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.

Felting

 

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This month I thought I’d give felting a try. I made a number of vessels, but what do I do with them all?

 

Then I took the leap into making slippers after watching a number of YouTube videos. I made my husband’s first, he loves them so much, the only time he takes them off is to go outside or to work!

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He convinced me that I had to make a pair for myself and I have to agree, they’re neither too hot nor cold, light and comfortable.  I purchased the non skid felted soles on Etsy from Joe’s Toes. Also, they’re faster to make than either knitting or crocheting!

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I really enjoy felting, I’m always on Pinterest looking for more ideas on what to make next. Any ideas?

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Spring Wrap

After spinning and weaving a custom project for three weeks, I gathered up some handspun and wove another scarf. This one, although 13 & 1/2″ x 100″ is surprisingly light, just 13 oz (368 grams). It can be worn as a spring scarf or a wrap, perfect for Easter,.

 

Clasped Weft

This scarf took infinitely more time to weave, it wasn’t as easy as tossing the shuttle back and forth. The warp is Merino, the wefts are Corriedale, Shetland (from Quebec!), Camel and silk.

This will be the last woolen scarf for now, I’ll be moving back to cotton and tencel for the next few projects, whatever they may be.

A Woven Scarf

I hand dyed then spun the yarn for this scarf earlier this year. It contains a lot of Corriedale, the warp is Faulkland and there’s always Bluefaced Leicester (BFL) in all my scarves, it’s such a great wool to work with, I don’t know why more people don’t use it. All three of these scarves are off to Muskoka to a craft show this weekend with my friend Sew Tara.

Next on my list is a white/oatmeal/silver scarf, all natural colours of the sheep they originate from including a white merino warp, Shetland, Targhee, maybe (silver) Mohair, Alpaca and BFL, weft. I’m spinning BLF now and am going to blend the Alpaca and Targhee together.

BiG, Rustic & Natural

I wove another big scarf this week using handspun chunky and worsted weight yarns from Polwarth, Finn and Corriedale sheep’s wool as well as a little mohair. I’ve discovered that if you add liquid fabric softener to your hand washing routine, it makes your project super soft and squishy. (SOLD)

I have it for sale on FB, if it doesn’t sell by Friday it’ll be going to Crafted Muskoka with my friend Sew Tara .

Improvisational Weaving

Yesterday morning I started to wind a warp using odds and ends of my handspun I had used on my multicoloured poncho. I didn’t really count, just wound until I couldn’t put any more yarn on my warping board. It was chunky wool so it was only 60 ends which I estimated would be 6 ends per inch on the loom.

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I’m getting better at warping and it only took a few minutes to wind it onto the back beam. Threading the heddles and reed also went quickly and I was off to the races. I pulled random balls of handspun from my big basket and wound off just before 3 p.m.!

Because the main fiber in this scarf is Blue Faced Leicester, it’s super soft and huge, 86″ long (not including 12″ of fringe) by 14″ wide, almost as big as Lenny Kravitz’ scarf!

I think I have enough handspun left in my basket to make another huge scarf, I think I’ll make the next one wider but just as long.