One of my “bits” is a bag full of 12-18″ lengths of yarn. I used to make dreadsand sell them for bellydance costumes. Still have mine, will still make a custom pair if requested, but have mainly retired from the dreaddy business mainly because I want to create other things. When making dreads, I would cut up gorgeous handspun yarn into many lengths to create natural looking dread-ish hair. The reason I couldn’t get rid of these scraps? This was Expensive (with a capital E) yarn.
Kathy to the rescue. Not only did she find me a wheel (God bless that woman) to buy, but she also found me weaving tools and … wait for it… a potholder weaving grid. Yep, the kind you make those goofy little nylon tube potholders out of. And I LOVE it.
So, what did I do to celebrate this year’s independance day? I did just like any other great American woman (think about the women who sewed up the American flag now), I made things that have purpose. One could say I made potholders. but I think I’m going to use the purple fringed one for either a scarf or a neato mat for a hot dish or for a placemat. The orange/blue (which is Spincycle yarn mind you) will likely be a “coaster” for the teapot. But, that one I’m going to put padding under and sew a trim/bias edge around it.