The Dreaded Stash!

If you are a creative person then you are probably like me! You have an unlimited amount of stash supplies on hand. Yarn, roving, ribbon, lace, fabric…YIKES where does it end?? I am feeling very overwhelmed again; especially since I have to do my year end inventory soon! UGHHH

So for 2020 I have committed myself to using up what I have and only buy the most essential things! I know…easier said then done. But I have signed up for several shows for 2020…more then usual. I need to finally make money at this business or I have told my hubby that I’m going to hang it up. Does that mean I will be entirely done? UH NO! I will always have something going on….LOL

So I went to my favorite place….Pinterest https://www.pinterest.com/anitashomepsun/ for inspiration. It did not take long to find many ideas.

WEAVING! I saw these wall hangings and thought…hmmmm…maybe?

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What attracted me to them was the wool roving! I have sooooo much of it in just about every color there is. Plus I have so much fiber that I can card and make my own roving if I needed to…..How fun would this be! Here is a link showing a weaving technique with roving; https://www.theweavingloom.com/weaving-techniques-twinning-wool-roving/

One thing lead to another (you know how that goes when on Pinterest!) and I saw yarn art. Did I mention I have a lot of yarn>>>

Kraska Yarn Wall Hanging Boho Decor Decorative Interior Tapestry Bedroom Wall Decor Nursery Room Bohemian Art Decor Gray 12 X 17 Inch

OH MY GOSH!!!! that lead me on another topic! Yarn wall art.

25 trendy wall hanging yarn diy dream catchers
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That lead me to this….Dip-Dye Wall art.

HOW COOL IS THIS! MUST TRY!!!!! http://www.prettypennyblog.com/2017/06/diy-how-to-make-dip-dyed-wall-hanging.html?m=0

Weaving isn’t new to me and I have done macrame and dyeing before; so looks like I may have a direction. My goal is to create art pieces that I can not only sell but also make kits for smaller versions to sell to the fiber community and teach classes!

All of these projects would also be kid friendly and a great way to get the younger generation involved in the arts! Now that I like.

Happy Creating!

Anita

The Needle-felting Machine!

The needle-felting machine. You saw it and you just had to have it! Now it is home and you are staring at it in the box. What to do?? Should I open it? If I do then I will have to try and use it…but I am scared!!! It looked so easy at the demonstration. I saw all the cool things you could do with it.

I was hooked!

But now here it is and I am afraid to open the box.

Does this sound familiar? You saw the cool fabric that was being made and you had so many ideas.

You saw how you could use your scraps of leftover fiber, fabric, ribbons, yarn & more. I don’t want to break any needles but I want to try!

Don’t be afraid! Take it out of the box.

Get a scrap piece of muslin or felt as your base. Lay out some fine wisps of roving on the base. Put it under the needles and here you go! It’s like machine quilting in a way. You run the machine faster then you are moving the piece. I usually put the pedal all the way down and then move my piece slower. If you move too fast and change directions quickly you will break needles. So do be careful.

Here is a cool blog I found; http://janeville.blogspot.com/2010/06/1.html on making a piece using a needle felting machine. She lays it out step by step with great pictures!

rainbow series pink yellow

If you are looking to learn how to use your machine and want one on one, step by step instructions I am available for lessons. Please contact me at anitahomespun@gmail.com

I would be happy to get you started!

Happy creating!

Anita

Fun & Funky!

I was on Pinterest this morning and came across this cool idea for a journal cover. It was from the blog post of Expression Fiber Arts. What a great way to use up small bits of wool, ribbons, and other scrap fibers and jewlery! I think this is my next project!

https://blog.expressionfiberarts.com/2013/11/30/how-to-make-a-fun-and-funky-felted-journal-cover/

Off to do some Holiday visiting!

Happy Creating!

Anita