martedì 16 agosto 2011

LUCCA: Workshop sulla filatura.. take 2!

Ecco le info per i workshop sulla filatura a Lucca in programma per l'8 e il 9 di ottobre, 2011.
Questa sarà la seconda volta che incontriamo a Lucca per filare insieme e non vediamo l'ora di vedere vecchie amiche e di incontrare delle amiche nuove!

Here is the information on the spinning workshops in Lucca planned for October 8th and 9th, 2011.
This will be our second set of workshops in Lucca and we are truly looking forward to seeing old friends and meeting new ones!

LUCCA 
Sabato 8 ottobre, dalle 10 alle 16, con pausa pranzo 
Workshop 1: questo Workshop sara’ dedicato a principianti 
la preparazione della fibra partendo da un velo grezzo dalla Isole Shetland, anche come preparare altre fibre animali, bachi di seta, etc. 
seguito dalla filatura con il fuso, Come creare un filato a capo singolo, come (e perche') ritorcere per combinare due o piu' capi e in finei qualche consiglie su lavorare a maglia i filati fatti a mano

Domenica 9 ottobre, dalle 10 alle 16, con pausa pranzo 
Workshop 2: questo Workshop sara’ dedicato a chi ha gia’ imparato le basi della filatura con fuso o filatoio.

Ti invitiamo a portare il tuo filatoio così possiamo fare un po' di "troubleshooting": filato troppo ritorto, filato non uniforme, etc.
Avremo inoltre la possibilità di provare a filare con diverse fibre e di imparare nuove technique, per esempio "Navajo Plying", corkscrew, boucle, etc.

Avremo almeno un filatoio disponibile durante il workshop. Se volete acquistare un filatoio, vi invito a contattaremi entro la metà di settembre.

Prezzo: ancora da decidere

LUCCA 
Saturday, October 8th, 10am to 4 pm, with lunch break

Workshop 1: this Workshop is for beginners.
Fibre preparation, starting from a raw fleece straight from the Shetland islands! We will also learn how to prepare other animal fibres, silk cocoons, etc..
During the second part of the workshop we will be learning spindle spinning: how to create a single ply yarn, how (and why) to ply 2 or more singles together, and some advice on how to kint with handspun yarn.

Sunday, October 9th, 10am to 4 pm, with lunch break 
Workshop 2: this Workshop is for those who have already learned the basics of spindle and/or wheel spinning.

We invite you to bring your own wheels so we can do some "trouble shooting": overtwisting, uneven yarn, etc.

We will also have a chance to try out some different fibres and new techniques, for example Navajo plying, corkscrew, boucle, etc.

We will have at least one wheel available during the workshop. If anyone would like to purchase a wheel, they should contact me by mid September.
Prezzo: ancora da decidere




This past week-end a group of nine women joined by their common passion for wool met at the Center of Contemporary Art - Lu.C.C.A in Lucca for a spinning workshop promoted and organised by  myself and Deborah Gray, an expert spinner from Scotland. Wool's attraction is still strong and the participants came from all over Italy, each motivated by the desire to learn this ancient art that - unfortunately - is slowing disappearing.
Now that the workshop is over, it can be said that it was a true success: each participant took home with her a precious skein of yarn, painstakingly spun with her own hands.


Deborah and I would like to thank Lu.C.C.A for their hospitality. Our special thanks go to Sara Parpinelli and the staff of Lu.C.C.A.


