Yesterday the snow arrived just as predicted. We decided to take the opportunity to light the fire and spend a day all sat together being creative. Whilst Clive and Elliot played their guitars and built an airfix boat I finally bit the bullet and started the mannequin tree for the Birchwood cabinet.
I laid the 'ingredients' out and just looked at them - a loud gulp!
But thankfully the instructions from the Betterleys are so clear and have so many photographs that I managed to follow them easily and cut my wire ready.
The wire part of the tree was nice and easy - I just had to be a bit creative with which wires I cut off in order to get it to fit inside the mannequin!!!
This is the point at which I put it to one side still a little too scared to start on the putty - but seeing as we have more snow today then I can see the putty coming out this afternoon!
The REALLY exciting thing that happened yesterday was that the spinning wheel that I won on ebay arrived - at 7.45am!! Still in my pj's I was jumping up and down in the freezing cold on our front yard waving to the driver to stop at the right cottage! I know you are thinking - but you already have a wheel - well I did - well half a wheel! So now I have a whole wheel to play with whenever I want and all the time. It is truly beautiful and it is most definitely love at first sight!
I spun a little of the green fleece that was dyed with chlorophyllin. Doesn't it look good on the bobbin?
As you can imagine I could not wait and immediately starting spinning on it. By lunch time I had spun two bobbins from the fleece I painted on Thursday and then plied it. A niddy noddy came with the new wheel so I thought I would give it a whirl. Here is my 1st skein of plied wool on the new wheel!
I had thought that the fleece I had painted was a disaster but now it is spun it has turned out really pretty. Very delicate colours.
Lastly today, so that I can return to my spot in front of the fire and carry on with my tree, here is a photo of the shop box that I mentioned from Judiths sale( insomesmallway.co.uk ). It is SO full of potential I cannot wait. But I need to spend some time planning it. I have no idea what it might sell as my Cabin is a quilt and wool shop. Any suggestions.........