Wool Warehouse delivery

I’ve had a delivery from Wool Warehouse.  I have bought a brand called Drops and so far I am very impressed.  They have a large selection of different blends and fibres, cottons, alpaca (my fave) 100% wool, mohair and all the usual weights.  The great thing about Drops is the price – Alpaca 50g £2.10 + VAT

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The ‘Paris’ cotton is only £1.79 +VAT for 50g and you probably can’t see it in this picture, but the colours are VERY bright!

As I say, I’m going to do a bit of experimenting and will post the pictures when done.

String Shopping Bag

In order to reduce the amount of plastic shopping bags I have around the house I like to use something a bit more eco-friendly.  I have make a shopping bag using the large and rectangle looms.

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Very reminiscent of the ones we used to have in the 1970’s only this one does not seem to stretch! (yet!)

I used a mix of undyed hemp, wool and mohair wrapping 3 strands at a time and went round twice.  I used two large for the sides and attached a rectangle to each at the top to give a bit of depth.  The handles are two rectangles sown up lengthways.  The rectangles are slightly longer than the square so took a bit of piecing together (17 into 15), but easy enough and gives quite a nice fluted shape to the top.  The only place it looks like it is stretching is where the rectangle and the square meet along the top, but I think that is because the edge loops are large than the ones in the body.

It is a bit messy as my inital thought was to line it with calico, but the picture above has 3kgs of shopping in it and hasn’t stretched much at all, so I am going to use it for a few weeks and if by January it’s dragging in puddles I will re-design!  The back of this I actually made daisy patterned, but it has left it far too holey – would definitly need to be lined.

I’m going to make another one, paying a bit more attention to detail and see how much is has cost me – I  think easily under a tenner.  I also have some thicker yarn I might use, see how that turns out.

Have a Looming Great Christmas

Looking for stocking fillers that will last past Boxing Day?

The baby and small butterfly looms are great for making scarves and accessories – ideal for keeping away those post Christmas ‘I’m bored!’ moans.

No knitting or crocheting experience needed, by just wrapping and knotting a scarf can be made quickly and easily – and (so you get to enjoy the holiday) needs a minimum of supervision.

The whole Butterfly Loom range is available through EBay, click on the pictures below to visit EBay :

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Have a Looming Great Christmas!

First Attempt!

Not 100% happy, but not bad for a first attempt.

I have made a double sided cushion cover using the large loom.  The fluffy side is made using 100g of Snazzy colour Royal SY041 supplied by Texere (www.texere.co.uk) and the back is 100g  Lister Bamboo Navy 774 out of my stash so not sure where this came from and intersected with  paradise chenille in Salmon also by Texere

Now, where did I go wrong: I have a habit when sewing and knitting of working too loose and I think this is what I have done here.  Next time I will pull my knots tighter, then they will lie more evenly.  I also changed what I was making half way through, and back again, I was going the cross knot, then I decided I would try a daisy but realised that I hadn’t left enough rows, so went back to leaving it as just crosses.  This has ended up with it being a bit of a mess on the back and with lots of joins – but I think this proves that it doesn’t matter too much because that is all hidden at the back.  I think also I should have used a thicker knotting yarn – maybe the same as I did the wrapping in.  I have put this round a black cushion so the effect is ok – but not perfect..

But it is very easy to pickup, I had a couple of attempts at first on the small loom to just understand what was what but after a few wraps and knots I feel I have mastered it!  A bit of tweaking, but I think I know where I have gone wrong, so eager to make something else

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Next project is going to be a ‘string’ shopping bag.

They’re Here!

The Butterfly Looms have arrived from Australia!

All priced up and ready to go, generally they will be dispatched via Royal Mail but the large ones will have to go via courier as the RM do not take parcels over 61 cm. I had not really appreciated how large the rectangular and the large ones are; though I knew the measurements and I had seen Carolyn’s video on YouTube I had mentally underestimated their actual size – still makes for quicker results!

I have set up an EBay shop, unfortunately as I am ‘new’ I can only post 10 items until I receive a letter in the post from them. Once I have jumped through a thousand hoops I will have a button on this blog to link straight to my shop.

My price list is attached, if any one wants to place an order here and now without going through EBay send me an email using the contact form on the homepage of this blog with your requirement and I can send you a Paypal invoice, if not here is the links to the 3 I have up at the moment:

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Butterfly-Loom-Small-/221316969196?pt=UK_Crafts_OtherCrafts_Spinning_Weaving&hash=item338784f2ec

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Butterfly-Loom-Baby-/221316934478?pt=UK_Crafts_OtherCrafts_Spinning_Weaving&hash=item3387846b4e

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Butterfly-Loom-Medium-/221316985258?pt=UK_Crafts_OtherCrafts_Spinning_Weaving&hash=item33878531aa

Just starting my first project – I will be uploading my creation as soon as it is complete!

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New Butterfly Loom Group

There is a new group for Butterfly Loomers set up on Facebook – take a look https://www.facebook.com/groups/ButterflyLoomCreations/. There is not a great deal on there as it only started today but should grow into a great group.

A quick update on the Butterfly Looms on the way to the UK; they have arrived in the UK and will be delivered to me on Wednesday and I hope to have them on sale by the weekend (Yippee!!).

I will be selling them through EBay and HMUK – I will be putting the links up later in the week.

They’re on their way!

Slight delay but the Butterfly Looms are on their way… should be with me next week and they will be up for sale as soon as.

I have updated my ravelry account – nothing much on in so far so search for Carolyn’s page http://www.ravelry.com/people/ButterflyLoom she has lots of throws and the patterns are on her website http://thebutterflyloom.com/Patterns_c.html

I will be creating my own patterns including shopping bags and tablet cases and hopefully some nice Christmassy things.