Historical fiber in the Mid East

On a trip to Israel: I knit in public for WWKIP (world wide knit in public day) and visited the Israel Museum in Jerusalem.
Cultures meet

                        Spindles and needles for weaving BCE  over 2000 years old

  Spindle weights and flax

 

 

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An unbroken thread

A white board, some nails and a single unbroken black thread by Kumi Yamashita

SOAR 2012

Do you spin? SOAR is having their 30th Anniversary retreat October 21 – 27 in Tahoe City, California. Would you like to to take your fiber knowledge for a spin? At this autumn retreat you will have the opportunity to increase your spinning skills.

Spinning is all about the making of yarn. With 16 teachers to help you obtain the knowledge and improve your techniques, you will find yourself spinning and creating beautiful hand spun. Yarns, that is. Register now for workshops and lodging choices.

To find out more

Vogue’s Crochet 2012 special collector’s issue

The last Vogue magazine dedicated to crochet was back in 1994. Seventy percent of today’s knitters, crochet. Crochet designs have come a long way. You can see them everywhere from the runway to the classroom.

There are jewelry designs you can crochet with thread. Baubles, bangles and beads can be incorporated into your crochet to accent your garments with flair. And crochet designs do have flair, just look at the cover. From the articles to the patterns, this magazine will have you taking out your crochet hook.
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Felt painting

Moy Mackay creates beautiful works of art using fleece, fiber and threads in her book “Art in Felt & Stitch”. It is filled with colorful felt paintings of still-life, animals and landscapes inspired by her home in the Scottish Borders. See how she uses various felt techniques to achieve her paintings.

Felt is one of the earliest fabrics and is older than weaving, spinning and knitting. The book itself is a work of art with the fiber colors jumping off the page in the numerous photographs. Four step by step projects are included with instructional pictures that are clear, detailed and inspiring and numerous. Also included are many examples of her finished pieces.

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Are you a Guild member?

Guilds formed as trade unions or small business associations for craftsmen over 1000 years ago. Trade flowed through these individual crafters and allowed them to own their tools and materials. Today they have more of an educational and social structure.

In Connecticut the fiber guilds include spinning, knitting, crochet, weaving and other needle arts. Do you belong to one? The cost to belong is nominal and the rewards are great. The CT Sheep and Wool festival will have representatives from some of these guilds that you can meet with and speak to. They also will be demonstrating techniques.

The Handweavers Guild of Connecticut’s mission stage is, “We invite handweavers, spinners and other fiber artists from all levels of experience to exchange ideas and share knowledge, to encourage and educate, to stimulate creativity and to challenge their abilities in fiber art techniques.” For more info on Guilds.

Ewebonics

Imagine eavesdropping on a conversation of knitters and/or crocheters and you hear a language you are not totally comprehending. Ewebonics* is a language all its own. It is a non standard form of American English that is embraced by “fiber lovers”. You may have heard some of these words or read them. Some terms or acronyms may be new to you. This is a small sampling to get you started.

Whenever you start a new hobby it is best to familiarize yourself with the lingo. This is a small sampling to get you started. A – M, N – Z.