Wool, America’s Premium Fiber is…
- American wool – a renewable, natural fiber
- Biodegradable – eco-friendly
- Colorfast – retains its deep, rich color without fading Read the rest of this entry
Review by Chris Durrill
Thanks to the recent resurgence of wool-related crafts, a lot of new books have come out in the last five years on spinning. And Sarah Anderson’s contribution to this trend, in my opinion, is one of the better ones.
The first half of the book covers a lot of basic wool care and selection techniques that a beginning spinner might be unaware of, including how to select a fleece and wash it without ruining it. To a more experienced spinner, this might be somewhat repetitive, but it might help a newcomer to the “wooly arts” avoid heartbreak and wasted time. From there, it moves on to the basics of spinning before fully entering the realm of novelty yarns that are not only interesting and unusual, but structurally sound and highly usable.
What I like about the book is that in addition to having a lot of detailed illustrations, it opens flat and stays flat so that you can easily set it beside your spinning wheel for quick reference while teaching yourself a new technique. The envelope of 64 reference cards in the back are also a nice bonus, allowing you to do side by side comparisons as well as take them with you for spinning on the go.
Even if you don’t buy this book, see if you can get it through your local library.
When customers of Hillcreek Fiber Studio see all the ingredients listed in their dye brochure, they often get the question, “What are all these ingredients for?”, so we thought a little explaining might be in order. Read the rest of this entry
Lois Wissmann has sent us this great image of three of her Columbia lambs enjoying fresh spring grass, thanks!
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The Rural Missouri Spinners had their annual Winter meeting at the White Mule Winery in Owensville, Missouri – our thanks to Kathleen Barger-Harbart for sharing these snapshots of the event! Does anybody else have some good snapshots from this event? Forward them to Chris Durrill along with any appropriate captions and we’ll get ’em posted!
We are looking for pictures from Fiber Fling 2012 – feel free to send us your Fiber Fling 2012 images in .jpg format along with who, what where and when in the description. The Marketplace Our thanks to all our vendors, and particularly The Dancing Goats folks who shared their lovely photos of the 2012 […]
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This picture was taken of “Li’l Emma” by Chris Durrill literally an hour after her birth on May 15, 2011 at Ann Mayes “Alpacas d’Auxvasse” alpaca ranch. We are happy to report that this cria has grown up to be a big, sassy, and FUZZY girl!
This shawl was woven out of yarns salvaged from sweaters obtained from the Goodwill. The loom was a triangular continuous strand loom, and took about a month to weave in between various real life interruptions. This is the first time Chris has ever had a crocheted top edge on such a garment, but the second time she’s ever decorated the edges of such a shawl with twisty fringe. The fiber content: green/100% wool, dark green/wool nylon blend. Both sweaters used in this project were amazingly ugly.