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Month: June 2012 Page 1 of 2


I’ve been making little pocket notebooks. Moleskine Cahier knock-offs for guild giveaways. For my own carry around, I have always just made it plain, sans back pocket, and stapled, instead of sewn. (Similar to my project journal except 3.5″ x 5.5″.) I do have to say that the sewn binding make a much tidier notebook. But mine are meant to be tossed in my bag and used, so I don’t much care.

The top white one (with pink flower) was my sample before I started on the guild notebooks (black sheep, get it?). The smaller white notebook in the lower right was made with leftovers.


Yarn for Coverlet Exchange

Just in case you thought I’ve abandoned my fiber crafts for the index cards…here’s proof that work continues.

The hand spun for the coverlet exchange are ready for distribution. I’ll exchange them in the next few weeks for the other participants’ yarn. Once I’m done with the current project on the loom, I’ll start the warp for the coverlet.

Specs: 10 cones of 160 yards each. Black Blue Faced Leicester over dyed with teal spun to fingering weight singles. I still need to spin about 500 yards for my own squares, but the big push is over.

Having fun

I’m still having fun with the Index-Card-a-Day Challenge. That is, one week in, I haven’t fallen off the wagon yet.

I find index cards to be an interesting medium for watercolor. You have to work in very quick light washes. You can’t over work it or it will become too saturated. Buckling is definitely an issue, even with a watercolor ground applied to it. But on an unprepped card, I like how the water pools and saturates the edges and create a little border, don’t you? This card has about 3 light washes of color applied.

You might think that I’ve abandoned my fiber crafts for this little project but I have wound a 10 yard warp. I haven’t dressed the loom yet because I made 2 mistakes in 2 of my bouts. One of them, I forgot to tie my counting cross so I’ve lost the measurements for my raddle.

No problem! Warp front to back. I’ve still got my individual cross. But in the last bout, somehow I missed the last 2 pegs, and thus the cross) on one go around (2 threads). Still, not disaster, I can just either tie in an extension, or easier yet, just drop that set completely and measure off another pair to use. I think I have just enough yarn for that. My warp used up all except about 50 yards of an entire cone and I don’t have anymore of that color.

Neither of the problems are huge, but mere snags. However, I get stalled out at little snags like this and have to talk myself into moving on.

What about you? What causes you to stall out on a project?

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