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My journey into the world of weaving


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New Wheel!

newwheelI went to the Fiber Revival today and one of the first things I did was buy this!

It’s a Hitchhiker wheel from The Merlin Tree

I am so excited to have it and look forward to vacationing with it in a few weeks. So much easier than bundling up the Ashford Traditional into the car!

And yes I bought some fiber. Some roving from Mulberry March Designs and Mad Color Fiber Arts.

So much fun! Also tried my hand at an electric spinner – interesting!


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Weaving continues…..

Just not at a great rate! I finished the third napkin today and began the fourth. So that project is progressing. Wouldn’t it be nice if I finished before the end of August!

Spinning away. I have quite a stash of handspun so I think my next project has got to be something with that. I would like to spin some material to make into a tunic and wonder if I have enough? That’s a project in of itself to figure out!

I did go to the Fiber Revival last weekend and purchased some more fiber. Some alpaca/wool mix from ParkerRiver Alpacas and a skein from Enchanted Knoll.


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Seacoast Fiber Fest – Sunday, Aug. 15

I did go to the Seacoast Fiber Fest on Sunday with a friend. It was another gorgeous day.

The Fest was very well organized thanks to Sue Jones! The first thing we did was see a sheep shorn! This was the first time I had seen the complete shearing. The sheep was so compliant – used to this, perhaps. And it doesn’t take long – maybe 5 minutes.

The next thing that happens is that the fleece will be skirted. These particular fleece are fairly clean so there’s not much. Just before fleece is skirted, the strength of the fiber is tested to see if it breaks or not. The fleece that was waiting to be skirted was just fine but a woman showed a sample of what breakage does look like. She also showed a sample of the fleece washed – amazing. The fleece looked yellow but this sample was pretty white!

From there, we visited the booths. We talked to a woman who was hooking rugs. Her teacher was Jan Seavey of Rising Hawk Studio of Henniker. I had never really seen anyone hook a rug before. The woman said she had been working on the rug for several years! I was definitely intrigued but do not need one more fiber activity.

Of course, I saw my friend Kathy Hutchins and her husband Hal of The Angora Hutch. Hal was demonstrating spinning off of his angora rabbit.

I talked to a lot of spinners of course and saw a lot of different wheels, old and new. And I bought some Riverslea fiber which of course I did not need but will add to my growing stash.

All in all, very nice fiber weekend!