Pom Flips!

My daughter wears flip flops all the time, and she LOVES the beach!  I decided to make her a fun pair of flip flops, using her favorite colors for the pom poms, and she likes the look.  This was very easy.  Just purchase a pair of flip flops from any shoe department, and then start making pompoms.  When you gather the pompom into a ball, make sure the yarn you’re using for the tie is long enough to tie securely around the straps and toe post.  For extra fun and flair, I added a couple of jingle bells to the pompoms.  Here are the tools I used, and the finished shoes:

Clover pom pom maker, jingle bells, scissors

I made 5 medium-sized pompoms for each flipflop,  in her favorite colors, tied them on the shoes,

and here they are!

If you look closely, you can see the little jingle bell there.

Happy Crafting!

 

 

 

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Learning to Weave on a Loom

I’ve never woven before, nor used this kind of tabletop loom, but today was LEARNING DAY.

After watching hours of instructional videos, rewinding the tutorials, and pausing while I did the step in person, I’ve learned the very basic parts of the skill of weaving.  Here are some photos of my first attempts.  Think of me as someone who has learned their alphabet, but has no idea how to read words yet.    🙂

The heddle is in the up position,

which is the first thing to do.  Put the shuttle through: 

Then put it in the down position, which kind of criss-crosses the yarn:  and put the shuttle through again, and then “beat” the threads down, which is using the rigid heddle to scrunch them up to make a woven cloth.  Granted, my “cloth” is a mess right now, but remember, I only know the alphabet, not the words.  All that will come later.  Rather like learning a foreign language.

Here’s the yarn wound around the back bar, using strips of cardboard to keep the strands

separated.  God willing, more weaving for me,  tomorrow.  God please give me skill in weaving!

Exodus 35:35 |

View whole chapter | See verse in context Them hath he filled with wisdom of heart, to work all manner of work, of the engraver, and of the cunning workman, and of the embroiderer, in blue, and in purple, in scarlet, and in fine linen, and of the weaver, even of them that do any work, and of those that devise cunning work.

 

Early Spring Gardening

Today I planted some Echinacea seeds from Ferry Morse, in a 70 pellet Jiffy Seed Starter tray I got from Lowe’s.  The tray is super easy to use, just pour water in the empty spaces on each side, and let the pellets plump up.  Then, you might need to tear back some of the netting, to plant each seed, but after that, set the tray outdoors for sun, and keep the pellets watered.

These seeds should sprout in about 10-12 days.  Hoping.

I’m hoping to get all of these plants into the ground this week, and get the garden weeded and mulched.  Here in the South it’s spring, and pollen time, and time to plant your gardens.  Flowers for the garden:

Athena Sun Euryops

Archangel Angelonia

Silky Deep Red Milkweed

Belleza Dark Pink Gaura

Pentas

Dianthus and Dusty Miller

 

 

Assembling my Ashford Rigid Heddle Loom

After shopping, browsing, reading, and watching videos about tabletop looms, I finally decided on getting an Ashford Rigid Heddle Loom, and I found a great deal on Etsy.  The sellers I found on Etsy are from Mielke’s Fiber Arts:

https://www.etsy.com/search?q=mielke%20fiber%20arts&ref=auto1&as_prefix=mielke%20f

I think they do just about everything fiber related!!  Weaving, yarn, roving, wool, felting, naalbinding, braiding, dyeing, spinning, knitting, lacemaking, hackles, heddles, rugmaking,  and more!

https://www.facebook.com/MielkesFiberArts/

Amy is soooo nice and friendly, and very helpful. THANKS SO MUCH AMY!

My Ashford Rigid Heddle 32 inch tabletop loom arrived yesterday, unassembled, and, when I pulled the parts out of the box, here’s how it looked Everything nicely wrapped and secure:  

Next,I laid all the pieces and parts out, and went through the checklist, making sure my dear husband would have all he needed.  I gathered a couple of tools from the tool drawer:  a hammer, and Phillips head screwdriver.

Everything on the checklist was there, and as you might have noticed,  one of my dogs was keeping me company.

SO!  I bought the Ashford Heddle Loom from Mielke’s Fiber Arts store in Wisconsin:  https://www.mielkesfiberarts.com/

Now for your visual tutorial. Here’s how hubby so graciously put it together, taking time off from his day off.  (You can use these photos to help you get your loom together, along with their instructions, if you’d like)

Here’s where you may download instructions:assembly instructions for rigid heddle loom – ashford handicrafts

 Step one:  attach the reed support blocks to the sides: Step two:  Tap the clicker pins into the holes on the right loom side:

Step three: Attach the “pawls” so the clicker pin fits into it:

Next, attach the front and back rails to the left side with the screws they provide:

Step 5, place the cogs onto the ends of the rollers, and secure with washers and screws provided:

Step six, slap the handles HARD, onto the holes in the cogs.  I mean it, you really have to hit that hard, to get it

to fit snugly onto the pegs:

Next, connect the warp sticks to the roller with the warp stick ties.  I did one of these, and it was difficult, until I covered my fingers with cloth, to be able to push the arrow head through the small holes in the ties and the roller.

Put the rigid heddle reed into the rest position of the reed support blocks, and play around with changing it’s positions: Down at Rest

Finally, assemble the warping peg and clamps: Clamps and the warping peg.

Of course, see if it clamps onto your table: Yup!  It does.  🙂

Now, read the booklet that they also include in the shipping box, which is titled:

Learn to Weave on the Rigid Heddle:

Then, go here and watch Ashford’s excellent tutorials.  If you need to get the video to slow down, remember to click the “settings” button on the video’s lower right-hand screen, and click 0.5, or 0.75.  It helps to see what she’s doing in slow motion, if you’re a COMPLETE BEGINNER like I am!!

www.ashford.co.nz   Go to their website and watch other tutorials if you need to, just look under tutorials.

Here is a great video by Ashford about how to weave.  I’ve watched it 2x already.

Happy Weaving!  I hope you enjoyed this post, and that it either inspired you to try weaving, or it helped you assemble YOUR rigid heddle loom.  Please let me know!

Don’t forget to say hi to Amy at Mielke’s Fiber Arts!