning, tools

Kickspindle

I cant’ take it anymore.  I need to be able to ply, and I don’t feel nervy enough do do that on a drop spindle, although it is possible.  But, I also cannot afford a spinning wheel for a while.  I’ve got my eye on a couple on Etsy, though, and I may just ask for part of the cost for my birthday.

In doing my research on wheels, I came across alternatives like the kickspindle/Mother Marion. Finding out about these was a big slap on the forehead moment.  They’re logical and straightforward, not as intimidating as a full wheel.


Aha!  This is simple enough to DIY.  I’d love to be able to buy and support crafters, but I also want to be able to pay the fair price for their product.  The kickspindles I’ve seen on Etsy range from 50-70 and even that is a pinch.  So, off to the internet I went.  I found these plans on cutoutandkeep.net and variations on the design on google.  I wanted to make it as bare bones as possible, so here we are:

This is the general idea.  I have a fence finial instead of a bun foot or wheel for a weight.  I will be threading the dowel through a hook on that wood block.  The angle may have to change to keep the finial from rubbing on the base and slowing me down, but we’ll see how it spins.  I was going to cut the dowel in half, but honestly….I kind of like the absurd size!  I hope it doesn’t effect the motion – if it does, it’ll be cut down and I’ll make a regular spindle from the excess.

 

 

As of writing this, production has ceased for my drill’s battery to recharge so I can get the dowel into the finial.  I’ll add more later as this unfolds!

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creativity boost, fiber arts, new projects, weaving

So I’m doing this thing…..

I have a mighty need to make larger objects than my Whoopsitsaloom allows.   For those who have no idea what I’m talking about, this is my Whoopsitsaloom:

It’s a 16×20″ poster frame.  I got rid of the “glass” front ages ago and lost the side pieces that hold stuff in.  Instead of trashing it, I thought I’d do an experiment and whoops – ’twas a loom!  As you can see from the photo on the right, I carved little grooves into the top and bottom to warp on, about a half inch apart.  This does limit my warping possibilities, but this is an experiment.  I have it warped with one continuous piece of yarn.  From here on out, I will probably not be using yarn, or at least one of my budget ones.  The fluff really comes up when you’re manipulating this stuff. Continue reading “So I’m doing this thing…..”

gardening, new projects

Cabbages and friends: Indoor #gardening adventures

Ok, so remember those seedlings I just posted about?  Yeah…they’ve continued their verdant madness.

Look at 'em go!
Look at ’em go!

I’ve taken the lid off so they won’t get damaged, and moved them to the aerogarden.   I’m out of nutrient for the tank, so I’m just using the aero for its lights.  And wow.

My cabbage seed babies are starting to drift upright (I want them to have good posture) and my nasturtiums are taking off like a shot.

 

 

5" of nasturtium sprout. I hope they survive to make it outside in May.
5″ of nasturtium sprout. I hope they survive to make it outside in May.

This is the first time I’ve planted these guys, and I hope I have the conditions to let them flourish.  Cabbage, chard, and nasturtiums are new to my garden.  I’m angling for beginner’s luck here.  The marigolds I’ve been doing since I was a kiddo, so I’m not to worried.  But I always get a little nervous when things first start to sprout, especially when the weather is all over the map like it is in March.  Next year, I should probably wait till April.

 

 

 

 

Happy the Garden Gnome watches over all.
Happy the Garden Gnome watches over all.

So here we are, letting the seeds take their course.   Happy is our gnome here.  He was my grandmother’s garden gnome back in the day, but he has since retired to the indoor life, taking care of our kitchens.  I like to keep him near plants, though.  It’s his…field…after all.

I’ll show myself out.

Also on the garden docket are potatoes and dandelions.  The last one was a whim – gathered a head that had gone to seed and figured this should be a piece of cake.  Watch those things kick my butt 😛   The spuds are drying out, ready to get in some dirt.  I’m waiting for payday to get a nice bucket and more soil for them, then they’re ready to go in.  Those I’m excited to try…if I can supply our own potatoes, this will cut down on buying the big Costco bag that we can never quite get through.

Wish me luck!

new projects

Goodies made live on #Twitch #Creative

Hallo again!  Today saw my first well-attended Twitch stream – some brave souls rolled up to watch me put beads on things!  Which is pretty much it when it comes to me…beads, yarn, glue…that’s all.

But because I’m starting out and I have a less than ideal camera rig, I’m afraid it was difficult to show what I was working on during the stream itself.  So here are some photos of what emerged.  Beadwork is notoriously difficult to capture on camera, with the size, texture, and all.  But I think we got the point.

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I started with some loose charms, quartz crystal and purple themed.  The fun of quartz is that in the “lower” grades that I favor, you get all sorts of fun inclusions (cloudy bits, “bubbles”, and glitches) that make the stones more interesting to look at.  These are the 4 guys on the right.

Each is about an inch long.  They’re too heavy for earrings (although they’d look amazing), so I’m considering using them as stitch markers or totebag charms.  The 4 on the left are purple and silver beads from my stash and Alara Shade’s de-stash.  Those may yet be earrings – not sure! This is a large part of my creative process: just making things and figuring out uses later!

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Next were some quickie pendants I worked up while chatting with people.  The little vial on the right has bone and dried rose petals.  It’s pretty much finished, just a simple pendant on a linen cord.

The guy on the left though…hmmm….I like this shape, and the round beads are a lovely lavender color.  I think I want to put it on headpins, though.  That may make it more stable then the really flexible cord.  It’s a cool look, but needs some strength if I’m going to consider putting it up for sale.  That’s something I have to consider with all my pieces, especially the vials and bottles – people loooooove touching these.  I want to make sure whatever I produce can stand a lot of handling.  Things that are really small and detailed are going to get a lot of “action”.  I’m considering this triangular pendant a good rough draft.  So thank you for hanging out while I worked on it!

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Lastly, I’m going to show you this, my sneak preview of tomorrow’s project for Fiber Friday.  I’ve decided to keep the fiber arts to 1 day a week, so I don’t get stuck in a rut.  This is my slow progress on a prototype for a totebag organizer.

This uses plastic canvas and regular acrylic yarn.  I also have some sparkly embroidery floss to jazz it up with.

When I work out all the kinks and assemble it, I’ll be able to show you what I mean, then better make another to sell.  The first one’s mine though 😉  I tend to keep the first runs of anything new, in case I make mistakes!

And here we are!  Remember to keep an eye on this blog and the stream for continual crafty goodness!

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