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18Feb/132

Fibre art rolags by Wooldancer

Our friend Wooldancer (Michelle Snowdon) in Australia posted a very nice video to YouTube recently of Fibre Art Rolags she is producing.  The work she is creating is very beautiful and I have included the link below. I found it really inspirational what talented people like Michelle are creating on their Auras.

I have also added a link to this video in the video resources area of the Majacraft web site - it can be found under "Inspiration".

You may wish to keep an eye on her YouTube channel as she is indicating this is the first of a series. Thanks Michelle!

Andy

 

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14Feb/130

Photos from India – Rob and the Majacraft tour

Rob has been in India for the last week and from what I have seen on Facebook, it looks like he has been having an awesome time around Rajastan and Northern India. Here are a couple of pictures he has shared recently.

Rob's 'motel'!

Rob's 'motel'!

 

The ladies at morning tea

The ladies at morning tea

 

An interesting view of the Taj Mahal

An interesting view of the Taj Mahal

 

In front of the Taj Mahal

In front of the Taj Mahal

 

If you are ever interested in taking part in our journeys to India, drop us a line. I went about three years ago and found it to be a fascinating and quite profound place to visit so, if you are on the fence ... Do IT! :-)

Andy

13Feb/132

Custom Aura design

Several years ago, we created a custom Aura for our good friend Therese Cruz. She provided the design which was drawn by a Dutch artist Mark Storm.

So anyway, long story short ;-) , I am looking around for inspiration on Bing images this morning and I come across this site amongst the search results!

I recommend visiting the link below to see more of the images.

Storm 3d blog

Custom Aura design by Mark Storm

Custom Aura design by Mark Storm

 

Until next time

Andy

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7Feb/131

Majacraft web site updates plus a new Aura Tutorial

I have spent much of today working on the Majacraft web site. You may notice a few changes next time you visit.

Firstly, the blog posts now feed directly on to the front page of the web site - this is going to make it easier to keep up with Majacraft news and views (when I take a break from building to work on the computer). I am very pleased with this as creating the hooks into WordPress proved to be a bit ... tricky...

The other big modification is improvements to the Resources area. I have been working on building a better platform that hopefully makes the content more discoverable and should also set the stage to easily add new tutorials, videos and so forth.

In my frenzied activity, I have also put up a new tutorial as well (Resources->Tutorials if you want to find it) on "Lace Spinning on the Aura". I was written by Seattle spinner Evanita Montalvo as part of a Ravelry post so thank you very much Evanita for providing this valuable instruction.

If you have not been to the Majacraft Resources area, I suggest having a little look about, you might find the answers you were looking for!

Until next time

Andy

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7Feb/131

JazzTurtle on ABC TV!

Our friend Esther of JazzTurtle fame appears in an ABC segment showing how to do tailspinning (and she uses and Aura ;-) ! ). Go Esther!

Esther Tailspinning

 

Until next time

Andy

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4Feb/133

Shelob yarn by Woolwench

One of my Facebook friends is Woolwench (Suzy) who is based in Holland. She is also the owner of "The One Wheel" limited edition Aura that we built last year for her Kickstarter campaign. She recently posted on her Facebook page pictures of a new yarn she had produced which she has called "Shelob". Here is her story about the yarn

I dreamt about this yarn, and it was one of those dreams where everything just happens magically, which of course I discovered as I was spinning it and realised it would have been much easier if I had an extra hand or more fingers. My goal was a very lumpy yarn wrapped in silk just like a spider cocoon, in my dream I had seen the fine cobwebby silk fibers wrapping around the yarn and encasing it in a thin layer. It was a bit like how a spider wraps its prey in silk, somewhat gruesome but hey, it was a dream and they can be weird right! It was tricky to spin, I first corespun a single, then coilspun it to make a coiled yarn, and then coil spun that again, in my left hand, while drafting a silk hankie with my right to wrap around the outside of it, spreading it back along the yarn to open out the silk fibers. I used a commercial spun eyelash thread as the core to add extra texture too. I also made a second yarn using a black sparkly base yarn with a white silk layer over it, hoping for an even more spidery look - I am going to add this to my LOTR yarn collection and have named it Shelob, for the giant spider that Frodo met in the Two Towers book. 
 
 
Shelob

Shelob yarn

 
Shelob yarn

Shelob yarn

 

Here are some pictures of a Shelob style yarn that was the first iteration of the design

Spiderwebby

Spiderwebby in process

 
Spiderwebby

Spiderwebby on the bobbin

 
Spiderwebby

Spiderwebby skein

 

I find it amazing to see what people around the world are creating with Majacraft tools and what we in a small way are part of so congratulations Suzy and thank you for sharing it with us.

Suzy is "WoolWench Handspun Yarn" on Facebook if you would like to connect with her and see what she has been up to recently or visit her site at www.woolwench.com

Until next time

Andy

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