Rhiarti

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Certifiable seamstress. Steampunk, crafting, and costuming enthusiast.



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    Plying up some fine singles spun from a lovely warm-grey Jacob fleece. Beautiful stuff, and I’m naturally drawn towards spinning fleece from heritage breeds, but it’s definitely one of those times I wish I had a mentor to guide my learning curve! Admittedly I haven’t woven my results yet, but they feel like they’re going to produce too scratchy a cloth to wear next to the skin? Or is that the real reason linen shifts etc were part of period dress?

    Plying up some fine singles spun from a lovely warm-grey Jacob fleece. Beautiful stuff, and I’m naturally drawn towards spinning fleece from heritage breeds, but it’s definitely one of those times I wish I had a mentor to guide my learning curve! Admittedly I haven’t woven my results yet, but they feel like they’re going to produce too scratchy a cloth to wear next to the skin? Or is that the real reason linen shifts etc were part of period dress?

    — 4 days ago

    …and this magnificent beast is the three metre result of my first full project on my little Cricket rigid heddle loom! Purchased yarn, alas, but from my point of view the success of weaving with singles might occasionally mean a little less plying in my spin-to-weave future!

    — 1 week ago

    After some abortive efforts with a backstrap loom, and utter confusion in the face of tablet weaving (the latter I’ll so be trying again now I’ve got the hand of warp-faced weaves), these bands were my first successful self taught attempts. All woven on an adorable little lap-sized inkle loom I found on Etsy!

    — 1 week ago
    Well aware I’ve been a little quiet on the sewing updates lately! Partly a sudden heatwave prompted a flurry of dull workaday sewing not worth sharing… Mainly, I disappeared down a deeply rewarding crafting rabbithole in the form of teaching myself drop spinning and weaving. 

The above, neatly wrapped in sandwich bags, is some of the spinning produced so far. Might pick out some personal faves to share at some point…

    Well aware I’ve been a little quiet on the sewing updates lately! Partly a sudden heatwave prompted a flurry of dull workaday sewing not worth sharing… Mainly, I disappeared down a deeply rewarding crafting rabbithole in the form of teaching myself drop spinning and weaving.

    The above, neatly wrapped in sandwich bags, is some of the spinning produced so far. Might pick out some personal faves to share at some point…

    — 1 week ago
    Second time lucky! Love using my inelegant, heavy beginner’s spindle for plying… Well, as much as I can be said to love anything about plying!

    Second time lucky! Love using my inelegant, heavy beginner’s spindle for plying… Well, as much as I can be said to love anything about plying!

    — 1 week ago
    And… relax!

    And… relax!

    — 1 week ago
    Adding insult to injury, attempts to untangle a knotted bit resulted in it snapping! Still, cunningly capped off an arm of the niddy noddy to wind the yarn onto and stepping away from it for a bit before attempt number two at plying it!

    Adding insult to injury, attempts to untangle a knotted bit resulted in it snapping! Still, cunningly capped off an arm of the niddy noddy to wind the yarn onto and stepping away from it for a bit before attempt number two at plying it!

    — 1 week ago

    Let’s just take a moment to appreciate how beautiful this silk/merino is going to look woven, shall we?

    …because right now it’s some inexplicably tangled mess I’m painstakingly detangling in a very hot and humid flat and honestly the whole process sort of makes me want to cry.

    — 1 week ago
    New spindle came with a length of lovely soft merino, dyed rather garish shades of purple, green and blue! Blending it with some leftover baby yak fur (and let me tell you, that fluffy loveliness is no fun to spin on its own) has transformed it into something really rather special, though.

    New spindle came with a length of lovely soft merino, dyed rather garish shades of purple, green and blue! Blending it with some leftover baby yak fur (and let me tell you, that fluffy loveliness is no fun to spin on its own) has transformed it into something really rather special, though.

    — 1 week ago

    New spindle! Big sister to my lovely pocket spindle, and sure enough the first thing I do is take a hacksaw to the poor wee thing! Must admit, I haven’t quite bonded with it yet, where the wee one was love at first sight. Early days, though, and I’ve a silk merino blend I already know is nice to spin to try it with next.

    — 1 week ago