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Saturday, February 23, 2013

Beginning Art Yarn Spinning "Tween" Spinning!


"Tween" spinning class

Spinning 2: Beginning Art Yarn Spinning-with Pam Blasko of Dream Come True Farm, Oxford, CT.  Sunday, March 3, 2013, 2-5 PM.  $80.00 (includes all instruction and fiber).  Max=5 students.  $20.00 deposit holds your space at Madison Wool Yarn Shop in Madison CT 

This class is meant to fill the gap between Beginning Spinning and Camp Pluckyfluff! Many students want to learn how to make ‘ art yarn’ ( textured, funky style yarns) right out of the gate. A solid foundation in learning how to spin a basic single and two ply yarn is important. As Pluckyfluff ( Lexi Boeger) says ” you have to learn the rules before you can break them”. These funky yarns are not “bad spinning” as some traditional spinners might think and tell you.  They require a technical skill that can be learned and takes practice to execute.
Pam Blasko of Dream Come True Farm in Oxford , CT is here to help! Known for her fun and funky yarns sold here and at her farm and Etsy shops, she is here to teach you some tips and tricks to help you make the yarns of your dreams! In this 3 hour intensive, you will learn:
How to spin a thick and thin yarn
Plying techniques.
How to spin from a batt ( and how to card a textured art batt)
Add ins
Coils
And more!
All fiber provided; bring anything you would like of your own fiber / add ins.  Wheels available for use or bring your own. You will come away from this class with new techniques to try at home and some fun yarns!

Contact Dayna at Madison Wool in Madison CT. To join us. 

My goal for this class is to take the beginner or more traditional spinner to the next level. This will enable you to take a class without fear with any of the accomplished spinners you may have the opportunity to spin with. This is a no pressure class, fun and relaxing. 

And where better then in the "back room" at Madison Wool.  

Any questions feel free to call the shop or contact me. 


Sunday, February 17, 2013

What Fun We Had! "The Snowball"

This is an overdue post, but better late then never. I want to share it because I have found out that his is going to be a yearly event offered by Dayna Mankowski from Madison Wool, Arlene Ciroula from Spin Artiste and Laura Lyons. So if you interested next winter when its cold and dreary and your looking for some fun and a bit of a yarn challenge, keep an eye out for this event..
The Snowball a blast of a spinning event! Can you guess the year we were celebrating? Yup, the 70's. Lots of fun adding the theme to the event. A little craziness, spinning, great women and some fun fiber challenges, all in a days fun.  I think the pictures speak for themselves. The event was at Laura Lyons farm studio which is also in Madison CT right around the corner from the Mad Wool yarn shop.  Some of Laura's felted work which hangs in her studio are pictured. She is an unbelievable weaver and felter, such talent. You can find the pieces and her teaching at Madison Wool. I learned a few new spinning techniques, did some awesome creative carding using Icelandic wool (courtesy of Dayna) as the main ingredient, adding a little of this, a little of that then spinning it into yarn from challenges that Arlene gave us. A day full of fun and inspiration!
 
 
 Arlene, Love the beret!
Arlene was the creator of the event
 Dayna, our Queen of disco!
Also our host and organizer





 Laura Lyons our host and
owner of this awesome studio
you see us in!








 Some of the wool and batts
made that day.

 A new technique
I learned. Look at
those curley Q's!



 Laura's feling work!
WOW!