Mending, particularly visible mending, has been fashionable in recent months or even years. This month, Kate Davies has published an essay on the subject. The intriguing device in the picture to the right is a Stoppapparaten Perfekt, AKA Speedweve, which Josefin has recently managed to obtain and 'shows and tells'.
I don't plan the themes for these issues but it often seems as if certain things come to the fore each month. Two great finished projects / patterns caught my eye at around the same time which are sewn bags made from handwoven fabric which in turn is made from handspun yarn.
Finally this month there's a surprisingly substantial selection of textile-based artworks.
Read on for this month's round-up of news, views and reviews for spinners, knitters, crocheters, dyers and weavers.
This fascinating device is the Stoppapparaten Perfekt AKA Speedweve.
It's highly sought-after, Josefin had to pay 800 Kronor, around £65 which is ten times its original price.
She gives us a good look at the apparatus itself, the packaging and instructions. In the picture she's using spindle-spun yarn in a bright colour for a fashionable visible repair and so that we can easily see the mend.
This is the_peahen's Angelique (not me, a different peahen).
Blog posts where spinners explain their choices, describe their problems and solutions, and collect together all of the work-in-progress pictures have tended to give way to faster and shorter social media posts, which is a shame, so I do really appreciate posts like this one.
The shawl is Angelique, the_peahen links to the designer's site.
In case you didn't spot the link in the_peahen's post, The Sojourning Spinner has compiled a list of 31 (count 'em) common barriers to people finishing their projects satisfactorily, along with suggested solutions.
If you like Yvonne, click the image to find her page, you can use next and previous to explore more cartoons.
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The Fleece and Fiber Sourcebook by Carol Ekarius and Deborah Robson
"If you have been spinning for any length of time, you have probably heard of The Fleece and Fiber Sourcebook by Carol Ekarius and Deborah Robson or maybe own it yourself. If not, you probably should", says Sukrita Mahon
If you are a relatively new spinner then this short video is a must-watch. I'm familiar with some of these books and would say that some will be of interest and value to intermediate and experienced spinners too.
This is five book reviews in one video, presented using animation!
Gary's wheels are usually very ornate. Here I find the carved head a little bit too much but his paintings are stunning. Do click through to see the other side, which is different and just as beautiful.
The pattern is in German and you'll have to negotiate (and register on) a German website in order to obtain it. Don't be put off if you don't speak the language. I think all of the buttons (add to cart, go to checkout, download your pattern) are where you'd expect them.
With thanks to my sewing friend Patricia for confirming that you should be able to make the purse after printing the pattern (and with help from this video ) without understanding the text.
I'm Shiela Dixon, I've beeing doing this for around ten years in order to promote and encourage the craft of spinning.
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