Friday, July 28, 2017

Thursday, January 19, 2017

New year

I keeping meaning to blog more often.
I was determined to get the Jacob twill off the loom in 2016 and I succeeded with one day to spare. This weekend I finished the fabric in the washing machine, and now I mean to make it into a Hapi or Hanten. My studio is chilly in the winter and it would be the perfect garment to keep me warm without overheating. The first photo is prefinishing and the second is post finishing. I love this fabric!

I am spinning up some more wool this month to get a warp on the loom. I dyed half of a batch of Corrie x something with greener shades in greens and blues, and left the rest grey. I aim to make a nice comfortable wrap or if I have enough, a pullover hoodie type thing. For February I have plans for spinning cotton and flax. I have declared it the month of cellulose fibers. If anyone wants to join me, I love hearing what you are doing!

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Romney Love

Earlier this year, my dear friend Lynn got me a Romney fleece at Rhinebeck. I long to go there some year, but this was the next best thing. I have never worked with Romney fleece before, surprisingly,  and I wanted to explore one. Lynn has excellent taste and I was super excited to get the fleece in the mail. I washed it turning it from this
To this
It is absolutely gorgeous and I love it! I carded two rolags and spun them, but was not excited about the yarn, so I went for combing. I timed it and in half an hour I can get ten nests combed up. I have not weighed it yet. I am super excited for this yarn, but it will take a deal of time to do the combing. The combed top is so pretty, it makes it worth it. 

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Meet Doris

I have long wanted a great wheel, and when one recently came up available on Craigslist I jumped at the chance. A gorgeous modern made oak wheel made in Minnesota, which is now mine. Meet Doris.

I have been enjoying getting to know her and a learning how to spin on a great wheel, which I find great fun. Even more fun, I have finally put a substantial piece of yardage on Bertha...a nine yard length of twill from a Jacob x Dorset fleece I spun up intending to weave. It is weaving up nicely and I will make myself a jacket or coat or possibly a warm robe for MN winters.

Sunday, October 23, 2016


Spinning, warp 3, torn calf muscle.

Monday, September 26, 2016

When life gives you stick shuttles, make lease sticks...or the start of the 100 warps project.

I recently bought a house, and last week I had my first house guests, two friends who are both fantastic textile makers, and weavers. They helped me set up my Wool room, so now Bertha has a forever home, looking out at a garden I planted with high hopes of attracting bees and birds and butterflies. It is not much now, but hopefully will fill in. The window you see is the window to my wool room and when I am weaving I look right over the back of the Buddha's head and have already seen cardinals , robins, and monarchs.

I was showing my handspun cotton stash to my friends and talking over various drafts to use and we got sidetracked and eventually I doodled a draft in a notebook, and decided to try it out in wool as I need to spin up more cotton to make a warp for more than two towels or so. They helped me pick out some yarn from my stash and we set to warping. I have no lease sticks, so we made due to with some stick shuttles, thrums, and painter's tape. It worked!

I literally did a happy dance as I saw the cloth start to grow. This is literally clothing have dreamed of making. It was all handspun, leftover Manx Laughton from gnomespun I made into a sweater, some brown wool, and a yarn from the gnomespun spinning fiber club from a few years ago. The weft is a brown Shetland. 

Once I saw the fabric develop and talked with my friends abou the value of practice, I decided to make 100 warps of this draft. I like how it looks, there is plenty of scope for exploration if I get bored, and the repetition will make sure I have warping down pat. I am just about halfway done with warp number two.

Monday, September 19, 2016

Vacation spinning

I recently got to spend time with some friends and each day we walked out in nature, a rare pleasure of mine. I have been having so much fun discussing the various plants and animals we get to see (Sandhills cranes! Whooping cranes! Wild turkeys!). To keep my hands occupied I take along my spinning, and I get a surprising amount done on my walks. This particular day I have been spinning white babydoll Southdown, and on the prior walks I have been spinning different colors, which will be combined into a hat and mitten set this winter.
I spin while walking often, and enjoy it very much. There are some tips and techniques which make it a little easier, and if you are interested I will be teaching classes on mobile spinning at the weavers guild of Minnesota this fall, , and at PlyAway this spring,