Sabbatical is over: A Time to Share

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Maybe you have been wondering where I have been this past year. After writing online for Examiner for 7 years as the “Knitting Examiner” about all things fiber, it was time to take a sabbatical. I recommend it highly. I took classes, lectures, read, knit, crocheted, wove, spun, volunteered, experimented, dyed…immersed myself in fiber and learning. Now, I am ready to pass it on to you in my revamped website.

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By no means have I become an expert in any field. What I have always known and enjoyed about fiber is there is always more to learn. If you have been following me in the past, you can expect the same and much more. There will be book reviews, tips, photos, fiber news from around the world, techniques, what’s hot: a quick note (tapestry weaving, knee-length cardigans in autumn’s new color grenadine red, woven wall fiber art, knit/crochet/woven ponchos)…

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Now is the perfect time to go through your yarn, fiber, textiles, books, tools etc., organize, donate and frog (rip it, rip it) the projects you will never complete. If you don’t have a fiber studio and always wanted one, maybe take an unused closet and transform it into your space. Have a fiber party, your cast offs are someone else’s treasures and vice versa.

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Founders May Fair at New Pond Farm in review

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The 27th Founders Fair was a great success in celebrating spring and the new growing season. The sun was shining over the 102 acre property located at 101 Marchant Road West Redding, Connecticut 06896, 203-938-2117. There were little girls all dressed in pretty sundresses wearing crowns of May flowers in their hair. The boys were excited to see the animals and try their hand at all the activities.

Find out more about this wonderful day.

Bedouin weaving project


Lakiya Negev Women video
 Lakiya Negev Weaving Project. By using their traditional skills, these Bedouin women of Israel can be wage earners, role models and artisans. They weave and spin using the fleece from their sheeps and camels. These women are also learning business skills. No children work in the process.

The Lakiya Negev Weaving project empowers women through the income generated from creating high quality rugs and home accessories. Enjoy the video and see how they spin, weave and the tools they use.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           fiber articles

Spring-brings new color trends

The new colors for spring are here. If you knit, weave,spin, sew, crochet…the look for spring is airy, light, diaphanous, ethereal. The look will be classic with a modern twist. It sounds as if all body types will enjoy  the final product. 

Don’t throw out everything in your closet that isn’t this. Make a few accent pieces that are in this color-scheme and work it into your wardrobe.

Grey will be your neutral. Have fun.

Devore

It is the removal of cellulose fiber in a composite blend of fibers using a  fiber etch. The fiber that is “burned-out” (devoured) may be linen, bamboo, hemp, cotton, rayon, tencel and viscose (plant fiber) leaving behind wool or silk.

This is another way to be artistic in your knitting or weaving. It is an element of creativity you may not be able to achieve with needles or a loom.

Cutwork is sometimes done using this method.

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Egyptian linen

I was at the Metropolitam Museum of Art yesterday. I got to see Egyptian linen used for mummification from Tutankhahmun’s funeral, 1327 BCE. 1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street in NYC.  This exhibit will be there till September 6, 2010.

The linen was spun so very fine. Thiner than thread on a sewing spool. The weaver’s mark was on a piece. Not enough information was given for me. One piece’s caption said it had an s twist. The blue color was indigo. The linen was spun from flax. I would love to have watched this being spun so fine.

Did the weaver spin the thread? What was the dye recipe they used? A drop spindle or wheel? 

The Museum is a great place to go and have fun.

32,000 yr old spun flax

Washi -to spin

Washi is hand made japanese paper. After the paper is spun into yarn and woven, the handwoven paper textile is called Shifu. It takes on the feel of linen. The paper material is breathable, soft and warm though appears stiff.

Wa means Japanese and shi means paper. The art of paper-making was brought to Japan in 610 from China. The inner three barks of Kozo, Misumata and Gampi plants found in Japan are primarily used for making washi. The inner bark is pounded, stretched and added to a liquid solution to make a paste. It is then spread on a mesh to dry, before being spun into yarn.

During the 16th century shifu as clothing gave peasants a way to afford to clothe themselves. They used old ledger books making a rustic cloth. The making of paper textiles  eventually faded away until WWI when it became more in the foreground again until it died away again after WW II.

Enjoy the Art of Shifu.

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