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!
I am thinking about joining the Tour De Fleece Group on Ravelry this year, 2017. http://www.ravelry.com/groups/tour-de-fleece
The Tour de Fleece happens at the same time as the famous ride Tour de France. In this case it runs from July 1st to 23rd with two days of rest, July 10th and 17th. In theory this means that I would spin and post my results each of these days. Since I will be obtaining a WooleeWinder as my Birthday Present, I hope that this goal will not only be attainable but enjoyable. The WooleeWinder that I obtained to go with my Schacht Ladybug spinning wheel is the Bulky version, in order for this to work properly I also had to obtain the Bulky Orifice. The purpose of the WooleeWinder is so that I will be able to skip switching hooks while I am filling my bobbin. The bobbin and flyer will work together to fill the bobbin very evenly. This will have the added benefit of allowing me to fit more on a bobbin, partially because it will be a larger bobbin, but also because the bobbin will fill evenly eliminating the hills and valleys that are naturally created on a bobbin when using hooks. Since I have obtained the Bulky Plyer Flyer version I will also be able to create more art-yarns that I have been capable of in the past. I will have to see how plarn works on this flyer, right now it gets caught in the hooks!
In case you could not tell, I am very excited about this new accessory. Perhaps I will participate in the Tour De Fleece just so I can show it off, LOL.
I know, I have not updated in way too long. Things have been moving and shaking in my crafting world. I have had a lot of fun keeping up with my spinning, I cannot spin every day but those days that I do I really enjoy.
I’ve been given the opportunity of a lifetime this summer, I will be holding weekly crafting classes at the public library I work at. It is an amazing opportunity to introduce wool to my community and help them discover the different ways that they can create their own clothing, starting their design process from the fiber up. It has been a blast getting everything together for these classes and figuring out what I will be teaching each class. Unfortunately this has not left me a lot of time for updating my blogs. I”ll work on that.