We just had a craft exhibition at our local gallery for almost 2 weeks. I had a couple of handwoven blankets on display and was really impressed with the displays. A call had gone out to crafts people to submit items and the response finally became better. What was displayed was a lot of textiles, including knitting in very fine lace, very big lace from 2″ roving, to mitts and a very fine cotton table cloth. Felt pieces included a coat, shawl and purses. Some crocheted jewelry along with fine silver, glass items and hand made monkeys and elves. Along with the fibre stuff, was a great amount of wood work. There were crib boards, jewelry boxes, benches and very ornate tables from burls. Wood is fibre too. The major metal were flowers made from horseshoes and reinforcing steel. They were really unique. I demonstrated some hand spinning and some weaving so that the gallery could be “manned” for a couple of days.
Along with this exhibition was a craft symposium with guest speakers from Vancouver, Halifax and Calgary. Having these people talk of their work helped me to confirm that what I like to do, am compelled to do means I am on a good path. I met some nice local artisans as well, but we had little time to talk to one another. The energy level was high.
I have a new customer who is a nice new felter and is busy buying my roving to make more items. She is passionate about what she is doing and experimenting with all she is doing. She is basically self taught and likes checking out the internet. I am impressed with her efforts. I also have a friend who bid on and “won” a nice hat block for me. I hope to have time to use it soon. It is a lovely plain block.
I took some soap to my naturopath today which she will check out to see if it can be used. One of the sample soaps was an olive oil soap with no scent so should be fine. My husband uses it as he has been having some skin problems. I will make some goat soap, no scent for them as well. Although unscented soaps have been requested, I find that they will sit for a long time while the scented soaps are being bought. People like a bit of fragrance and aroma. My soaps are very mild, long lasting and varied. I very much enjoy making them.
The yarn I chose for the latest weaving project is a very slippery rayon/nylon blend and as it is weaving up, not very soft. I am planning a scarf and will see how it goes, but it might become something else once it is done.
I have been very busy making soap for the holiday trade and also to get ahead as my shelves have been looking quite bare. I have made 12 batches in the past couple of weeks. I am happy with them and they will be available for sale in a few short weeks. I plan a few more, but will take time off to finish some weaving projects in the works.
The soaps are a mix of lots of lavender, two different tea tree blends, two different always popular rose soaps, two goat milk soaps with peppermint in one and floral scents in the other. The rest are two which are earthy ,one with pumpkin and spice, one which is called Sea Mist and has seaweed and sea salt in it, and a special one with sea buckthorn extract.
I hope to make a peppermint patty with red stripes and an evergreen one, a spice one, perhaps an oatmeal or a honey one or a combination.
On the weaving front, I am working on a basket weave and twill which is going well when I get to it. The other is a long warp for baby wraps and goes well when I sit at the loom. Both are looking good. I have a request to make a blanket for a gift and the colours were chosen yesterday so I need to get onto it.
I have been away for some dental work and a bit of relaxation. We went to two hot pools which we really enjoyed. Several book stores beckoned to which we succumbed and bought lots of books. One I bought was The Ocean at the end of the Lane by Neil Gaiman and it took a short time to read. I really enjoyed it and it was a satisfactory and fantastic ending as well. Another is Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver and I have just started it. It is a more challenging read and will take a while to read. Other books were more fiction and I scored a Whitewater Cooks book in a used book store in Lethbridge. A beautiful, inspirational book with good flavours. Maybe I will use some components for lunch. The books have been put onto shelves and not still in a pile on the floor.
While away, I visited my mother as well. We had not been able to get together since May so it was great to visit this 92 year young person, who just happens to be extremely important in my life. She is still doing well, knitting and giving me boxes of items to put into our local thrift store. We mainly chatted and bought a couple of necessities.
Now, it should be back to work, which will be weaving, soap making and face cream manufacture. Later in the week will help our daughter move in with us while she looks for a new place to live.
I added some soap chips saved from previously made soap to this one. Some of them are green in colour. The scents in this one are tea tree, cedar and rosemary. All healing and clean smelling.
Clean and Green Soap Bits of soap to add interest.
Naked bar of Clean and Green soap
This one time only soap was made from adding two small bottles of ostrich oil I was able to obtain. I will not be getting any more. Although I only put in a bit of anise, along with pine and cedar essential oils, the anise is the most pervasive. Like all my soaps, mild, long lasting. Each bar costs $4.50 and I suggest ordering more than one to save on shipping costs. You may order other soap varieties in the same package.
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An unscented pure olive oil soap for those with sensitive skin. Requested by my husband and others. Also, as I am a felter, this is excellent to use in traditional felt making. Each bar costs $4.50 and I suggest ordering several to save on shipping costs. May be picked up at the studio.
Olive Oil Soap Pure, unscented, for sensitive skin.
naked olive oil soap
Here is a bar of poppy seed soap. The poppy seeds add a mild exfoliation and there is also some comfrey root powder which is healing to the skin. The essential oils added are lemon, lavender, and patchouli which gives this soap a lovely scent. My soaps are made from olive, coconut and palm oils which means they are mild and long lasting. Each soap costs $4.50 plus shipping. I suggest you order several bars to save on shipping costs which you can mix and match.
Poppy Seed Soap Mild, exfoliating, lovely scent
Poppy Seed Soap as it is not wrapped so you can see the seeds. Too bad you cannot smell how nice it is.