Wednesday, 5 December 2018

Christmas Tree

The evergreen fir has been used to celebrate winter festivals since Pagan times.

The Romans used them to decorate their temples.

Christians used it as a sign of everlasting life.

It is believed the first wooden pyramid trees  represented the Paradise tree. Miracle plays were acted out in Europe on December 24th. This day was Adam and Eve's day.

The first Christmas tree was introduced to England in the 1930's and they became popular when  Prince Albert, the husband of Queen Victoria,  decorated a large tree at Windsor Castle to remind him of his German childhood.


My little tree represents all things handmade.
A step away from the mass produced.



Saturday, 1 December 2018

The 12 Days of Folksy


Today is day two of the '12 Days of Folksy' Challenge.
Each day we present a photograph that highlights our handmade crafts.

What better way to celebrate my craft than with a picture of my spinning wheel.

The wonderful feeling of transforming a fleece into yarn.
#12daysoffolksy

Monday, 26 November 2018

Keep Warm with Wool

It is near the end of November - not long to the festive season 
and the cold weather has now taken over.

So why not drop by and take a look at some of warm winter hats and scarves that I have created. Made from wool that I have dyed and spun, then woven, knitted or crocheted.

Katrina Krafts offer a wide choice of gift ideas - all unique, handmade and made 
just for you.






Thursday, 22 November 2018

Celebrate Handmade

Tomorrow is Black Friday and the start of the Cyber Weekend.

A chance to get a bargain!

Yes I suppose you can sometimes BUT you also get something that is readily manufactured, something that many people could have.

In an age when we are talking about Eco Friendly, Sustainability, 
Re-cycling, Footprints and even Brexit. The rush for Christmas.
 Why not stand back and have a rethink. 

Why not....think local craftsmen, British craftsmen, independent designers and makers. Their products are unique.

Instead of filling the coffers of the big boys why not support the small man. 
Someone who is dedicated to craftsmanship and who is trying to make a living.
I for one knit and weave wool that I have washed, dyed and spun  from a fleece. 
Everything in my shop is handmade just for you and the chances are you'll never get another the same.

When someone buys one of my items I am thrilled and I always hope they get as much enjoyment from it as I have enjoy making it. 

So why not help us celebrate handmade and buy genuine handmade work direct from the maker.

Thursday, 8 November 2018

Story Time

This fabulous story time glove puppet is new on folksy.
I made two and one has already been sold.

A wonderful time between parent and child is 'story time', 
when the imagination can go riot.

Friday, 26 October 2018

Lucet



What is that I hear you say and that is exactly what I said.

Well I will tell you. It is a Lucet.

None the wiser well neither was I.
Lyre
Frogging

I discovered that a Lucet is a medieval weaving gadget. Also known as a Lyre, a Lutal and a Chain Fork.

It has been used for thousands of years making ties in medieval times, bodice laces for the Elizabethans, ornamental frogging in the 18th Century and silk watch fobs for the Victorians..
In modern times it would be boot and shoe laces.
You can produce a square cord from almost any material and any size.

So I went onto You Tube to find out how to use it.
I look forward to giving it a go and making use of it in my craft.
Lucet Chain Fork


Sunday, 14 October 2018

Rundles

Today has been miserable though the wind has dropped and we decided to go and see what was going on at Rundles!

Rundles is based in Lincolnshire and is one of the few companies that still make fairground amusements. Every year they have an open day and invite exhibits of steam engines, classic cars and trucks.

Sadly,the weather kept the crowds away, there were some very interesting things to see.



Thursday, 11 October 2018

Upcycled

I've been catching up on some projects lately and this is one of them.

I love to up-cycle where ever possible and this quirky little shoulder bag is no exception. It is in sage green is made from 100% wool, felted and lined with sage green linen. It has 2 punched holes and attached is a pale brown and cream striped strap and there is a pocket on the outside of the flap.

Making a lovely gift.


Monday, 8 October 2018

New......

It's that time of year again when you are starting to look for something warm to wear. 

Well look no further Katrina Krafts has a lovely range of 
hand spun, hand woven, hand knitted and hand crocheted hats 
and scarves for you to choose from.

So why not drop by and take a look.

Thursday, 20 September 2018

Wonderful Wool


The wonderful wool I was given came from a Swaledale sheep.
It was a bit damp when I received it so after drying out on Beryl I bagged it away until I was ready. I have since washed it and I am in the process of carding on the drum carder, that I have hired from the Guild of Lincolnshire Spinners, Weavers and Dyers. 
Eventually I want to get my own.

 The speaker at this months Guild meeting was John Arbor and he has a wool mill down in the West Country. He brought with him a huge amount of fabulous fleece. I was like a child in a sweet shop - spoilt for choice. I hadn't intended to buy much, but famous last words. I came away with a beautiful Polwarth blend (75% Merino & 25% Lincoln).

