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My journey as a fiction writer and a place for my projects, writing and otherwise.

Archive for March 2010

It’s been awhile.

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Blogwise, I seem to have dropped off the face of the planet, which really screws up my goal of maintaining a regular blog. I feel as if I have a pretty good excuse, though; I’ve worked every day at one of my two jobs since March 1st, and I still have 3 more days to go. Also, there was a cat emergency somewhere in there, too. Pretty draining. The schools start spring break today, so yesterday was my last day at school for a week. We also had a pretty easygoing week since after school classes ended the week before.

I have some stuff to show off, but Chris has the camera with him in North Dakota! For all my lack of free time and exhaustion, I’ve still been able to sneak in some crafts here and there, and I have a sort of tutorial to post for hemp jewelry as soon as I can get it scanned. I also finally got to buy some tools and supplies for jewelry making, but now I’m broke for the next two weeks, and I’ve run out of new combinations of beads to put together! It all does add up, doesn’t it.

I’m also at a standstill in my weaveable yarn supply, so I’ve turned to spinning some of the fiber I’ve had around for awhile. I’ve gotten through mostly all of my wool, and now I have some alpaca roving and some bamboo-silk, both of which I was saving for when I got better at spinning. I’m still not quite so confident that I won’t screw up this expensive and gorgeous fiber, so I’m scared to start. But you have to start somewhere, right?

I should be up and blogging (with pictures!) again as early as tomorrow when Chris gets back with the camera, at least through spring break. I’ve got a lighter workload for the month of April, so hopefully I can keep up with a minimum of twice a week again!

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March 26, 2010 at 2:48 pm

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Too many crafts?

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Is there a such thing as too many crafts? Often, I get pulled in lots of directions when it comes to crafting. I will be completely set on one thing, like weaving, for a week, and then something else will hit me and I’ll go a completely different direction, like making jewelry. Since I really want to have a little bit more focus and become more skilled in my fiber arts pursuits, I also feel as if I shouldn’t dabble in other things. So it has been pretty difficult to go to Michael’s for supplies for my after school classes, Jewelry Making and Play With Clay, because I always want to take up new hobbies when I go there. What has also been difficult? Starting a new job at a bead shop! Okay, not so difficult, but difficult in terms of trying to stick to one focus. This weekend I got a lesson in basic beading, and I made these:

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Now, I’m anxiously awaiting Friday for two paychecks so I can invest in some tools and supplies and make a bunch of jewelry! My money may need to go elsewhere, due to a car issue, but I’m crossing my fingers that I’ll figure out a way to get some basic stuff so I can scratch this itch. And I have decided that there is no harm in having many crafty talents, as long as I try not to gaze too wistfully at every beautiful thing I see that someone has made and think “I wish I could do that!”

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March 9, 2010 at 1:52 pm

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Recent weaving

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Last night I spent the evening baking fimo clay beads that our students made in jewelry making class and mixing up salt dough clay for today’s Play With Clay Class. Since I go to bed pretty early, it took the majority of my free time for the evening, and I had to force myself to keep working, because I knew that taking a break would be the end of me. Thus, I declare tonight a night of doing nothing. Which, apparently, means blogging.

I got a lot of weaving done on this project over the weekend and am pretty close to finishing, but came up on a snag IMG_1720when I had to repair a broken warp thread. It was my first time having to do this, and I fixed it, but I haven’t had a chance to weave over it yet to get back to the normal warp thread. It’s made with Cascade 220 and took a little over one skein of each color so far, but I may have enough to do a reverse of the pattern. In the store, the less purpley color looked more brown than the pinkish that it is, and they also seemed to have way more contrast before I actually got them on the loom. I think they still look pretty together, though, and the subtle contrast will be nice. I can’t wait to get it off the loom and wash it to see what it looks like!

Here is a picture of the loom in action. IMG_1718I also thought I would mention that I recently discovered Weavolution, which is a lot like Ravelry but for weavers. I haven’t really done anything to my profile there yet, but my username is nikkinbird. I’ve been doing a lot of browsing of other people’s weaving projects and getting inspired, and I’m looking forward to the summer when I’ll be serving less hours with AmeriCorps and might have some more time to try new things! I can also tell that I’ll soon be wanting a floor loom to try stuff that’s not possible on a rigid heddle loom, but I want to explore all the possibilities of the rigid heddle loom, of course.

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March 5, 2010 at 1:54 am

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