A Fiber ~ Art ~ MomentΒ 

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’• Thanks for coming back! 

For today’s Fiber ~ Art ~ Moment I picked some beautiful wearable art by Beverly Ash Gilbert. 

Her motto is ‘Color feeds the soul’, and this shows through in all her felted creations. 😍

On her website http://www.beverlyashgilbert.com/gallery/galleryoffiberart.html she says 
“My goal is to inspire you with fun new ways to use color

Whether your passion is making and appreciating art or

Beautifying your business and home in small or large ways 

Color Feeds the Soul”

Here are 2 examples of her work ….

         
Stunning, aren’t they? πŸ’•

I don’t know Beverly personally, but I feel that I’ll get to know one of her creations up close and personal very soon. 😁

I hope you enjoyed today’s pick. πŸ€—

Until next time πŸ’•

~ Tina xoxo 


A Fiber ~ Art ~ Moment πŸ’œ

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’• Thanks for taking a moment to peek in. 

Today’s ‘Fiber Art Moment’ is another Pinterest find – a cute needle felted miniature from Lisa Jordan.


On her Blog she says…

“Living the rural life in the woods of Minnesota, I find myself creating art that reflects the variety of textures and colors around me. The tiny worlds of fungi, moss, and lichens are particularly intriguing to me. I use primarily recycled and natural materials in my work, especially wool and wood.”

She is a very talented crafter as you can see for yourself when you visit her on Blogspot 😁

I hope you enjoyed this little peek into an artist’s world. πŸ€—

I’ll see you tomorrow for ‘Work in Progress Wednesday’ 😎

Until then πŸ’•

 ~ Tina xoxo 

A Fiber ~ Art ~ Moment πŸ’œ

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’• I hope you’re having a great weekend! Thanks for taking a minute to visit. 

Today I want to introduce you to Althea Crome. She’s a knitter of miniatures – even though that term doesn’t really describe her talent…and patience! 😊

I found her  website – bugknits.com – by pure chance, and am absolutely awestruck. 

Let me show you why …..

   So darling! πŸ’•
  She made an iddy – biddy Christmas Cardigan 😍
 Mini gloves – One finger fits a grain of rice 😳
On her website she tells us how she came from knitting ‘wearables’ to miniature knitting: 

“In 2000, my fascination with this tiny scale merged with my love of knitting, and since then I have been pushing toward ever new technical and design challenges. Tough as it is to knit on such a small scale, the “bug-knit” scale has allowed me the freedom to create and experiment with designs which, on a larger scale, would be cumbersome and prohibitive. My success in developing commercial patterns and techniques for 1:12 scale gloves, socks and other garments has only inspired me to venture further into what I’ve come to think of as “extreme knitting.” Indeed, from the time I began my vocation as an extreme knitter, I have made very few full-scale garments.”
I hope you enjoyed this little peek into an amazing artist’s life 😊 

Until next time πŸ’•

~ Tina xoxo 

A Fiber ~ Art Moment πŸ’œ

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’• Thanks for stopping by for today’s ‘Fiber Art Moment’ πŸ€—

While clicking through Pinterest these 3-D Tapestries caught my eye. Here’s one of my favorites…


Isn’t it amazing? 

Here’s another gorgeous piece 


The artist is Martina Celerin from Bloomington, Indiana. 

On her Blog  she says 

“I am a fiber artist. I create 3 dimensional weavings using reclaimed and recycled materials. I love to create tapestries that are stories of the world around me – people I’ve met, places I’ve been and things that make me smile.”

I do not know her, but her talent leaves me in awe. 

I hope you enjoyed today’s ‘Fiber Art Moment’ , and maybe even found some inspiration while looking at the beautiful weavings. 😊

Until next time πŸ’•

~ Tina xoxo 

Weaving on a Dime

Well, it’s a little more than a dime….but not by much! 😁

If you always wanted to try your hand at weaving but shied away from the price of a loom thenΒ I have a low-cost solution for you.

All you need is a piece of cardboard (I used the lid of a shoebox), yarn in your favorite color palette, and a tapestry needle…and you’re ready to make your first weaving.

But first this….

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(Image found on Wikipedia)

~1. Cut a rectangle out of your cardboard, pencil in 1/2″ markers on the top and bottom, then cut triangles so the point is between the markers.

~2. Make a little cut before the first, and behind the last triangle at the bottom. This will keep your yarn in place once you start winding the warp (the set of lengthwise yarn).

~3. Take a length of non-stretchy (!!!) yarn – I learnedΒ thatΒ the hard way – now I use cotton or hemp. You want to wind your yarn twice around the first triangle. Otherwise you won’t have a little loop at the bottom, which you will need later – I learned that the hard way too!


