Friday, July 6, 2018

Summer of Fiber Arts Began at Black Sheep!



The end of June is one of my favorite times to visit Oregon because I am fortunate to be able to attend the Black Sheep Gathering! An amazing event for all things fiber related. They put together an extensive collection of classes taught by very experienced instructors. This year, I decided to buy a spinning wheel, as last year I felt like I was the only one there who didn't know how to spin on one! Shortly before I arrived in Oregon, I ordered a Spinolution Worker Bee. I unboxed it, just a few days before Black Sheep and tried to get the hang of spinning on it. I enrolled in a Beginning Spinning Class, so I was trying to get a head start. We spent about 5 hours on our wheels, and that was the concentrated time I needed to get to know the wheel and actually make some yarn! I was able to spin up most of the fiber you see in the photo below. Spinning is one of those things you should probably never start if you don't have time in your schedule, because once you do, you won't want to stop!


It just so happens that my 12 year old daughter is in love with spinning also. We are sharing the wheel, and since we have taken it out of the box, we have been taking turns! She really clicked with spinning while at Black Sheep, and was so happy to be able to spin in the "Spinner's Circle" with the other spinners. The magic of being around so many fiber enthusiasts! 
I also took a Blending Board class, which was such fun. I just loved creating little works of art to roll up and spin. It is a surprise for me to see how each one will spin up!

After the classes were over, my daughter and I shopped in the Marketplace for spinning materials. One of our favorite booths had baskets full of dyed locks that you could choose and buy by the ounce. We were almost tempted to take home a whole basket because each hand-dyed lock you pick up is more beautiful than the last!

Of course, we couldn't go home without making friends with an Alpaca :-) We have more fun each year we attend, and are already thinking about next year!

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Summer 2018 Weaving and Kids Classes in Eugene, Oregon!



I have arrived in Eugene, Oregon for the summer, and am gearing up to teach at the wonderful Cozy yarn shop! I will be teaching the following classes for adults and children:

WEAVING 101

Date: June 23
Time: 10:00-2:00
Cost of workshop: $80.00 (includes $40.00 for the kit)
Description: An introduction to modern weaving with a lap loom, to create small-scale woven paintings created using a mix of techniques and surface textures. The class will teach you how to use all of the tools in the eWoodStory fiber arts kit, which will be yours to take home and continue creating with! In addition to learning how to weave, you will learn how to make tassels, pom poms, and lucet cord with the specially designed tools in the kit.

WEAVING 102

Date: July 21
Time: 10:00-1:00
Cost of workshop: $30.00
Description:
A freeform approach that will add texture and interest to your weaving. We will explore spiral weaving, gradation, wrapped tassels, carpet pile, surface crochet and embroidery embellishment, shaped borders, applying gold leaf, and more!

KIDS UPCYCLING &
ADVENTURES IN YARN WRAPPING

Date: June 24
Time: 12:00-2:00
Ages: 7-12
Cost of workshop: $25.00 ($20.00 + $5.00 supply fee)
Description: Learn how to upcycle containers by using fun yarn wrapping techniques, in addition to learning how to make tassels and braid with 4 strands.

KIDS FABRIC PRINTING 
& ART WEAVING
Date: July 22
Time: 12:00-2:00
Ages: 7-12
Cost of workshop: $25.00 ($20.00 + $5.00 supply fee)

Description: Learn beginning weaving techniques, and an exciting method of fabric printing to incorporate your own artwork into your weaving.

You can sign-up for the workshops in person at the Cozy yarn shop, or online here

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Spreading the Joy of Crochet!


It is always so wonderful to hear about what people do with my patterns!  Recently, a lovely lady from Australia contacted me to ask if it was ok to use my Sweetheart Button Frames pattern to make hearts to give away in her non-profit craft shop as a way to revive interest in crochet. I loved the idea, and told her that she certainly could!

The photo above was a sampling of the hearts that she made. She also had the brilliant idea to use Rainbow Loom bands to crochet around, instead of the elastic I used. This pattern was designed pre-Rainbow Loom craze, so I think I will update the pattern with this clever tip!

She told me that the giveaway generated a lot of interest in crochet and people requested the pattern so they could make some. It was really lovely to hear that this little crochet pattern could get people to want to learn to crochet. I was so impressed with the effort that she put into this giveaway, and I only wish I could have attended!


