fiber arts/spinning yarn

Some photos from our dyeing fleece experiments

Some photos from our dyeing fleece experiments

We’ve been experimenting with dyeing fleece with Greener Shades acid dyes & I wanted to post some pictures of how it turned out. We’re doing…

The Fleece & Fiber Sourcebook: Invaluable

The Fleece & Fiber Sourcebook: Invaluable

The Fleece & Fiber Sourcebook has been absolutely invaluable in my studio. It is my fleece “bible”. I go to it every time I buy a…

Knitting Handspun by the Fire…

Knitting Handspun by the Fire…

I’ve been going at a pretty steady pace lately.  Jewelry making/orders, pricing my handspun yarn, working on packaging for yarn & stitch markers…oh yeah and…

Campfire Knitting

Campfire Knitting

I don’t know what it is about fire that makes it so perfect for knitting. Campfire in the summer…fireplace in the winter. This is a…

Icelandic Handspun

Icelandic Handspun

Last year at Rhinebeck I bought a bag of raw Icelandic fleece, a wool I had only minimally worked with in the past. This was…

Angora Rabbit Fiber

Angora Rabbit Fiber

I still cannot believe that this is from a bunny rabbit…an angora rabbit to be precise. I can’t help but feel bad for this breed….

Spinning Singles

Spinning Singles

I’ve gone back to spinning singles lately…the “traditional” idea of spinning where you spin thinner singles to ply together to make the finished yarn. I…

Drum carding with the Brother Drum Carder

Drum carding with the Brother Drum Carder

Back in January, I started a thorough search for a drum carder…I had massed a decent amount of fleece and really was not looking forward…

Washing Raw Fleece…

Washing Raw Fleece…

In the beginning, I was really leery of washing sheep wool. It seemed like a really time consuming (& potentially icky) task. But spinning roving…

Catnaps & Art Batts…

Catnaps & Art Batts…

With the amount of time my cats spend either cuddling up to or attacking my sheep fleece, rovings & batts, I often wonder how they…

Latest Textured (Art) Yarns…

Latest Textured (Art) Yarns…

I am terribly behind on posts, and doubt I will bother to catch up. Earlier this year my hard drive failed and we have not…

Fantastic Handcrafted Yarn Swift

Fantastic Handcrafted Yarn Swift

That’s a horrible picture of a fantastic product. I have wanted a yarn swift for quite some time, even before I was spinning my own…

Racing Stripe

Racing Stripe

Snapped this quick (read: terrible) picture of a single ply racing stripe textured yarn, still on the wheel. Inspired by Jacey Bogg’s technique in her…

Thick & Thin…

Thick & Thin…

Sorry for the terrible picture…this is my first attempt doing a single ply thick/thin yarn using Jacey Bogg’s wrist flick/turn-key-in-lock  method as she describes in…

Rhinebeck 2012

Rhinebeck 2012

So excited to announce I finally got to go to Rhinebeck this year! I have been wanting to go to this show for several years…

Fiber Experimentation

Fiber Experimentation

From left to right: mohair, mohair/wool mix, colorfully dyed llama, brown yak down & angora/wool mix.   I’ve been going through my fleece bins ans…

Spinning Yak Down

Spinning Yak Down

This summer I purchased a small bag of yak down to try spinning. It is amazingly soft/fluffy/airy and short stapled, so a light touch is…

Spun Recycled Silk

Spun Recycled Silk

Frabjous Fibers has these awesome bags of recycled silk bits…some long, some just tiny chunks of many different colors. It spins up in this wonderful bumpy…

Leclerc Bobbin Winder & Storage Bobbins

Leclerc Bobbin Winder & Storage Bobbins

Spinning so many singles means my handful of bobbins for my wheel just isn’t cutting it anymore for storage. Upon doing some research, I was…

Making Handspun Yarn – the Tools Involved

Making Handspun Yarn – the Tools Involved

I have been having a fabulous time learning all about spinning since purchasing my first spinning wheel in February. I’ve been spinning wool roving mostly from my…

Lendrum DT Spinning Wheel

Lendrum DT Spinning Wheel

    This is my new baby. Surprising, no? It’s definitely not for jewelry making, although you can spin beads into the fiber. 😉 We…

Creativity 2011 – Learning to Knit! Basic garter stitch…

Creativity 2011 – Learning to Knit! Basic garter stitch…

With the stick weaving mastered in no time flat, it was time to try my hand at the needles. Knitting is another skill on my…

Stick Weaving

Stick Weaving

I have declared 2011 the year to learn some creative skills that have been on my list for ages (not jewelry making related). One is…