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

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

 

 

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!

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

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 :

6loomsTN Babyloom LargeLoom magic-loomTN Medloom recloom smloomB

Have a Looming Great Christmas!

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!

butterfly loom price list

 

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.