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Friday, July 12, 2013

Something new! Fiber Arts Day on the farm

I have just scheduled my 3rd private all day fiber arts class here on the farm. I'm finding that folks have an interest for these type of class days. So I'm adding Fiber Art Days On The Farm to my class description.
I teach spinning to beginners or to folks that are ready to go on to the next spinning experience:
art yarn techniques
 drop spindle spinning,
art batt carding
fiber board techniques
washing fleeces
carding and picking fleeces
dyeing fiber
I can supply the drum carder, picker, wheels, drop spindles, fiber and pretty much everything needed if you're a newbie.
My fee is 35.00 an hour or 30.00 and hour for a full day of class on the farm which includes lunch. .
I welcome and encourage you to bring your own fiber but I can supply fiber for an extra fee as well. I also have lots of fun add in's for purchase if needed. 
 So if you have an interest in a fiber arts technique or a particular art yarn technique that you need some help with, lets talk.
 Carding art batts

 2 ply traditional yarn

 drop spindle spinning

 small batch dyeing

 What I call ruffled yarn

 coil and beehive yarn

fabric yarn spinning

traditional and art yarn spinning

If you're interested in taking an hourly class, a day on the farm class or a group class give me a ring or drop me an email or 202-218-0508 and we can discuss your interests. I also travel to teach group lessons, we can discuss those fees if you're interested.

Happy Fiber Days!

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Over due farm and fiber update!

Well, well, well. Where to start? I am so behind in my blogging that I don't know where to start. I'm going to try not to make this to long with a bunch of boring details so I think I'll download some photos with a brief description of what has been going on with fiber and farm activities.

Weaving has become a passion of mine .I'm using The Ashford rigid heddle looms. I have the 8" 12" and 32" looms. I'm using all my handspun yarns and enjoying every minute of featuring them in my weavings. I'm exploring traditional and saori weaving. These are just a few of what has come off of my looms.

Im also  in the Tour de Fleece spinning which is through FB. Threeravens yarn and fiber studio is hosting seventy something spinners! I'm sharing a couple of my favorite yarns that I've spun during the "tour" Its been a lot of fun seeing everyone's yarns. And such inspiration. Thank you Christiane Knight from Threeravens!
 This red yarn was a fun project that was thrown in the Tour de Fleece on Sunday night. We were asked to spin a Dexter yarn or a True Blood Yarn, from the shows. Mine was from the show Dexter. Creepy????   YES CREEPY!

 Fabric spun yarn.  From vintage fabric. My plan is to knit a market bag.

 I hosted a weaving project at a celebration of life for my dear friend Scarlett's son who was killed in the Sandy Hook Newtown school shooting. We all came together on Jesse Lewis's 7th birthday to celebrate his wonderful but short life and wove this saori style weaving throughout the day. It was then given to his Mom as a community of sharing and weaving love for little Jesse and his Mom and brother JT. It was a huge success. Thanks to EVERYONE who wove that day. Especially Ashly, Suzy, Annie and Leslie.

 The goat kids got a new bench built for them in their stall area. They love to climb and jump so they are in their glory..Thanks to Mike!

 BIG farm news! These two kids (pygora) will be arriving here on the farm to join the other kids in October. They were born in April/May and will make the trip from Oregon when the summer months end. To hot to make the cross country trip this summer. Are they the cutest? I'm in love.  Thank you Lisa from Hawks Mountain Ranch in Oregon who keeps me up to date on the kids personalities and updated photos.

In June Esther Rogers from Jazzturtle made the trip from NC to come and teach on our farm her mad creative batt techniques. It was a great success. Twenty women in all, lots of fiber and food and so many laughs! Thank you Esther for a wonderful inspirational weekend. We had a blast.
This is a quick update for now. This is not all the news I have to share so I'll be back in a few days with the rest of what has been happening! Its been a busy few months! Not to mention the heat we have had! I won't even go there!
Stay cool and enjoy life!