Friday, 8 December 2017


Do you know someone with pressure ulcers?

Then why not try Footers from Katrina Krafts.
A positional cushion that helps alleviate pressure ulcers
- versatile, lightweight, washable and ideal for home use.


Keep Warm

Two Feet of Snow

They are forecasting heavy snow this weekend!
Two feet of snow is going to hinder your movements.


Wednesday, 6 December 2017

Weaving

Not only have I started spinning I have also started to weave.

And my first scarf can now be found in my Folksy shop.

I am really looking forward in designing some lovely scarves and shawls, but also looking to using wool that I have spun myself.

My latest fleece arrived yesterday. It was exciting opening this small brown package that inflated into a large pile of wool. It is from Clun Forest sheep, so I am interested to see how I get on with it. 

Watch this space!

Wednesday, 29 November 2017

 Christmas is Coming

On a cold night why not sit by the fire and do some 
Christmas shopping.

Check out my Folksy shop and find some great 
little stocking fillers.

All handmade just for you.

Friday, 24 November 2017

Thursday, 23 November 2017

Story Time

Can you hear the Lion roar?


It is bedtime and out comes the story book.

Why not try something different with a story time glove puppet?

Make up your own stories with your child with 
the Lion, Giraffe, Monkey, Zebra, Elephant,
Hippo and even the slippery snake!


Toy Box

Christmas is just around the corner.
Have you looked in the Toy Box lately.


These  knitted sleeping dolls are new in my Folksy shop.


There are lots more gifts to choose from.
Why not drop by and have a browse?


Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Bags Galore


Make -up bags, Keepsake bags and Shoe bags

All these can now be found in my shop

along with many unique handcrafted gifts.

Just for you


Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Spinning

Hi in a previous blog I was telling you about making some dye from the outside skin of a walnut. Well I tried dying some Jacob's wool and I got this exciting black/brown colour.

I am very pleased with it. 

I am really enjoying using the spinning wheel that I hired from the Guild of Spinner, Weavers and Dyers. Here is a short video clip of me in action.
I have been experimenting with mixing my wool and have found that my Lincoln Longwool is a devil and I have decided to put it to one side and use it in my needle felting.
My spun thread is lowly becoming more even. 
Practice makes perfect.
I do not have a 'Niddy Noddy' yet so I am winding my wool up into balls.
I found my husband's Spear Weaving Loom that he had as a child in the back of the cupboard and thought I would have a play with it. I am very impressed with the result, considering how small the loom is. Being as I do not knit very well I am seriously thinking of getting myself a small Ashford loom.
Who knows what Santa will bring if I am good.

Sunday, 5 November 2017

Remember Remember the 5th of November


As I sit writing this I can see fireworks lighting the sky with colour.
Quite a few were let off last night. 
Our poor Jack Russell has been a bag of nerves.

I won't bore you with the details, but the Gunpowder Plot goes back to November 5th 1605 when there was a failed attempt by a group of Catholics led by Robert Catesby. Their intention was to blow up the House of Lords with King James I of England and IV of Scotland during the State opening of the Houses of Parliament in London. Guy Fawkes, who had 10 years military experience, was given charge of the explosives.

I have spent my day today sorting out my boxes of crafts in preparation of giving my Folksy site a Christmas lift.
There are some new items being included. 
Ideal stocking fillers.

Thursday, 26 October 2017

Instrument of Torture!!

Saturday I went to the Guild of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers. It was the second time I had attended.
I had every intention at tackling my Lincoln Longwool fleece.
It is washed and now ready for carding.

Experienced spinners laughed when they realised I was attempting using this as my first project.

The drum carder was set up and it did not like the long staples even when I tried to blend them with a Southdown fleece.

One lady was using Lincoln Longwool to knit with, but she had sent her fleece away to have it prepared professionally.


Plan B was put into action. One lady was expert with combs. 
Now to me they looked like an instrument of medieval torture, but she successfully combed the long staples. Now for me to have a go. I was not so successful I didn't appear to have the arm strength.

I decided to take the combs home with me and try again.
I continued to card the remainder of the Southdown fleece with ease.

I was given the opportunity to hire a wheel for a couple of months. So I came home with my wheel, combs and a piece of fleece.

I have struggled with the combs at home and ended up teasing the Lincoln Longwool and carding it by hand.

