Skirt Project – Blue Faced Leicester Sampling

It seems like it's been ages since I have done a blog post and I suppose it has. I've been super busy and trying to figure some things out with this current skirt. So, let me bring you up to speed if you haven't been following along. This skirt will be Blue Faced...

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Weaving Decisions

Last time I posted I was looking for your advice and opinions and I sort of knew what would happen before I posted but I was in denial. What happened was that I got a whole bunch of opinions about how to proceed but nobody mentioned that they knew what would happen...

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Weaving Question

I have a question and so I'm going to ask all of you. Any and all help is welcome and appreciated. I'm getting close to finishing the spinning of the weft for the next skirt which will be from this Blue Faced Leicester top dyed in the Calypso colorway by Amy King of...

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The Messy Bobbin

Last Thursday I wrote a post on the Ply Magazine blog about oiling your wheel. I talked about how oiling can fix a multitude of problems and it is my go-to solution - the first thing I try. Well, let me tell you about a different problem I just tackled. Before...

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Washing Wool by the Lock

I did a little experiment this week. Normally for classes I wrap some of the Cormo or other fine wool in tulle and scour them all wrapped up so that the lock structure is preserved. But I have in the past, for a project or samples, just scoured the locks on a bar of...

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Thinking About Speed

For the last year or so I've been thinking about spinning and speed. Until recently I couldn't find an electric spinner that would consistently give me the speeds I wanted and so I was hunting wheels with traditional treadle drives. All of this hunting has had me...

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I Used to Hire Teachers

I had planned a different post for today but there has been a public discussion happening since last Friday. The private discussion has been going on a bit longer...years, I think. The discussion is about getting paid fairly in the fiber arts. It began with the...

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MIA

Did you ever have a time when everything seems to be crashing down around your ears and you feel like things would be much better if you could just stay home with your spinning wheel and your wool and Netflix? Have you ever had so many things to worry about that just...

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Wool Scouring – Simple and Mostly Quick

I was looking over past posts about wool scouring and it seems that the posts are kind of scattered and they are not easy to find so I decided it might be a good idea to update things and put all of what I do in one place. This first post will be what I do for almost...

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