I apologize – I was captured by pirates!

Or English noblemen. No, I think the leader was French. Well, anyway, Jeff and I were asked to extend our stay at our first Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA) event, War of the Wings X, and with no internet, I missed naming the 52-Week Challenge Bone of the Week. I have absolutely scheduled too much fun since our move to Wilmington, NC, but I have also made more friends than ever in our short time here, so I happily throw myself upon your mercy and ask you to bear with me as I pare down and catch up.

SCA Pirate Ship Camper

Besides being tons of fun, the SCA event was important to me because I want to learn more about ancient fiber crafting, and these events are fantastic places to connect with experts. Jeff loves the battles, but I go for the arts, and I’ve just added handcrafted Viking carding combs to our list of tools to offer through Wooly Brain and at future events.

This week, I’ve got to hit Amazon packing hard. I finally, I think, have every requirement for selling through their site (no, I can’t use the pretty, seasonal cello bags; they are 1.25 mm not 1.5 mm, etc!). So, I’m going to resume our 52-Week Challenge on Day of the Dead (Nov. 1st), go ahead and draw the October prize winner, and mail to her one of our sweet lamb prizes before the end of the month.

I hope you are all enjoying gorgeous weather, wherever you are. Happy autumn/spring and let’s have fun getting ready for one of the most wonderful times of the year!

Did you know conductive thread can be needle felted into wool?

I’d heard of sewing conductive thread into wearable electronics, and I go to Arduino/Pi Saturdays at Elite Innovations in Wilmington, NC, but I just learned we can snip up conductive thread and needle it into our roving or batts. Instructables has all sorts of DIY videos and patterns, including needle felting. Look for increasing, Instructables fiber art collections at WoolyBrain.

Needlefelted Autumn Cottage Lantern

We are soon visiting my parents to celebrate my dad’s birthday, and I made a lantern for my mother. We started out using our regular, 14-gauge, aluminum fencing wire, but then Jeff had the idea to use a mini (7.5 oz) soda can. The pre-felt I had on hand turned out to be too thick for the haunted house effect I first had in mind, so I went with a warm, autumn cottage one. The LED candles are perfect for a gentle, glowing effect that can be seen in daylight. I’ll use thinner felt for the haunted house I want to show well in darker areas.

Needlefelt autumn cottage on can armature