In the days leading up to the workshop, Deborah and I had the opportunity to meet the weavers at the Museo del Tessuto di Palazzo Mansi and to visit their studio. Our common interest immediately drew us together and after discussing the feasibility, we decided to repeat the workshop next week-end at Palazzo Mansi. You can contact me for details at 3488829075 or by email at donnalgalletta@gmail.com




Il 9 e il 10 di aprile un gruppo di nove donne unite dalla passione per la lana sono state ospitate dal Centro di Arte Contemporanea Lu.C.C.A per un workshop sulla filatura.  Il workshop è stato promosso e organizzato da Donna L. Galletta, appassionata della maglia e delle fibre in generale, e Deborah Gray, esperta filatrice scozzese. Il richiamo della lana è ancora forte: le partecipanti sono arrivate da diverse parti d’italia, ognuna spinta dal desiderio di imparare quest’arte antica che purtroppo sta lentamente scomparendo. 
Adesso che il workshop si è concluso, si può dire che è stato assolutamente un successo e ognuna è tornata a casa con la sua preziosa matassa, filata con le proprie mani con tanta fatica.
I promotori dell’iniziativa ringraziano sentitamente Lu.C.C.A - Centro di Arte Contemporanea per l’ospitalità. Un particolare ringraziamento va a Sara Parpinelli e lo staff di Lu.C.C.A.
Durante il workshop Donna e Deborah hanno avuto il piacere di incontrare le tessitrici dell’ATL - Antiche Tessiture Lucchesi e tra di loro è nata subito un’intesa: si è deciso di ripetere l’esperienza il prossimo week-end al Museo del Tessuto di Palazzo Mansi. Per i dettagli è possibile contattare Donna L. Galletta chiamando il 3488829075 o scrivendo all’indirizzo e-mail donnalgalletta@gmail.com.

lunedì 15 agosto 2011

Elizabeth Zimmermann's Surprise Bonnet

Newsletter and leaflet #22 Spring 1969
"Response to the surprise jacket is so favourable that I am adding to it a bonnet, booties and bunting."
Elizabeth opened her Spring 1969 newsletter and leaflet with this incipit.
I admire Elizabeth Zimmermann for her knitting, naturally. But mostly I admire her because she was so modern. Oh how shewould have loved the age of instant communications. With her free newsletter and leaflet she was a precursor of all of the free, instant information that the www would soon be making available to all us internauts hungry for patterns, advice, ideas and more.
Two of my nieces are expecting babies this winter and I have decided to treat them to som soft cuddly EZ garments. the first is this Surprise bonnet knit in Paton's stretch socks in a lovely rose, cream and green melange for the beby girl!! Soon to be followed by booties and a sweater.

sabato 13 agosto 2011

Teatime! in a delft blue mood! - round two!


Since I first posted on this bracelet, I have modified it adding lots more beads and some silver coloured "tea" themed charms. This is the new result!

Spinning Workshops October 2011: Sardegna!



Eccoci qui!
Per adesso sono disponibili solo le informazioni per i workshop in Sardegna. Ci sono ancora 3 posti disponibili. Per informazioni sull'inscrizione, b&b, etc scrivetemi a donnalgalletta@gmail.com



For the time being, here is the info on the Sardegna workshops. We still have room for 3 more participants. For information on how to sign-up, accommodations, etc., write to me at donnalgalletta@gmail.com

SARDEGNA (Cagliari)
Sabato 15 Ottobre, dalle 10,00 alle 16,00, con pausa pranzo:
Workshop 1: scelta e preparazione della fibra; caratteristiche della fibra; metodi per mescolare diversi colori e fibre.
Materiali; lana grezza, lana pre-lavata in colori naturali e tinta, altre fibre animali, bachi di seta, etc.
Lana grezza: velo intero dalla isole Shetland. Sono veli abbastanza puliti per filare senza pre-lavaggio.
Se riusciamo a reperirlo avremo anche un velo sardo da lavorare.
Domenia 16 Ottobre, dalle 10,00 alle 16,00, con pausa pranzo:
Workshop 2: Come filare col fuso. Useremo le fibre preparato duranto il primo workshop. Useremo anche della lana preparata industrialmente.
Impareremo come creare un filato a capo singolo, come (e perché) ritorcere per combinare due o più capi, la ‘finitura’ del filato.
In più impareremo come misurare e regolare lo spessore e la torsione del filato per creare un filato adatto per ogni esigenza. Finalmente, alcuni consigli su come lavorare a maglia con la lana filato a mano.
I workshop in Sardegna chiuderanno con degustazioni di vini e specialita’ locali!

