Friday, February 11, 2011

From Farm to Yarn-Youth Fiber Arts Class

We are volunteer teaching a fiber arts class each week to youth at a local school. The students have learned about the various fiber animals, learned to identify their fibers by touch, have learned to "leg spin" and are now using KoolAid to dye fiber for them to drop spindle next week.

Who is the ceramic alpaca supervising the completed project? That's Phidippides (named after one of Adrianna's alpacas), whom Adrianna made in pottery class as a bobblehead. He's our new blog mascot.

Why the gloves and masks? Even KoolAid has non-natural particles in it and we want to protect these young people's lungs! :)


Monday, February 7, 2011

The Flu has Arrived, So no Tutorial, but Rug Progress

Well, influenza has struck, so sorry, but no tutorial today. We'll be back with a new tutorial next Monday. Before the flu hit, we started on our first wool rug. So exciting! Here is a pic of the close up. While we did some top stitching on the sewing machine for embellishment and reinforcement of the seams, everything is also hand stitched with wool yarn. This rug will last a lifetime.

We are already planning our next rug. Pacific Northwest weather allows for wool area rugs all year long. :)

Hope all of you are staying warm and healthy!

Thursday, February 3, 2011

SYWM!!! (Save Your Washing Machine) Felting Tip

I love to felt. Needle felting, wet felting and washing machine felting. However, felting sweaters in your washing machine MAY lead to expensive repair bills as those little pieces of wool fluff may clog up the plumbing. Solution? Place your sweaters in old pillowcases before felting. I went to my local thrift store and found a couple of huge (king sized) zippered pillowcases for $1 each...a great investment. Standard pillowcases were 50 cents. For the standard pillow cases, I put a sweater in (just one per pillowcase) and then cut down from the pillowcase opening to make "tie straps." I then tied these in a knot, and voila...a secure felting bag.

Your family will love you (no more lint/fluff on their favorite clothes or on their towels) and the only one who won't like this is the appliance repair person....because you won't be calling him/her anymore. :)