Sunday, August 17, 2014

Handi-wind shuttle love

So, I thought I'd try composing a blog post on my iPad. Apparently, there is a learning curve, because I've already had to delete and start over!

My newest Handi-wind shuttle arrived in the mail yesterday, and I love it! Dave at Grizzly Mountain Arts made this little beauty. One of the things I really like about the Handi-wind shuttles is that I have something to hold on to while winding my thread... that, and they're just plain gorgeous!

I spent some tatting yesterday. Do you recognize the pattern? Yes, it's Mary Konior's Spinning Wheel glass mat from Tatting with Visual Patterns. The thread is another Omega, a thread I'm really enjoying using. 

I also spent some time playing with another spinning wheel... my new Ladybug! I've never spun on a wheel before, but I found a wonderful class at Craftsy, and I'm pretty confident about learning. I just need to learn to coordinate my hands and feet!

What will I do with a spinning wheel? Well, with all the weaving I've been doing lately, I'm really intrigued with fiber. I'm hoping to spin well enough to create bags with my own hand spun yarn!

In the meantime, I'll just keep working with the yarn I have on hand. :-)

So, what are my thoughts about composing a blog post on my iPad? It's a little awkward, but I that once I get used to it, it might be a lot faster!

Update: I like the way the pictures taken with my iPad turned out; however, I do not like the way the landscape pictures show up on the blog post. I guess I'll stick with my computer!


  1. I really move your spinning wheel, diane! I am looking forward yo your hznd spun yarn!

  2. Your new shuttle is beautiful! Last thing I need is to start drooling over these special shuttles though... Your woven bags are very cute. Weaving is something that interests me, but so far I have managed to resist trying it. Can't wait to see you play with with the spinning wheel!

  3. Your handwoven bags are all so beautiful. I'm looking forward to seeing what you come up with handspinning!

  4. Lovely new shuttle,
    Yes I did recognise the pattern you did in your last post say you had started another spinning wheel mat. Going to look lovely.
    I am looking forward to seeing you thread from the spinning wheel. I can see you sitting there spinning.
    Yes the iPad does take some great photos but you also get a lot of scenery.

  5. Oh wow Diane, I'm so excited that you have your spinning wheel! Welcome to the world of spinning. I hope you will spend many happy hours at your wheel.

  6. Your bags are lovely. Look forward to seeing what you do with the spinning wheel.

  7. You seem to be really busy with crafts lately!!! :)

  8. Wow Diane, you've got quite the crafting vein! lol
    Very nice work you do! I always enjoy looking at the spinning wheel glass mat... and thankfully I am fortunate enough to own Mary Konior's book Tatting with Visual Patterns - so will definitely give this pattern a try...

    As far as other lace making... I've been looking into Bobbin lace and Hardanger... though I have to be careful or it will consume my time and not leave enough other things! :-D I really want to learn those next (not sure which will come first though)

    And you know, I was just looking at the Grizzly Mountain Arts shuttles today - they are soooo lovely! I might have to get me one of those!!


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