Washing Rice

Quick note: I have  no clue if this post applies to brown rice. Life’s too short to waste time on things that don’t lead to pleasure, which for me has included brown rice. Why should you wash your rice? The reasons revolve around what washing your rice does: it removes the powdered starches that are

Princess Seaming

I realized after my last post that not everyone is going to know what princess seaming is. The technique is fairly simple. With wrong sides facing, so you’re sewing on the right side (what will show when you’re done), sew your seam with a narrow margin, usually around 1/8″. Fold the fabric back so that

New Crafts Bag!

Shiny! John and I picked up a new sewing machine because it cost less than taking my aged clunker in for a service call. Inspired by some cute project bags I’ve seen (and bought) in my LYS, I decided to try out the “Princess Seaming” technique that my most awesomest quilter friend told me about

Hooked on a new case

A very charming authoress, Lorna Miser was in the Got Your Goat Yarn Studio this last Thursday for their February knit along. On seeing my purple-loving-ness, she mentioned the Purple Show Down she’d had during her recent travels, and later when spotting my needle bag (I was starting the project that evening and hadn’t had

Easy I-Cord Drop Spindle Wrist Distaff

I was totally inspired by Crystal Calhoun’s Fiber Helper/Wrist Distaff pattern, but I wanted something more simple (and less flat knitting), so I made up my own pattern. You can download it in PDF format. The Pattern is below, at least until I figure out how to make the PDF download work again.

Making your own spinning wheel?

So, I’ve put the challenge out to my husband to make me a spinning wheel, and he said I have to come up with the plans. I love the interwebs! Some of the ideas I’m finding are below:

ShayBellaCrafts on YouTube!

http://www.youtube.com/user/ShayBellaCrafts The maiden post is still posting – my laptop is not made for video processing. I shall have to see about fixing that … later. The savings fund for new ‘puter is starting.

Silk Hankies!

So what in the heavens is so exciting about a silk hankie? Being rich enough to blow your nose with one? Okay, yeah, that would be exciting, but the hankies that I’ve recently discovered are not the kind that go in a man’s breast pocket. They are the kind that end up on a spindle!

Local Yarn Shops

I live in California, and for folks who have never lived in the Golden State, we sprawl all over the place. To give you an idea, I live more than 40 miles from where I work, and spend a little over an hour each way in my commute. The reason I bring this up is