I have had more success doing it this way and have made some rolags to try with the wheel.

I can't believe how much I am enjoying this.
I have some washed Texel fleece and some washed Jacobs fleece so I am really looking forward to trying them.

I have been given some walnuts. As they started to split open I save the outer casing and simmered them creating a black dye.
I shall experiment dying some of my fleece to see what happens. 
Please come back and find out what happens.





Thank you for dropping by - Adrienne



Thursday, 28 September 2017

Beetroot and Me....!

Beetroot and me go back a long way. I have the knack at getting beetroot juice everywhere. So it was with much trepidation that I ventured to create a dye from beetroot!

It is that time of year when you begin to harvest from the garden so I took some beetroot and cooked them separately. Armed with rubber gloves and an apron I chopped them up small and simmered them for an hour. When soft I mashed them and let it cool, strained and bottled the dye ready for my next step.

I used Texel fleece. It had already been washed so I soaked it in warm water then simmered it for in an alum mordant for an hour. Then I transferred it into the dye and simmered for an hour. It was late so I decided to leave it overnight and wash it out in the morning.

It sat in the dye looking a rich red and I thought what a wonderful colour, but after rinsing the dye out I was left with a rich coppery red.  I am not sure what everyone else gets, but I was impressed.
I think I will try it next time with a different wool and mordant.
I shall be hand carding it and look forward to spinning it.

And in case you wondered I managed to get beetroot up the tiled wall and the dishcloth looked a remarkable pink. At least the tiles are wipeable. The dishcloth I'm not sure about!!!!


Sunday, 17 September 2017

Spinning


Saturday was the big day. I tootled along to Revesby on my own with my needle felting and wool under my arm. 
I have never been daunted in going alone.
I had met two off the ladies the week before at different events and I was also going to collect a pair of carders I was buying from one of them.

I was going for a taster day with the Lincolnshire Guild of Spinners, Weavers and Dyers. I had a wonderfully warm welcome and have already made some new friends.

My needle felting never got to see the light of day as I spent the day spinning.

It may not be perfect but I managed to spin and ply my first skein of wool with immense satisfaction. I was surprised as to how many different types of spinning wheels there are. 
One pedal, two pedal, large and small, travelling wheels and even electric ones.

There were ladies using the drum carders, other knitting and crocheting their own spun wool, as well as another needle felter.

Her work is stunning.

I thoroughly enjoyed my day and I am now a bona-fide member and look forward to continuing to learn this wonderful age old skill.

I am also looking for my own spinning wheel.


Watch this space!

Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Baa Baa Black Sheep

Baa baa black sheep have you any wool?

I have a love crafting, needle felting and wet felting and this weekend I had a stall at two local craft fairs. 

On the Saturday I met a lady that had an old sock making machine. She prepared her own wool and made these beautiful socks. I was fascinated. We got talking and I managed to source myself through her a pair of wool carders. She told me that the local Guild of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers would be in Revesby Church on the Sunday as part of the Heritage Open Weekend.

On the Sunday I set up my stall in Revesby Hall and during a quiet moment I left my husband and walked along to the church, passed the early morning boot sale that was on the village green.

Here I met some ladies busy spinning. I talked to them about their beautiful display and I have to admit I was truly inspired.

Today I have been experimenting with natural colour dyes made from plants in my garden using small batches of wool from both my washed fleeces of Texel and Lincoln Longwool.
I used damsons, beetroot, eucalyptus bark, grass and nettles.



Using vinegar as a mordant I arrived with some interesting results.
I used the damson on some Lincoln Longwool and I got a beautiful pink. I used beetroot on some Texel wool and got a lovely burnt orange, which somehow surprised me as I was expecting a red.. The eucalyptus bark created a lovely honey brown, but the grass & nettle was a disappointment. I don't know what went wrong because instead of a shade of green I ended up with a very nice shade of white!!
I am looking for some walnuts to make a black, but the squirrels appear to have beaten me to them. So no Baa Baa Black Sheep!
I have sent off for some Alum, which should arrive soon.

They are now all out in the conservatory gently drying. I am hoping to get my carders this week. So do come back and see how I am getting on.



Sunday, 10 September 2017

Lavender Lucky Dip



In stock now.

These beautiful fragrant tea bag style lavender bags are made from freshly dried Lincolnshire lavender.

