Friday, May 31, 2013

Vintage Yarn

 A friend of mine recently gave me a basket of vintage yarn from her Mothers collection. I decided to make into a blanket and give it back to her so that she would still be able to enjoy it. These are some of the lables, old and smelling of moth balls. What memories that envokes!
 My favourite is the mohair. I love the look of it but unfortunately can't bear the thought of it against my skin.
 This is the official definition of mohair Mohair /ˈmoʊhɛər/ usually refers to a silk-like fabric or yarn made from the hair of the Angora goat.[1] The word "mohair" was adopted into English before 1570 from the Arabic: مخير mukhayyar,[1] a type of haircloth, literally 'choice', from khayyara, 'he chose'.[2] Mohair fiber is approximately 25–45 microns in diameter.[3] It is one of the oldest textile fibers in use.[citation needed] It is both durable and resilient. It is notable for its high luster and sheen,[2] which has helped give it the nickname the "Diamond Fiber",[4] and is often used in fiber blends to add these qualities to a textile. Mohair takes dye exceptionally well. Mohair is warm in winter as it has great insulating properties, while remaining cool in summer due to its moisture wicking properties. It is durable, naturally elastic, flame resistant, crease resistant, and does not felt. It is considered to be a luxury fiber, like cashmere, angora and silk, and is usually more expensive than most wool that comes from sheep.

I can't agree that it is 'silk like' but have to admit that the texture and color is rather stunning.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Handemade paper

 Another beautifully made card from my friend Lidia

 Closeup of the illustration and paper.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013


This is the latest  necklace I have just listed in my shop. I like the colour combination of red, pink and orange.It looks so cheerful and different for me...I always seem to move towards the neutral colours. These are Guterman beads and have a real luminous or iridescent quality about them. One is always tempted to use cheaper beads but in the long run the more expensive ones really do look better. They are mare uniform in size which I like, although sometimes it id nice to have the texture created by the variation in size. I suppose it depends on what mood I'm in!

Monday, May 13, 2013

Talking of birds.........

Talking of birds.....I love birds because they have so many patterns and textures which make for easy design.This is a work in progress and will most likely end up as a card for a special Birthday.
A 'bird' quote ....
"Use the talents you possess...
The world would be silent
If no birds sang there, except
those that sang the best!"

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Handmade paper

 I have a very talented friend who made me these beautiful cards.
 She uses a special technique to make designs on the paper. These are also shaped into birds, which I love.
 Not only does she make the paper but also does stunning illustrations. I can't bring myself to give these cards away, they are worthy of a frame I think!
The talented Lidia has also written and illustrated a book, which I will post as soon as it is published.