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Weaving Class

28 Jul

This weekend I really stepped out of my comfort zone and took a 4 harness weaving class at C & M Acres, the fiber mill where I take the llama fleece to be processed.

Oops-their old sign. I forgot to take a picture of the new one.

I’ve never done any kind of weaving, so everything was completely new to me.

Our teacher was excellent and helpful, and we got a booklet to take with us.

Christian who taught the class

His wife gave us a tour of the alpaca farm and the fiber mill.

Michelle

I might have fallen in love with the silver babies.

When it was all done, I made this sampler piece!

It was a great weekend to meet people who are also interested in fiber and weaving.

Thanks to our teacher for taking the photo.

Well, it’s a start. The nice thing is that they also are dealers for the looms, so if I decide I’m addicted to weaving, I can get a loom through them. And they offer a rug making class. (Sorry for the crappy cell phone pictures; I didn’t take my big girl camera with me.)

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Almost Back in Business

17 Jul

I have spent a lot of time this summer cleaning and painting in the soap room.  I’ve been making new inventory and getting ready to be open on the weekends again.

I’m almost there.  My hope is to be open every Saturday after the first of August.  If the garden cooperates, I’ll even be able to add fresh produce.

Odie’s Turn

8 Jul

I’ve shared the rugs I’ve made from Maybeline’s cored yarn.  Next up is doing something with Odie’s roving!

I decided I wanted to make felted dryer balls.  They are supposed to be long-lasting and good for the environment.  They help your clothes dry faster and have fewer wrinkles and less static electricity.  I measured out my roving.

After measuring it out, I wound it into a ball.

Then they went into the pantyhose.  I managed to find a box of pantyhose that were probably twenty years old.  I figured it was about time to put them to use, and I obviously wasn’t going to wear them. After each ball was put in the pantyhose, I tied it off so the balls all had to stay separated.  I didn’t want them to felt to each other.

Then it was into the washer!  I have to admit, there was a little bit of me that thought it was crazy to throw all that llama wool into my washer, but what the heck!  Then I went down to take them out and see if they had felted.

Oops.  I’m guessing the twenty-year-old panythose was not a good idea.

I finally got the towel separated and could open one of the balls to check it.

Perfect!

Well, all but one was perfect. I’m glad it was just one that broke open.

They made it through the dryer, and now I have felted llama wool dryer balls for the soap room!

Up next is Buster or Tony roving…