Hallelujah!

Shepherd’s Harvest Festival returns to Mother’s Day weekend in 2017!  I will return with a double booth and the Batt Your Own Station. After the last few years, my return was not certain.  So, with a great sigh of relief and a modest dose of hope, I am returning. See you then!

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Shepherd’s Harvest coming soon!

The dyeing season has begun!  Stay tuned for more photos of NEW fibery goodness!

Shepherd’s Harvest Festival

Find me in Building D!!!!

May 13th – 15th 2016

Friday, May 13th Classes only
Saturday, May 14th 9:00 – 5:00
Sunday, May 15th 10:00 – 4:00

Admission is $5.
Ages 8 and under are free.

Washington County Fairgrounds are located just east of Lake Elmo, MN at the intersection of Washington County Rd 15 & Highway 5.

Fleece, Fiber and Family

The fairgrounds are filled with music, food, artisans and animals.

Events include Minnesota’s largest fleece competition, sheep shearing, fleece skirting demos, book-signings and more.

Families always enjoy the sheep and goats in the barn and this year there will be a new Farm Work Stock Dog Trial!

It is always a fun weekend.  Bring your friends and family!

 

 

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Shepherd’s Harvest 2015 dyeing has begun

The house is redolent with the funky scent of wet wool and moist silk.  Yup!  The dyeing for Shepherd’s Harvest has begun.

Dye day #1 2015 Dye Day #1 Hombre yarn 2015

NEW THIS YEAR:

hand dyed sock yarn

Today was spent marking and hombre dyeing the new sock yarn.  Most of it is a 3-ply superwash merino/nylon mix, 410 yards per skein, 8 stitches to the inch, size 3 needles. …as in over 100 skeins all told.  There are 10 skeins of superwash merino that are just a tad finer and a few sample skeins of various merino blends.  There is MUCH more dyeing to come.  MUCH!

SHEPHERD’s HARVEST

May 15th – 17th 2015

Friday, May 15th Classes only
Saturday, May 16th 9:00 – 5:00
Sunday, May 17th 10:00 – 4:00

Admission is $5.
Ages 8 and under are free.

Washington County Fairgrounds are located just east of Lake Elmo, MN at the intersection of Washington County Rd 15 & Highway 5.

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the Dark Star, the crazy quilt

Lately, for no reason I can fathom, except fun…I have been working on this crazy quilt, combining computerized machine embroidery, free form machine embroidery, hand embroidery, hand dyeing and various jew jaws and jimcracks.  It is 18 inches by 24 inches.Dark Star

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Button, Button… catching you up with Sue’s Luxury Fiber

There has been a lot of fibering happening around here…lots!  In my most able ADD manner I have been sampling lots of techniques and having loads of fun in the lead up to Shepherd’s Harvest Festival.  I have not seriously started the real production of dyed goods yet:  April 1 is my drop dead start date.  The festival is the weekend after Mother’s Day.  May 15th – 17th 2015.  Follow the link for more details.

But, a few things have been happening… like BUTTONS.  Why not?  followed by some quilty things!  I doubt they will be at Shepherd’s Harvest, but you never know.  And then there is the new foray into punch needle experiementation!  What a lovely texture!

Punch needle fun!  I love  the texture.  Surely this technique will find a place in my lexicon.

Punch needle fun! I love the texture. Surely this technique will find a place in my lexicon.

Handmade buttons for hand knit sweaters

Handmade buttons for hand knit sweaters

Charted Waters: charts about weight loss, dyed, cut, reassembled and stiched by hand and machine

Charted Waters: charts about weight loss, dyed, cut, reassembled and stiched by hand and machine

Charted Waters- detail

Charted Waters- detail

A small crazy quilt...not yet finished.

A small crazy quilt…not yet finished.

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Sometimes you just have to MAKE STUFF!

I have been working and working on learning the Windows platform, taking classes online on the new embroidery software and studying the properties of thread through various sources.  After awhile, though I am an enthusiastic student,  SOMETIMES YOU JUST GOTTA’  MAKE STUFF!

I bought a new book on machine embroidery for crazy quilting.  Evidently I am making coasters and placemats in my spare time;-)  The piecing happens in the hoop.  There is not a lot of original work here:  I chose the cloth from my stash of weird little bits and pieces.  I chose the threads and did minor editing of the provided designs.  BUT, I learned how piecing works for crazy quilts…and the embroidery machine makes it so easy.  If I want to change the piecing design, it is straightforward digitizing, well within my skill set.

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Embroidering solo

The Jerome Grant is completed, exhibited and boxed for the next hopeful venue.  So, I return to the machines.  I have put away TruEmbroidery for MAC.  I have added an HP laptop to the studio so I can run the more robust and stable program 6-D Embroidery.

embroidered faceI am learning Windows and the new software.

First I did a thread portrait.  Yuck!  So many issues with compensation!

But then I decided to make a little bitty piece of lace…a number 1.  lace successIt is not much to look at, but it held together.  It is soft to handle.  And, it needs blocking;-)

So, why would I show you these?  The next big project involves embroidered and crocheted lace.

Stay tuned.

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Super Sock Blanks

What is a Super Sock Blank?  It is a knitted fabric, of Superwash Merino and nylon,  that can be unraveled to make a pair of socks.  I have dyed them to make a more or less matching pair of socks.  How cool is that?sock blank 3 sock blank 2 sock blank 1

There are exactly 4 of these: SUPER SOCK BLANK
75% superwash merino, 25% nylon
3.5 oz, @463 yards, @7stitch/inch
$30

See them at:
22nd ANNUAL WOMEN’S ART FESTIVAL
Saturday, December 13, 2014
9:30am -4:30pm

NEW LOCATION
The Colin Powell Center
2924 4th Ave S.
Minneapolis

Free guest parking in the Wells Fargo Ramp at 28th ST. & 4th Ave

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Lace Bookmarks

Lace Bookmarks

I find it hard to resist lace of any kind.  I am learning a lot from stitching these designs. Soon, I will be able to digitize my own designs.  But, in the meantime, you may as well have access to some stocking stuffers!

22nd Annual Women’s Art Festival

Saturday, December 13, 2014

9:30am -4:30pm

NEW LOCATION

The Colin Powell Center

2924 4th Ave S.

Minneapolis

Free guest parking in the Wells Fargo Ramp at 28th ST. & 4th Ave

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A new foray: dyeing commercial yarn

This is a test!  I purchased fingering weight yarn, appropriate for socks, in 4 oz put-ups from Ashland Bay.  they are lovely yarns.  I will have them for the first time at the Women’s Art Festival.  The Crystal Creek yarn  will sell for $25.  The Panda yarn will sell for $22.  There are 10 skeins in each colorway.  Come see them in person.

50% super wash merino, 50% tencel; 3ply fingering yarn.

Crystal Creek: 50% super wash merino, 50% tencel; 3ply fingering yarn. gauge 7 stitches per inch on size 0-3 needles

Panda, fingering yarn, 4 oz skeins, 3 ply,  60% superwash merino, 30% bamboo, 10% nylon

Panda: fingering yarn, 4 oz skeins, 3 ply, 60% superwash merino, 30% bamboo, 10% nylon;gauge 7 stitches per inch on size 0-3 needles.

22nd annual Women’s Art Festival

Saturday, December 13, 2014

9:30am -4:30pm

NEW LOCATION

The Colin Powell Center

2924 4th Ave S.

Minneapolis

Free guest parking in the Wells Fargo Ramp at 28th ST. & 4th Ave

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