The Artful Acorn

The Artful Acorn Nålbinding, handcrafted fibre arts, SCA and other obsessive pursuits As a fibre artist and instructor, I love learning, teaching and inspiring.

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Transitory art ~ photo by Logan
07/26/2021

Transitory art
~ photo by Logan

Transitory art
~ photo by Logan

I recently taught a nålbinding class. The wool stuffed balls I made with roving were a bit squishy, so I needle felted t...
07/10/2021

I recently taught a nålbinding class. The wool stuffed balls I made with roving were a bit squishy, so I needle felted them. They shrank about 25% in the process, and are now perfect little dryer balls!

I recently taught a nålbinding class. The wool stuffed balls I made with roving were a bit squishy, so I needle felted them. They shrank about 25% in the process, and are now perfect little dryer balls!

This singlade bollar that I gifted to my friend reminds us both of a patchwork quilt. It will certainly be warm when it ...
07/04/2021

This singlade bollar that I gifted to my friend reminds us both of a patchwork quilt. It will certainly be warm when it tumbles in the dryer!

Patton’s Classic wool

This weekend at our medieval group’s online “university” session, I learned basic kute-uchi, an ancient Japanese loop br...
05/23/2021

This weekend at our medieval group’s online “university” session, I learned basic kute-uchi, an ancient Japanese loop braiding technique.

Unlike kumihimo, a more recent Japanese braiding technique that uses a stand and bobbins, kite-uchi is done by braiding loops with the fingers or hands, similar to European finger-loop braiding.

This is a five loop cord using the “closed,” or outside twist move, which makes a square braid.

With thanks to Nakos Theodorosides for the class.

This weekend at our medieval group’s online “university” session, I learned basic kute-uchi, an ancient Japanese loop braiding technique.

Unlike kumihimo, a more recent Japanese braiding technique that uses a stand and bobbins, kite-uchi is done by braiding loops with the fingers or hands, similar to European finger-loop braiding.

This is a five loop cord using the “closed,” or outside twist move, which makes a square braid.

With thanks to Nakos Theodorosides for the class.

I’m really pleased with how my nålbound wool phone pouch turned out! Mammen stitch in Paton’s classic burgundy roving, w...
04/03/2021

I’m really pleased with how my nålbound wool phone pouch turned out! Mammen stitch in Paton’s classic burgundy roving, with Paton’s Classic purple wool embroidery.

The strap is made from two lengths of two-loop cord stitch together front and back, and then sewn on with the purple wool (see my video tutorial on two-loop cord making).

This was a fun project that I enjoyed making up as I went along. And it fits my phone perfectly!

I’m really pleased with how my nålbound wool phone pouch turned out! Mammen stitch in Paton’s classic burgundy roving, with Paton’s Classic purple wool embroidery.

The strap is made from two lengths of two-loop cord stitch together front and back, and then sewn on with the purple wool (see my video tutorial on two-loop cord making).

This was a fun project that I enjoyed making up as I went along. And it fits my phone perfectly!

That warm feeling you get when you notice someone appreciating your knitting 😊
02/12/2021

That warm feeling you get when you notice someone appreciating your knitting 😊

That warm feeling you get when you notice someone appreciating your knitting 😊

Many of the cloves I was stringing for garland were missing their buds. I had exactly the right number of beads in my st...
02/01/2021

Many of the cloves I was stringing for garland were missing their buds. I had exactly the right number of beads in my stash to replace them!

Many of the cloves I was stringing for garland were missing their buds. I had exactly the right number of beads in my stash to replace them!

I soaked a bowl full of cloves before Christmas, and finally sat down tonight to string them. The fragrance is amazing!
01/31/2021

I soaked a bowl full of cloves before Christmas, and finally sat down tonight to string them. The fragrance is amazing!

I soaked a bowl full of cloves before Christmas, and finally sat down tonight to string them. The fragrance is amazing!

Some of my Christmas ornaments are not going back in the box this year . . .
01/15/2021

Some of my Christmas ornaments are not going back in the box this year . . .

Some of my Christmas ornaments are not going back in the box this year . . .

Tidying up Christmas wrapping is a pleasure when it's mostly handmade fabric bags and wool cords!
12/26/2020

Tidying up Christmas wrapping is a pleasure when it's mostly handmade fabric bags and wool cords!

And the stockings were hung on the bead cabinet with care . . .
12/26/2020

And the stockings were hung on the bead cabinet with care . . .

A wee nålbound mouse for a fundraising auction
11/24/2020

A wee nålbound mouse for a fundraising auction

My first nålbinding video tutorial. Please let me know what you think!(Suggestions for improvement are greatly appreciat...
08/24/2020
Nålbinding Tutorial - Chain of Oslo Stitch

My first nålbinding video tutorial. Please let me know what you think!

(Suggestions for improvement are greatly appreciated!)

Learn to work a chain of nålbinding (NOHL-bin-ding) in the Oslo stitch, using a blunt yarn needle (nål), some bulky wool yarn (such as Paton's Classic Roving...

From a sweet girl who is delighted to have received a new mouse in the mail, to replace the one that got lost when her f...
08/15/2020

From a sweet girl who is delighted to have received a new mouse in the mail, to replace the one that got lost when her family moved house (with thanks to her auntie for commissioning it) 💕

Nalbound in Navajo Churro wool

Over the last twenty years, my Royal Robbins backpack-around-the-world-turned-gardening trousers have required multiple ...
08/09/2020

Over the last twenty years, my Royal Robbins backpack-around-the-world-turned-gardening trousers have required multiple patches. A new hole developed on the unpatched knee, but having no idea where my patching material is packed, I neglected the hole until it tore right across.

