Sunday, 10 March 2013


I am looking around at some SAORI weaving blogs today. 
I like this post because she is creating long lengths of handwoven cloth, also called yardage, that she makes into clothes. That is exactly what I am wanting to do for my project too!

There's more weaving blogs to look at, & lots of inspiration to view.
- Arli Spinstar ;-)

My Mentor is CuriousWeaver!

Hooray! I am really excited that Kaz from CuriousWeaver has accepted my invitation to be my Mentor for the weaving part of my project. My Mum is going to supervise my blog, dyeing, carding and spinning elements. It's great to have Kaz for weaving and design, as she is really talented and experienced in weaving.

This is wonderful news, as I really enjoyed visiting Kaz in her weaving studio this Summer. Her studio is full of looms, colourful cones of yarn, and she is such a super nice person.

Kaz wrote a blog post about our visit to her studio. My little sister and I had so much fun we didn't want to leave, even to go to the beach!

colourful yarn cones and looms

Imi weaves on the sweet Piccolo SAORI loom

 My weaving, and Imi weaving now on mum's bigger SAORI loom!
I am really looking forward to going to visit her again when I am ready to begin weaving for my project.
- Arli Spinstar ;-)

My Big Project Idea

In year 6/7 at my Steiner school, we are given an open research project to work on all year. I have chosen to research weaving, so I can make cloth using my handspun yarn, then design and sew a garment with my cloth. 
- You can read more about it above in the About the Big Project page

My idea is to create cloth from "Fibre to Fashion", beginning with visiting the fibre animals, dyeing the fleeces, spinning some handspun yarn, finding pretty yarn on cones to match my colours, getting a loom, weaving the cloth, designing the garment, and finally sewing it all together.

I have a lot to do to create this cloth and I can't wait to begin!

Mum is helping to mentor me with the dyeing and spinning.
- my first task is to find a mentor for weaving and garment design.
- Next, write a letter to see if I can find sponsors for my loom.
- then, Start with the fleece.

 Here is a pic of my pompom yarn. Mum took photos and a video of how i made this. I need to ask dad to show me how to edit a video too!
- Arli Spinstar ;-)

New Project

Hi, I'm Arli and this is my new journal for a Year-long project I am working on for school, in which I learn all about creating hand-woven cloth to make a piece of clothing.

Here is a photo of my handspun yarn which I spun a few years ago for a Picto-Create group challenge on the Ravelry forum. I was to make a yarn like this picture of a pretty bird. 

 You can see more of my handspun yarns on Ravelry.
I'm looking forward to sharing my weaving project here.
- Arli Spinstar ;-)