Fabric Daisy

I visited Avon Stitchers, a group of enthusiastic crafters in Bradford Upon Avon, this week.    As the name suggests, they are mainly into embroidery and sewing, so I thought I would try and use fabric on the Butterfly Loom.

 

I took apart an old blouse and cut the sleeves into about 1″ wide strips.

I knotted the strips together and wrapped around my Small Butterfly Loom – I then unwrapped as I realised the ‘wrong’ side of the fabric would be uppermost when I removed it from the loom.

So, starting again, I wrapped the loom making sure the front of the fabric was face down on my board.  I wrapped two rows then used embroidery thread to do the knotting, which I did in a daisy pattern.

Rummaging around in my box of bits & pieces I had small (11″) cushion and, rather conveniently, a piece of navy felt which almost exactly matches the flowers on my fabric.

I attached the daisy to the felt by simply sewing the 4 corners of the knotting (leaving the loops free) and then made an envelope style back for the cushion and sewed it all together.

Rather pleased with the outcome!

If you want your fabric to be neater, cut it slightly wider (and more precisely) and use a bias binding maker to tuck the edges away.

 

Looms are available from my website Butterfly Loom and looms, bias binding makers & other craft supplies are available from my new website Craft Easy

Pom Pom Christmas Wreath

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The building where my workshop is decided to have a door decorating competition, so  this is my effort!

I have just taken delivery of Prym Pom Pom Making kits, so I thought this would be the ideal time to try them out.  The colours are not too good on my camera, but it is various shades of red, green and white with a few baubles from the tree and some gold bells to give it a bit of sparkle and I think it looks pretty good!

Dublin & Nottingham – all in one day

Butterfly Loom will be attending 2 events in the weekend of 11th November.

Liz and Pippy of Butterfly Loom Ireland will be at the Knitting & Stitching Show at Simmondscourt in the RDS Dublin.  The show starts on Thursday 9th and runs through to Sunday 12th.  They will be joined by Sue Cotten of Learning Curve who is doing 2 workshops one Thursday and one Sunday – visit them and see how easy it is to make beautiful projects by wrapping & knotting!

I will be at Nottingham Yarn Expo at the Nottingham Conference Centre which is held over Saturday & Sunday.  I will have lots of items on show and I will demonstrate how to make pom poms and daisy patterns and using crochet to join your squares together.

The Knitting & Stitching Shows are always popular and they are expecting a great turnout as usual, the Notts Yarn Expo is on its maiden voyage, but it has been very well received and looks like it will become an annual favourite!

 

Knitting & stitching                               Notts yarn logo

 

 

Large Butterfly Loom Pom-pom cushion

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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.

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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!

Tunic

How quick and easy is this!

20 motifs made on the Magic Butterfly Loom and then double twist to join them together.

20 motifs, I used 5 x 100g Drops Andes super chunky in Ice Blue from Wool Warehouse.  I wrapped 1 row and used the x stitch to knot.

I joined 6 together in 3 rows and then joined these rows together to give a 6×3 strip.  I then joined 2 of the 3 rows together on the short edges, giving me a back and front of 9 motifs each with the top squares open to form the armholes. The 2 remaining motifs I attached to the top to create shoulders.  To finish I simply used butterfly braid to tidy up the edges around the neckline, the armholes and the bottom.

I am going to see if I can make some sleeves using the rectangle loom.

Magic butterfly Loom Tunic
Magic Butterfly Loom Tunic

Butterfly Looms are available from my shop Croft Looms.

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

Marlborough Craft Fair 22nd March

Marlborough Craft Fair 22nd March 2014
Marlborough Craft Fair 22nd March 2014

I will be at the Marlborough Town Hall Craft Fair on 22nd March 2014.  Marlborough is a lovely market town full of gorgeous shops housed in beautiful buildings and on Wednesday and Saturdays there are well stocked markets along the High Street, the second widest in Britain.

I will be selling Butterfly Looms, knitting looms and accessories to make blankets and scarves, I will of course be sitting along side showing passers by how to use the looms.

So if you are in Wiltshire and fancy a stroll around one of the prettiest towns, in an area full of pretty towns, visit Marlborough on Saturday 22nd March.

Marlborough Town hall
5 High Street
Marlborough
Wiltshire
SN8 1AA

 

 

 

 

 

Another sample square

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Drops Paris Dark Turquoise (10), Orange (13) and Heather (07) 100% cotton

I absolutely love these colours they are so vibrant but the picture does not do them justice.  Soft cotton finish, hard wearing but I am not sure what you could make with it on the Butterfly Loom?  I tried making coasters, putting felt underneath but cotton is so soft it does not hold its shape.

Any ideas anyone?  It would be a shame to not be able to use this, I am thinking of trying it out as a bag of some sort, maybe a shoe bag?

Made on the small loom, 8 rows, main turquoise and orange wrapped together and heather as contrast.

All the looms are available on EBay