Monday, October 16, 2017
Friday, October 13, 2017
Thursday, October 12, 2017
"When I need to pick up a specific number of stitches evenly, around an armhole or along a hem, I like to mark the pick-up edge at regular points with locking stitch markers. This helps me to distribute the picked-up stitches so that there is a similar amount between each marker. If I’m picking up along a hem, I’ll fold the fabric in half to give me an estimate of the halfway point. If I’m picking up along a circular edge, an armhole for example, I’ll mark the edge at 12 o’clock and 6 o’clock (and maybe also at 9 o’clock and 3 o’clock)."
Wednesday, October 11, 2017
As Guild members, we should support the local industry as much as we possibly can by purchasing local wool products or by helping to promote the industry.
Wyoming Wool Growers - FaceBook page
Tuesday, October 10, 2017
Monday, October 9, 2017
I love teaching beginner classes on quilting rulers to my longarm quilters and yes, even domestic quilters. Usually, I witness students entering my class with the look of apprehension on their faces as if there is no way by the end of our session they will have gained the skills required to use these rulers. Fears such as hitting the template and throwing their machine out of timing is just one of the many “what if’s” I encounter. Just imagine the expression on their faces when they realize that yes it isn’t rocket science and yes they are quite capable of walking out of my class with this skill under their cap. WOW, what a wonderful moment for me and them to behold! So, perhaps you are a novice to quilting, or maybe a seasoned quilter that hasn’t stepped into the world of rulers, if that is the case, I am going to give you my tips for longarm rulerwork."
Lisa's tips on rulerwork can be found here.
Friday, October 6, 2017
Her tips and suggestions can be found here.
Thursday, October 5, 2017
There are more ways than you might think to spin gradient yarn that preserve the color progression."
Interweave shares the four easiest ways to spring gradient yarn in this post
Wednesday, October 4, 2017
Knit in the row below patterns can create a textured and airy fabric when worked with knits and purls on the right side but also simulate stranded knitting when worked as stockinette. Like with the slip stitch patterns the knit in the row below patterns don’t curl on the edges when worked as rib or garter stitch, but behave like stockinette when all right side stitches are knitted.
A tutorial and simple patterns using the technique can be found on the Pumora website.
Tuesday, October 3, 2017
Threadbare takes the mystery out of these charts and has created a list of the common symbols used in the crochet charts.
Check out the Threadbare post on How to Read a Crochet Chart.
Monday, October 2, 2017
Give it a try! Do it in the spring, before you put your clean wool socks away for the summer. Do it in the summer, on one of those lazy days as you bask in the sun. Do it in the fall, getting ready for blustery winter days. Do it in the winter, to keep your tootsies toasty during chores. Do it as soon as you see the first thin spot, or you'll be seeing holes shortly!"
Complete tutorial can be found here.
Friday, September 29, 2017
Want a way to recycle T-shirts and use up fabrics, batting and scraps along with some other things that would otherwise go to a landfill?
Carole (From My Carolina Home) shares a project that is fast, easy, and will clean out your sewing room in a hurry.
Carole writes, "Rural counties are always in need of donations to help with their work saving animals that need homes. The farther away from a larger town, the more they need help. As a result, they are happy to have little extras for the dogs and cats. I spent two afternoons making dog beds and crate mats to take to the humane society groups needing the most help. These are ridiculously simple and will clean out all the bits and pieces you want."
Carole shares a tutorial to make these quick and easy pet beds and crate mats.
Thursday, September 28, 2017
Instead grab a food or postal scale and weigh the yarn. It’s the easiest way to figure out how much yarn you have left. It’s also a fantastic method to make sure you have enough yarn when you’re trying to work from your stash.
Craftsy explains the easy steps in this post.
Wednesday, September 27, 2017
Tuesday, September 26, 2017
Monday, September 25, 2017
How many times do you pull fabric out of your stash and ask yourself, “Has this been prewashed?”