Polwarth

Friday, 31 August 2018

Surprise Gift - Wool

Just as I had thought I had got a hold on my stash of wool it has suddenly grown.

My neighbour had been to visit a friend of his in Derbyshire and came home bearing gifts. He had forgotten the breed but is going to find out for me.

One fleece weighs 7lb and the other 4lb. 
They are so soft.

There had been a drizzle on the day the sheep were sheared so today 
they have been spread out over Beryl to dry out in the sun.


Thursday, 30 August 2018

Pomegranates

Today has been a busy day. 

I have picked the last of the green tomatoes and 
to my amazement I espied a rosy glow on my pomegranate.
I have a fruit and it is about the size of a golf ball! 

I have had some success with melons, but this is something special.


Then after lunch I finished spinning some Clun Forest wool 
and winding it into skeins.

My next project is spinning some Charolais/Texel 
lambswool that I have carded with sage green merino wool. 

It feels very soft and look forward to using it.



Thursday, 9 August 2018

Hello August

My goodness where has this year gone. 

We have been melting in this weather and the garden is so dry not much looks happy, but the coleus are thriving!
I will openly admit that I was losing the will to do jobs about the house. Let alone making things. Though I did use the warm weather to wash and dry my fleeces and even get some carding done outside in the shade.


However, today is much cooler and I have been motivated to tackle some outstanding jobs and to warp my loom with this wonderful cream and heather Aran wool.


I sat outside on the swing one afternoon for 15 minutes and took part in the Butterfly Watch. It was wonderful to see them all flitting about. I spotted 40 in total - Whites (large and small) , Red Admirals, Peacocks, Small Tortoiseshells, Holly Blues, Gatekeepers, a Meadow Brown, a Comma and a Brimstone,

Wednesday, 25 July 2018

New Stock

 


I have just completed some new 'Tea Cosies for One' 
with some great new fabric designs.
They can now be found online.


Wednesday, 18 July 2018

Warm winds


While the football was on we took the advantage of 
taking the dog and a picnic down to Freiston Shore.
Not a soul to be seen. a warm breeze blew from the Wash,
the sun shone and the butterflies danced.
Skippers and ringlets galore flitted along the verges and among 
the grass, while the whites coveted the sea lavender.
We counted 22 swans drifting on the inland lake and the 
herring gulls and terns circled the sky calling to each other.

It was so peaceful. We sat on a bench and watched the small 
yachts out on the Wash. Then we made our way back to the 
car and sat and enjoyed our picnic tea, before making our way home.

Thursday, 21 June 2018

Hmmmmm

Life can be full of surprises and this is definitely one of them.

 Yesterday I made a lovely red dye from a bowl of rose petals 
from my garden.

The roses were red, the petals were red, the dye looked red, 
and this definitely isn't red or even pink, but 
the most beautiful shade of apricot.

I know used vinegar as my mordant so I wonder what will 
happen if I use alum next time.

Watch this space....!

Wednesday, 20 June 2018

Rose Dye

The roses have been fabulous this year. Our Dublin Bay has been dripping with large red blooms. So I decided to collect the petals and make some dye.
I have recently acquired a beautiful soft  Leicester/Suffolk 
lambs fleece. I have washed it and and plan to dye some of it with my rose dye. I am hoping to get some soft pink wool.
Fingers crossed!

Wednesday, 6 June 2018

New in store

Some great new gift ideas have arrive in store from the 
back room at Katrina Krafts.

Why not treat yourself?

Tuesday, 5 June 2018

Sparkle

Young Sparkle has been helping us all at Katrina Krafts.
Scrutinising everything wool related.
She had us all in 'kittens' watching her antics.


Wednesday, 25 April 2018

Dyeing for Spring

After the cold bleak weather of the winter we have supposedly just experienced the hottest April ever, with Horncastle being hotter than Honalulu.
The weather is just bizarre and Mother Nature is throwing extremes at us in a matter of weeks. Today we are back to our usual spring weather - April showers! and our summer clothes go back into the drawer.

The flowers have enjoyed this warm weather too and I have been gathering the finished daffodil heads and the fallen camellia blooms.

I have been eager to continue dyeing my fleece with handmade natural dyes. The results  of these two flowers are shown above.

My zwarbles fleece and brown alpaca have both been washed and I have blended them together and can't wait to spin it.

Tuesday, 3 April 2018

Spring is on the way.

Hello everyone I hope that you have enjoyed your Easter weekend. 
I don't know about you, but it rained and rained!

While the young lambs have been battling the weather
 I have been busy sorting out my fleeces.

I finished carding my Clun Forest fleece (bottom left),
started to card my Zwarbles fleece (top left),
washed some brown alpaca today (top right) and
half way through spinning my Jacobs wool (bottom right).
I have hired the drum carder from the Lincolnshire Guild and
this has made life so much easy.