Thursday, April 19, 2018

Combining Surface Crochet and Weaving!



I am always looking for new ways to incorporate crochet into my projects, and surface crochet is one of my favorite techniques. You can literally insert the hook anywhere in your work and take your yarn for a walk!

I work in a freeform style, which is why tapestry weaving really appeals to me. I began this piece by weaving a random design in chunky yarn, then I went back in and filled in all of the spaces. The resulting piece looks so different from my other weavings, I almost feel that it was made by someone else! I love the change in style, and this weaving has inspired me to create more weavings using this technique.


When I finished weaving and took the piece off the loom, I felt it was missing something. I wanted to further define the shapes, and surface crochet came to mind! I also wanted to include some metallic yarn in the weaving, and surface crochet was delicate enough for the sparkle not to overpower the other yarns. Suddenly, the piece came together and made sense! The surface crochet also inspired the chunky metallic tassels in the fringe. There is something so satisfying about the surface crochet technique and being able to "draw" with your hook!





Thursday, March 29, 2018

Summer 2018 Fiber Fun!



We just got tickets for our annual summer trip to Oregon, and I am filling in my calendar! First up June 29th-July 1st, is the Black Sheep Gathering that will be in a new location, Albany, this year. I will really miss it being in my hometown of Eugene, but the organizers are promising that this will enable them to be bigger and better, so I am looking forward to the experience! Every year I learn so much at the Black Sheep Gathering, and I feel so fortunate that it is in Oregon in the summer. Soon the class registration will open, and it so happens that 3 of the classes that I would like to take, are offered on the same day at the same time! I am seriously considering buying a spinning wheel this year, as I am fascinated with making art yarns. This decision will sway which way I go when choosing classes. Last year I felt like I was the only one who didn't know how to spin on a spinning wheel, so maybe it is time to change that! 

The second event I plan to attend is the Crochet Guild of America's Chain Link Conference that will be in Portland, Oregon this year!!! I couldn't believe it when I heard the news! I haven't been able to attend the past 2 years, and I have really missed it! I am looking forward to seeing old friends and meeting new friends, as well as taking some interesting classes there too. If you have never been to a Chain Link Conference, and can get yourself to Portland, check out the class list this year! So many wonderful things to learn from talented instructors. Another great thing about the conference is the Design Competition, open to members of the guild. As a former winner of the competition (for the Kyoto Coat), it is a  conference highlight for me to visit the display!

What are your fiber plans this summer? I hope our paths will cross at either the Black Sheep Gathering, or at the CGOA conference! Bring on summer! 

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Mini Weaving Loom Giveaway


The newest item in the eWoodStory line, is the Mini Loom. It measures 5" x 4 5/8" and is perfect for weaving on the go! To celebrate Mini Looms being back in stock in our Etsy Shop, we are giving away a free Mini Loom of your choice, (one of the 2 pictured here) and curated yarn pack of your choice, PLUS, we will personalize the tags with your name or initials!

HOW TO ENTER:
1. Make sure you follow us.

2. Leave a comment on the giveaway post about what you would like to do with one of our mini looms. 


*You will be given an extra entry for every person you mention who also enters the giveaway or if you repost this post or any of our other posts! 



Entries will be accepted for one week, from now until March 17th at midnight PST. The winner will be randomly selected.

Participants must reside in the USA, Europe, or Kuwait. Good luck! 😊


Below are some sample weavings that have been made on our Mini Loom:

Sample woven on our mini loom



Weaving combined with embroidery


Spiral Weaving with Needlefelting
Weaving on the loom!
Mini Loom VS. Lap Loom Size
Mini Loom Kit Contents





Wednesday, February 21, 2018

eWoodStory Stitching Galleries


2018 is flying by, and I am trying to stay organized! I recently found out about Linktree. It gives you one link to house all your important links in one neat menu. Especially helpful for Instagram, which only gives you space for one link.

I wanted a place to display inspirational photos of the work that has been done with our eWoodStory Stitchable Pendants, and Weaving Kits. I found a great photo hosting website that would allow me to do just that!

Here is my Linktree Menu, so you can see how it works, and all of the crocheted, embroidered, felted, knitted, painted, beaded, needlepointed, macrame, and woven creations!

WEAVING GALLERY