What I've Been Up to in my Down Time.

What I’ve Been Up to in my Down Time.

June 16, 2010 0 comments Handmade, Inspiration, Process, Upcycle

I’ve been wanting to build my own spinning wheel for a while … and a recent natural dying course I took  at Baaad Anna’s (see photos below) inspired me to push forward a bit more.  Surprisingly, I found very few resources on how to do this online …  so I went to the library and picked up some books on the subject – luckily found this one … and I’ve been carrying it around with me ever since (Please, if anyone has any other resources, please send them my way!!).  It will take a bit of time for me to transcribe the steps exactly (the instructions are pretty crude), but I spoke to some people at Pedal Depot (OCB‘s little brother) and they’re going to help me make the necessary cuts  (some of the construction involves physically having to cut into the frame).  In the end, I’m hoping to make a decent PDF manual that I can share with friends, and a bicycle spinning wheel.  I’m sure it will be trial and error, but those are the kinds of projects that I like best

Also, I’m putting together a presentation for a craft night at Vancouver Hack Space (VHS) on Monday, July 5th. We’re hoping that it will be a weekly event!  (which means we need more people to share some of their awesome ideas ! (I know you have them) – everything from crafting, to gardening & cooking … )  – I’m super excited about this!  and if I don’t already have your email/contact information, please send it over and I’ll put you on the list.  Can’t wait!!

Natural Dying at Baaad Anna’s

We used marigolds to get this awesome shade of yellow.  Apparently marigolds grow all over Vancouver & all you have to do is pick them, dry them, and grind them up.  I have so much to learn!

Straining out the Marigolds:



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