Spinning Art Yarn. Washing Wool. Dyeing Mohair. Needle Felting.
That's what I've been doing all week. Hasn't my life changed so much? If you have been reading along with my adventures in the last few years you have noticed how my work has evolved and changed and now I am in a very happy place where fluffy fiber has taken root in the few rugs scattered about and the glitter jars have grown dusty from disuse. The sparkle of angelina and firestar are the only things shining lately except perhaps the gleam of pride in my eye as I watch my handspun yarns drying in the afternoon breeze.
I know it sounds dangerous to put sharp pointed knitting needles in the hands of a girl named calamity but I have to report I haven't put my eye out yet, or anyone else's for that matter! I am sewing a little but this week I spent Mon and Tues dyeing wool with koolaid and Wed I took a needle felting class, so I could talk to the teacher about coming to our Surface Design Guild and teaching next year.
I will add some embroidery and beading just to give it a little more contrast and interest and will probably use this on a bag. I think the key to making a good needle felted picture is to have nicely dyed roving in variegated colors with a broad color range.
Today I am yearning to spin some Springtime Candy Land yarn but need to make some chiffon flowers for a show and a special wedding order.
Doesn't this look tempting? Don't ya want to taste it? The colors are soft and sweet like cotton candy and the mohair that is on the bobbin is also koolaid dyed. I really want to sit down at the wheel and dive into this but I have bags waiting to be lined and those flower pins won't make themselves.
So much to do. My life is busy and full to the brim with creating and learning and teaching and growing. I feel blessed with love from my friends and from you readers as well. Yesterday I opened up an email from a long time reader named Patsy and as she told me thank you for blogging, I felt a small seed of joy burst forth in my heart and it was as good as a hug and a slice of pie. Sometimes we all need that little bit of encouragement to revitalize and jump start our weary minds. To know that at least one person appreciates what we do or share makes it worthwhile and easy to make time to continue doing it whether it's blogging or making dinner or folding laundry or whatever.
Just so ya know- I added these photos a different way and if you click on them they should open up in a larger format- just use your back button to return to the post. I need to go get started on the flowers and once I have some to share I will be back. I have a bit of guilt for not blogging as frequently as I once did but you should know that it is because I am at a happily ever after part of my story and enjoying the art yarn experience and am planning on sewing more and blogging about it as I do.
Thanks for stopping by,
and love to hear from you!
xo, calamity kim