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 Spunky Eclectic. This particular skirt will have […]

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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 Christmas I was spinning and spinning. If you remember, […]

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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 Fels Naptha laundry detergent. It’s fast […]

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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 thinking about what exactly makes a spinning wheel to be considered fast and […]

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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 instructors but has spread to those who grow the wool and process the fibers […]

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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 waking up in the morning feels overwhelming? I’m […]

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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 all of […]

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Something Funny

So for the last 4 days I’ve been thinking about what I need to do to get ready for my next deadlines and projects and classes. It’s actually not that much and I could have had it done in 2 days if I just focused and got to work. But I didn’t. For the last 4 weeks I’ve been doing […]

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