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by Lesley Storts


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»Playing with Wool«

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Many years ago (so many I can’t really remember when, which brings up unfinished projects, which may be a whole blog in and of itself 😉), I found the pattern Fit to Frame by Lori Smith at one of my local quilt shops. I like handwork because I can take it with me to kid events or other appointments where I find myself sitting and waiting. The blocks did not take me too long to blanket stitch, maybe 4-6 month and only when I was out and about, but quilting it took FOREVER because I could not make up my mind what I wanted to do.

I first thought I wanted to hand quilt it. I even started hand quilting it, but did not like it because the stitches were so light and small and got lost in the background fabric which is flannel. My mom told me to use darker thread. So I bought the thread, unpicked all my quilting,  and then decided I should just machine quilt it. And I’m so glad I did. I’m happy to have it finished after all of the work I put in. Now I can enjoy it. My quilting was a simple free motion echo around the “shape” in each block, and stitching in the ditch around each block. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

I enjoy working with wool and intend to start another quilt, but I have not yet decided what it will be. That has not stopped me from collecting wool. I have some from several years ago, but was inspired through and IG conversations I had with @nichole_meister about thrift store shopping for wool. I live close to a great thrift store that gives a 50% discount on prices twice a month so I marked my calendar and went shopping.

I purchased mostly skirts and a couple of dress jackets. After cutting everything apart I will probably never buy another jacket. Too many odd pieces and kind of labor intensive to cut up. I paid $1.50-$3.50 for the skirts. In the right picture at the top you can see I even found some leather. No plans for it either, but thought it would be good to add to my stash.

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I felted all of the pieces right when I brought them home and cut them apart after that. I definitely want to add some brighter, lighter pieces that have a little “electricity” to them.

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The only thing I’ve made with my “new” wool is a pincushion. I like the way it turned out. The texture is different than cotton and gives it an overall softer look.

Happy Quilting! ▶︎ ▶︎ ▶︎


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»Waft + Weft = Weave!«

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First I confess – these first 2 pictures are NOT my work! But I get to enjoy the pieces everyday because my daughter made them! All three of my kids learned how to weave in 6th grade as part of the art curriculum. It has sparked an interest in one of my daughters and she has now created her own “loom”, although when I called it that, she told me it was just cardboard. HaHa! I enjoy so many different crafts and I’m amazed at what a little bit of yarn and cardboard can do.

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We cut a couple of different sizes of cardboard so we would have options. A great tutorial for weaving that is less than 2 minutes long can be found here on YouTube. The special “needle” that we use is a tool we purchased from our friend on Etsy. Her shop name is Tunderscorejaye. You can also find her at tjaye.com. She made a tool to weave fabric, but after looking at her pictures on IG (@t_jaye), I knew I could use it for weaving yarn and I wouldn’t feel like I had contorted fingers. And when I say she made them, I mean she printed them on her 3-D printer!!!! What?!?! I might need to get a 3-D printer (shhh…don’t tell my hubby cuz that might be the only thing he needs to hear to go get one). My kids all had to inspect the tools when they came in the mail because it is the first thing we own that was printed on a personal 3-D printer. Thanks Tunderscorejaye!

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And for my first weaving….😂😂😂

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Seriously…

Well, my first quilt was not so great but I’ve improved with time, patience and practice. I remind myself that.

Other creations made by my daughters.

So get some cardboard, tape, scissors, and yarn and get creative!

Happy Weaving ▶︎ ▶︎ ▶︎