Saturday, April 25, 2009

Using a Diz

I've been trying to learn how to use a Diz to make rovings from my Drum Carder, i was having a bit of trouble so Ann from Shepherds Spring Farm sent me a small video to help out. Thankyou so much Ann you make it look so easy and now maybe my Bi-ceps wont get some much of a workout. lol
I've added it here so i hope it works

Ann gives a brief explaination here. Thankyou Ann
If it gets to hard to pull through the hole you have too much wool. Pull the diz up the wool and split the wool on the underside. You were probably moving across the drum to fast. The thicker the wool on the drum the slower you have to move across. The staple length will determine how far you can pull before you have go move your hand back down to grab the wool next to the diz. If you can manage to give it a twist while you are pulling you can pull longer, twist gives strength.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Dying Wool

I started out today trying to make rovings from my Drum Carder with a Diz, its a lot harder than it looks so if anyone has any suggestions for me i would be greatly appreciative.
After trying that i wanted to give my steamer a work out and see if i could produce some yummy colors steaming the wool for the first time. I have to say i'm super happy with the results, i love the colors, there hanging to dry and now because my rovings didnt turn out so good should i now go ahead and just run them back through the carder to smooth them out in their lengths, or should i just leave them alone and go a try again.

The Steamer in Action

I just love all the colors

Drying outside and they look as bright as they are.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

This is one of our Demonstrations that Jude taught us at the fundraiser, I love making these flowers . My favorite is the green and white one, unfortunately though its not mine it was the one that Jude taught my daughter Shayna (13) how to make. She had a ball playing with Jude learning to Wet Felt. We'll definetely be making more and other flowers to. Love them

Monday, April 13, 2009


Well we have had an amazing weekend with this fundraiser, Not all has been sold but thats ok as im now going to set myself up at a couple of good craft markets here and sell the rest and i wont stop until its all sold.
So far we have raised (drum roll please) lol $1558.50 i think that is awesome for a weekends worth of work and ive had the best time ever. Meeting new people and learning new things, i've learnt so much this weekend it's been Brilliant.
Everything looked Fantastic all set up in the hall and i have to Thank Jude (judelicious) on the forum for taking time out to come down and help me for the first day and sleeping over the night before so we could set everything up perfectly Thankyou so much Jude, also like to thank Glynis (feltpets) for braving all that traffic and driving down to meet us and she bought Cakes , which was just what we needed to Thankyou so much Glynis.
I will put some photo's on of everything all set up but i just wanted to say Thankyou so much to everyone that has been involved in this event, your generosity is very much appreciated and without you all this would not have happened. So Thankyou Very Very Much from the bottom of my heart. This is something that will stay with me forever as i have loved every minute of it.
I'll keep informing everyone of sales as we go.
Until then i know that we have helped in some way
thankyou again