Spinning…Spinning…Spinning…

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I know right?! Two posts in one day….it’s crazy haha! (Especially since I have been so lax lately…)

In any event, I have discovered the art of spinning fiber into yarn, and I love it! Granted I’m not very good, but I love it all the same!

Here are a few pics of the wool fiber that I’m teaching myself to spin.

Again, it’s a little wonky…my drafting really isn’t there yet, but i was pleasantly surprised and pleased with the colorway that i created with Wilton food coloring and white vinegar.

My yarn is not very even, but the hope is to get really good at spinning on the Turkish spindle I’m using and then upgrade to a spinning wheel at some point.

I have some beautiful merino and silk that I’d like to try next…..

I posted some pics of the yarn after i dyed it, and then once it dried, and also in a braid, as well as a couple of pics of what i have on my spindle currently. Enjoy!

My hand dyed wool fiber...still wet!

My hand dyed wool fiber…still wet!

My wool fiber once dried.

My wool fiber once dried.

My colorway braided

My colorway braided

Closeup of my colorway!

Closeup of my colorway!

The braided fiber!

The braided fiber!

Yarn on my Turkish spindle ... on bottom of spindle

Yarn on my Turkish spindle … on bottom of spindle

Spinning!!!!

Spinning!!!!

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Felted Bangles? Of Course! …. What I’m Crafting Now….

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Okay, I know… It has been forever since I created a post!

This is partially because I haven’t had much time to craft lately and I really haven’t made that many finished objects recently.

However, I’m hoping that changes in the near future! Especially with Fall coming, I’m hoping to create a new Fall line of my wrap scarves and new felted bangles that I have begun to create, as well as felted wrap bracelets!

I love these bangles because they’re soft warm and they really create your look for fall! You can combine all sorts of colors, wear them individually, or roll them over your wrist in twos or threes!

I also love them because once I felt them the colors seem to get more vibrant and they’re so soft that they’re easy to wear at work especially if you sit in front of the computer all day and your wrist rests on a counter top!

Plus, they would look really cute with a wool mini skirt, tights, and boots!

I added a few pictures of the felted bangles and a new idea I had for a felted “knot” bangle; And the felted wrap bracelet with a button closure. These can be created in all sorts of color combinations, and experimenting with different types of yarn is a specialty of mine! Enjoy!

Fun and felted wrap bracelet!

Fun and felted wrap bracelet!

Fun and Felted Wrap Bracelet "Autumn Sunrise"

Fun and Felted Wrap Bracelet “Autumn Sunrise”

Fun, felted wrap bracelet that you can wrap in different ways to fit your wrist! 100% coconut button closure.

Fun, felted wrap bracelet that you can wrap in different ways to fit your wrist!
100% coconut button closure.

Fun Felted Bangles with or without knots!

Fun Felted Bangles with or without knots!

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Hand Knitted & Felted Purse “Spring Meadows”

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This bag is a while in the making, and looks nothing like what I had originally envisioned!

Originally this bag was to be a sack with one long handle, but turned out to be quite shapely, horizontal, and much shorter.

I accidentally cast on too many stitches and ran out of yarn, couldn’t find anymore of the yarn I was working with, naturally, and was forced to change the design….which couldn’t have been a better happy accident. Woo for process!

In the end, I created this piece to be a shorter horizontal pouch style bag, with shaped bottom edges, and twisted handles. The entire piece has been felted, and I made a lining which I later hand stitched into the purse.

On the exterior of the bag, I made crocheted flowers, one of which I hand stitched to the front top of the bag, and added a shimmering button to for a center, and the other two create an adornment which is attached using pieces of suede cording. You can hang your keys on this, or just let it hang there for pretty, or not use it on the bag at all, since it is easily removed, if desired.

As a finishing touch, I added a hand stitched button hole stitch around the top and bottom edges.

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A Scarf For A Friend

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This scarf I created for a friend of mine, and it goes along with my line of wrap scarves.

I used a variegated chunky yarn for the knit portion, which has many colors running through it, including: greens, blues, purples, browns, tans, etc.

And in working with her personality and tastes, really tried to play up the greens and blues in the fringes of the scarf, to bring out these colors in the knit portion of the body of the scarf.

I mixed different yarns to add in with the main yarn type, of different varying weights and colors including metallic yarns to add some shine and sparkle to the end product.

My favorite parts, however, besides how colorful and soft this scarf is, are the buttons! I love details, and on every wrap scarf I make, the buttons have to be perfect, and I felt that these buttons really added that special touch to the end product! I found them at my favorite bead shop from up home!