Orange Bettie shares a free printable label to affix to preached fabrics to eliminate the guess work.
Friday, September 22, 2017
Interweave shares a list of ten tools necessary for using a Rigid-Heddle loom.
Thursday, September 21, 2017
How do I get the yarn on the loom? It's not nearly as complicated as you might think. Warping a rigid-heddle loom is particularly easy and fast. Liz Gipson of Yarnworker demonstrates in less than 3 minutes how to thread the loom. As the saying goes, you have to be warped to weave!
Wednesday, September 20, 2017
Tuesday, September 19, 2017
|Brenda H., Cheryl O. and Jeni V. used the time on the bus to work on|
|Lemon Drop martinis were a hit with many on the bus|
Monday, September 18, 2017
|Mountain Meadow Woolen Mill is one of the few|
mills that processes wool from the raw fleece to the
finished product of roving or yarn.
|Guild members began the mill tour by learning some of the background|
on how and why the mill was started ten years ago.
Mountain Meadow Woolen Mill, Buffalo, WY
September 16, 2017
|The skirting process was explained|
|Ben explained how the skirting process not only removes vegetable matter|
but also short cuts that can occur during shearing
|The pin drop machines have fine combs that separate|
the wool fibers. The wool is put through the process
|The wool is guided through a pin drop machine|
|spinning the wool onto bobbins|
|one of the many boxes of wool being spun into yarn at the spinning machine|
|Large bobbins filled with yarn|
|Once the yarn is on the bobbin, it is skeined and then|
wrapped on cones.
|This machine wraps the yarn from a skein onto a cone|
|Some of the yarn is also dyed at the mill, and the|
mill store has many gorgeous skeins for sale.
Buyers can also purchase roving from a variety of
sheep or exotic breeds.
|Finished wool items are also for sale (sweaters, hats,|
mittens, throws) in the mill shop
The owners and founders of Mountain Meadow Wool share their story in the following video.
Friday, September 15, 2017
As you age, your body changes. This is especially true for your vision, hands, and overall coordination, some of the most essential parts of knitting and crocheting. While you may have learned how to crochet years ago, the truth is that sometimes with age you have to relearn how to crochet or how to knit in a more convenient and comfortable way. Aging does not mean you have to give up your favorite hobbies, but making some adjustments to your techniques can make the whole process much more enjoyable. Check out the 6 Knitting and Crochet Techniques for Aging Hands on Fave Crafts to learn about some adjustments you can make to your crochet patterns and knitting projects to make them easier and more enjoyable.
Thursday, September 14, 2017
Wednesday, September 13, 2017
Tuesday, September 12, 2017
Monday, September 11, 2017
What: Tour of the Woolen Mill - Buffalo, WY
When: September 16, 2017 (all day)
Transportation: WRTA bus - leaving from the Riverton City Hall parking lot at 7:30 AM on the day of the trip. We will return that evening
Cost: $20 for non-guild members and $10 for guild members (guild members usually get a discount on classes and trips)
Lunch: on your own - we will stop at a local eatery
Additional stops: Fiber House (yarn shop) in Sheridan, WY
Need more information? Send an email to the address in the upper right column
Friday, September 8, 2017
Listen to Ms. Ohrenstein talk about her craft on Power Purls Podcast - episode #47
Thursday, September 7, 2017
If you learn best by seeing a technique demonstrated, check out the informative step-by-step videos of tools and techniques on Connecting Threads, and take your learning to the next level.
Note that there are three pages of videos available
Wednesday, September 6, 2017
Listen to this episode here.
Tuesday, September 5, 2017
Mrs. Roosevelt was an avid knitter and carried her knitting with her everywhere. In her autobiography, Mrs. Roosevelt writes that when she was five or six, her nurse cut holes into the socks she had knit so that she would learn how to darn heels properly.
Monday, September 4, 2017
Her free, printable organizer cards can be found here.