Sunday, November 19, 2017

What Sold

I took many Swedish weaving afghans, table runners, and lap afghans to the craft show but, even though people admired them, they weren't prepared to pay the price of anything but the Christmas runners.  That taught me to only make Christmas table runners next year.  Also, the first Christmas runner to be sold was the red on red.  Unfortunately, I have no red fabric left and probably won't buy more now but I do have lots of white.  Sparkly yarns in red and green do look lovely on the white fabric.  I also have ecru fabric and will make a few runners with that, too.

I brought some of the other runners I made to sell on Ebay but haven't had great luck with that.  It's interesting to note how many people at the craft sale in Canada knew about Swedish weaving so it's popularity is spreading.  

Friday, October 27, 2017

Craft Sale

I don't know how many of the blog followers are from the Hamilton/Ancaster area but I just wanted to remind everyone that I'll be at the craft show tomorrow selling some of my Swedish weaving pieces...I'll probably be the only one with Swedish weaving.

The bazaar and craft sale is Saturday, October 28th from 9 A.M. to 1 P.M. and it's at the Ancaster Achievement Centre, 622 Alberton Rd. S., Alberton, Ontario, (just outside Ancaster).

I was there last year for the first time and there was a beautiful selection of items, some handcrafted.  I'll be selling Swedish weaving pieces (afghans, table runners, place mats), and costume jewelry.  The costume jewelry will be priced at $3-5.

A lady stopped by last year very interested in learning how to do Swedish weaving and I'm hoping more will be there who are interested.  It's such a beautiful craft and one that has been slow growing in Canada due to the cost of materials here but interest is certainly growing.

If you read my blog and are able to come by our table to chat, I'd love to see you!

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Last Christmas Table Runner


This is my final Christmas table runner this year.  The monk's cloth is a deep beautiful red and the yarn is really a gorgeous green with a silver thread through it... Bernat's Happy Holidays.  My photography skills are terrible but it could have something to do with the dark overcast sky this morning.

The pattern is part of Pinon Pine from Avery Hill's "Swedish Weaving for Monk's Cloth"...this pattern book is the first of her 4 or 5.

This happens to be the last of my red monk's cloth so I'll probably make next year's Christmas table runners on white monk's cloth.  That will be pretty also.  I still have a large stock of colored monk's cloth to go through so I'm not sure I want to buy any more right now.

The craft show I'll be selling my wares at is on Saturday, October 26th at the Ancaster Senior Achievement Center, 622 Alberton Rd. S in Alberton, Ontario.  All table runners will be $20 so you can see I don't charge for my time.  I love Swedish weaving and will continue to create as long as I'm able!


Wednesday, October 4, 2017

One More Christmas Runner



Hopefully, this is the second to last Christmas runner I make this year.  The monk's cloth is a beautiful deep red and not the shade it shows in the photo, unfortunately.  The yarn is Bernat's Happy Holidays in white which was very nice to work with.  It has a glitter thread that held up well without breaking, too.

I used part of the "Dazzling" pattern from the Diamond pattern booklet.  It was a very simple pattern to follow and one I've used to make many full sized afghans.

Monday, October 2, 2017

Yarn With Metallic Thread

I'd previously used Simply Soft Party yarn when I wanted one with the metallic thread but didn't like the way it held up so I bought Bernat Happy Holidays and have been using the white one on the runner I'm making.  What a difference and what a nice surprise!

The yarn is a little thicker than I usually use but that just gives more texture.  It has a metallic thread wrapped around the yarn itself and I wasn't sure how strong it was or if it would break while weaving.  I was pleasantly surprised to see that it held together extremely well even when I was drawing triple lengths through my fabric...one piece of yarn did about one row of pattern completely around the length and width of the fabric.  

It does ravel a bit at the ends but that is really no problem at all because you can cut it off when you reach the end.  What is very nice is how the yarn itself stays well aligned with the metallic thread.

I bought all three colors so will have plenty to use next Christmas, too.

Friday, September 29, 2017

Another Christmas Runner



One more Christmas table runner ready for the craft show next month.  The red fabric shows best in the first photo but I couldn't get a good photo of the yarn colors in the pattern so I've added a photo of the yarns I used.  One is a soft gold (lost the wrapper but I'm sure it's Simply Soft) and the green is Simply Soft's chartreuse.

The pattern is part of the "Christmas Stars" from Monk's Cloth Afghans for Christmas.  I did this one before and like it a lot.  Of course, I twist it around somewhat  such as adding the green into the loops.  I used the soft gold to create the basic pattern.

Today I went out to buy some interesting Christmas yarn to use on the next Christmas afghan and will post all the info when it's done.


Monday, September 25, 2017

Red on Red Runner Finished



I had made an afghan with white fabric and white yarn and just loved it so I was anxious to see how red fabric and red yard would look.  I love it!

I used up the last of my Simply Soft Party and found to my surprise that the red wasn't nearly as difficult to work with as the green had been.  I still won't buy it again, though.  The pattern started out to be "Christmas Joy" from Monk's Cloth Afghans for Christmas but ended with the first row.

As I was weaving in the first row (2 of them), I was thinking how you can't pull out mistakes when you're using this particular yarn because there's too much chance you'll break the glitter thread.  It wasn't until I started the second row that I realized I'd made a mistake on the first row.  I didn't hesitate long before deciding to carry on and make the pattern my own.  I often do that instead of going back and correcting mistakes unless it really matters.

Because I wanted only the red yarn on this runner, I had to improvise again with the pattern because I didn't have enough yarn to complete enough rows.

I improvised with the pattern again at the ends because there wasn't enough room to make a large "V" so I created a small "V".  One day I'd like to do a project and follow the pattern properly but with this runner I did what I could.  And I like it!