Fibre Queen

1980s: learned and forgot knitting, did some embroidery, learned cross stitch, learned how to crochet a chain, envied my Oma’s amazing tatting (lace making skill) and was told I could learn when I learned how to crochet. Knotted friendship bracelets with embroidery thread and plastic lanyards, although my best friend was way better at it than I was.

1990s: pretty devoid of fibre arts…mostly focused on jewellery making.

2002: taught myself knitting from a book and the internet, did some cross stitch. Still can’t crochet.

2004: began teaching myself sewing and managed to make a couple of baby quilts.

2005: learned tatting from Oma. Even though I’d never learned crochet, knitting counted. :D

2006: accidentally crocheted a beanie. I still can’t crochet and I’m not entirely sure how I managed that.

2007: made my own drop spindle and tried out a spinning wheel at Birkeland Bros in Vancouver (now since moved to Abbotsford)

2009: borrowed a wheel and learned how to spin. Sort of. I definitely made yarn, and picked up a lot of bad habits along the way.

2012: took spinning lessons, broke some bad habits, learned how to dye fibre (omg, so addictive)

September 22nd 2012: bought nearly 10 lbs of raw, unwashed fleece to spin into yarn. Also, since I’m insane and don’t have enough fibre skills, I also made cards and began learning how to card (or tablet) weave.

I’m now trying to figure out what fibre arts I’ve missed. Inkle looming, weaving on a full loom, a few knitting skills (steeking, thrumming, Fair Isle for example, and I’ve never made mittens or gloves with fingers), felting (on purpose, although so far I haven’t felted any of my wool)…can anyone think of any I’ve missed?

And, of course, I still don’t know how to crochet.

(Photos on my Flickr site)

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3 Responses to “Fibre Queen”

  1. Wendy says:

    Crochet and embroidery (including counted cross-stitch) are the fibre arts I enjoy. I’ll help you with crochet when you want to give it a go again.

  2. Donna says:

    Let me know if you want to borrow my inkle loom. :)

  3. Karin says:

    Thanks ladies! I’ll probably take both of you up on it. :D

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