Lace making course, nypläyskurssilla

Warning: this is a long post on my wonderful trip to Scotland! In the picture above the samples I made during my lace making course. We were very lucky to have a fantastic teacher in the very talented lacemaker Jean Leader! * Ensiksi varoitus: tämä on pitkä postaus ihanasta matkasta Skotlantiin! Yllä nypläyskurssilla tekemäni mallikappaleet. Opettajamme… Continue reading Lace making course, nypläyskurssilla

Bobbin lace practice, nypläysharjoituksia

I've made lace in many different ways but this past summer I've been learning something that I thought I'd never even try - making bobbin lace. By chance I stumbled on a lace making course in Scotland which just sounded too wonderful to miss! (Thanks Susie!) So now I'm neck deep in yet another engulfing hobby...… Continue reading Bobbin lace practice, nypläysharjoituksia

Dyeing underwear, alusasujen värjäämistä

I've been continuing my bra making experiments and have perfected my pattern based on the Harriet bra of Cloth Habit. Amy of Cloth Habit has also experimented with dyes for her underwear. Inspired by her I did some research and found a dye - iDye Poly - that can be used for the synthetic fabrics… Continue reading Dyeing underwear, alusasujen värjäämistä

Valeampiaispesä, fake wasps nest

Virkattu ampiaispesä -postaus on ehdottomasti suosituin kaikista blogissani julkaistuista jutuista. Nyt kolme kevättä myöhemmin voin jo jakaa käyttökokemuksia ja todeta että temppuhan toimii! Alun perin suhtauduin ajatukseen aika skeptisesti mutta sen jälkeen kun ripustin näitä villaisia pesiä strategisiin paikkoihin ei oikeita pesiä ole näkynyt, ampiaiset ovat hakeneet pesäpaikan muualta kuin keittiön oven yläpuolelta, terassin katon… Continue reading Valeampiaispesä, fake wasps nest

Teeny-tiny knitting, Pikkuruisia neuleita

I'm taking part in a citizen science project trying to reconstruct a silk stocking from the 17th century. It's part of a larger project called Refashioning the Renaissance, studying clothing of that period in Western and Northern Europe. Our knitting team started practicing and making swatches with wool and 0,7mm needles. This is what I… Continue reading Teeny-tiny knitting, Pikkuruisia neuleita

Silk beauties, silkki-ihanuuksia

One of my biggest treasures is a lace petticoat of my grandmother's. It has sumptuous Chantilly lace inserts, an embroidered monogram with her initials and is absolutely beautifully hand sewn. I renewed my old silk nightgown (which somehow had shrunk in the cupboard) by adding a tatted lace edging to the neckline and copying the… Continue reading Silk beauties, silkki-ihanuuksia

Warm woollens for the outdoors, lämmintä päälle

More felted mittens and a pair of leg warmers to match. This time I used a much thinner yarn, Pirkka-lanka, which is an old favourite of mine. It felts wonderfully and has a really fantastic colour chart of over 80 beautiful shades. Scroll down for instructions in English. * Kokeilin huovutettujen lapasten neulomista myös ohuemmalla… Continue reading Warm woollens for the outdoors, lämmintä päälle

Felted mittens, huovutetut lapaset

We're in the middle of winter with forecasts of temperatures well below freezing as far as they'll predict. A pair of woollen felted mittens is just what's needed for this weather and I had to replace an old pair. For felting you need a 100% wool yarn, preferably loosely spun. Mine is an discontinued old… Continue reading Felted mittens, huovutetut lapaset

Happy holidays, iloista joulua!

A white Christmas this year! At dusk the scenery turns into a beautiful blue which we call the "blue moment". I'll be working on this year's gingerbread house during the holidays. Wishing you all a Merry Christmas and happy holidays! * Saatiin valkoinen joulu tänä vuonna 🙂 Piparkakkutalokin edistynee joulunpyhinä. Mukavaa ja piparintuoksuista loppuvuotta kaikille!… Continue reading Happy holidays, iloista joulua!