Lately, I've been drooling over fiber art. I don't knit, I don't crochet but I've been dying to add fibers to what little art I actually get around to creating. So, I went out and purchased a Janome Xpressions. Well, I didn't actually "go out" as you all know I wear pajamas 24/7. I went to my computer, bought it off eBay and then walked to the door and waited for it.
Thank goodness my sister, Laura, came to visit me this weekend because she's the one who finally took this machine out of the box and got it up and running. I'd had the thing for a couple months afraid to do anything with it. I'm much better at learning if someone will learn for me and then teach me.
Once Laura got the thing up and running (the belt wasn't on so we called a Janome dealer and he told her what to do) we had an immediate need for roving and yarns. I found a local yarn store that carried roving. WOW!! I could have spent several hours and several hundred dollars there. My sister started panicking (we were going splitsies) so I grudgingly put a bunch of stuff back.
The name of the little shop is Stitchery and Scones. I wanted to see a "scone" thinking it was some sort of fiber thing that I absolutely needed to have. But they were scone scones like in the edible kind. Probably American-style (they were out of them). English scones are pretty much like Jiffy mix biscuits.
So we discussed the difference between American scones and British scones while the yarn girl rung up our semi-massive purchase.
Anyway, enough about that - maybe I'll include a photo of the stuff we bought, later. For now, though, here's a peek at a WIP, a very first effort using my new (ish) Xpressions. If I suddenly become organized, as that's my New Year's Resolution for 2008 and it's just a couple of days away, I'll post follow-ups to this project. It really turned out to be the kind of thing that I'd like to finish.