My fantastic Grandmother taught me how to spin when I was about 10 or so . She was into dyeing using natural things like onion skins etc. I was lucky to have been given her electric Wheel a year or so before she died. I have trouble sitting at the wheel for any length of time due to my back injury but I found I could sit in my recliner and have Wayne put the electric wheel in front of me and I could spin more and for longer. In the photo I have the yarn I brought at the spinners and weavers retreat I attended in August last year here is a link to the site were the fiber came from http://www.ashford.co.nz/newsite/fibres/silk-merino-sliver Once I finish the silk i was going to ply it with this lurex thread but I couldn't get it to work because the spool unraveled several layers and once. I then used my embroider thread in a light purple and it worked out fine.
I brought this pattern from https://www.etsy.com/au/shop/dadanyperles?ref=l2-shopheader-name
she has some lovely patterns and completed doily's to buy at a fantastic price.
I brought the princess pattern and changed the colours, I am nearly finished.
I had a great day yesterday, 17 September our guild had a special workshop were we made a quilt top in a day. The pattern is called Hidden wells. The interested ladies were told to bring 1 mt of a bold floral or pattern and 4 other fabrics that blend at least a 35cm piece of each. Above is my blocks placed out ready to sew together. I have not ironed them, once this was done I was ready to sew them in strips then the strips in to the quilt top. This one is Jayne's she moved them to her sewing machine then some how mixed them up and had to sort them again. This one is Joan's her top looks a bit different because she some how lost a whole strip but it looks fine. I am holding the finished top, I was amazed how quick this strip method was. Jayne is behind me sorting out her blocks for the second time.