Friday, July 31, 2009
Thursday, July 30, 2009
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
She is serious about her job.
She digs and pulls until each lock of fiber has been picked apart.
I do have a new wool picker though - it is called the Lil Dynamo.
Friday, July 17, 2009
Lay your wool out in approximately 25% bigger than you want your finished piece to be. This is a very rough estimate and if you are a perfectionist then you can felt a small piece to see what your actual shrinkage is. I like to felt on the fly :)
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
While she worked on hers, I worked on a gift for a jacob breeder that helped me out by housing and transporting some of our lambs after they traveled from Oregon to Indiana. I hope he likes it!
We didn't have a lot of time, so we did a LOT of multi-tasking. We dyed fiber using my new pot and the results were fun.
She dyed some of her washed jacob fiber with a beautiful teal color. The carded results are going to be so pretty!
We also washed fiber. I found this great tub out in my barn! We also found out that my fiber shop has a small water heater. Wet felting and washing fiber takes more hot water then it had! So we moved the washing tub to behind the house.
She brought me some of the wool wash that she uses as a hostess gift and I am really impressed. It has a nice soft euctalyptus scent and did a fabulous job! I washed Wrangler's fleece first and it doesn't have any ram smell left and the white is white!
The weather was beautiful on Friday and the fleeces dried pretty fast.
We finished making our pillows and she learned how to blanket stitch - my favorite!
She sat down and used my spinning wheel (I hope she posts some of her pictures) we laughed quite a bit :) Then she tried out my drum carder.
It was so much fun and very motivating! I have been washing, carding, and spinning since she left. Who wants to visit next ;)
Friday, July 10, 2009
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
This bag wasn't a custom one, but it inspired the gal who ordered the next one.
The angoras were a little tricky, especially the red one but the lady was great in regards to giving me feedback and I hope she is really happy with it!
Last but not least is Ziggy with the bag that I made for his buddy Tisha. Isn't he a cutey? He loves to race!
Currently the bags come in the light blue and dark blue, but I am working on dyeing them. I experimented with dyeing the lighter blue and am really excited with the results.
The results confuse me a little :) The original color is on the left and I got the red by dyeing with bright red and the green was achieved by dyeing with a mustard yellow. I thought the dyes would blend with the light blue dye - red/blue make purple and yellow/blue make green. The green was what I expected but not the red. I like the red better than purple so that was a nice surprise!
And look at my Goodwill find...
We have a large outdoor burner, but I needed a big pot to dye in.