New Elizabethan Ruff

New Elizabethan Ruff

A really easy pattern to create a soft warm neck warmer!

Christmas presents galore -this only takes a couple of hours to make and costs next to nothing.

Cream Ruff 1

 

Loom     – Rectangle Butterfly Loom

Materials – 50g Sirdar Ophelia, the cream is Milly and the Grey is Kitty, I bought mine from Deramores and cost £2.99 each.

3 buttons, size of a 20p piece minimum

Instructions:

Wrap the rectangle loom 6 times, following the instructions in your booklet

Use the ladder knotting technique following the diagram below and create 4 daisy patterns – to see a video of how to do the daisy pattern click here

Rectangle loom ruff diagram

Use the ButterflyBraid technique on the 3 central loops of one of the short ends to create an edging.

Attach 3 buttons to correspond with the 3 loops on the other short edge.  The buttons do not need to be the size of the loop, you just need to be able to ‘catch’ the loop to keep it snug around your neck.

That’s all there is to it!

Cream Ruff 2  Grey Ruff 1    Grey ruff 2

 

All looms are available from my website Croft Looms

Large Butterfly Loom Pom-pom cushion

002

By making just 2 motifs on the Large Butterfly Loom you can create this lovely pom-pom fronted cushion.

Loom used                           Large Butterfly Loom

Techniques used                 Knotting – Ladder & Cross stitch

Joining                                 Double Butterfly Twist*

Materials                             400g Aran weight wool

Cushion pad approx. 32x32cm

Scissors

Wire dog brush (optional)

Darning needle

 

Instructions

Follow Basic Wrapping and Knotting in the Instruction Booklet.

Front – Make one motif by wrapping 9 rows.  Use the ladder knotting techniques.

Back – Make one motif by wrapping 6 rows.  Use the cross stitch knotting technique.

Hold wrong sides together and using the Double Butterfly Twist* technique join the front and back together, when 3 sides are joined insert the cushion pad and complete the joining. (* If the yarn is too thick it is ok to use single Butterfly Twist).

To make the pom-pom effect, leave the first row of each edge and using a sharp pair of scissors, cut ¾ of the way through the side of each knot so the underneath strands are still intact. Using the dog brush, brush each pom-pom to make it fluffy.

Cut pom pom part way through yarn                         010

All Looms are available from my shop Croft Looms

Proper Woolly

Proper Woolly 2015
Our stand at Proper Woolly 2015

We had a great time over the week-end at Proper Woolly an event to promote natural wools and yarns held at the livestock market in Holsworthy, Devon.  Very well organised, good footfall and plenty of interesting stalls to see.

I popped over to  Blacker Yarns and had a chat with Lara.  I had already made a bag using their Classic Aran in Olive using the Magic Butterfly Loom.

Blacker Yarns Classic OliveI am going to experiment with their Blacker Swan range, a joint venture between Blacker Yarns and Andrez and Ali Short who farm at Swan Inlet Farm on the Falkland Islands.  I am going to match 3 colours from the range Buttonweed, Seagreen and Seafoam.

I had a good chat with Sharon Driscoll of Newhall Naturals. Sharon spins and sells her own creations. She went off with a Magic Butterfly Loom to experiment, so it will be interesting to see what she comes up with.  I also met Lyn Soutar of Aneed2BeadnCraft, she runs lessons in knitting, crochet, Kumihimo and beading and thought the loom would make a nice addition to her repertoire!

The local WI groups and various Brownie and Guide troupes all expressed an interest in workshops and it was great to be invited by a whole range of groups from Brownies to seasoned spinning & weaving guilds to either give talks or workshops to their members, so a busy time ahead!

I came away with a skein of mohair from Julieann at Noteworthy Mohair, beautiful yarn hand spun from their own goats.  She had a whole set of the Looms she was hoping they would keep the kids occupied!  I am going to use the mohair on the loom and see what I come up with.

All in all, a great weekend, disappointed I didn’t get time to buy much yarn myself; still, there is Yarndale to look forward to!

Shoppers

Here’s a couple of shopping bags I’ve made; they are supposed to be reminiscent of the string shopper from the 60’s & 70’s.

This one is made using the Magic Butterfly Loom for the body, the Rectangle Butterfly Loom for the handles and Baby Butterfly Loom for the flowers. The wool I used is 4 x 50g of Drops Fabel Blue Sea Print from Wool Warehouse.

 

Magic Loom Bag                          Baby Loom flowers

 

I made 8 motifs wrapping 4 rows on the magic. I used the wool from the centre of the ball and the outside together (2 strands) to even out the variegated pattern.
I then made:
2 handles wrapped 6 rows on the rectangle.
2 flowers wrapped 6 rows for the string pull.
1 metre (approx) of i-cord using a lucet.
4 stiffeners for the handles from felt.

I will make up some instructions on how to put this together for a later post.

 

 

 

The second bag I made was using the rectangle Butterfly Loom. The wool I used is 2 x 50g of SMC merino in red/pink (05286) which I bought from a local shop 3 Sheep Wools in Cirencester.

Rectangle Loom bag
I made 7 motifs on the Rectangle Butterfly Loom, wrapping 2 rows.

This was very easy to make up, I simply joined 6 rectangles lengthwise using the Butterfly Twist, joining the last with the first to create a tube. I sealed the bottom using Butterfly Twist and tidied the top edge using the Butterfly Braid technique. I used the Butterfly Twist lengthwise to create the handle and attached to the top of the bag.

