Tag Archives: handspinning

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. NEW THIS YEAR: hand dyed sock yarn Today was spent marking and hombre dyeing the new sock yarn. … Continue reading

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Alpaca, Merino/Silk, Gotland

New product arrived today.  The softest, creamiest Baby Alpaca! Salt & Pepper Merino/ Tussah Silk  and Gotland roving.  Merino/silk, alpaca…we know how soft they are!  The are, indeed, dreamy!  You just want to roll around in them.       … Continue reading

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Still Raining, Still Drying

It’s still raining and the wool is still drying.  On top of that, the basement flooded during the spring thaw and is still so moist that things are not drying as fast as usual.  I extract most of the water … Continue reading

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Baubles and Beads

  I have always really like “eyeballs” in artyarn.  So, I went looking.  These are actually much more tame and certainly pretty.  Polka Dot felt bauables for your yarn or jewlery making. SHEPHERDS HARVEST FESTIVAL May 16th – 18th 2014 … Continue reading

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Additions for felters, artyarn spinners and sewists!

    I am always looking for new things to bring to the adventuresome fiber artist. This year I found a variety of silk and felt flowers, intended for sewers, for sure.  But it occurred to me that with the … Continue reading

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Wild silk cocoons

  This year I found a source for tussah cocoons.  They are cut open, but parts remain, so to speak. And they are still full of seracin.   So, how might you use these? Silk takes acid dyes beautifully, once … Continue reading

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Silken times for Shepherd’s Harvest

Pulled silk “roving” Shepherd’s Harvest Festival is coming soon and there are some important changes to be aware of.  Dates, times and admission have changed.   May 16th – 18th 2014 Friday, May 16th Classes only Saturday, May 17th 9:00 … Continue reading

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Fiber Season is heating up

The first bubbling pots of the dye season have been emptied and cooled.  Yarnover,my first show of the year, is arriving soon. Yarnover will be held on Saturday, April 26, from 7:45 am – 4:45 pm.  It will be held at Hopkins High … Continue reading

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More holiday spinning

Not that I actually get a vacation!  ( See the Susan Hensel Art blog ) So, you remember the rare breed box my son sent me for Christmas?  See the lovely, light brown fleece in the upper right corner?   … Continue reading

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Holiday Spinning

My son sent me a rare breed box from Namaste Farms for Christmas this year. Ryeland, Boreray, southdown, Manx Loughtan, Black Welsh Mountain.  I washed them all immediately.  They were of varying quality…short cuts, some scurf, stuff…but the Boreray!  Oh … Continue reading

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