Sunday, March 26, 2006

My first try at spinning wool!

I loved this. I had a little turn at spinning wool - with lots and lots of help. Didn't have long, and had the kids hanging around, which made it a bit more difficult, but I'm looking forward to having another go. As soon as we get a bigger house - at the moment I hardly have room to stand in the lounge room, let alone fit in a spinning wheel.

So I did (started off by an experienced spinner) the darker brown - quite uneven, but it was better than I expected. The cream had already been spun - leftover from a previous project, but I put the two together (whatever that is called). I so much want another try. The way this one turned out gives me hope that although it probably wouldn't be very even, I would be able to use my first batch of homespun wool! I'm sure it would make a nice jumper (or beanie!).

This picture is taken with the wool on a pale pink sheet! I know that was a silly background to choose, but I was rushing.

More pants - chenille, cord and lizard

I love these chenille pants. They are made from an old pink bedspread that was a bit faded in the middle, so the pants fade towards the top. On the front is a heart, appliqued from a very faded part of the same bedspread, and on the back - on her bottom, is a heart, appliqued from the faded part of the bedspread with a yellow centre from a yellow chenille quilt. They look great!

The other pants are some simple shorts made from lizard drill fabric, and my first ever item sown from Ottobre mag - I just subscribed. These are pants from Issue 3, 2005, but without knee patches - they are camo print pin cord.

Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Sewing Pants

The beanie is the one I started ages ago - been meaning to put a pick of the finished product up here for a while. It is made with organic wool that has been dyed using food colouring. The hat has turned out beautifully (and nicely, too big for either of the kids!).

Its been a while since I've done much sewing, although I have been knitting. I've just been too busy with other work. Well, today I had to do some for pressies. I just made a quick pair of pants for my niece and long shorts for my nephew - both turn 5 tomorrow. The first pair of pants were obviously going to be too big so I made a second pair.

These red with pink velour pants are the too big ones - too big for my daughter too, but they are very soft and comfortable, so she wore them.

Hmmm ... Photos keep uploading into the wrong place! The photos up the top - of the heart pants (which are a fine cord, with suedecloth pink insert bits in the legs), and the olive cord long shorts - will be the pressies. They are all very simple, quick styles. I just didn't have time for anything complicated. But they do look nice.