A Cunning Plan

My cunning plan to help myself write more blogposts (with pretty pictures) by buying an iPad has been temporarily thwarted by modern technology. 

The nice man in the Apple Store showed me how to link to WordPress.  Ah, I thought, I can carry the iPad around with me and take photos or download photos directly to it.  I even bought a special connector thingie to put my camera card into. 

However, what I hadn’t realised is that my camera is, in technology terms, a dinosaur!  It is a little compact Fuji digital and it has served me well – tough enough to put up with me throwing it in my bag, small enough to carry round easily and it takes colour and black and white photos.  Trouble is it has an XD card rather than an SD so the Apple connector I bought is no use!  

I know I can take photos directly with the iPad, but I don’t like the colouring of ones I’ve taken so far… and I’ve worked out how to download photos via my PC to iTunes and then onto my iPad but frankly that’s just too much faff for anything apart from moving some of my favourites. 

So, I’ve just discovered there is a different adapter that lets you plug in your camera to your iPad via a USB lead so I’m waiting for it to arrive and keeping my fingers crossed.  I’ve also bought an SD card to put in the newer version of the same make of camera owned by the Scotsman just in case.  (He mostly uses his phone to take photos these days).  Phew!!!

In the meantime, I have missed telling you about the slow movement of my embroidery towards being finished.  I’ve decided that I love bullion knots almost as much as French knots – especially the great big fat ones I did, which look like little stripey bugs!  I’ve also learnt how to do pendant couching and bought two books on stumpwork….now I’m tackling another version of needlelace.  Photos soon I hope.

And on my Nunofelt course this week I made an iPad carrying case with all sorts of different types of natural coloured wool.  Which would have been lovely, but I didn’t realise the dark pink silk chiffon I used for the inside layer wasn’t colourfast and it has dyed the whole thing a sort of sugary pink.  Not my favourite colour – I may have to start again and consider this as a prototype…

Yesterday in Highgate

Sewing a button on a new bag

Sewing a button on a new bag

Hello to anyone who came to the stall yesterday at Lauderdale House…..We went for a stall inside the house this time and given the weather yesterday I was really glad that we did!!  The feltmaking demonstration creates lots of interest.  However I am left with a number of small bags and sample pieces which are often attractive designs but not the best made pieces of felt in the world.  It isn’t always possible to talk to people and concentrate on laying an even layer of wool at the same time!

I am thinking about having a basket of them on the stall explaining their provenance, and suggesting that people who want to give them a good home  make me an offer…..People also seem to like the sample pieces I put with my photos and I have sold several of them.  I made a couple yesterday which I liked so maybe this is a  good way to go with demonstrating…….
Piece of felt with peacock designOrange flower sample
I also got a chance to try out the two  scarves I have made on the public.  They had some interest but it seems that I need to work on getting the size right.

Pink Silk Nunofelt Scarf

This pink one is very pretty but maybe too short to be worn  wrapped round the neck.  The cream one is much longer but more like a stole / wrap than a scarf.  Its all in the proportions……Looking on Etsy it seems that makers are mostly seeling scarves that are at least a metre and a half long, but often thinner than mine.

Cream Chiffon Nunofelt Scarf with blue flowers

Cream Chiffon Nunofelt Scarf

A New Hat….

Last week while I was getting ready for the Sheep Fayre I allowed myself the pleasure of making a new hat… Its my favourite thing having been a hat person since my teens. (As a child I only remember a fluffy pink angora hat whch my mother made we wear to church and which itched like crazy.  Luckily it didn’t put me off hats in later life!)

I have been experimenting with nunofelt hats – nunofelt was invented in the 1990s and is a way of bonding fabric and wool tops to make a light flexible material which is particularly suited to the making of clothes.  I wanted to try and make a lighter weight of hat with summer coming on….

   Green Nunofelt Hat

The hat is made on silk chiffon with a single layer of wool – I make sure that I don’t lay all in the same direction.  It  has some snippets of silk of various colours to make the brim decoration and some white ‘silk hankie’ on the main body of the hat as I like the cobwebbed effect it makes.  The hat itself is so fine that it is almost seethrough in places, but strong nontheless….