Mending the split was straightforward, but how to patch the hole? Hello buttonhole stitch! If it works for singlade bollars, why not trousers?! It’s a little messy, but I was in a hurry. The garden was waiting . . .

With so much of my time spent in the garden these days, it’s not surprising that these colours appeared in my latest pro...
07/24/2020

With so much of my time spent in the garden these days, it’s not surprising that these colours appeared in my latest project . . .
#singladebollar

While I was stitching my second singlade bollar, my son commented that I should make him one. Little did he know, I had ...
05/31/2020

While I was stitching my second singlade bollar, my son commented that I should make him one. Little did he know, I had chosen these colours just for him!
#singladebollar

I finished my first “singlade bollar!” This Scandinavian folk craft dates back to the 1800’s, when people wound yarn aro...
05/20/2020

I finished my first “singlade bollar!” This Scandinavian folk craft dates back to the 1800’s, when people wound yarn around scraps until they had a firm ball, threaded a needle with yarn, divided the surface of the balls into sections, and filled the sections with button hole stitches in various colours.

So fun to make!

Mending the heels of my slipper socks. My favourite method is rows of tiny chain stitch in tapestry wool. This second re...
05/17/2020

Mending the heels of my slipper socks. My favourite method is rows of tiny chain stitch in tapestry wool. This second repair should buy me another five years or so!

Rummaging through my big bag of loose tapestry wool to find yarn for mending Grandma’s blanket triggered the hobby withi...
04/04/2020

Rummaging through my big bag of loose tapestry wool to find yarn for mending Grandma’s blanket triggered the hobby within the hobby. Order achieved!

I grew up with an abundance of my Grandma Rettig’s blankets, pieced together with squares of woolen fabric she crocheted...
03/30/2020

I grew up with an abundance of my Grandma Rettig’s blankets, pieced together with squares of woolen fabric she crocheted colourful borders around. Now warming their fourth generation, a few of them need some TLC. My son loves his, and has been asking me for ages to mend the squares that had separated as the wool sewing threads aged.

Yesterday was the perfect rainy day to finally sit down for hours of mending. One of the more delicate squares actually needs replacing; something I had never presumed to do before. I rummaged through my bags of wool scraps and tapestry wool, and experimented until I got the border stitch right. Suddenly I was connected through time and stitches to my mother’s mother, whose crochet hook flew like magic around countless squares of fabric during our visits to Seattle.

Sewing in my own square will change the landscape of my son’s blanket, and that’s okay. I like to think of it as a small contribution to a good conversation. I hope Grandma Rettig doesn’t mind me putting in my two bits 💕

Sometimes I get to play with beads, too! My friend’s vintage necklace, restrung for an important event this coming weeke...
02/10/2020

Sometimes I get to play with beads, too! My friend’s vintage necklace, restrung for an important event this coming weekend.

My search on Ravelry for a single skein neckwarmer pattern yielded the Wavy Neckwarmer by Lee Samsami Stein. I added cro...
01/25/2020

My search on Ravelry for a single skein neckwarmer pattern yielded the Wavy Neckwarmer by Lee Samsami Stein. I added crocheted edging for further interest.

The urge to pick up my knitting needles again led me to the “Tudora” pattern by Cheryl Marling on Ravelry. What an enjoy...
12/28/2019

The urge to pick up my knitting needles again led me to the “Tudora” pattern by Cheryl Marling on Ravelry. What an enjoyable pattern to work up for my friend Kimberley’s birthday!

I took a soap making class at the Starlite Soap Studio Victoria at The Good Planet in October. Ian Cromack’s instruction...
12/08/2019

I took a soap making class at the Starlite Soap Studio Victoria at The Good Planet in October. Ian Cromack’s instruction was thorough and enjoyable, and I came home with three pounds of lovely, Christmas scented soap!

2019
12/08/2019

2019

I attended part of Mistress Catrin’s wool appliqué class at Tir Righ November Coronet. Now I to want to unpack all my wo...
11/05/2019

I attended part of Mistress Catrin’s wool appliqué class at Tir Righ November Coronet. Now I to want to unpack all my wool scraps and appliqué all the things!

Today a friend gifted me with this exquisite acorn pendant. She had seen it in her friend’s gallery in Seshelt, and knew...
11/03/2019

Today a friend gifted me with this exquisite acorn pendant. She had seen it in her friend’s gallery in Seshelt, and knew exactly to whom it should go. I can hardly express how much joy this treasure brings me 💕

The Artful Acorn reached 500 likes tonight! It’s so apropos that Janice Murphy at Cauldron & Broom Hat Shoppe was #500 🎃...
10/31/2019

The Artful Acorn reached 500 likes tonight! It’s so apropos that Janice Murphy at Cauldron & Broom Hat Shoppe was #500 🎃

Thanks for all the love, everyone!

We moved house. I may or may not have too many beads. And this may or may not be only the small bottles.
08/26/2019

We moved house. I may or may not have too many beads. And this may or may not be only the small bottles.

I took a fingerloop braiding class at our local SCA event yesterday, and learned to do the delightful “green forge of 6 ...
08/11/2019

I took a fingerloop braiding class at our local SCA event yesterday, and learned to do the delightful “green forge of 6 Bowes.” Thank you for teaching, Vémundr!

My friend Joan commissioned one of my nålbound hats, which I finished just in time for Father's Day. She said, "If he ne...
06/22/2019

My friend Joan commissioned one of my nålbound hats, which I finished just in time for Father's Day. She said, "If he never wears this nalbound hat, the giggle that came out when I modelled it was worth every penny!" (or every chicken egg, as it were, lol! 😊)

Paton's superwash wool (vintage stash)
Dalarna stitch

Happy Easter!
04/21/2019

Happy Easter!

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