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Over here in Baltimore, the snow has finally *mostly* melted. [and now they’re talking about a little snow tonight, but it’s not anything like the Epic Blizzard of 2016, thankfully!]

It’s been feeling a little Spring-like, but I’m not fooled. However, JUST IN CASE I or you get snowed in again, I tried to find some interesting things to keep us busy. I hope these links entertain you! ARE YOU NOT ENTERTAINED? heh!

Here it is, Community Thursday!

 

macrame stones

 

I think that adding this to handspun yarn, or even working the pendants using handspun yarn, would be brilliant. This easy macrame tutorial from Ecocrafta would be a fun way to start building skills that you could combine with other fiber arts.

http://ecocrafta.blogspot.com/2014/04/macrame-wrapping-x-shape.html

 

Photo: Elena's Pantry
Photo: Elena’s Pantry

Maybe you need a quick treat for the one you love. Maybe the one you love is you. I’m not judging. I’m just saying that these three-ingredient treats look AWFULLY tasty. And easy. And tempting!

https://elanaspantry.com/frozen-banana-bites/

 

Photo: DWYL
Photo: DWYL

Did you already blow those New Year’s Resolutions? You are not alone – more than 25% of those who set them are in your shoes, according to Do What You Love. They have some tips to help you get back on track and get re-motivated again – YAY.

http://dowhatyouloveforlife.com/blog/2016/01/broken-your-new-years-resolutions-already-here-are-8-smart-ways-to-get-back-on-track/

 

photo: Fibery Goodness
photo: Fibery Goodness

If you’re interested in a different way to challenge yourself as a spinning, the S3 course from Fibery Goodness might be what you’ve been looking for! Suzy of Wool Wench is part of the Fibery Goodness team, and she’s blogging about what S3 is all about and the thought process behind its creation. Enrollment is getting ready to open, so this is the perfect time to learn more about it.

http://www.woolwench.com/a-new-round-of-s3-spin-course-enrolments/

 

Photo: Hopeful Honey
Photo: Hopeful Honey

When you’re snowed in, sometimes that’s the best time to expand your skills. And if you don’t already know the popcorn stitch, this would be the perfect time to learn! Hopeful Honey has a video tutorial that will get you making this textured stitch in no time flat.

http://www.hopefulhoney.com/2016/02/how-to-crochet-popcorn-stitch-easy.html

 

toolkit_SS

TextileArtist.org has a great series that focuses on the tools that various fiber artists rely on for making their beautiful creations; this post is all about what tapestry maker Sue Spooner favors. I think this is a fascinating post for anyone into fiber arts – if it’s not your specific branch of fiber, it’s still revealing, and really allows one to go behind the scenes and get a feel for Sue’s process a little more.

http://www.textileartist.org/sue-spooner-tool-kit/

Demonstration Weaving by Xiane
Demonstration Weaving by Xiane

And on the Threeravens front, I was honored to give a presentation on Spinning and Weaving with Highly Textured Yarns at the Weavers Guild of Greater Baltimore. It was my first visit with this group [I will definitely be back!] and I enjoyed every moment of the evening. I spent a lot of time chatting with members about various techniques that I like to use to create texture, blend colors, and build interest in my yarn, and consequently my weaving. Lots of great questions were asked! I covered how to build texture up from singles to various types of coils, all the variants of corespinning, and using chain plying to make an okay yarn into a super chunky stunner. I also did some lock spinning with and without cores, and then demonstrated what each of these yarns looks like when woven.

I hope to reprise this lecture in an online format soon – if this is something that interests you, please do let me know in the comments or via an email!

 

Thank you so much for reading this week’s Community Thursday! As always, I welcome feedback and also any tips you can give me about your current projects that you’d like to share. Take care and I’ll see you here next week or of course on the Facebook page!

 

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