They are made in shades of pale pinks and lavender cotton fabric and are all differently decorated in matching bows and buttons.

Each comes with a ribbon hanger so that you can hang them up in your wardrobe, used to lay flat between your clothes or even to add fragrance to your bedroom.







Monday, 4 September 2017

Boston Steam Weekend

Last weekend the Boston Steam Weekend was held at Hubberts Bridge. We went on the Saturday afternoon and the sun was hot, having walked around the field looking at the machinery we sat and watched the traction engines in the arena with a well earned ice cream. There was a steam threshing machine and numerous miniature traction engines. All lovingly hand built by their owners to scale.


Further down the road there were the two big plough engines. They  were magnificent as they drew the plough backwards and forwards across the field with ease. It is unbelievable that they were both over 100 years old.

Among the plough horses were this beautiful pair of Norwegian Fford ponies that are very strong and capable of pulling a plough.


Friday, 1 September 2017

All for One.....

Good morning as I am sitting in the sunshine cutting out and sewing the phrase 'All for one' came into my head. No I am not one of the three musketeers, but I was thinking of all the tasks that come together as one.

I recently was introduced to Thread Catcher and I thought what a wonderful idea to make matching ones to my selection of hobby/craft bags I have made. A handy little cloth bucket that collects your threads while sewing that twists down to keep them together. I am always using mine and it is ideal to take with me when I am doing craft shows etc.

My Footers are an extension of Katrina Krafts and therefore are one. They are lightweight, positional, versatile and if you have or know someone with a pressure problem. Why not give them a go.
I am proud to have designed and patented them and wouldn't be without mine. 


Footers a specially designed positioning foot cushion, allowing you to position with ease and comfort, helping to alleviate pressure ulcers on the heels. Initially designed with feet in mind, but has been found useful for knees, elbows and other areas.


Why not give it a go.

Tuesday, 29 August 2017

Summer comes to an end


What a fabulous August Bank Holiday we have had this year. Lincolnshire was nearly as warm as Honalulu! 

Ice creams, beach huts, sand castles, candy floss, funfairs will become memories as we look to that 'Back to School' mode.

New classroom and new teachers.

I for one had a wonderful day in Lincoln looking at the Knights and here are a couple of the many dotted around the city.

The Doomsday Book, that has shared the summer at Lincoln Castle with the the Magna Carta, soon returns to London.








My First Blog Video

Well here goes folks after much encouragement from friends and family I decided to have a go at making a blog video. Please excuse my nervousness as I have never done anything like this before.


I have learnt a great deal from this exercise, camera positioning for one! Practice can only make perfect.
Thanks for taking the time to listen.




Wednesday, 23 August 2017

I do like to be beside the seaside......

I've been having a bit of fun in the workroom today and made these little fun beach huts.

Ideal to bring a splash of colour and bring a smile to your face.

Mine is hanging in the conservatory and I made one for my granddaughter to hang up in her room.

You will soon be able to find them in my Folksy shop.




Thursday, 13 July 2017

What up Doc....?


Katrina Krafts is still here, but there are exciting things going on behind the scenes. 

My original idea for my Footers stemmed from alleviating my own pressure ulcers. I appear to have gone a long way since those first ideas were put onto paper. 
A positional cushion, but it seems to have taken its own path. People that have tried them all appear to be using them for their own problems.

Arthritis appears to be coming out on tops with pressure ulcers in a close second.

They are lightweight, washable, comfortable and versatile.
Ideal for anyone with a mobility problem.

Check out my reviews on my Facebook page.

You can find my Footers in both my online shops via the links.

Thank you for taking the time to read this.
Come back and say Hello.




Thursday, 1 June 2017

Retro


I just love this material.

The design is crisp and clean on a cream background.

This shoulder bag 100% cotton that folds up small, it has a long broad shoulder strap with a zip. 

It measures 16 x 14 inches so a good size. Ready to hold all those items you need to carry with you.

Now in my Folksy shop.

Monday, 29 May 2017

New on Folksy


I always love it when I can share with you my latest items and today is no different.

Quirky earrings a must for any fun loving seamstress and
two very different shoulder bags.




Friday, 26 May 2017

Just for you.

Looking for some for something different then why not 
drop by and take a look at our Folksy shop.

Katrina Krafts is based in Lincolnshire and everything is handmade just for you.

We have a varied range of gifts for all occasions.