Wednesday, September 4, 2013

A Wool Gathering in Yellow Springs, Ohio

I began being a vendor at A Wool Gathering when I lived in Indiana.   I like to stay with the smaller venues as they are more accommodating to the vendors and the participants. This festival has grown, but still has the "small" feel, differing from some of the large venues like Convergence. 

A Wool Gathering has a lovely selection of fiber for spinning and felting, yarns for knitting and other needlecrafts, as well as fine art and a bit of something for everyone.  A Wool Gathering has a friendly feeling between the vendors and the participants which I like.  

I don't do many festivals and this is one I've decided to included as we visit family twice a year to see our daughter, son-in-law and grandchildren and this festival just happens to be at the same time of year as one of their birthdays!  So, I bring my little trailer of handpainted fiber and yarns, handspun/handpainted yarns, as well as organic cotton yarn for weaving and knitting (and spinning fiber), and handmade items such as brass drop spindles and fringe twisters (made by my husband) and pottery and buttons (made by our daughter).  When I first started this business it was all colorgrown organic cotton,  I now have a booth full of color.

Here are some photos from this year's booth

ElmTree Pottery

Woven Organic Cotton items

Bamboo Yarn

Silk Yarn

Handmade Brass Spindles

A view of the yarn

Headband made with stretchy handspun yarn

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Weaver's Cottage in September

The Weaver's Cottage in September is quite lovely.  It's been fun working outside.  I'm getting ready to weave scarves on the little loom that is waiting on the porch.  But first it's time to get ready for our trip to Indiana.

Monday, September 2, 2013

News from the Mimbres

I've been so busy this summer there hasn't been time to post anything!  Here are a few pictures of what's been going on in the studio.
This is some handspun off the bobbin and hanging to dry. I'd purchased the merino/silk fiber from Red Fish....just lovely to spin and great colors.

I liked how this picture came out soft and muted.  It is a fingering weight silk yarn that I've dyed in the desert jewels.

Just showing lots of new colors in fingering weight wools...mostly superwash merino and blue face Leicester.  Several are 3ply so great for socks

Lots of new silk colors and different sizes from 30/2 on up to bulky weight.

This last batch of carded sari silk fiber was exquisite.  I quickly sold out of the blended mix and have a new batch coming.  I think it will be just as lovely.  These are custom dyed for the bright colors.

This electric winder has come in so handy.  I purchased it from Kathy at Unique Designs by Kathy and I use it all the time.  It's been great fun to be able to work in the shade of my studio out in the fresh air.  I've got a loom and sometimes spinning wheel out on the patio!  I'm getting ready to warp out doors on the warping board hanging for ease of winding. Time to make scarves and towels for fall festivals!  One more festival to travel to...A Wool Gathering in Yellow Springs, Ohio...then a couple more close to home.  I'm so looking forward to December it's been such a big year!