So much has happened!

Let’s get the Administrivia out of the way first: Changes to Vendor Options We have made a change to the Vendor Registration, giving our vendors three options for participating in Spin-U. Please check out the Vendor Application Details page for more information Vendor registration is ending soon! Spinning Handpainted Fiber On Thursday, 5/3 I traveled to Maryland to teach a class in Spinning Your Handpainted Fiber at the lovely Kate’s studio. All those samples that I had been spinning were laid out for my students, and we talked about different...

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Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival

    Maryland Sheep and Wool¬†Festival is THIS WEEKEND! This is a¬†fun-filled weekend of live animals, crafts and supplies, entertainment and more. The festival is held at Howard County Fairgrounds: 2210 Fairground Road West Friendship, MD 21794-9604         Since I come from MD, I consider this to be my home festival. I try to go for at least one day each year. This year, I have some fantastic friends who will be vending:     Kate and her crew will have her Colors of Happiness in two locations this year.Cloverhill yarns, just inside the front door of...

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Remember that fiber?

Remember that fiber I was spinning for a class? It’s become this:   and this: Which will be a woolen spun cabled yarn. The point of the class is to take what you see in your head when you buy that pretty hand dyed fiber and turn it into reality. We’re going to discuss how fiber content affects your end result, spinning some Polwarth, some Merino/Silk, and some Silk/Merino/Seacell fibers. We’ll talk about how your spinning and plying structure can affect your end result too, lending extra bounce to a drapey yarn, or less bounce to a super bouncy yarn. We have a lot to...

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Preparing to teach

Playing with Color in Spinning! I’m prepping for a class that I’ll be teaching at Dragonfly Fibers Studio on Friday, May 4. “Playing with Color in Spinning” will cover spinning and plying structures, and how those structures can be used to show off that delicious hand painted fiber best. In preparation, I’ve been spinning different types of fiber in ten and 20 gram increments. This is a 4oz batch of fiber from Pico Accuardi dyeworks. It’s wool, dyed in some fairly long color runs. Using my scale, I’ve split it up into about 10 gram bits. 10 grams...

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