Playtime!

Hi everyone,

I’ve got the day off today, Yippee! That means playtime for me. You may remember that my friend Lin sent me a parcel for Christmas which contained a novel type of weaving loom. At last I’ve had time to play with it this morning.

IMG_20160202_154954945It came with very clear photo instructions with written details in many languages. The idea is to wind the yarn around and around the pegs and then use the bendy needle to make some special double knots at the crossover positions.

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Once everything is secured, the weaving can be removed from the loom, and after some simple crochet around the edge, the Granny style square is done.

IMG_20160203_124415409 The winding took less than five minutes to do, the stitching probably about ten minutes and the crochet took me forever because I wasn’t too sure where to crochet. Anyway, as you can see, I managed in the end and future squares will be a lot quicker to make. I used scrap wool for this trial square and I think, next time, I’ll use more chunky yarn to plump it up a bit. I can feel a new scarf coming on. The position of the pegs can be changed to make larger designs. My square is about 5 inches across.

Thank you for providing me with something new to learn and play with Lin. That was fun 🙂

I hope you are all getting time to craft this week.

Happy New Year!

Good morning everyone and Happy New Year to you all!

Now that 2014 is behind us I thought it would be a good time to celebrate another year of crafting. It’s been a busy year for me and I have had several periods of sheer exhaustion this year. However, when I looked back over the crafty projects that I’d finished in 2014 I was quite surprised I’d managed to complete so many. Some are bigger and more challenging than others but they were all equally enjoyable to do. Some were done in tandem with my special blogging friend Claire who has motivated me to continue making and doing throughout the year.

2014 Marked the “hatching” of the Chicken Run on my other blog and the beginning of a larger SAL group. Many more personal goals have also been achieved. It’s been a bumper, busy year in so many respects for me but the crafting has kept me going. Sewing has forced me take a break, however small, from life’s challenges that can catch us off guard.

Thanks to all of you who have liked, commented, emailed and read my posts last year. It’s been so wonderful to have you on board!

Here are some photos of completed projects from 2014. If you want to read the original posts click here and then click on the photo of the project you want to read about.

Sewing beside the sea 2014 Collage

Here’s to an amazingly crafty New Year for all of us!

Avis x

Motif #11

Hi everyone,

Here is my version of motif #11 from the book I mentioned in this earlier post. I hope you like it.

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Avis x

Motif #10

Hi everyone,

Here is my version of motif #10 from the book I mentioned in this earlier post. I hope you like it.

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Avis x

Motif #9

Hi everyone,

Here is my version of motif #9 from the book I mentioned in this earlier post. I hope you like it.

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Avis x

Motif #8

Hi everyone,

Here is my version of motif #8 from the book I mentioned in this earlier post. I hope you like it.

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Avis x

Motif #7

Hi everyone,

Here is my version of motif #7 from the book I mentioned in this earlier post. I hope you like it.

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Avis x

Motif #6

Hi everyone,

Here is my attempt at motif #6 from the book I mentioned in this earlier post. I hope you like it.

#6

Avis x

Motif #5

Hi everyone,

Here is my attempt at motif #5 from the book I mentioned in this earlier post. I hope you like it.

#5

Avis x

Motif #4

Hi everyone,

Here is my attempt at motif #4 from the book I mentioned in this earlier post. I hope you like it.

#4

Avis x