Friday, 13 April 2012

Just some more sharing again

I think I mentioned this yesterday, but I love when the kiln opens up at the studio...especially when we are all there to help unload it and discover our new pieces together.  It's like Christmas, everyone is so excited to see the new pieces coming out one by one.  And, of course, there are people there to share the disasters as well.

My experiments in texture came out...I am quite pleased with them, which is a good thing since there are 3 or 4 more in the kiln this week.
 This one is for me, and I love was part of my "using it up" day and took me a ridiculously long time for what it is.
 ???  I made these as little chop stick dishes and everyone in the studio had different ideas...individual salt and peppers, for tea bags, for candles, etc
 This I had to share because I love the colour, but I am so so terribly clever I forgot to write down what I used.
 This one is a teaser.  I have a handful of these tiny leaves and will be making something out of them to share at a later date.
This one bummed me out.  It came out Wednesday night, just in time for my husband's birthday yesterday, and is too tippy to use.  Don't know what happened here.  So sad!
This I shared yesterday but am adding it again because I like it...

And on to the fiber...
This delightful item came in the mail Wednesday.  It was my first time ordering roving on-line (incidentally, it is from Greenwood Fiberworks on Etsy).  It is so beautiful in real life, but I couldn't quite capture it on my camera.  It is called Blue Eyes and is to make a new hat for N...who has lovely blue eyes.
I am a beginner, so I couldn't quite figure out how to deal with the loveliness as there was so much of I split it in half down the whole center to make 2 long balls instead of 1 huge one.  (Yep, I spin it from a planter, cuz that's how I roll).
I couldn't figure out the other day how people get such nice 1-ply yarn that they can actually use...because I had never used roving like this (it's merino).  Now that I have used this, I can see how someone with experience could spin up a lovely single ply.  It's a learning curve for sure...I didn't realize how different it would be to spin up different fibers (I found the alpaca to be much easier to spin so far, but I think this makes a much different a beginner anyways).  I look forward to experimenting some more (and more and more and more).

Now I'm off to see the loveliness at Natural Suburbia for Creative Friday and at Wisdom begins in wonder for Fiber Arts Friday.  Wanna come along?


  1. Natalie, I love those plates at top with the beautiful floral impressions on them. Will you be putting items like those in your shop? I love giving platters as gifts...

    1. Why yes, indeed, I had planned on putting a few in my shop. Maybe this week, or next. I might wait until the others are out of the kiln and do them all at once. Definitely in ample time for Mother's Day :)
      Thanks for stopping by.

  2. Beautiful! Everything is so nice! Here is my Creative Friday offering:

  3. I've yet to get a nice thick single -- you're doing great, keep it up. The platter is gorgeous, sorry about the brown cup, so nice and thanks for putting up the floral cup again -- very nice!

  4. You're so talented, I love the pattern too. That's on my 'to do' list of things to learn.

  5. ooooh, I LOVE everything!
    You are very talented.

  6. I love your chopstick holder/salt cellars/whateverers! And I love the little leafy things. Beautiful.

    And that roving is gorgeous!

    Here's my Fiber Arts Friday post.

  7. Your pottery is gorgeous... right up my alley.... earthy and texture-y. :-)

    I think your yarn is looking gorgeous... and they are ALL usable. :-)

    They say when you learn to spin, you spin fat. Then you gain control and spin thin. Then you spend the rest of your life trying to figure out how to spin fat again. ;-) I've found it to be true, anyway. Although pre-drafting the roving, then not really drafting while spinning can help get a fatter yarn.

    Regarding the Slow Living: Thanks. :-) If you do participate, be sure to link up with the originator There are some very interesting blogs linking in. Have fun! :-)

  8. Holy pretty pottery! I love them... especially the candle holder. It's my favorite. I have no advice for the spinning, but I think it's beautiful and probably very usable. Love the colors.