My students are amazing, creative, industrious, and fearless! They took to carding like ducks to water. Once they had the skills mastered they began teaching each-other. This was a glorious example of cooperation & creativity. They wound up with such beautiful batts and rolags, I am almost more excited then they are for the wet felting class next time. We used hand cards, a blending board, and a Brother Drum Carder. Everything went smoothly, though I am certain the number of times I warned them to be careful if they weren’t up on their tetanus shot helped, lol. Happy Crafting!
A lot of the equipment needed/desired for fiber arts is quite expensive. Part of this is exclusivity, supply and demand, and people into the fiber arts are willing to pay for quality. However there are a lot of plans for free/less expensive versions of equipment also.
I created my own warping board, following plans from interweave press, out of pvc. I love it, I did have to glue each joint together so it would stop slipping, but that was my only set back. Now I am turning my sights to Wool Combs and Hackles. I do have a slicing tool coming in the mail, it is made out of metal so I have high hopes for it. If that should fail, I found these plans on the internet:
I finished my tapestry sampler! Alright there were supposed to be several trains, but there were issues with the first one, and the person that requested the tapestry decided that they prefer the periwinkle color to the original indigo. But the sampler is finished!
These pictures constitute about 4 days worth of silk spinning, such fun but quite difficult to master. These are part of my contributions to crafting 15 minutes a day every day for 365! #spin15
This is my silk and wool batt. There is a pretty white wool as the base and the colors are all silk. I carded this together and cannot wait to see how it spins up!
What a fun week, Happy Crafting!
I picked some fiber up from a destash group a little while ago. I did try to spin it on its own without modifying it at all, but found the fiber to be sticky and akward to work with.
I decided to card the fiber and see what it would look like as rolags, the puffy pieces were so cute I had to spin them up right away. I managed to get over 200 yards from these rolags once they had been plied with some white merino. I did also card them with some merino, the results were pretty nice. I like the colors a lot, but I prefer them plied with white rather than with themselves.
This was a lot of fun, it always amazes me how much I really do enjoy spinning. Hopefully once I get the hang of it weaving will bring me similar joy!