I have been scratching around in my STUFF and came across these yarn holders which may make suitable bobbins for use on me Chinese braiding stand.
Friday, 5 April 2013
My Chinese braiding stand has been begging to be used since the Manchester conference which was some 8 months ago! A request to talk at the local Embroiderers Guild about my braiding trip to the U.K. has meant the stand has finally won and I am getting it ready for ACTION! Now I'm on a quest to find something I can improvise for bobbins - watch this space!
Thursday, 4 April 2013
I am enjoying the challenge of making split braids on the round Disk and so set out to make a version of the traditional charm bracelet.
My first attempt (top bracelet) was not wholly successful as the split braids holding the charms stuck out like the branches of a tree!
For the second bracelet I changed the yarn from cotton to bamboo which gave more drape - a valuable lesson learnt!
Tuesday, 2 April 2013
Saturday, 23 March 2013
I am still working with the double knitting cotton as I can use a single thread in each slot. The outside of the braid has a uniform, smooth, outside edge as seen in the braid on the right.
A more textured effect is achieved by adding, in this case, a waxed beading thread to the brown double knitting cotton and so working with two threads in each of the four slots.
Sunday, 17 March 2013
Wednesday, 13 February 2013
I have been out buying MORE yarn and came away from the shop with a bag of SCRUMPTIOUS colours! The 'VINNIS colours' range are hand dyed in South Africa and as always it is good to try and use what is available locally. The cotton yarn works up firmly and is easy for beginners to work with while the bamboo is softer and has a wonderful sheen to it.