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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Knitting Daily TV was not picked up for this season

What to do about it…Knitters need to step up to the plate and write an email to audiencecare@cptv.org. Contact Connecticut Public TV and let them know you would like them to put Knitting Daily back on television. They have dropped this show from their schedule after many years… more

The modern quilt wrap in the photograph is a free pattern from Interweave.

Hogett shearing

The shearers started early this morning. New Pond Farm had 5 hogett Romneys to shear and a couple of Icelandic sheep. A hogett is a sheep less than a year old and hasn’t been sheared yet.

A hogett’s fiber is soft and fine and is prized when making yarn. Much like human hair, as a babies hair grows into old age, it becomes coarser and a color change takes place. Romney sheep are sheared once a year.

Tillie, the Icelandic sheep was also sheared. Icelandic sheep are sheared twice a year.

 

Sheep to Yarn in three workshops

New Pond Farm at 101 Marchant Road Redding, CT 06896-1824
(203) 938-2117

Sheep to Yarn in Three Workshops

Wednesdays: February 2, February 9, February 23

10:30 –  11:30 am
If you love fiber or have an interest in learning to produce your own yarn, you will enjoy these classes. This three-part series will introduce you to raw fleece from our own Icelandic Sheep and cover each step as it is transformed into hand spun yarn. During the first session, you will learn about washing, carding, and drumcarding wool and you will have a chance to try your hand with a drop spindle. During the second class, you will make your own spindle and create your own yarn. The last class will teach you to dye wool. No prior experience is required. Fee per class: $10/member, $12/non-member.

Reservations are required. Please call New Pond Farm at 203-938-2117, email Kristen@newpondfarm.org or visit http://www.newpondfarm.org to sign up online.

Rotary Sheep

The art was created by Jean Luc Cornec and has been displayed in the Museum For Communications in Frankfurt Main, Germany.

I still have a few of those phones still in use at my house. They just keep on going.

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Blue faced leicester

Blue faced leicester (pronounced lester) is one of the largest and most prolific of the British longwool breeds. This breed had its origin in Hexam in the UK, at the beginning of the 1900’s. The sheep is predominately white with lips and mouth predominately black.

A longwool breed has a staple length of 3-6″. They have a fairly fine fiber diameter of  24-28 microns. The fiber is dense. The result is a high quality luster yarn.

Fleece

 

The name blue faced come from the white hair on the black skin.

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Rhinebeck Sheep and Wool Festival

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If you have never been to a Sheep and Wool Festival the opportunity is presenting itself this weekend, October 17th & 18th Saturday 9am – 6pm and Sunday 10am – 5pm in Rhinebeck, NY. It is to be held at the Dutchess City Fairgrounds, 6550 Spring Brook Ave.

Fiber enthusiasts and/or an animal lovers will enjoy being among like minded adults. 

Both days there will be sheepdog trials. The dogs are tested in competition on jobs they are required to do around a farm. You will see the dogs round up the sheep, sort them and move them into their pens. You don’t want to miss the Leaping Lama contest. How high can a Lama leap? 

If you have never seen sheep sheared that is an experience to behold. I am still unsure of how I feel about having watched that done. If I have that reaction…how do the sheep feel? The fleeces are for sale, if you are interested. You will learn a lot about sheep and the different types of sheep people raise. If you are a knitter or spinner, you will get to touch and ask questions about the best types of wool to use in specific projects. You will see the different lengths of sheep wool and feel the varying  degrees of softness.

Suri Alpaca

Suri Alpaca

Don’t forget to stop by and see the Alpacas. They are adorable and very soft. When feeling stressed, they make the cutest little honking sound. Their fiber spins beautifully, and they come in a variety of colors. Suri and Huacaya are the two distinct breeds.

They will have book signings (knitwear patterns), a “Make it with Wool” contest, fiber exhibits from around the world, livestock shows, etc. And last but not least vendors. For spinners there will be fibers of all types and colors to purchase. There will be spinning wheels and other equipment to buy and try. Knitters will find hand-spun and hand dyed yarn for purchase. Don’t take my word for it. If you are a fiber enthusiast, you can’t help but have a good time.

Let’s hope for nice weather and dress accordingly. Some of the vendors and viewing are outside.

For more information  http://www.sheepandwool.com/