The buttons on this scarf allow you to wear the scarf by either wrapping the knitted body portion around your neck and pulling the fringes through this loop, or you can open the loop through the buttons and wrap the scarf however you like!

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iPad Mini Case

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So I decided to finally go for it, and get an iPad; and so I chose the iPad mini.
I love the small body and functionality of this device, and it allows me to take
My blog, and Etsy shop on the go!

What I can’t stand, is how expensive all of the iPad cases are! You have to be kidding me, I’m not spending $50 to $80 on a case!

So I decided I’d make my own! I knitted the case, folded it, and seamed it, then cast on more stitches to knit and shape the cover flap. I added a button hole and felted it, which created a thick fabric, which will actually help to absorb shock!

Then I created a handmade sewn liner and added a buttonhole trim around the top and the actual buttonhole, as a finishing touch.

I found the button on clearance, and decided it was perfect for this funky, and colorful, pouch!

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Mom’s Experimental Birthday Bracelet

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So, for my mother’s birthday, back in January, I wanted to create something really special for her, but true to myself, I decided to be experimental and try something new and that I had never tried before!

So I opened up my knitting loom, and began knitting/weaving soft flex .925 sterling silver beading wire, adding Czech glass seed beads, alternating between larger and smaller beads.

At the end, I had created a flexible tube like structure that held these beads, and created free-flowing wrap for the wrist!

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Wrap Scarf

OK, so here I’ve posted the final wrap scarf for you all to check out!

I added three organic buttons, made out of coconut, so that the wearer
has the opportunity to wear the scarf in a variety of ways.

These buttons close off the opening, and the fringe gets pulled through
the loop that is made. The loop, when folded in half is 10″ on either side
and the fringes (cut to uneven lengths to give a more organic feel) hang

approximately 21″ on either side—so they are quite long, and are knotted
individually to keep the yarn from unraveling at the ends.

I’ve even made a little rose that is tied onto the scarf so that the wearer
can decide if they want to wear this adornment with the scarf or not!

The end result is fun and chic!

Thanks for checking out my latest post, and I hope you have a lovely evening!

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The finished wrap scarf with added fringes!

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The long fringes of the finished wrap scarf

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The knotted ends of the fringe

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Button closure to create loop in scarf

Organic coconut carved buttons

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Creating the wrap scarf loop!

Just A Tip …

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Hello All!
While I was working on my most recent scarf, I knew I was going to need to block the item…I have had some luck and some not-so-much-luck with blocking in the past, and so I decided to come up with a make-shift sort of blocking method, that i have found works fairly well, and thought i would share it with everyone!
I decided to use an iron and wet towels and or cloths to block with! Blocking mats, I have found, are very expensive…at least the mats i like, so I decided to whip out my ironing board, a large dry bath towel, and a couple of neutral color unused dishcloths.
Be VERY CAREFUL with the dishcloth, or towel you choose to wet to work in this manner, because the color could bleed! I suggest testing a spot of the cloth/towel, or using an old towel that has been washed and you know for sure will not bleed when wet.
Then set your iron on one of the lowest heat settings—you will most likely need to experiment with your heat settings on your own iron. I usually set it for the same material my garment is made from, and possibly lower. Especially when working with hand knits, it’s important to treat them a little more carefully, I feel.
Once your iron is heated, lay out your bath towel, I usually like to keep it folded in half so that it is thicker. Then lay your knitted garment down on top of this towel, and lastly, wet your cloth or towels to make them damp, ring them out, so that they are not dripping wet, but have a good amount of dampness to them, and lay them on top of your knitted piece—now you are ready to start ironing!
I usually run my iron over the wetted towel/cloths and start to steam the garment. The wet towels/cloths help to one, keep your garment from accidentally getting burned from the iron, and two, make the garment damp, but not saturated like you do when you block in a more traditional manner. This dampness allows you to not have to ring out the garment once it has been wetted, which I always felt could stretch the garment in a not-so-nice manner.
Once you finish the front side, turn the garment over, and do the same thing to the backside of the piece. I usually have to repeat this process a couple times or so until i have it spread out, and shaped the way I want.
When you are done, you can either pin the damp garment to a dry bath towel, or you can fold it in half if it’s not too damp, and then lay it flat. Once it dries, it should not curl like it did before you blocked the piece!
I love the fact that you can use what you have readily available to you in your home and not have to buy extra expensive products to get similar or the same results!
I have not tried this process yet with thicker knitted garments, but once i do i will post the results and the process! And if anyone else tries this, I would love to hear your feedback and know how it worked for you!
Thanks for reading my post, I hope it helped, and have a great day!
Best,
~Abby Marie

The Power of Process

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Hello! And welcome back!