~4. Wind your warp yarn around the triangles.

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~5. Now you can start your weaving.
With your tapestry needle and your favorite yarn you will create the weft.
Secure your yarn around the first warp, by looping it around twice.

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Alternate between weaving your thread above and under the warp, and reverse in the 2nd row, and be sure to never pull the weft too tight.
Now just keep going – but always check the previous row -just to make sure that you go over when the previous row was under and vice versa.
If you don’t like ‘cleaning up’ your edges, aka hiding/sewing away the tails, you can use multicolored yarn to get a fun, colorful piece. Or, you can knot the lengths of yarn together – and let the knots show for some extra texture.

~5.Β  After a few rows push your weaving together using a wide tooth comb or your fingers. Repeat after every 4, 5 rows of weaving.
When you get to the top, loop the weft around the last warp string twice, secure it – either with a knot or by sewing it down the side.

Look at it – you made your first weaving! How cool is that?!

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Now what do you do with it?
You can
– add fringes (that’s why you need the loops of the warp Β Β  ) and a rod (knitting needle, twig) and display your first masterpiece

(If you like add more fringes in between the loops)

-make multiples and stitch them together for a scarf, a bigger wallhanging,
a pillow, a purse, a baby-hat ….
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~This one is crochet, but it would great in woven fabric

I sure hope this tutorial is helpful – if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me!
Have fun! πŸ˜ƒ Β …..and please show me your creations!

Until next time!
Take care! πŸ’•

~Tina xoxo

 

Do you ‘Kumihimo’?

Do you?
In case you’re scratching your head, going ‘Do I what?’ let me tell you a little bit about it.
First of all, ‘Kumihimo’ is not even a verb…I use it as such ’cause, while it’s a braiding technique, ‘Do you braid’ is not a very enticing title ~right? You probably would have skipped right over it, and missed out on a nifty new craft! πŸ˜‰
Kumihimo braids look fancy complicated, but they’re not, trust me! I think it’s easier to do, than remembering the name! πŸ˜†
All you need is this doohickey, namely a disc -round or square- with slots. Here’s the round one….
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Alrighty… Let’s get started…
1. Pick the material you’d like to use. That can be yarn, floss, ribbon, twine, suede cord – it all depends on what you want to use your braid for, what look you wanna achieve.
2. Measure your material (your chosen fiber needs to be 3x as long as the finished braid)
3. Now cut 8 strands
4. Use all 8 strands to form an overhand knot about 1″ from the end.
5. Push it through the hole in the middle of the disc.
6. To keep your work taut, attach a weight to this end. I filled a small organza bag with coins and tied it to the knot. Like so…
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7. Now wrap each strand around the plastic bobbins you got with your disc. Fold the cover over, and the threads are secure, yet easily manageable.
-You can work without the bobbins, but the threads will get tangled, which makes the whole experience very frustrating. Because with tangled threads come ~magically~ knots, lots of unwanted knots… ugh
8. Now thread your strands into the slots… 1 each to the left and right of the black dot.
🌟 …and here are all of the above steps in one photo…
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We’re almost done…. honest…and this was the most complicated stuff. From here on out it’s smooth sailing! 😁
9. You can actually start braiding now! Take the thread from the left of the top dot straight down, and secure it next to the thread on the left of the dot on the bottom. Now take the thread from the bottom right straight up.
Turn the disc clockwise, and repeat.
It does take some concentration in the beginning, but after a while you can let your mind wander and dream about beaches, sand, and waves! 😍
10. Round and round you go, and pretty quickly you can see the result of your labor.
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Pretty, isn’t it?
When you reach your desired length, use all 8 strands to form an overhand knot, and you’re done.

One more thing…somewhat related. Last Sunday I held the very first ‘Creative Chicks Meeting’ at my store. My friend Dee had a lot of fun learning about Kumihimo, and tried her hands at it..
She plans on pairing a long braided cord with a pretty key pendant for a lanyard style necklace… (psst! Christmas gift! Don’t tell anyone) πŸ˜‰

Okay, hold on… one more thing. A little ‘secret’ tip… When you have to put your work down, make sure you stop in the middle of Step 9 – meaning, take the left thread down, and step away from the disc….hehehe, sounds dangerous, doesn’t it πŸ˜‚ It’s not, of course, but it’s potentially scary, if you don’t follow this tip, and forget where you left off. 😱
Now you know to take the thread on the right up, turn and keep going!

I’ve never written tutorials… so I hope this wasn’t too confusing. If you have any questions, need me to clear up a step, please ask. Don’t hesitate! I’m here for you! 😍

That’s it for now! Thanks for reading! I hope you enjoyed it ~ let me know! 😘
Until next time
Love
Tina xoxo