Yay! New yarns listed in the store!

I’ve listed some new handspun yarns in my etsy store, with more to come in the next week or so. Click on the images to go to my etsy store listings. Looking forward to a great year ahead and connecting with lovely new and existing customers and creatives:)

Bush Flowers Handspun Merino Yarn by EarthMother Designs

Bush Flowers Handspun Merino yarn

"Shoreline" Shetland Wool Handspun yarn by EarthMother Designs

“Shoreline” Shetland Wool Handspun yarn

"Mother Earth" Merino Texel Wool Handspun yarn by EarthMother Designs

“Mother Earth” Merino Texel Wool Handspun yarn

"Rustic" Naturally Coloured Corriedale Wool Handspun yarn by EarthMother Designs

“Rustic” Naturally Coloured Corriedale Wool Handspun yarn

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Saori Weaving on the Louet Spring Loom

I’m getting to know my Louet Spring Loom with a simple plain weave cloth using 8 shafts, and really enjoying it. At the time of ordering my loom I requested an 8 shaft 110cm width Spring, but on it’s arrival in Australia I was gobsmacked when informed the company hadn’t had any 8 shaft looms in stock so had sent me a 12 shaft loom at no extra cost! I’m so grateful and impressed with the company!

There were a few squeaks while changing the shed which I solved thanks to Jane Stafford’s Helpline and a few strategically placed drops of spinning wheel oil, and I think I’ve got the floating breast beam pretty much worked out. This loom is quiet, has a small footprint for the generous weaving width, doesn’t overwhelm the room it is in, and is a joy to weave on. It seems to be a good size for my height of 5’6″, whereas the LeClerc Colonial loom I used to have was too high and caused me hip pain with treadling, as well as being such tall loom which tends to make me feel claustrophobic in a room. So far, I LOVE MY SPRING LOOM!

I chose some 8/2-ish cotton yarns and wound a warp choosing randomly from the colours in my purple-y selection. EarthMother Designs Purple-y WarpI warped the loom using the back to front method as demonstrated by Jane Stafford on the Louet warping DVD and have decided to lash 10mm diameter stainless steel rods on to the wooden back apron rod as Jane did. I also found the front apron rod bowed with my short warp so I will use a metal rod there next time too, I think. I bought the rod and had it cut to size at a friendly local engineering company.

EarthMother Designs Purple-y WarpEarthMother Designs Purple-y WarpI can’t believe how fast this cloth is weaving up. I’m using black cotton as weft and adding little random stringlets of the warp cottons. Maybe a 12 shaft loom is a little overkill for someone who loves weaving plain weave, but there’s certainly plenty of scope for playing in the future.:)

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How to Weave Travelling Inlay

EarthMotherDesignsTravelling_Inlay_1A couple of people have asked me how to weave the travelling inlay. I love the effect as it makes the eye wander through the weave. To do the travelling inlay I just add a short length of an additional yarn into the shed under as many threads as appeals to me, weave a few picks in the normal weft, then take the additional yarn under the threads back the other way, creating a vertical float over the top of the normal weft. Weave a few picks of the normal weft again. I just repeat that, taking the additional yarn back and forth. (Hope that makes sense?). Remember that the vertical floats are on the top side of the cloth, the reverse side of the cloth will just show horizontal lines of the inlay yarn.

I have made a short video to show you how I did it.

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Spindle Destash – For Sale

FOR SALE I’m decluttering at the moment and have some spindles for sale, as well as a spindle bag. Price and postage are noted for each item. I can also combine postage or pick up can be arranged from Young or Boorowa NSW. Please email me at earthmotherlife (AT) gmail.com if interested. Also advertised elsewhere.

Malcolm Fielding Hybrid Z and S twist reversible double spiral flute laceweight drop spindle. The spindle shaft is made of bowyakka, and the whorl is mulga. The larger diameter section of the spindle is reinforced with a button shaped disc of eucalyptus burl. Dimensions – whorl diameter approx 58mm, (2.36 in), spindle length overall 225 mm, (9 in), weight 24 grams (0.9 oz approx).  AU$65 including postage within Australia. Add $10 for international postage.Malcolm Fielding spindleMalcolm Fielding spindleMalcolm Fielding spindleMalcolm Fielding spindle **SOLD** FW (Frank Williams) top whorl drop spindle. This 21/4″ (58mm) whorl is New Guinea Rosewood and has a “Coral Pink” disc insert. The shaft is 8″ (205mm) to underside of whorl and is also New Guinea Rosewood with both components hand finished with wax polish. Weight is approximately 1oz (28gms). AU$30 including postage within Australia. Add $10 for international postage. Frank Williams SpindleFrank Williams SpindleFrank Williams Spindle Spindle **SOLD** Top Whorl Rim Weighted Drop Spindle: I can’t remember where I got it but it is a rosewood colour. Spindle shaft is about 279mm (11″) long. Whorl is approximately 63mm (2 1/2″) diameter and 19mm (3/4″) thick. Weight is 59grams (2.08oz). AU$30 including postage within Australia. Add $10 for international postage.SpindleSpindle **SOLD**Maple Top Whorl Drop Spindle. Length is 254mm (10″ long), whorl is 63.5mm (2.5″) whorl, weight is 51g (1.8 ounces). AU$20 including postage within Australia. Add $10 for international postage.Top Whorl Maple Spindle Top Whorl Maple Spindle Top Whorl Maple Spindle **SOLD** Maple Bottom Whorl Drop Spindle. Length is 254mm (10″ long), whorl is 63.5mm (2.5″) whorl, weight is 51g (1.8 ounces). AU$20 including postage within Australia. Add $10 for international postage.Bottom Whorl Maple Spindle Bottom Whorl Maple Spindle **SOLD** Spanish Peacock Spindle Bag: This bag is approximately 36cm (14″) tall, and approximately 7.5cm (3″) square at the base. The bag is fully padded with a reinforced bottom, and both outer fabric and lining are 100% cotton.  AU$20 including postage within Australia. Add $10 for international postage.Spanish Peacock Spindle BagSpanish Peacock Spindle Bag

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Apricots and Snowflakes

Looking forward to some apricots this coming summer – the blossoms have been magnificent on our little trees Apricot blossoms 1 Apricot blossoms 2And it was lovely to spy some sweet little snowflake bulbs amongst the flourishing weeds:) Snowflakes 1 Snowflakes 2Spent some time enjoying the spring afternoon in the garden then sat on the verandah watching the sunset. Sunset

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Spinning and Knitting

The nesting magpies were eyeing off my yarns which had been hung outside to dry after spinning and finishing, so to be safe I brought them back inside.Yarns dryingFinally finished knitting my version of the Calligraphy cardigan in Bendigo luxury 8 ply, just in time for the heat of summer. It’s too large for my daughter who is modelling it, but it should be cosy for next winter. CalligraphyCardigan2 CalligraphyCardigan3 CalligraphyCardigan4

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Etsy Store Update

Lots of handspun and handpainted yarns, as well as spinning fibres, now listed for sale in the EarthMother Designs Etsy storeEarthMother_Designs_Calm_Waters_hy_1 EarthMother_Designs_Dynamic_hy_1 EarthMother_Designs_Lakeside_hy_2 EarthMother_Designs_Peach_Bliss_finn-cash_hy_1 EarthMother_Designs_Plum_Dance_hy_1 EarthMother_Designs_Spring_Bud_hy_5

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