It’s kind of like cooking: I get all the ingredients ready..picking colours, extra fancy additions like hand sewn bunnies with tiny moveable legs and arms and embroidered happy faces, hand dyed batik fabric or spinning 4ply pure angora during the time trial to get the speed to match the men in lycra competing for the yellow jersey…
Every night is another challenge ! and lots of fun. Craft is just like sport or life for that matter: set yourself goals, stick with them, get things done and most of all have fun!
Every thing you do is good: there are no rules..except the ones you make. Do not let anybody tell you that you spin wrong or that there is only one type of yarn: a lace weight, very thinly spun, absolutely even without mistakes. No, that would just mean "yarn discrimination". Every yarn is yarn. From the superfine laceweight to the chunky art yarns with bits and bobs spun in them. …
And sometimes it is just good to change the parameters of your spinning! If you tend to spin fine all the time, change the pace to spin some slubby or art yarns and you will be amazed what your hands and feet can do by just changing the cadence and the speed and the motion. It will teach you that anything goes, that all yarns are “Yarns”and good fun and most of all : it will refresh the way you spin and create. You may even get new ideas for garments and accessories! And from those new ideas, you get new energy and your craft will be invigorated together with your body and mind.
I know it can be a difficult call when you have been trying so hard to get your first spun yarn that looked all chunky and bumpy and uneven to mature into that yarn that is even almost machine made and “perfect”, but….once you have the elements of spinning under your belt and you can become “one with your wheel” you can see that you can manipulate your fibre in such a way that an art yarn can be balanced and beautiful and expressive and useable! It can create the most magical scarves and shawls and in weaving it is absolute magic! Just look at all the fabulous things that you can see being accomplished with Saori weaving at the moment. Yes, there is another addiction: weaving ..lol
So, in short, my motto is, all yarn is yarn, all yarn is good and Anything goes ! Have fun with your craft and colour your Spirit ! Here are some art yarns I did during the first 6 stages of the Tour de France. Enjoy!
Vampire heart yarn: IxCHeL vampire bunny tops
plied with shredded video tape and added silk padded love hearts…
Teeny tiny itsy bitsy yellow polka dot bunnies in fact with moveable arms and legs!
Spun on an IxCHeL Lush Bunny top …
and I spun some pure angora bunny yarn.
On the fourth stage a time trial , my goal was to spin and ply 200grams of angora bunny..
I only made it to 150grams but…finished the last 50grams
while watching the interviews and the ceremony….so that is okay…..lol …
Here is another art yarn made with naked IxCHeL vampire tops
and classy black and white hand sewn teeny tiny bunnies !…
Slubby Angorino Yarn
Bunny Buttons !!
IxCHeL Club sign ups are Open until the 8th of July!
IxCHeL Fibre Club July, August and September 2013
The IxCHeL Sock Yarn Club July, August and September 2013
IxCHeL Mini skein Club July, August and September 2013
IxCHeL Funky Bunny Batt Club July, August and Septmebre 2013
Also some VERY NEW EXCITING IxCHeL products !!!!!! Don't miss out and visit the Flower Power Bunny Shed at the bendigo Showgrounds! !
There is a woolcraft schedule available at the farm or you can email Dot : Dotv5@optusnet.com.au.
Entries for your fiber art closed on June 14th and there are lots of prizes to be won!
Our little IxCHeL fibre farm is sponsoring sections 24 and 25 so I hope you got your entry in to win some very yummy stuff !
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