By the time you read this I will have flown to Melbourne to watch this year’s Formula One Race. As usual when I travel I take along craftwork. My husband calls it my security craft. I never leave home without it. Security restrictions on aircraft have limited the choices available however there are still a few ways to while those hours. Traveling on buses, trains and cars can also challenge crafters. Portable, lightweight and uncomplicated crafts are essential for a carefree break. Here are a few ideas.
Bead Making: Last year when I traveled to Japan this was my activity on the flights there. I precut my fabric and paper strips. Very long narrow triangles work well. My winding tool is a plastic straw. Cut the straw in half. Take one half and fold it flat along its length. Insert this inside the other half. I also took along a piece of Baking Paper and a Snap Lock Bag to store them in. I use clear paper glue in a see through pen shape bottle. Some airlines specify that no adhesives be taken on board. I popped my glue in the Liquid, Aerosol and Gel bag and declared it. I further checked with the airline staff on boarding. It didn’t prove to be a problem.
Kumihimo: This art becomes portable when you use one of the hand held discs available. I prepare my threads prior to traveling to avoid the scissor dilemma. If you want to take along long threads try winding them around the little tags that come with your bread. This will prevent tangling. I find that they work better than embroidery tags.
Suffolk Puffs: Not suitable for planes, but still great for traveling. They are portable, lightweight and with the use of the templates available become uncomplicated. I take these with me to the actual race days. I love my motor racing but find the down time between races a bit of a snooze. I precut my fabric squares to the required size before leaving. I find the ticket pouch doubles as a scissor and thread holder. Tip: take along extra needles, if you drop one you will never find it.
Friendship Bracelets: If traveling with children this will keep them amused. The threads can be secured to the airline table or the back of a car seat with a strip of sticky tape. Let the children choose their thread colour and precut them. There are many bracelet patterns available however I would avoid the ones where you insert a bead. You just know that little hands will spill them and who wants to be picking them up off the floor.
This post was first published here on 19th March, 2008.
Its just gone 5pm on a Friday afternoon. I'm still waiting for fabric to dry.
It's hanging on the line and I'm hanging on hoping we don't get hit with another summer storm.
In between storms I have managed to get some dyeing and drying done. These are some silk scarves.
And I dyed this shirt for a customer. The colours were just what she was after.
When I went to iron it I discovered this hole. I've never had a dud one before from my supplier. I'll check them in future. Being one to turn failures into opportunities I've been playing around with options.
The colours of the suffolk puffs are wrong but I don't mind the look. I'm dyeing some silk as I write. Lucky the shirt is my size.
And to finish on a sweet note; I had just had a young couple come in a want to buy matching heart braided bracelets. they chose the purple and green (second & sixth from your right). Young love's grand, isn't it?
This post was first published here on 5th December, 2008.
I'm going to say it right off the top. I'm really proud of myself with this braid from the Comprehensive Treatise of Braids III. This is number 28 which is ironic as the braid has 28 different moves in each sequence.
I really struggled initially getting into a rhythm. The braid moves did not alternate between right hand then left hand. There were multiple moves on each side before alternating.
My first attempt on Christmas Eve needed to be undone. By mid morning Christmas Day I was able to braid the sequence without looking at the instructions. I have used the same mercerised cotton as the last braid.
This is the second braid I have attempted from Makiko Tada's book the Comprehensive Treatise of Braids III - Takadai Braids 1. I have used the mercerised cotton (un-stranded) I bought in the US this year
Mixed results from this attempt. The black has formed into 'ripples' yet the purples/cream aren't quite doing the same yet they are the same thread. You shouldn't see them showing under the 1:1 braiding either. I'll try this again with some warped threads and experiment with the tama weights to see if I can get it t look like the picture in the book. Back to the takadia.
Experiments With New Yarns
When we were in the US this year I purchased some Bamboo yarn with the intention of dyeing it before braiding. I wanted to see how it took dye. I never got around to dyeing it but I have braided it.
Next time I have the dye gloves on I will pop this braid in. I still want to see how it dyes. I'll be buying more bamboo when we are travelling this year.
This silver yarn is easy to braid with either blended with another yarn or on its own. These braids both started with the set up on page 10 of Jennie Parry's Texture & Edges for Takadai Braids.
The top braid was created using the following steps; Move 1 & 2 were repeated 6 times. Moves 3 & 4 were repeated 2 times however 5 tama were moved through instead of the 3 stated in the instructions.
The bottom braid was created using the following steps; Moves 1 & 2 were repeated 6 times. Moves 3 & 4 were repeated 6 times however 5 tama were moved through instead of the 3 stated in the instructions.
More Braids from Jennie Parry's Book
These 2 braids were finished a couple of weeks ago but as the battery was flat on the camera I wasn't able to share. Finally plugged in the charger and took a couple of quick snaps.
The braid on the left is from page 42 of Jennie's book, Textures & Edges for Takadai Braids. Moves 1 & 2 were worked 6 times each. Moves 3 & 4 were worked twice.
The braid on the right is from page 17. The primary thread was the silver with the thicker grey thread as the accent. The braid structure resulted in a wider braid than the left hand braid. Below is the colour placement. The coloured dot represents the grey thread.
A Little Cheer for Me
The poor Postie must be sick of knocking on my door at the moment. Everyday there is another parcel arriving.
Her latest delivery has seen my Kumihimo books arrive from Braidershand. Super quick delivery from the US especially at this time of year. These should keep me very busy.
Time to Confess
My name is Trish and I'm a thread addict. There. I said it. It is something I can no longer deny.
A recent reorganisation saw me put all the undyed thread I had collected in one place and the amount astounded me. Let's be clear this is not business stock destined to be dyed and re-sold. This pile is purely the stash I have collected to use in my braiding.
On the upside I have ordered a heap of new kumihimo books so I'm sure to reduce this in the near future.
In the meantime I must not buy anymore.....I must not buy anymore.....I must not......
All these braids have been completed on the disc while travelling backwards and forwards to Cairns.
Now I just need to finish off the ends…or I could just keep braiding.
This post was first published here on 4th December, 2012.