About Tabatha

I love the challenge of creating and choosing fabrics and especially the results. There's always something new to learn in the world of sewing, the spectrum is truly bright.

More Rare and OOP

Just added to Etsy, Melody Miller Ruby Star Shining Clocks and Typewriters as well as Storyboek Field Stroll by Jay-Cyn for Birch Fabrics, 100% organic cotton.

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Rare and Out of Print

I knew that I had some out of print (OOP) fabrics, some I won’t let go but little did I know that prints I purchased 6 years ago are now rare. Take “Brrr!” by Laurie Wisbrun for example, no where can it be found for sale on Etsy!

IMG_20170704_183858Same goes for Tula Pink’s Parisville Cameo print. Who doesn’t like a squirrel on a lady’s head?

And last but not least, Swoon Sea Garden by Melissa Averinos.

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You might think that some of the prices are outrageous but consider this person who is selling a 20.5″ x 16.25″ piece for US$87.39!

Is there something you’re looking for? Message me on Etsy or here on my blog and I’ll let you know!

Destash!

This weekend I decided that I needed to destash my hoard, I haven’t really sewn in FIVE years! I’ll also be selling my Juki TL-2000Qi and vintage machines locally but keeping my Bernina 550 QE.

Some fabric I’m selling includes Heather Ross’ Far Far Away III and Crafty Chloe, Kayo Horaguchi Japanese prints , Better Gnomes and Gardens and more! Visit my Etsy shop, I’m always adding more fabric!

Still Spinning!

Wow, time flies! Especially when you’re spinning… and now dying.

I’ve been using Wilton’s icing colouring with terrific results (IMO). The above roving I dyed in reds, blues and yellows then overdyed the roving in royal blue and black.

This one was almost pure colour, golden yellow, teal and royal blue, my favorite so far!

Also played with blue, I think this will be a really good colour to tone down the yellow and blue skein. I’m still looking for a pattern to use with these. Any suggestions?

But all was certainly not perfect.

IMG_20170323_151430I tried Christmas red which turned hot pink then added another red which got worse. Added yellow then teal and when wet, looked like mud. After rinsing and drying, the result was something akin to clown puke.

There are aspects that I like but I have no idea what will happen when I spin it. Thankfully it’s less than 100g, I’ll keep you posted when I finally do something with it.

On another note, I’ve started a poncho with all the natural colours I spun in the first two weeks, no pictures yet but it reminds me of something from the 70’s. I know I’ll wear it when done and it’ll be warm and cosy.

Anyone else dye and spin or just spin?

You Spin Me!

img_20170221_155015So, two weeks ago, this happened!

I put a call out on my local Ravelry forum for a rent or rent-to-own spinning wheel and in just a matter of hours, a sweet and generous soul replied to my plea.

IamMo arrived the next Monday with this Lendrum double treadle in tow as well as her identical second wheel and enough fibre to completely cover my dining table. I thought she’d brought it to show me but she brought it for me to spin with!

Spinning looks a lot easier on YouTube.

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Here’s my first mess:

Ugly, isn’t it. I practised 4 hours every day, before and after work.

I am much better and certainly more consistent than what you see here but not as consistent as I aim to be but it takes time and more practise.

 
Here’s where I am today, 2 weeks later, a 2-ply worsted weight (worsted spun) which I can actually knit with!

 

Corriedale fibre is a great beginner fibre, it has a long staple and relatively easy to spin. I think I have enough to actually make a poncho!

Below are photos of some Polworth fibre I spun and plied in my first week, love the colours!

Sockhead Bandwagon

I’ve jumped on the sockhead (slouchy hat) bandwagon. Every (previously) knitted slouchy hat has been too big and falls over my eyes when I bend over to pick up dog poop. (I’m a dog walker, if you didn’t know.)

img_20170205_105836 A silly face, I know but now that I’m older, who am I trying to impress? 😀

I used Lang Mille Colori Baby in the 51 Nebula colourway. Yes, I know it’s superwash, sad, but it was in my stash, forgive me.

Despite being a superwash “wool”, it didn’t have the slippery feeling some do and I joined yarn using the felting method which worked beautifully. Is it possible they didn’t wrap it in plastic?

My neighbour is in love with it so I’ll gift it to her, I’m making another for myself using the left over Nebula with Grapevine, alternating colours every other row.

I have another finish but I haven’t blocked it yet, coming soon…