Thursday, September 30, 2010

Spreading More Fiber Love


Shareholder Leslie and I introduced thirteen ladies to the world of fiber and spinning, and blew their minds.  You know how it is when you see yarn spun from fluffy fiber for the first time - it's like magic.  The incredible structure and behavior of wool is nothing short of awe inspiring.  Add Leslie's vivid color blending and novelty spinning techniques, and it's almost too much to take in.  The ladies at First Baptist Church, Garland, won't soon forget today's class.

 Leslie made a wonderful display of different fiber types: alpaca, yak, cotton, bamboo, mohair, different wool breeds, silk, dyed locks...  a feast.


She's a self-taught spinner and batt carder, who, unspoiled by too much expert instruction, has created some gorgeous yarns.

 The ladies were in jaw-dropping sensory overload.

 Leslie was a little nervous, but she did a fantastic job of explaining the sheep-to-skein process.

 That's her proud mama looking on from the sidelines...

 She blended several different colors and fibers together to make a chunky art batt...

 ... which she then spun into a bulky art yarn before their very eyes.

Then it was the ladies' turn to try their hands at drop spindling.  It's always so confusing at first, and everyone feels like they're all thumbs.  But they persevered.

Finally, we started to hear some "aha!" moments going on around the room.
That's my favorite thing.  Aha!

I'm thinking about Leslie and her mom, who are off to the Taos Wool Festival today, as well as several other friends of mine.  Lucky.  Me, I'll be doing a little retreating of my own, and will be out of radio contact until Monday.  

If you're a shareholder, watch your inbox for an e-mail newsletter detailing the distribution of the 2010 Harvest.  I really think you're going to like your Share. xoxo

So, have a wonderful weekend, friend!

2 comments:

  1. Anonymous3:25 PM

    Awasome. Beautiful colors. Alpacamama

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  2. Leslie . . . you're a rock star with fiber!! Love, love, LOVE what you do with it!!! xoxo

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