We try to offer a wide range of free events here for those interested in either learning more about a topic, trying out something new, or simply socializing with other fiber fanatics!
As we schedule such events, they will be added here on this page. Scroll down for details.
There are 11 brave fiber artists participating in the stores' Quinquennial Fiber Challenge and they'll all be back with there pieces for Show & Tell on Sat Mar 14th!
The first two photos above show examples of the amazing work customers did in the last FiberChallenge where the theme was "southwest" and the colors blues and oranges.
The second two photos above show the motley assortment of "primaries" (last photo) which was my theme this time as well as the assortment of "zingers" (third photo) this group has to incorporate into the primaries.
I know of 2 Challenges that are done already. Can't wait to see them all.
Everyone-even those who did not participate - is invited to the Reveal Party at 3 p.m. Sat Mar 14th to see what everyone made.
Here's how it all worked:
This challenge I chose "Primaries" as the theme since we are in the midst of an election! I gave each of them the exact same set of yarns/fibers in 3 very different sets of "primary colors" . They got a machine washable set of printer primaries of cyan, magenta and acid yellow; a set of corriedale fibers in the more typical "crayola primaries" of clear red, yellow and blue; and a set of primariesin a local VT border leceister yarn that were all toned down with 10% black!
Plus they ended up with a couple of zingers plus a skein of a bright green yarn, some acid yellow prefelt, and a handful of locks! How they are going to make sense of these disparate fibers, yarns and colors is the challenge! And it is always amazing to see (the first two photos above show examples from the challenge a few years ago that had theme of "southwest" and in which participants got lots of odd blues and oranges to use!
On Mar 14th, we gather again in the afternoon for Show & Tell of everyone's creations and refreshments.
It is always so inspiring and AMAZING to see how differently the same set of materials can be interpreted thru the various fiber arts we love. And also, how the addition of 1 other "material" can bring such a different look to essentially the "same" set of "materials".
The Great Reveal (show & tell) is open to everyone, not just participants. So if you are curious to see the marvelous designs that the participants came up with, come on over and join us for refreshments and discussion.
Sat May 23rd 4 - 5 p.m. - RSVP is important. Call the store or email us to let us know if you are coming.
There are so many ways to use this fabulous fiber and it is available in so many different forms that many knitters, weavers, spinners and felters haven't had an opportunity to explore them all. From making silk paper for notecards or to weave baskets with, to using it as a surface embellishment for felt, or as the base fabric in nuno felting, for lovely kumihimo braids to knitted or woven shawls.
So come on by this afternoon and learn about the fiber itself, how to use the unusual forms it is available in, and see something of the amazing life cycle of the silk worm that brings this fiber to us!
I haven't hosted this event in many years so thought it was about time again. And I'm expecting I'll have even more insight and new perspective on this wonderful fiber after my textile tour thru Uzbekistan in March!
So I invite you to join me for a journey thru the fascinating world of silk!
Stop by this afternoon to learn how to knit directly from the cocoon and harvest silk from the cocoon by either reeling it or stretching mawattas! Yes, this is hands on if you want it to be!
Or if you don't want to get your hands dirty, just come on by to explore the many varieties of silk fiber, yarn and fabric I have out on display so you can better understand what the differeneces are between wild and cultivated, muga and eri, charmeuse and margelin, paj and chiffon, reeled and thrums....just to scratch the surface! Some of you felters may have heard of bricks and lapps, but do you know how they can be used or how they are different from top?
'So much to explore and learn to best understand the various ways you can incorporate this fabulous fiber into your knitting, spinning, weaving and felting creations going forward.
And having raised silkworms here for a couple of summers, I have lots of visuals to share - so stop by to see the silk worm eggs, how they attract mates, and learn about their fascinating life cycle!
I won't be serving any fermented mare's milk, but will have some Uzbeki treats out to compliment the affair!
Postponed - TBD
I have three compendia of Bavarian traveling stitch patterns from which I put together a pattern for this sweet hat knit in Patagonia, by Juniper Moon. They have an interesting way of charting these simple patterns that don't require a cable needle, but give you the effect of intricate and delicate cables!
I also am working up a headband done in Patagonia's heavier cousin, Santa Cruz. Also organic, mulesing free merino, this yarn knits at a heavier gauge. For those wanting to try their hand at the Traveling/Twisted stitches in a quicker and easier undertaking, this headband offers the option of learning all the same techniques, tips and chart reading, but in a smaller project that will work up faster.
I'll teach you how to follow the unique charting to create meandering and highly decorative traveling stitches as shown on the hat pictured above (photo coming soon). Patagonia is a perfect yarn for this technique since it's twist and ply enable a really crisp stitch definition that helps show off this technique. And spun from organic merino, you know it will be soft enough for even the pickiest heads! This is a free class on traveling stitches with the purchase of a skein of Patagonia or of Santa Cruz/