This was a happy accident and totally unintentional.
During the summer months I downloaded few online classes from various sources and various fields (sewing, knitting, polymer clay, cake baking - to name just a few). One of those classes was Knit Brilliant Beads by Betsy Hershberg.
I love her jewelry, learned a great deal from this class but somehow bead-knitting was not my thing, not at the moment anyway. I love her enthusiasm and love of the craft, her eye for detail is amazing and the final results simply gorgeous. Many times when I am taking a class, I am not always that interested in the featured craft, but I enjoy the creative energy that is involved in teaching and I always get very inspired and many new ideas.
And I did walk away with something. I could not get rid of the idea of making beads, but I did not know what kind of beads. I made few knitted ones with embroidery on them, but something did not feel right. For a while I thought about polymer again, but then one day I grabbed a bit of fleece and made a felt bead. The bead is not the usual light bead when made of plain wool but it is quite heavy since it has a wood bead inside. While I was embroidering it, I stuck a long needle through it to have something to hold on to when embroidering, and then I showed it to my daughter (who loves all kinds of tops) how well the woolen/wood bead whirled and then I realized that this bead would make a good spindle. After a few hours with a knife and a wooden stick, my very first spindle was born.
I am totally charmed by it. It feels old and warm. I might make another one...
As I am looking out of the window, it is grey and the wind is picking up. We are supposed to get heavy snowfall today, the weather forecast said 8"/20cm, but so far we have had some rain only. I wonder if we really are getting lots of snow today.
Before I go, let me show you a piece of dog art.
Ruusu made this image yesterday on our daily stroll. If you look closely at the picture, you can see a tail and legs and almost ears. She loves snow and even when there is very little, she has to make angels.
Wool with you,