My Place

T'was in a city where I was born, but there I never found a home.
My heart had known before my past, that in a city I would not last.
Could it be these feet of mine, would find the sand the place they'd pine?
Alas the beach was not the place, for that my forlorn heart would race.
Canopy of trees, shines filtered sun, a breathe of honeysuckle where I run,
T'was a hoosier I'm meant to be, with clay soil beneath my feet.
Just one acre, my little woods. But this place does suit me good.
And here I'll be a hoosier best, and live my life til time to rest.


Saturday, February 23, 2013

The New to me Wheel

I thought you might like to see the wheel hubby purchased at the flea market. Lots of pics for you, as I cleaned her up, and blinged her up. I came up with this idea for blinging because I didn't want to make permanent changes to the actual wheel. All the bling comes off very simply. I can change and decorate for the holidays with different bling if I so choose. I did try doing this to my traditional on the spokes of the wheel. That didn't work out to well, because no matter how tight you get the wires they will still move a little. I was afraid of damage to the wood, besides the noise of them moving being highly irritating to me. So, if you are thinking of doing the same to your wheel keep that in mind. I suppose you could glue them in place, but then again I wanted to do this to be able to change the bling when ever I felt, or with the holidays.

I named her "Hazel" after a friends mother. I never met the real Hazel but felt as if I had known her from all the wonderful stories that Linda (Nelsa) on ravelry shared with me. Her mother had a love for crafts, and kept every little tid bit  of a craft item and counting things precious. The saying, making lemons out of lemonade...well...I think that describes her ability to take the mundane things of life, and create an oasis. May my wheel "Hazel" live up to her name.

Here she is after cleaning with mineral spirits. She was pretty dirty. She needed the piece for the footman to connect to the treadel. She also is double drive, and only one of the bobbins that came with her are double drive. The ones on the lazy kate section are single drive. The peg in her I borrowed from my Traditional to try her out for the scotch tension, that has since been placed back on the traditional. She didn't come with one, so I need to order that, or make one. She had some white paint scratch marks on her, I imagine from bumping into walls. I sanded those out. She also has a screw missing on the front of the board that is the treadel that holds it to the frame. Hubby thinks it was stripped, so will need to fill that whole and screw another in nearby to make it fully secure. 

This is after being waxed and rubbed down. I can tell I need to rub that wax in a little bit better on the wheel part. Then I blinged her up. Close ups to follow. 

The wire is a smoky kind of deep purple, with purple pink beads attached. I did not glue the beads on the wire, in case I want to change beads later and reuse the wire. I found that I had to be careful to not use to big of  beads and keep it simple. Just a few beads looked way better than the first designs I came up with. 

I love the little heart at the top made out of the wire, with the little natural "knot" in the wood peaking through the center loop of the heart. My favorite beads of mine are the pink heart ones. So fitting I should find a prominent place to dispaly them. I was also able to repeat the same beading on the opposite side of the wheel. The the footman does cross over it in spinning, so not nearly as beautiful. I did not decorate the footman. I was afraid of it weighting it, or moving so much  the wire might rub and cause scratches on it.

OK the last pic. Doesn't she just glisten?! I was amazed at how she has cleaned up. I wish I would have taken a picture before I even started. She needed everything oiled and she really soaked it up. Then she spun without so much as a tiny squeak. Smooth as silk. It was a risk buying her, because a person just never knows if  all the little kinks can be worked out. But we are very blessed that she has turned out to be such a beauty of a wheel. 


Michelle said...

I LOVE castle wheels, and you've turned this one into a beauty! I'd have never thought of adding bling, you did a great job with it. Did you sell your traditional?

Angora Amora said...

Not yet Michelle. I have sold all the accessories that I had to go with it. But the wheel and 3 original bobbins I still have.
Thanks about the bling. I am really enjoying this wheel. I like the castle wheels too. Still love my traditional, but 2 wheels is a bit much for us as far as housing. Never enough as far as crafting. :)

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