Monday, 20 April 2015

Green and G

The last few weeks have been a mad whirl of dyeing skeins of yarn for Wonderwool, which we're going to this weekend.  I've been telling people for years that my favourite colour is purple, so I was a little surprised at how much green dye I was getting through.  It seems I have a penchant for green, as well as purples.  My favourite though, was the rainbow gradient I dyed for the new Bifrost Kit I've designed.  A few photos below for your viewing pleasure.  I'll be running some dyeing experience days in the summer.  Get in touch if you fancy having a go at dyeing your own yarn.

This week's letter is below.  See here for more detailed instructions.

I'll be shattered next week after the show so next weeks offering may be a day or to late.

dyeing sock blanks for gradient yarn

gradient in a little scrummy ball

Bifrost Necklace
Beaker Button Sparkle on the shop shelves

autumn colours drying

yarn for Eve bracelet about to be wound

Kettle dyed River Bottom

Flock of mini skeins

G, unblocked

This week's chart

Monday, 13 April 2015

Felting Fairies and F

Some of you will know that Beaker Button has hosted two fabulous Felted Fairies workshops with Erica from Arts, Rush and Cane.  As this week is an F week I thought I'd share a little about the felting fairies experience.

First I want to make clear this is not a felting tutorial.  It's merely me showing off our fairies.
Erica is a brilliant teacher.  She has a knack for making you feel like things are going well, even when she's telling you what you've done wrong.  The fairies we've made are needle felted, and what's great about the class is that you learn several techniques which can be used for all sorts of felting projects.  Erica makes fantastic kits for felting your own fairies as well.  They're £14 and have everything you need including needles and foam.  We have 3 in stock at the moment.  Have a look below at the models for them.

Your chart for this week is at the bottom of the blog.  Full instructions are here.

We start with this
merino tops, dyed locks, threads, felting needles and foam
Sea fairy
and end up with these (both mine).

Snowdrop fairy

What amazes me is the variety of styles in each class.
Our first class

Flower Fairies in March

Fairies kit

This week's chart.

Monday, 6 April 2015

Eagles and E

I had this weeks post all planned out.  I was going to tell you about rediscovering embroidery and how much pleasure and inspiration it's given me.  However, on Sunday the Hubby, Short Round and I had a very rare day off together, so we decided on a whim to go here.

If you haven't been I'd really recommend going.  The centre is a little shabby, but they're working on a shoe string budget after rescuing the whole site, including all the birds, from destruction.  They are very honest about their financial situation and you can see where they are building new aviaries and improving the place as they go.  We had planned to spend the morning looking at the birds then lunching and walking in the New Forest,but we had such a good time that we stayed all day.  We met several of the fellows below, as well as having a very illuminating talk about reptiles and arachnids (I have never been so close to a tarantula outside of glass; I'm still shaking!).  I did like the corn snake called kellog, and I'm in love with Monty, a Royal Python.

The whole day cost us £55, which included admission, lunch, drinks and souvenirs.  We're looking forward to going back in the summer for another fabulous day out.

This weeks square is E and the chart is at the bottom of the post.  You'll find detailed instructions for completing each square here

Nimble, who we saw fly. He is a Gyr x Saker falcon

Peregrine x lanner falcon and a lanner falcon having a gossip.  We saw Zephyr the Lanner falcon fly 

Cookie the Asian Brown Wood Owl, sitting by us.

Peggy the Caracara.  They are very dog like in their behaviour

Pipsqueak the Siberian Eagle owl, sitting next to us.

Sly the African Hooded Vulture (my favourite).  He sat on the bench next to Short Round just before this photo.

Kojak the American Bald Eagle.  He reminded me of the muppets! 

This month's square

This month's chart