Monday, July 2, 2007

Why sari silk is like licking the bowl

It's beautiful, but what precisely do I do with Sari silk?

I really struggle with this question.
I absolutely adore recycled sari silk. The colours, the texture. It's fantastic.
But what the hell should I do with it?

It's like in baking, sometimes cake batter tastes betters than the finished cake. It's the same for sari silk.

Colourful or textured yarn is sometimes ruined by knitting, all the colours get smooched up together, it's such a shame.

I would quite happily just admire sari silk.
Unfortunately I can't justify buying yarn just to look at it.

So I've begun creating other things with yarn that I like too much to knit with.

The bangles are simply made by wrapping and gluing yarn around an old bangle. One is made with sari silk, the other with some of the yarn I span at Glastonbury.

The sari silk bangle only used up a small fraction of my skein, so I decided to use the same technique as with the bangle, but on something a little bigger.

This bag started out as a very cheap, hideous, Primark clutch bag. I think it looks infinitely better covered in recycled silk.

The only problem now is finding an outfit that would go with it.

Sunday, July 1, 2007

Creatng your own fabric

What do you do if you can't find the perfect fabric for a project?

If even eBay can't help then surely all is lost?

Normally at this point I would just give up. But not this time. I decided to print my own.

A bit rustic maybe, but that is right up my street.

Friday, June 29, 2007

Glastonbury Craft Update

Glastonbury was muddy. But Glastonbury was also crafty!

Between the beer, the music and the mud I learnt to spin!

Myself and the boyfriend were taught by a wonderful couple called Dave and Sarah who own a yarn, spinning and quilting shop near Bristol called Spinning Weal.

We tried out both wheel and drop spindle spinning, drank tea and ate cake.
Not rock and roll, but bloody marvellous.

The white ball is the boyfriend's and the one with more colouring is mine, they are made of wool from Sarah and Dave's Portlands with touches of blue and purple merino.

If you live in the Bristol area I do recommend you check out Spinning Weal.
Dave and Sarah are in all seriousness two of the nicest people I have ever met, and so generous.