Sunday, June 10, 2018

~*Not In Love Yet*~

Good Day Dear Friends!

This is my first experience with Rustic Wool Moire' Threads.  I can't say I love it yet... but it isn't all bad.



Here is how it went.  

First of all, I have heard so many of you raving over the thread.  Of course, I had to give it a try!  Unfortunately, it can't be bought local to me.  So, I searched a vendor online and ordered close to 20 spools.  (Big purchase for me!)

They can be found at about $5.25-$5.75 US per spool.  

It is 100% wool.  

It comes wrapped on great wood spools. 

Each spool holds 80m plus - minus 4%.


For comparison...

DMC can be purchased local to me.  Valdani Threads and other specialty threads must be purchased online for me.  There isn't a good shop near by to where we live.

DMC is about .65 US.  Valdani runs about $4.75-$6.75 US.  Other specialty threads are roughly the same price as Valdani.

DMC and the specialty threads that I have used are 100% cotton.

Valdani threads are neatly wrapped in a ball.  DMC and the other cotton threads are not.

DMC skeins are 8m.  Valdani are 67m-100m depending on thread thickness.  The other specialty threads can vary.  Checking some of my Weeks stash, they are 5 yards each.


Looking for inspiration, Maggie Bonanomi's latest book was sitting on my work table.  I sketched my doodle on Weaver's Cloth... similar to one on the cover of Pure & Simple.  Working with a bunch of randomly purchased colors... I was stumped.  This looked doable with what was on hand.

(This book, by the way, is WONDERFUL! Maggie is amazing with each and every design!)


I wasn't sure how long the spools of thread would last.  Sure, I knew how much the spool held, but it wasn't clear how it would punch.  Using a single thread in my Cameo Ultra Punch and a setting of #2... this is how the design worked up.  The color used for the background (207) was the one used most.  What I wasn't able to see before starting, the wood spools are skinny.  They do hold a great amount of thread.

Here is a close up of my punching...


The back side... close up...


 The entire back...


 And back to the front again... 4 1/2 inches in diameter.


When punching with DMC, or regular cotton floss, I use the full 6 strands of thread in my needle.  I don't worry if I  may run out mid-project.  If this happens, a simple run to the store, or a quick substitution is fine.

When working with Valdani thread, I punch with 2 strands each time... using either thread weight #8 OR #12.  If I run out, I'm usually comfortable with substituting another color.

Not knowing if there was enough of one color on hand for my little project, I kept it small.  Of course, two colors could have been used to work the background.  

Let me talk colors...

On my little project, the dark red blooms are very dark.  To me, they are too dark.  They don't even look like blooms to me because they are so dark compared to the rest of the image.  I don't have another color in the stash that would really look any better... to me anyway.

When my order was placed, I searched through the website looking closely at each color photo to pick and choose.  There wasn't a color chart.  The website I was on had several pages of colors with about 10 on each page.  Lighting on a computer monitor is always different than looking at something hands on.  To me, this was a rough start beginning with the order itself.

Plus, because it was purchased from a website, I had to wait.  My wait time was in excess of 2 weeks from order to mail box.  That was depressing.  It did come packaged complete and clean.  It just took longer than I would have like it to.  (I'm not going to say where it was purchased.)  Maybe I will try another site next time with quicker results.

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So, overall... and to wrap it up... It was okay.  I will use up my stash, and I might order some more.  I don't hate it... it just isn't my favorate thread.

What I'm interest in doing though... mixing different threads.  I have some wonderful sock-weight yarn on hand.  It might be interesting to use it to give a variation of texture to a piece.  It is 100% wool also.

Mixing DMC and Valdani has become a common for me.  Why can't mixing different wool threads & yarns?  Maybe even mixing wools and cottons would give a great finish?

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One more thing you may find interesting... the thickness...

This picture shows Rustic Wool Moire' on top, DMC (full 6 strands in the center), and Valdani #8 on the bottom.  The Moire' thread is slightly thinner than the #8 Valdani.

Remember, when I work with Valdani, I use 2 strands at one time.  Working with Moire', I only used a single strand.  It did work to cover my design well, I didn't notice any voids (holes in coverage).


I hope you have found this review helpful.  If you have any hints & tips for working with the wool thread, leave a comment.  I'm sure others would like to know your thoughts too.

Wishing you warm smiles...

Betty

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Good Day, My Friends!

There is news to share!  Have you heard? 

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Primitivebettys has been invited to the Wool Works Neighborhood!  It is so exciting and such an honor to join this publication!  I am delighted have my designs shared with the talented bunch of artists already in the neighborhood.  My many thanks to Melanie Pinney for the praise and this great offer.  I look forward to working with her and sharing with you.

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Primitivebettys will appear beginning with this year's Fall issue and then continue on to future issues.

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Now, have you subscribed?  You can do so by visiting ~  WoolWorksMagazine

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My first design has been delivered.  It is a needlepunch (or punchneedle, if you prefer!).  It was super~fun to create and play with.  I will have to keep you in suspense a little longer though to share the image...

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Designs that will be offered by Primitivebettys ~  needlepunch, rug hooking, and MAYBE a cross stitch diddy ... we will just have to see where my goofy mind goes.

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Wishing you all warm smiles...

Betty

Saturday, December 30, 2017

~*NEEDLEPUNCHING!*~

Hello Dear Friends!

How about a little NEEDLEPUNCHING!  Yup, I am squeezing in a little crafty time.  Something happening and you may be interested in seeing...

Beginning with Weaver's Cloth, one of my gripper frames, and a Sharpie marker... I doodled this little pony with inspirations of old hooked rugs...



Then I collected some various threads... DMC 6 strand embroidery floss, Perle Cotton, Valdani #12 and #8 and my Cameo UltraPunch...


