Spinning Wheel Types – Castle

The next type of spinning wheel I thought I’d write about is the castle wheel.  Before I started getting involved in fiber arts, imagining a castle wheel would bring about visions of the wheels in fairy tales, in a big room in the castle, where the lady of the manor would sit and spin fibers….

Dyeing Wool with Avocados

Recently, I experimented with avocados, after reading what a wonderful colorfast dye they make.  I decided to share my experience with you here… First, of course, it helps to have a use for all those avocados… they have gone into some tasty recipes!  Step 1 is to take out the pits.  I kept the pits…

Fleece Breeds – Gotland

The Gotland breed of sheep is also called Gotland Pelt.  It was named for the Swedish island of Gotland.  Gotlands are medium sized, friendly, docile, inquisitive, attractive sheep with long, lustrous locks of wool.  The color of Gotland fleece varies from light silver all the way to dark charcoal, with solid black heads and legs. …

Spinning Wheel Types – Charkha

History A charkha is a device used to spin cotton and silk which was then woven into fabric or rugs.  Historically, women in India were not permitted to inherit property.  It was part of a woman’s daily routine to spin, and often it was done in groups so the women could socialize as they spun…

Fleece Dyeing

I do some experimenting when dyeing sometimes. Recently I decided to try out blueberries as a colorant for some fleece.  I soaked the fleece in salt water overnight.  I put some blueberries and water in a dye-pot. I heated slowly then cooked it down to bring out the color from the blueberries. Then I strained…

My Journey

This blog is all about my journey in fiber arts. I will write about the hand processing I do, the experiments I try, the new things I accomplish, the things that work and the things that don’t work, etc…. stay tuned!