Prezzi*: 
Workshop 1  90 Euro
Workshop 2  90 Euro
Combo 1+2  170Euro

Sardegna (Cagliari)
Saturday October 15th 10 am to 4pm, with lunch break
Workshop 1: seleciton and preparation of fibres; fiber characteristics; methods for blending colours and fibres.
Materials: raw wool, pre-washed wool in natural colours and dyed, other animal fibres, silk cocoons, etc.
Raw wool: full fleece from the Shetland islands. These fleeces are clean enough to spin without pre-washing.
If possible, we will also have a Sardinian fleece to work with.
Sunday, October 16th 10 am to 4pm, with lunch break
Workshop 2: spindle spinning. We will use the fibres prepared during the first workshop. We will also use industrially prepared fibres.
We will learn how to create a single ply yarn, how (and why) to ply two or more singles together, "finishing" the yarn.
We will also learn how to measure and regulate the thickness and the twist of the yarn to create a yarn suited to every need. Finally, some advice on how to knit with hand spun yarn.
The workshops in Sardegna will conclude with a wine tasting accompanied by local specialties.
Prices*: 
Workshop 1  90 Euro
Workshop 2  90 Euro
Combo 1+2  170Euro

*Il prezzo non include viaggio, alloggio o pasti
*The price does not include travel, room or meals


giovedì 11 agosto 2011

Up-cycling III: buttons and pieces from old costume jewelry

Still up-cycling here in Lucca! Went through my buttons "acquired" in Ravelry.com swaps and found these great colourful, plastic buttons. I really couldn't see them on a knitted or crocheted garment... but I think they look great on this bracelet together with some upcycled flat beads taken from a couple of old necklaces circa 1980 and some other plasticky stuff! Summer fun!

mercoledì 10 agosto 2011

Up-cycling II: from Shabby to Shabby Chic!

Ok, so yesterday I was visiting my friend Serenella. Her house is a vintage treasure trove! I came home with an old beat-up but beautiful straw beach bag vintage 1970s and the full pleated skirt from a beautiful pinky-melon silk shantung dress from the same years, more or less.



Up-cycling

In these times of financial uncertainty I think twice before making a "frivolous", and I am sure that you do as well! So how to stay stylish in hard times??? Up-cycle, up-cycle, up-cycle... and we are not talking about riding your bike uphill!!

Yesterday I hit my button box. I don't about yours, but mine is a chaotic collection of buttons without mates, the extra buttons they give you when you buy a jacket or a coat, my mother's .. and yes, even my grandmother's old buttons.

I went through the box (or can in my case) and picked out all of the metal blazer buttons. You know the ones I mean: blazer buttons, coat buttons, some with military or navy themes. I had LOTS of them!! I then divided them into silver, gold and burnished. Then I went through my collection of costume jewelry that I couldn't bear to part with. Things left over from my teen days, bracelets with broken clasps, necklaces that had lost their pendants, and more. I found an old  heavy gold tone chain belt. I used my trusty pliers to remove a piece about 7 or so inches. Then I removed a clasp from an old broken and forgotten bracelet. I attached the clasp to the piece of chain with a ring on the other end to hook it onto.

Next step? I used my round nose pliers and some brass wire from the hardware store and made a bunch of jump rings. And then I started patiently attaching the buttons to the links of the chain. 1, 2 or 3 buttons - depending on their size - to each link.

The end result is this beautiful, chunky, jingly bracelet that will look great with my fall sweaters and is slightly reminiscent of those great bracelets from the fifties, chock full of coins or charms!






mercoledì 3 agosto 2011

From boxes to wrist!

Just a short post to show you what I have been doing with my bead show purchases!

Although a bit time consuming, this method of creating one-of-a-kind pieces is very satisfying... I might even say addicting!!

I succeded in going from this

to this

this
this
and this!
fun, fun, fun!!