I am happy to be able to begin making things from my own prepared wool.

Also I look forward to flowers this year. I have already made a delightful
soft yellow dye from the dead heads of my daffodils.


Thursday, 22 March 2018

Murmuration of Starlings - Lincolnshire

Hi there I haven't written much lately, but felt I needed to share this.
It has been a very long time since I have seen starlings in such numbers.
The other evening thousands of them appeared over our home
and I took this video from my back door.


Numbers like this is called a 'Murmuration'.

It tends to occur just before they go to roost or when startled by a predator.
The aerial dance of so many birds is amazing,  it is so fluid
and this clip has a wonderful wave in it.

They have come back and performed this dance four nights running and last night we watched them settled in a vast hedge at the back of us and our neighbour. The branches visibly sank with the weight of all these birds. I don't know how long this will continue, but so far it has been amazing watching nature so close up.

Monday, 19 February 2018

Woolly Spires

Last week I went to see the Woolly Spires. They are at the moment on display at  St James Church in Louth. A stunning church and is the largest parish church in the country.

Woolly Spires was commissioned by the Collection in Lincoln. Many of our beautiful churches in Lincolnshire where built by wealthy landowners from money they earned from the wool of our iconic Lincoln Longwool. So a group of Lincolnshire churches have been knitted from the wool of this wonderful breed of sheep.
The churches knitted are St Denys' in Sleaford, St Botolphs' in Boston, St Wulframs' in Grantham, St Marys & St Nicholas in Spalding, St James' in Louth and Stow Minster.
St Botolphs' (The Stump) Boston


They are amazing and the work that has gone into them all is incredible. 


If you get the opportunity the are well worth a visit.

Wednesday, 31 January 2018

Smoked Kippers

 Today turned out to be a beautiful day.
It was raining when I drew back the curtains,
but the strong winds soon blew away the clouds and
left us with a glorious blue sky.
Our large chestnut tree stood out against the sky and the sun shone.

The wind was in the right direction blowing out across the
fields at the back of our house.
Ideal to light a bonfire and start to get rid of this huge
pile of brash left over from when our cherry tree came down.
We only managed to burn have of it, but at least we can
now see part of  the lawn again.

After coming in like a pair of smoked kippers, we showered and had dinner. Then I had time to take my latest scarf off the loom.
It is soft and in a beautiful mixture of wool, alpaca and acrylic yarns in raspberry, apple green and duck egg blue.
Now on folksy.
Thank you for dropping by.






Saturday, 27 January 2018

Let Battle Commence

Recently we have had some strong winds blowing across Lincolnshire and
one windy night our beautiful cherry tree was flattened.
Our elderly neighbours have been in their house for 60 years and they say
it was a young tree when they moved in.

You don't realise how big a tree is until it fall down.
The logs are a beautiful red and hopefully some can be
wood turned by my husband. sadly the rest is only fit for
logs on the wood burner next winter.
The front lawn is unrecognisable as it is completely covered in brash. So the shredder has been brought into action and all the small twigs are being shredded for paths and mulch.

Like most things we love to recycle where possible.

Yesterday stared with a hard frost, but later the sun came out and it was a good day to work outside.

While down the bottom of the garden I noticed the bulbs and spring flowers and we already have a pair of blue-tits interested in the bird box up in the Eucalyptus tree.






Wednesday, 17 January 2018

Atishoo Atishoo

Ring o' ring a roses
A pocket full of posies
Atishoo Atishoo

Stinking cold?
Just lately it can feel as if we have the plague!
Have a tissue handy in your pocket or handbag.
A selection of tissue holders can now be found in

They also make ideal gifts.


Sunday, 14 January 2018

Hares

Tea time?
On your own?
Why not grace your table with this beautiful
Tea Cosy for One in this lovely Hare design.

Thursday, 11 January 2018

Soft Alpaca




The latest addition to my Folksy Shop
is this beautiful hand woven shawl.
A checked design in soft pink, heather, blue/green and chocolate.

It is soft, snugly and warm and ideal for in this cold weather.

Monday, 8 January 2018

Warm Mohair

This is my the latest addition to my online shop.
A warm hand woven Mohair scarf.
A must for this cold weather.


Friday, 5 January 2018

Aromatherapy

Once again the magic hands of Dee from Essentially Yours Aromatherapy at Stickney has helped my neck problem.

Her massage technique and herbal blend of oils once a month
has become part of my regime against pain.
Allowing me to reduce my medication.

If you live in the Lincolnshire area I highly recommend her.
She even treats dogs.


Thursday, 4 January 2018

Happy New Year To You All.

2018 holds many exciting things for Katrina Krafts.

With the arrival of my own spinning wheel and weaving loom. I look forward to experimenting with colour and using my own home spun wools.

Already I have been weaving scarves on my heddle loom and my head is buzzing with ideas.