I never found a bag that was quite right for the stuff I need to carry when riding in someone else's golf cart, so with all the learning how to weave activity that has been going on at my place, I decided to make a pouch for my golf gear part of the learning process. I haven't blocked it or anything, but took it out on the course yesterday and it worked really well.
I made the cord on a lucet, which I carved out of scrap wood. I am still in a love/hate relationship with the lucet. I will be blogging about it more, because it is so fascinating.
The bag is deep enough to hold balls and tees and cash without them falling out and there is also room for my phone, tissues, scorecards, pencils, and a light jacket. The cord is long so I can carry it as a shoulder bag or hang it from my golf bag. The bag is flexible so I can fold it over and cram it in small places.
Since this was a learning process and I never used a tapestry loom before, I decided to try a very simple pattern, using the first letter of my name and just a few colors, textures and shapes. I stopped a few times in the weaving process to find scrap wood and tools to shape wooden tapestry needles, shuttles, wands, and threaders that I didn't already have. So I was learning a little woodworking while learning to weave. Accordingly I decided to make a fastener out of wood when it came time to figure out how to keep the bag closed.
I certainly isn't an elegant example of fabric art, but it sure does serve the purpose.
Because this was a first of a kind project for me, I used some commercial yarn in addition to the home-made repurposed fabric. Naturally I bought it with the 40% off daily coupon at my favorite hobby store. The warp is made of Sugar and Cream worsted weight cotton, but most of the bag is used cloth from my mountain of fabric scraps.
So I have gone nuts with the kombucha! After looking wistfully at it from afar for decades, I finally acquired my first scoby last fall and was hopelessly in love with it almost immediately. Not being one to follow directions and unable to decide between black tea kombucha and jun which is made withe green tea and honey, I started brewing with 2 bags of green tea and one black for each pint.
For added nutrition I wanted to flavor it with Guava Leaf Tea, which I brewed separately then chilled and added, along with coconut syrup. But this was a bit tedious and I dind'really like the flavor. ENTER COLD-BREW TEA.
It turns out you don't need hot water to brew tea. In fact, I am finding the guava leaf much tastier and all around easier to manage just steeping it for a few days in a mason jar (with a plastic lid) in the refrigerator.
Now it is even easier to make an excellent home-brewed booch and/or a perfect base for bubbly second ferments with cherries, cranberries, oranges, pinneaple, etc:
2:1 ratio of green:black tea
white sugar for the booch
Time (3 to 21 days depending on the weather and my schedule)
ice + equal parts of booch and delicious cold-brewed organic guava tea + up to an ounce of Torani coconut syrup depending on size of serving
I've been looking at spindles and other weaving tools on Etsy after buying a couple of looms there. Some are highly decorated and they come in many different sizes and shapes. Since I have a few woodworking tools I decided to try making a weaving sword and a shuttle myself out of of scrap wood.
They could stand improvement, but are definitely serviceable.
I've met some people lately who never heard of a knitting knobby (or knitting spool or French loom or any of the other names people have for the handy little tool used to make i-cord.) Growing up in the midwestern USA, I didn't know what to call the little wooden spool with 4 nails in it that we used to make shoelaces and the like, but everyone had one. What I still don't know is the proper name for the hook that comes with device if you buy one from a store. My dad taught me to whittle as soon as I big enough to hold a knife, though, so I made my own. Here is a new one I just whittled out of wood yesterday and i-cord hook is as good a name as any.
New to me, but as ancient as time. This project was made from tarn, torn, twisted, and woven on a peg loom. Only 13" x 18" it is made from repurposed clothing (one pale blue night shirt and one navy pajama bottom) and white Lily Sugar 'n Cream warp thread.
I used a KnittPicks ball winder to make thread from the huge cone manageable and did also add a little bit of the warp thread to the left to bring out the colors.
I love the texture of yarn "spun" from fabric scraps, especially stretchy fabrics such as old T-shirts. It has a life-like quality that is hard to describe.
Not new to everyone, but not something I ever heard of before. This is my first project using paper spikes rolled from pages of old magazines. Although it is an amateurish first attempt, I am SO hooked and plan to get better at this.
We stopped at one of these in West Covina on the way to the LA County Arboretum. It is probably a good thing that we do not have one anywhere near us now.
For a first time visitor it was AMAZING. I wanted to buy and try one of everything! Some of the things I tasted were magnificent, some were not. I could not actually finish all of the things that we did buy, but it was more fun than a barrel full of monkeys trying. We took the leftovers camping. They tasted really good out in the middle of nowhere.