Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Coming Together ...

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Spinning Artsy Yarn

"Thick and Thin" ~ I simply love the beauty and irregularity of thick and thin yarn ... especially when it finds its way into my weaving!  Inspired by the yarn of Carmen Craig-Martin from MelonHead Knitwear, I signed up in June for spinning classes at Birkeland Bros - my local yarn shop.

Hand Spun - first hank

 At the end of our first class, Carmen had us spinning on the wheel and to my enchantment - I was spinning thick and thin. Well ... I was spinning exactly what a beginner at the wheel spins - flukey "uncontrolled" thick and thin yarn!

Hand Spun - 2 plys

Though in love with my first hand spun, my learning process was to spin more consistently so that I can eventually spin beautiful "controlled" thick and thin yarn. And to spin a more consistent yarn ... spinning and more spinning is the secret!

Hand Spun  - ply with alpaca

Spinning - I did .. and lots of yarns - I got. I am still working on  the control of my thick and thin .. though I quite like the uniqueness of each and every single hank I've spun so far.  I am excited with the idea of weaving with my own artsy yarns!

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

A Fabulous Fibre Month

June was an eventful fibre month with new projects coming along and my latest Saori pieces getting ready to be mounted in the window frame.  I learned to spin wool on the wheel and met some wonderful fibre people along the way - but more about these topics in a different post.

June was also  Victoria FibreFest and a day spent with Terri at her Saori booth in Saxe Point Park.  It was such a great day and I had so much fun helping Terri and assisting people at the looms.


The children loved weaving on the Piccolo loom - the perfect size for them, while others chose to weave a section of the collaborative banner for The Saori Bridges of Elm Park project. Thanks to Terri for sharing the photos of the looms - Piccolo above and the banner in progress on the left.

June was a fabulous fibre month  ... and an amazing Saori weaving day in the park!