I want to focus a little bit on the power of process, and its connections to a finished work or product. Process is not just about how we work — the steps we take, but more
about the creative process of making, and the “happy accidents” so-to-speak that allow us to produce some of our best works.

It is sometimes about having a pattern but not an idea of how to use it….at first. When the light goes on, everything seems to come together; and each persons creative process lends them unique outcomes.

Many times i am inspired by my everyday surroundings, whether those be colors, geometric forms, or architecture (my profession by day). I then turn these inspirations into items that i can form, mold, bend, knit, sew—create! I sometimes run into snags and disappointments in the middle of a work, which i then somehow need to turn into a finished product.

This is exactly the process I am referring to, however, where we are pushed to look for solutions and our process inevitably twists and turns, molding itself into new designs and inspirations.

Probably one of the most important concepts i take away from process work is the learning and the experimentation that comes from this creative type of work.
Here is where one really gets to learn how to work with materials and come to solutions on how to finish their work—as well as work through the tough spots, fix mishaps, and come up with new ideas and new ways of working with materials and looking at design.

Below I’ve posted a couple of my new designs. I have decided the knitting will turn into a wrap scarf, or could double as a belt. It’s not finished, but here is a sneak peak! I am working with a beautiful “cat’s eye stitch” that leaves these gorgeous holes in the work; and I have been working two colors of yarn together. The finished product will be between 14 and 18 inches of knitted cat’s eye with the rest consisting of long ends used to tie the scarf or belt. These ends will be created with a winter white color, and all of the yarn is a mixture of merino wool, cashmere, and nylon, 72% merino, 13% nylon & 15% cashmere—super soft!

Below that is a set of stack-able rings i have been working on, created from seed beads and sterling silver Softflex beading wire. The one photo shows the figure 8 knot that i used to secure the wire and tie the rings off—one of my moments of experimentation and learning!

Enjoy and thank you for checking out my latest post!

Merino Wool, Cashmere, and Nylon Wrap Scarf – in progress

Merino Wool, Cashmere, and Nylon In-Progress Wrap Scarf

Merino Wool, Cashmere, and Nylon In-Progress Wrap Scarf

This in-progress wrap scarf is knit in a cat’s eye pattern using two strands of yarn—the blue and green—in 72% merino wool, 15% cashmere, and 13% nylon!

Sterling Silver & Beaded Stack Rings, Jewelry, Handmade

Sterling Silver & Beaded Stack Rings

Sterling Silver & Beaded Stack Rings, Jewelry, Handmade

Sterling Silver & Beaded Stack Rings
Pssst! Contact me if you want something custom made!

Sterling Silver & Beaded Stack Rings, Jewelry, Handmade

Sterling Silver & Beaded Stack Rings

Sterling Silver & Beaded Stack Rings, Jewelry, Handmade

Sterling Silver & Beaded Stack Rings

Sterling Silver & Beaded Stack Rings, Jewelry, Handmade

Sterling Silver & Beaded Stack Rings—Back Showing Figure 8-Knot

Welcome Back…More New and Fun Peyote Design!

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Welcome back everyone!

Lately I have been so caught up in my life with work, etc., that I have been forgetting to take some time for me, and pursue another one of my passions…jewelry making and design!

An architect by day, jewelry making is a far different animal, and one that I relate to in a very different way!

I love making jewelry that is fun, but that is also very complicated, either by color combination, geometric form, or just the sheer time intensity it takes to design one of my pieces. I’m always looking at ways to add to the pieces, and to make them better…continuing the story!

This pair, is another one of my trials with a peyote variant.I focused on a beautiful shade of green and blue, something fun and fresh for the summer, but also somewhat complicated and twisting and turning, something that catches the light, is luminescent, and will surely catch attention from viewers as well!

This pair, quite long, measures 2 3/4″ in length, but are still light, and will pair with many outfits and attire.

There is an heir of elegance that comes along with wearing this pair, and a vintage twist to a contemporary piece, which is all my own.

Again, this pair is woven with Softflex .925 sterling silver beading wire, and mixes a combinations of sterling silver, Swarovski Crystal, and seed beads, along with semiprecious stone beads to create a truly stunning and unique pair of extra long dangles!

I’ll be sure to post some other designs soon, and share some helpful insights I have come across while designing and making some of my jewelry!

Thanks for taking a look, and I’d appreciate your feedback!