Wednesday, May 25, 2011

One down, two to go....

Delivered one of my large orders today, that felt (no pun intended) wonderful, and I have a really good start (about half way through) order number two.  I'm guessing another week and a half and this batch of hard work will be over:)

There were some stockings.



and hot water bottle covers


some mitts and hats


and a few tea cozies too.

I also managed to make many, many bags and carpets!  Bet you wish you were on my Christmas list.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Piecework.

I'm still busy working on those orders and I'm now over half way to the finish line.  Today was spent working on Piecework Hats that are made out of woollen blankets.  They're really fun to make except when you get it wrong.  One of my hats ended up with a panel that was longer than it should be and I didn't pick up on this little fact until I had all the stitching done....well at least I don't have to undo and redo the whole hat...just one piece.



I had a very nice treat dropped off to me tonight at work.  One of my customers keeps a few lamas as guard animals for his cows and has no use for the fibre, so he thought it would be a very nice thing to give it to me because I'm the only spinner he knows!!!!!  Well I gladly accepted and I will post pics as soon as I can (they ended up going home in the back of my Husband's truck).  There's fleece from a Momma lama named Muffin, the Poppa's name is Joey and the soft, sweet Baby fleece came from Oreo.  The spinning is not part of my business, I do that just for the pleasure of it, but I thought since it's still textile related I would post about it here.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Oooooo Felt.....


The same bag before and after felting, this one is made with wool and mohair blend.

A close up of the difference in the texture.

You can really see the halo of the mohair at the top of this bag, some wisps are two inches long.

Thursday, May 12, 2011

It's A Process...

I've taken my bags to a new level...just when I thought they couldn't get more amazing, I did it.  I made a knitting machine pattern that, when felted, gives me the shape and size I'm looking for in a finished bag.  That means my pattern for my bags is now truly my own.  I'm very proud of that.  They ended up being quite round and I love that about them (although still the basic shape as before).  I'll be using 100% wool yarn (same as before ) for the Everyday Bags and a blend of wool and mohair (aka hair of the mo, or moho;) ) for the Bags for All Seasons cuz it's just a little more girly with the beautiful fuzzy halo that it gives.

This is what one of each kind of bag looks like before felting....kind of the ugly ducklings before the swans...

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

How do you spell success?

Well I spell it like this....

I set off on the road Friday to meet with my 2 current Island Stores and 2 potential ones....and 2 plus 2 equals 4 (hehe, I guess that's math and not spelling...but you get my drift).  So that's now 4 Island stores now carrying my woollen goodies (and beautiful stores at that) and I think 4 is a perfect number, less wouldn't feel like enough and more would saturate our little Island with my stuff and that's not what I want to do.  I have several nice sized orders that will keep me working night and day for the next few weeks (I sold out of my inventory) and that makes me very, very happy.  Hope you are all feeling a good measure of success in your lives too.

Chantelle

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

OMG!!!!

Ok...this is my fav!!!  Out of the 4 styles of  "Bag for All Seasons", Summer Rules!!!!

I didn't think it was possible to fall in love with an inanimate object, but it's happened.  I fell completely.  Summer reminds me of soft colours, brides, pink lip gloss and french mani/pedis, so I couldn't help myself but to make a bouquet of pink roses for Summer.

Oh.....and yes, Summer has changed.  I had a rethink about the prototype I had made and pictured in an earlier post.  I like the first model but I'm much happier with the one pictured above.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Woooooowa

Have I been busy!!!  I'm getting ready to hit the road and visit a couple of my retailers...and hopefully a new one:)  So I've been building inventory and fidling with the Bags for All Seasons.  I have two more to show you...


This is Autumn....


and this is Winter.