As usual my photography skills do not do these justice – the second bag in particular is very lightweight and slightly stretchy, so holds more than you might expect – but make sure you sew the handle on tightly!

Butterfly Looms are available from my website Croft Looms

Scarves

After practicing with the Baby Loom I have made a couple of scarves.

This one is made with the Small & Baby Looms and is made with one 50g ball of Drops Alpaca Camel Beige

I made 10 motifs on the Small Loom with 3 rows and 10 motifs on the Baby Loom with 6 rows. I joined the motifs together by slip stitching, leaving the loops on the front to make the frill.

Small & Baby Loom scarf detail                                         Small & Baby Loom scarf

 

This one is made with the Rectangle & Baby Looms and is made with one each 50g ball of Drops Alaska light olive, olive and dark pink. The flowers take only a few grams of wool so a great way to use up odd bits of leftovers.
Rectangle & Baby Loom scarf                         Rectangle & Baby Loom scarf detail

I made 3 motifs on the Rectangle Loom, using the two green yarns together I wrapped once (making 2 rows). I knotted with some odd pink wool and then I made 6 flowers on the Baby Loom wrapping 2 rows. I joined the rectangle motifs together using the butterfly twist technique and tidied the edging using the butterfly braid technique. I cut 16 25cm lengths of each yarn to make the tassels, 8 for each end – I forgot to cut mine level!!

Photography isn’t my thing, as I always say, these are much prettier than they look!

All wool is available from Wool Warehouse and the Butterfly Looms are available from my website Croft Looms

 

Festive Collar & Cuffs

Collar detail
Collar detail

Add a festive touch to a plain jumper or pop over your coat for that Boxing Day stroll.
The whole set takes about 2 hours to make!

Collar and cuffs on a plain jumper
Collar and cuffs on a plain jumper

 

Materials
One small Butterfly Loom
50g Wendy Shimmer – Red (2107)
50gWendy Shimmer – Nickel (2112)
Small amount of 2 ply for knotting (approx. 1 m per motif)
2 large buttons for the collar

Method
Using both yarns together and wrapping one row,  make up 10 motifs following the instructions included in the Butterfly Loom pack or on the CD.
Use the ladder technique to knot the motifs.
The collar takes 6 motifs, the cuffs 2 each.

For the collar: following the instructions on the CD slip stich the 6 motifs together in a line joining the knots on the back to leave a frill on the front side at each join. Using the butterfly braid technique tidy the two short ends. On the front side attach the two large buttons and loop through the opposite end to complete the circle to make the collar.

For the cuffs: Using the same technique join the two motifs together to create a tube which makes the cuff. Turn front side out.

Fru-fru out and pop over your jumper!

Note: I have quite slim hands, so if you need something larger add another motif; if this is too large insert a small piece of elastic inside using the knots as your anchor points.

All instructions are in the booklet or on the welcome CD.

 

Collar detail in Wendy Yeti - Mermaid (2786) Wendy Shimmer - Nickel (2112)
Collar detail in Wendy Yeti – Mermaid (2786)
Wendy Shimmer – Nickel (2112)

Looms on sale at Croft Looms.

Croft Looms the new home of Butterfly Looms worldwide

Mid summer in Wiltshire

Wiltshire is home to Stonehenge & Avebury, ancient stone circles where the Druids meet on the winter and summer solstice.  On Midsummer’s Eve this year we went down to Avebury which is about 10 miles from where we live in Swindon.  Whilst walking around the stones I picked up a few pieces of fleece that had moulted off the sheep that roam in and out of the circles, I put these together with some pieces of flint and local chalk (not picked up at Avebury – it is a World Heritage Site after all!) and made this collage.  I hope it gives some idea of what Wiltshire is like to those who do not know the area.

The collage incorporates small pieces of weaving; the yellow is Alpaca wool which surprisingly enough Wiltshire has in abundance, the climate and lush fields being an ideal home for  these lovely animals.  The weaving was done on Butterfly Looms and Peg Looms both of which can be bought off my website Croft Looms.

 

006

avebury005    avebury003   avebury_sheep004

 

Baby Blankets

These are two baby blankets made using the same materials but on different looms.  They both use Inca Cloud Lemon Alpaca for the main body and the cream contrast is 50% British Falkland Merino and 50% Tencel.

This one is made using the Magic Butterfly Loom.  I wrapped one row per square and made 6 squares.  I joined the squares using the braid joining method.  As this is for a baby I thought the open weave might be too lacy for little fingers to get wrapped in, so I decided to put a backing on it.  I edged a piece of lemon flannelette with blanket ribbon and attached it to the back.  I braided one short edge to make the top of the blanket and  trimmed the other 3 edges to create a fringe.  Where the squares meet I needed to put a few extra fringes in.

Baby blanket - Magic Butterfly Loom Blanket - Magic Butterfly Loom - detail

 

This one is make using a Peg Loom,  I used single thread and used the fine pegs.  As the peg looms leaves you with tassels at each end I cut the one end short and then cut a piece of flannelette and blanket stitched this along the top to make a nice smooth edge.  I then added extra fringing to the bottom edge to finish this off.

 

Baby blanket - Fine peg loom                                          Blanket- fine peg loom - detail

The colours haven’t come out very well on my photos but these are lovely pale yellow.

 

Butterfly Looms and Peg Looms are available from my website Croft Looms.