Category Archives: Blog

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 Leicester spun from top that I bought […]

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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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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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Getting Ready to Travel

In September of 2011 I went on a search for a large suitcase that would be large enough to hold my Schacht Sidekick. I also wanted to be able to put a lot of fiber in it and I wanted it to be sturdy so that I could check the bag on airplanes and not worry too much about my […]

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Grammy

At Christmas I miss my Grandmother a lot. She was bossy and opinionated. But she loved us and she could make anything. Just from seeing a picture of it. As far as I know, she always worked in a dress factory. I do know she worked in a dress factory while I was growing up until she retired. Her last […]

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It is the Week Before Christmas

You would think I am feeling calm. I’m done all the shopping. The gifts are wrapped and under the tree. I even have the white elephant gifts for that game my mom always has at the family party. Yes, I’m ready for Christmas. What I’m not ready for is to leave my work behind. So I’m scrambling to have everything […]

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Corriedale Skirt

It’s funny how it takes me so long to start a project. It’s also funny how once I begin I can’t seem to think of anything else. The good thing about this project (or the bad thing) is that Spinzilla came right near the beginning. It was good because then i had an excuse to focus and do almost nothing […]

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You Can Be a Little Rough

Yesterday i drove from my house to my parents’ house near Valley Forge Pennsylvania. It’s about an 11 hour drive including potty breaks. Today we are going to drive up to Poughkeepsie. We’ll spend the next two days touring Roosevelt houses and seeing the sights and then Saturday and Sunday we will be in Rhinebeck for the new York State […]

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The Great Skirt Project – Pt3

So now the fabric is made and all is well. It’s time to make the skirt. AAAAHHHHH!!!!! I couldn’t find a simple six gor skirt pattern anywhere! Believe me, I searched. Most had some triangular pieces added about halfway down the thigh and others had a bit of a flare at the bottom and since I was very limited in […]

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The Great Skirt Project – Pt2

So we left off with the spinning of the yarn. Today I want to talk a bit about the weaving of the fabric. Let me first talk a little more in detail about how my weaving plans evolved. I have been weaving for many years but more off than on. When i started spinning I was determined that I would […]

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The Great Skirt Project

If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook, you know something’s up so I thought I’d do a little blog series so you can all follow along with me in more detail if you want. I started weaving at least 10 years ago. I thought I should learn because I was selling looms in my shop and I thought I […]

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Procrastination

Yesterday 2 people I admire did blog posts about similar things that made me think about what I was doing right at the moment that I read them. First I read a post by Melanie Falick that was about risk that I came across on Facebook because Clara Parkes  pointed it out. Then, soon after I read a post by my […]

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Consistency

When I was young…until I was around 12 or 13 I think…My dad worked at a company called Control Data/Computer Peripherals in quality control. That was back when computers were room size and you didn’t just carry the thing around in your pocket or a messenger bag. There were four kids in my family. I am the oldest. We never […]

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Michigan Fiber Festival Surprise

So, Jillian was going to the Michigan Fiber Festival in Allegan, Michigan. She was taking a Thursday class from Esther Rogers. I had no plans to be there because I hadn’t signed up for any classes and I didn’t think there was anything I needed. But then there was the phone call. It went something like, What are you doing […]

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Hand Cards!

When I teach I take a lot of tools with me. I know that everyone doesn’t own every tool so I take at least three sets of hand tools for each purpose. I like to take a minimum of three sets for two reasons. First is the one I just said: all the people don’t own all of the tools and […]

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Designer Crochet

I haven’t done a lot of book reviews here…maybe I should do more…but that’s thinking for another day. Let me give you a little background first. Several years ago I met this guy when I was teaching at the DFW Fiber Fest (which was awesome, by the way). anyway, his name was Shannon and he was in the class room […]

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Nails

I like to get my nails done. If you have been around me for any more than 5 minutes you know I like sparkly, painted, fun nails. I usually have acrylic nails. My own real nails that live under the layer of plastic have been bendy, easily broken and very thin through my whole life.  I also have some issues […]

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