Handcarding – Speeding up

I showed some Tunis on Facebook  and Instagram a week or so ago that I had hand carded. I began with slightly over 2 pounds of scoured fleece and it took a little under 4 hours and I had just a tad under 2 pounds of hand carded rolags. I had plenty of comments about...

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Endings, New Beginnings and Even More Questions (as usual)

  Here is the summing up of the whole Blue Faced Leicester Dress process. I began spinning this yarn in January of 2016. The intention was another skirt with 2 ply warp and weft but things changed and morphed over the whole time. Mostly because there is a lot of time...

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Personal Classes

If you follow my Instagram and/or Facebook pages you probably know that the Blue Faced Leicester fabric is finished and ready for sewing. The new dress will happen next week so I'll hold off on doing a recap of the whole project until the dress is finished and I can...

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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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