Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Spinerations...The Latest Fiber Adventure!

eWoodStory is a collaboration between me and my woodworker husband, and it was only a matter of time until I found a way to collaborate with our daughter, Sara! 

In my weaving work, I found that my favorite yarns were handspun with beautiful textures and color blends. That led me to spinning my own yarn, and my daughter joined in my quest for spinning knowlege. It is the activity we like to do most together, so we thought why not make it into a business!

We have just launched our new project, Spinerations, two generations a mother and daughter duo, spinning our hearts out! Our mission is to create unique yarns for modern weaving. We each have different spinning styles which are a reflection of our personalities. If you are interested in following our fiber adventure, please visit our account! We will be posting about our creative yarn making experiments in our "Yarn Lab" posts, as well as spinning challenges we take on, to showcase our unique spinning styles. We would love it if you would follow our fiber adventures on Instagram!

Handspun scraps of Sadu Yarn were recycled and spun into new yarn!

Sara and I will each use the same fibers in our own way to create yarns in our own styles!

Sunday, January 6, 2019

Venezia Crochet Necklace with Sparkle!

For the first blog post of 2019, I have a few ideas on how to customize my newest crochet necklace pattern, the Venezia Necklace. The first idea I had, is an easy and subtle way to add a little sparkle. The ring links that link the chains to the medallion were crocheted in a silver metallic yarn, and the tassel was also wrapped in the same yarn. The finishing touch was the surface crochet between the second and third rows in the medallion, from the beginning to the end of row, crocheting around the chains in the center as you work across. This version doesn't have to be limited to using a metallic yarn, you could make the same modifications using a different color or colors, for a completely different look!

Monday, December 17, 2018

Introducing the Venezia Crochet Necklace!

2018 has been a great year in fiber arts for me, and I am so happy that I was able to design one more pattern before the year end! This year, I have been trying to pinpoint the areas of fiber arts that I enjoy most, and I decided that I need to get back to designing more crochet jewelry, as that is what I love most! So, I began with the Stone Necklace Trio, and am now releasing the Venezia Necklace pattern, which was inspired by my recent interest in macrame, and my lifelong love of vintage jewelry! Clothes come and go from your wardrobe, but accessories are something you hold onto, and enjoy for years and years! Crochet jewelry also is great for gifts as it is quick to make and you can customize it to the preferences of the person you are giving it to.

I chose to make the sample for this necklace in the "Magnolia" shade of Lionbrand's Cotton Bamboo yarn, as a nod to the macrame inspiration, and to give the impression of a blank canvas. You could crochet the various elements of the necklace in different colors, add metallic yarn accents or even crochet the entire necklace in a metallic yarn for full glitz!

This pattern is enjoying and satisfying to make, as it is created in parts and then you get to see it come to life as it is assembled! 

I am looking forward to what will hopefully be a productive 2019 for all and I want you to know how much I appreciate your support and visits to my blog!

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Celebrating the Mademoiselle Crochet Necklace!

I am celebrating crochet jewelry design this week, with the first pattern I ever designed for the Berroco Yarn Company. It was also the design that made me realize that designing crochet jewelry patterns was something I really needed and wanted to do more of!

The Mademoiselle Necklace is an adventure in crocheting beads and in embroidery embellishment. An elegant and truly fun accessory.

You can find this pattern for free, here on Berroco's website. Berroco Comfort Sock yarn is really the perfect yarn to use for this pattern. Check out all of the beautiful colors it comes in! The sample above was crocheted in "Dunedin", which I love. The colors running through it are like natural stones. The sample on Berroco's website was crocheted in "Fruit Cocktail" which I also love. Any of the variegated Comfort Sock yarns would be beautiful to use! 

Sunday, December 2, 2018

Bella Necklace Trio Pattern Sale!

This week I am celebrating my crochet jewelry designs by featuring the Bella Necklace Trio! This collection started out with one necklace that I enjoyed creating so much, that I kept going to create 2 more versions. 

I originally designed the trio for the UK magazine, Inside Crochet, and I have since rewritten the patterns in US crochet terms. It is a great collection of patterns to crochet small gifts for people, not to mention how fun they are to make!

From today through December 8th, I am offering this pattern collection at a 50% discount, so you can download all three patterns for just $2.47! Click here to take advantage of the offer and purchase the trio!

Monday, November 26, 2018

Loopy Trim Tutorial- Another Use For the Weaving Shed Stick!

I love experimenting with multiple ways to use my patterns and fiber arts tools, and recently I came up with another use for the shed stick in our eWoodStory Weaving Kit.

Shed Stick/ paint stirring stick
Tapestry Needle

Steps 1-3: Make a slip knot and slip onto the shed stick. Tighten the loop so that is tight, but it can still move on the stick, because you will be sliding the loops off of the stick at the end. Next, you will fill the shed stick with loops as in the single cast on method for knitting. See this link for how to do part one, substituting the shed stick for the knitting needle. When the stick is full of loops, cut the yarn from the ball, approximately 5 times the length of the shed stick and thread the tapestry needle with the tail end of the yarn.
Make a slip knot

Slide slip knot onto shed stick and tighten the loop

Add loops to shed stick using the single cast on method

Add loops to fill the shed stick, and cut yarn and thread the tapestry needle

Step 4: Now you will stitch through the small loops on the top of the stick in an "s" pattern. Insert the needle from right to left through the first loop and pull yarn through. Then insert it from left to right in the next loop and pull yarn through. Continue stitching alternating right to left and left to right to the end of the loops on the shed stick.

Working in an "S" pattern, Insert needle from right to left

Insert needle from left to right in next loop

Continue stitching, alternating from right to left and left to right, until you reach the end of loops on the stick

Step 5:  Now you will over stitch over the small loops by inserting the needle from right to left in every small loop until you reach the other end of the loops. Make a knot in the last stitch to secure the stitching.
Stitch over the small loops by inserting the needle from right to left in each small loop to end of loops
Make a knot in the last stitch by inserting the needle in the loop twice before tightening to secure the stitches

Step 6: Gently slide the loops off of the shed stick, and weave the tail end into the small loops for about an inch, then cut off the tail end.
Gently slide the loops off of the shed stick
Weave the tail end into the small loops about an inch and cut off the tail
When you first remove the loops from the Shed Stick, they will be a straight fringe, then when you stretch it out slightly, the loops will come to life and become fuller.

Stay tuned for my post on how I use this trim in my weaving!

Friday, November 23, 2018

Getting My Studio Organized!

It has been a long time coming, but I finally get to experience the joy of having a studio! For the first time in my life, I have a dedicated room for my work! I can't tell you how amazing it feels to have all of my things at my fingertips in one room! I am so used to working at the dining room table, that I am having trouble believing that I have an actual office to work in! Every week I try to add something new to make it better than the week before. Recently for my birthday, my husband built me a book shelf to go above my desk. I can't believe how many books I have, and how I really haven't been using them, because they were packed away upstairs. Since the shelf has been installed I have been referring to them daily! Organization really improves my work experience and each new addition to the studio is so exciting! Next on the list are more shelves, and under shelf lighting!