Tuesday, 31 December 2019

Happy New Year

From All at Katrina Krafts

Thank you for your support.

Wednesday, 18 December 2019

Wet Felting

I have recently been having a play with wet felting.

Firstly with Nuno felting where you use a base fabric and wet felt silk and open cotton fabrics onto it. They bond to the base fabric and you end up with a beautiful fabric that you can use for a multitude of projects.

Secondly I had a go at wet felting a piece of raw Lincoln 
Longwool fleece. The fibres felted together through a process of massaging them with hot water and soap to end up with a lovely thick pad of fleece. This piece isn't finished yet and I intend to make a cushion pad with it and comb the fleece to produce a soft and fluffy finish to it.

And lastly I  had a go at wet felting a picture. I chose to have a go 
at Katsushika Hokusai's 'The Great Wave'.
This is my interpretation and I am thrilled how it turned out.

Wool is so versatile and durable.
It is a planet-friendly fibre - sheep are part of the natural carbon cycle, consuming the organic carbon stored in plants and converting it into wool.

Wednesday, 11 December 2019

Mrs Claus.......

Christmas Greetings to you all.

May I wish you all a happy,healthy and peaceful New Year

May I take this opportunity to  thank you for dropping by and seeing what I get up to and also a big thank you for your custom.

See you all in the New Year.

Wednesday, 27 November 2019

Gary Rhodes

It was with great sadness that I heard of the passing of Gary Rhodes this morning on the radio.

A few year ago my husband and I were regular volunteers at the Northcote Heavy Horse Centre near Spilsby in Lincolnshire.

There was much to be done and little available funds to do it.

So I thought I would put together a Celebrity Recipe Book.
I contacted several people and Gary was only to happy to help. He came across as a real gentleman gave us a recipe for a Bread and Butter Pudding.

We had a wonderful selection of contributors to our book 
- Gary, Aled Jones, Barbara Dickson, Anthony Worrell-Thompson, Geoff Capes, Jim Sutcliffe, Rachel Green, Kate Allen, Colin McCurran, Rob Underwood, Suzie Blackmon and Pam Rhodes ( who had come to the centre to record an episode of 'Songs Of Praise'), along with numerous volunteers.

At one stage the Heavy Horse Centre had some retired shire horses from Whitbread Brewery and they kindly donated some money, along with some generous donations from individuals, towards the publication cost.

The finished book was well received and copies are still available at the centre or online.
They would make a wonderful gift Christmas idea.

Monday, 11 November 2019

Catch Up

Hello everyone it's been a little while since I've last blogged.

I've been busy spinning and weaving - stocking my shop for Christmas gift ideas. 

I have had a go at Soari weaving. Soari is originates from Japan and is a free style form of weaving. I really enjoyed the experience and learnt a lot. This is my first attempt. 
I also had a go at wet felting a Lincoln Longwool fleece.
Now that was fun and I didn't get wet....!
Last night I sat down and started to needle felt a sheep from a freshly washed fleece.

I need to finish him off then I will get on with my spinning.

Thanks for looking 

Wednesday, 9 October 2019

Autumn is coming....

Autumn is upon us and with it the glorious autumnal colours of the leaves. These two gorgeous scarves have just come off my loom and will soon be available on-line.
two different lengths in a mixture of wool and acrylic.

Saturday, 31 August 2019

On and Off...!

I have been busy lately using my heddle loom and making scarves.
I was aiming for warm country colours shades of green 
and brown with a splash of heather.
When you warp it up you only have a picture in your mind of the finished article.

Well last night these two scarves came off the loom and 
I am thrilled with them. I just need to finish them off 
and they will be ready for my shop.

Thursday, 8 August 2019

What a difference a week makes...!

What a difference a week makes....!

Last week at Heckington Show the Lincolnshire Guild of Spinners and Weavers were battling with the mud.

The Revesby Show one week later was bathed in sunshine.

We have our own marquee at Revesby and members from all over the county come together to spin and weave and showcase our skills.

Inkle Loom
This is an electric spinning wheel. A modern take on the traditional wheel. Very useful if you have arthritic knees or foot problems. They can come with a battery pack, which enables you to use away from an electrical supply (ie in the middle of a field at RevesbyShow!)

All in all it was a very enjoyable day.

Wednesday, 31 July 2019

Mud, Mud Glorious Mud....!

Can you believe this weather we've had lately.
Call it what you will but it is not normal.

On Thursday we fried in one of our hottest days ever.
Kitchen window thermometer
We had been getting Eve ready to take to the Heckington Show.

Then two days later on Show day it threw it down - all day! It was a miserable day. My feet were wet and as the day went on it became colder. The gods were not in our favour.....
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because the second day of Heckington Show was a quagmire. Everywhere you looked was mud.......!

On the upside I got second prize in the section - 
Hand spun and knitted item.

Monday, 22 July 2019


Earlier this year I found this lovely little spinning wheel in a very sorrowful state in the back of an antique shop.

Dirty, broken and very unloved, but almost complete.

I have done some research on it and it appears to be French and about a hundred years old. I am amazed that it is made completely out of wood and leather, apart from the metal spindle through the wheel and you can see that that has been handmade.

Well my husband lovingly dismantled it, cleaned it, repaired it, fed it with linseed oil and made me a couple of spools. They are quite small and I only had one with it. Now I can spin and ply with it.

So this month it had its first public outing to my Guild meeting.

Thursday, 13 June 2019

Rain Rain and more Rain

It's been a dry winter in Lincolnshire, then a dry Spring, 
when we had some really hot weather.
It has now hit June and it is cold and miserable and 
we've had 2 months rain in 2 days.

Now who says our climate is not changing!

My back garden
Below is near a friends house who has water above the 
top of her wellies.

Near a friends house
It is still raining hard so let's hope its not 3 months in 3 days...!

Tuesday, 12 March 2019

Spinning Wheel

Everyone enjoys a bargain and I am no exception.

Last weekend while doing some shopping in Lincolnshire I visited an antique shop and found this little beauty.

22 inches high and fully working. It is in need of some TLC but otherwise a cracking little find.

It has been well used in its life as the pedal is worn to the right indicating the constant use of the right foot. The only metal is the pin that the wheel turns on and all the nuts and bolts are handmade out of wood.

I have done some research and it appears to be of French origin. I found this photograph of a French lady dating the mid 1800's using a wheel that looks almost identical.

At the moment it is undergoing some loving care and attention and I look forward to using it we we do demonstrations.