And then I began to punch.  Doing something a little different ~ maybe something considered WRONG... but I let myself create some texture to my punching by using the different threads AND using either a #2 or a #3 setting on my needle.  It created this WONDERFUL mix of highs and lows on the surface of m tiny rug!  I adore it!!!  Maybe you can see in this

close~up...

 Next... it will be removed from the frame and finished off.  A tiny table top rug?  Framed?  Atop an old box?  I'll have to examine my options.

 

Wishing you all warm smiles ~ A very Merry Christmas ~ and a Blessed New Year!

Betty

Friday, July 7, 2017

~*Spin Me Round and Round and Round*~

Hello Dear Friends!

Thank you for the overwhelming response to my previous post.  Your kind words and comments have been so touching.  My goats have already brought so much joy to my family.  I'm glad their sweet faces have brightened your day too!  I hope you do make some lovely things with the freebie.  Remember, share those finishes!

Yesterday, I mentioned the thoughts, hopes, and dreams of spinning my own yarn.  When the goats are sheared, they will provide me with lots of glorious mohair.  It will be used for spinning.  My goal... thick, bulky rug yarn with lots of variation and texture!

Well, it has been YEARS since I have tried to spin.  In fact, it was only briefly (VERY BRIEFLY!)... way back in high school.  My fiber teacher was the famous Jean Bass.  She was super talented and kind.  She had so much information to teach and was so willing to share her knowledge.  If only I hadn't been such a kid at the time ~ not fully ready to listen and learn.  If only I could go back in time and have her as a teacher again!  She was my weaving teacher for two years.  She taught me how to use a frame loom, floor loom, how to felt, how to dye, and touched on how to spin with a drop spindle.  For the hour long class each day, I would dive into these activities, but only during school.  Rarely would any of these fun things take place outside of that classroom.  Looking back, it makes me sad that I missed out on all the knowledge Mrs. Bass was trying to share with me.

All these years later, I'm wanting to try again.  In fact now, being older, it is something that I really want to try to perfect... or at least learn enough to be decent at it.

Beginning my venture of spinning... I purchased this book and a top whorl drop spindle online.  I've also watched many videos on YouTube.


This bundle of roving was something that has been around my craft room for years.  It might be wool.  It feels like it anyway.  So, time to try.

My first attempt has not been very successful...

Over~twisted!  Comes un~spun!  Breaks apart!  Frustrating...

BUT!

I will not give up!!!

Wishing you warm smiles...

Betty

Thursday, July 6, 2017

~*Goat Farm Freebie!*~

Hello Dear Friends!  Yes, once again, it has been forever and a day since my last post.  As the days go by, I continue to find BALANCE.  Someday it is my hope that will be the case.  Until then, no promises.  However, I will continue to try.

Rather than go on and on about all the changes and going~on's around our home... I will post about the most recent!  Last week we adopted five, beautiful, Colored Angora Goats!  I have plans to raise and breed them.  My dream also is to shear and spin their lush, mohair to use with my weaving.

Please meet Carly and her baby Fiona...

On the left is Prissy and taking a sip of water is Missy...

And this is the beloved Chloe...
 Chloe seems to like to pose for the camera...

I have been spending a lot of bonding time with them since bringing them home.  It seems there isn't a day when the camera isn't in my hands snapping pictures of them.  It is like I have five newborns and am a new Momma!  *smile* 

Prissy is always trying to reach the green on the other side of the fence.  She has learned (for the most part) how to pull her head back in.  However, there have been a few times I've had to help her.  This particular time, she was good.  She pulled her head back and followed me to the other side of the pasture to start grazing in the shade.

Momma Carly will celebrate her 2yr birthday this month.  The others were all born this past March~May.


With this post, here is a FREEBIE DOODLE inspired by my love of the Kansas Flint Hills and Prairies... and my love for my new goats...
You are free to enlarge/reduce/print the doodle/pattern for your own use.  Please do NOT sell the pattern!  You may create handworks for resale of a small amount only.  Minor alterations to personalize are also welcomed, as long as credit for the doodle/pattern is given to Primitivebettys/Betty Dekat.

Enjoy and be inspired to rug hook, needlepunch, applique, or create with another form of media!

Wishing you all warm smiles...

Betty

Friday, September 30, 2016

~*Fun Punching and Hooking Techniques*~

Hello Dear Friends!

Here are a few recent finishes... with some fun techniques I tested for the first time...

These are both punched with a variety of yarns ~ both wool and acrylic ~ and some wool strips... using 3 different sizes of Amy Oxford Rug Punches... #8, #10, and #14... on quality Monk's Cloth.

Using the different needles made some loops higher than others.  The higher loops are done with the #8 around the mouths and noses.  The lowest loops are done with the #14 for the grooves of the pumpkins and the inset of the noses.  The #10 was used to complete the JOLs.  Believe it or not... the punching was LAST in the making of these quirky fellas.
The variety of needles was not the only interesting part!  I used an applique with hand stitches to create the teeth.  This was done first in the process.

Quills  (wool swirls) were made to create the swirls of the eyes.  This was my second step.  These are cut wool worms wound and stitched to the Monk's Cloth.

It was a different sort of system... working from the front sometimes... and then from the back too.  Punching, as you know, is done from the back to the front.

After they JOLs were created... they were attached to some boards.  I'm thinking they will be awesome, interesting, unique Halloween decor!

My head is whirling with ideas for these techniques and a few others that I have yet to try!  Oh the things I wanna make!!!  

If you are interested in purchasing these fellas as finished products... they are listed for your consideration in my Etsy Shoppe.  Thank you for looking!

Wishing you warm smiles...

Betty