Saturday, 4 March 2017

Glenferrie Road Festival 1

I mentioned in my last post that our next market was at a street festival – actually it’s in Glenferrie Road – and suddenly it’s here.  The Festival is tomorrow and the weather forecast is exactly what I hoped for, mid 20’s, almost no chance of rain and a cool breeze, just as long as the forecast is accurate.

The paint box tea towels are finished, shown here from just on the loom

weaving in progress

to that wonderful point where there’s a fat roll of towels on the cloth beam

and no dramas with the last of the warp on the warp beam.

 I had the perfect ribbon in the stash

and manged to get 7 tea towels

and a hand towel/bread cloth from the warp.

I wanted to make something new just for this market and decided that triangle purses, more correctly tetrahedrons, made from left overs would be just the thing.
They’re not hard to make and become addictive very quickly although I had 2 problems – how to finish off the end of the zipper and finding a purpose for them.  Made from bands or leftover fabric, around 10 to 12 centimetres or 4 to 5 inches wide and twice as long, they end up a reasonable size – but for what?  As I was driving home the other day, inspiration struck, as it often does when I’m driving or under the shower.  They are just the right size for the collection of cords, USBs, chargers and assorted computer/phone/tablet bits and pieces.

It’s a great way to keep them altogether but I might have to put a warning on the label to warn of the consequences of losing all those bits and pieces in one moment of carelessness. They are also the right size for make up.

They could almost be used for these 2 little toy mice to go camping,

or for any other small treasures.  I hope to make a few more tonight but it’s hot upstairs where I sew and I’ve been avoiding it. 

I should go and get everything else prepared for the market but just had to include this picture of a Golden Orb spider

outside my window one night this week.  They seem to be active at the moment and make the most fantastic webs, I might have to nominate this one for the Spinners and Weavers Guild, but fortunately it’s not quite as big as it seems here


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