Zip it

I’ve been doing a lot more sewing in the last year, ever since I got the quilting bug at last year’s Knitting and Stitching show. I made two (only slightly wonky) quilts for my kids, and recently I decided I wanted to figure out how to make a box bag. This might also have been a result of the knitting and Stitching show actually, they were running a box bag course which I didn’t get around to taking.

The big problem with making a box bag was inserting the zipper… this wasn’t something I’d done well before. But I figured out my zipper foot on my machine, and I’m pretty happy with the results.

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When the kids saw me pulling out fabric and realised what I was up to, they requested bags too. The oldest has designated hers the marker case, and her brother’s is the crayon case. Very organised, my little girl, she must have got that from her father!

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I used this tutorial from DragoKnits, with some modifications.  I didn’t use interfacing, mainly because I didn’t have any. And I made my straps a different size. And *my* brown bag is big. Big enough to hold my spindle. I did that one with a 14 inch zip and 14*19 square of fabric. Mine is just big enough for my current ‘project’, some spinning. I got a spindle from Hilltop Cloud recently and I’ve been working on some yarn for a hat. I’m nearly there!

Enablers

I have to say, the Weave Spin Dye guild are nothing but a bunch of enablers. I went to a meeting recently (third Sunday of the month, Powerscourt balcony), to chat and catch up and see how things are going. Obviously I can’t bring much dye with me other than finished skeins, but others bring their weaving and spinning. Lisa from This is Knit brought this,

spinning wheelher Ashford Traveller spinning wheel. She rushed home to feed the baby, but left the wheel ‘in case anyone else wanted to try it out’.

I may have brought it home with me. For safe keeping. For it’s own good.

I also may have pulled out the lovely fibre that Cathyqtpi gave me a while ago. And I may have spun some.

spun yarnI’m definitely learning, although I’m not always sure *what* I’m learning.  I’m definitely headed down a slippery slope. I even hear rumours there is could be a spinning class at this year’s HandmAid Craft Day.

First time

I finished clue 3 of my follow your Arrow Saturday evening (a very exciting weekend), and instead of going to another project I decided to give the spinning a go. spinning

This took an awfully long time, and it’s only half the fibre I have to spin (some leftovers not big enough to sell). I have no idea if my yarn is over or under spun, or how to ply it, or anything really.  But I made some yarn… I think!  Any tips on resources for what to do next?

Weave, Spin, Dye

I was at the AGM for the  Irish Guild of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers last week. It’s… possibly not the place to be if I don’t plan to learn to spin. I say that, because I came home with this.

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At the end of the meeting, one of the guild members passed me a drop spindle. I’d made a comment on Twitter about a bit of extra roving from my last dye session. It’s only 25 grams, so not enough to sell really.  So it’s been decided for me that it’s time. I’m going to have to learn to spin.

Oh and thanks Cathy, it’s just the push I need 🙂