Last weekend, the art collective that I’m a member of had open studios. There were five locations in total. My studio wasn’t used because I live up a long, steep driveway that is shared with the neighbour. The neighbour lives further up the hill than me. If cars were coming in both directions, it would be awkward as there is nowhere to pull over to let the other car through.
I’ve been thinking about learning to spin for a while but have done nothing about it. With six alpacas, I have a reason for learning. A local lady offered to teach me but then I discovered the Handweavers & Spinners Guild of Victoria. They offer spinning classes which which include preparing the fleece, dyeing, and spinning. You can borrow a spinning wheel and try out different types to find what suits you. I’ve tried a few and have my eye on one with a double treadle (not the wheel pictured which has a single treadle). At first I thought I wouldn’t like a double treadle but I did really like it.
I often create sets of lampwork beads with the same design. After pairing up similar sized beads to make into jewellery, I’m left with a few beads of differing sizes. Most lampworkers experience the problem. What to do with these orphan beads?
I always have a container on my stall with orphan beads in it that customers like to riffle through for their own projects. I also use my orphan beads to make bookmarks. People love them. They make the perfect gift for a book lover. My daughter uses her strawberry bookmark all the time. She also has a few others that she sticks in cookbooks marking pages of favourite recipes.