11 October 2010

Sagebrush Country Fiber Arts Revival

That's where I was Saturday. My sister has long been into wool and spinning and making things, so when I mentioned my interest in learning the whole process, she was very excited to share her supplies and tools for this event.

It was so fun to see all the ladies with their spinning wheels and the yarns they dyed and spun themselves.

My husband loved these colors. We watched her spin this basket of roving into thread.

Alpaca fibers. The lady at this booth was so helpful and nice.

She taught me to use these wicked combs to get the fibers somewhat workable. Yes they are sharp and yes I did make myself bleed a little.

Then she showed me how to use a drop spindle. It's a bit more time consuming than using a foot powered wheel, but with my little ones, and our general lack of space, this is ideal for spinning. I can easily put it up and away when I'm not using it.

I can't believe I left without a picture of a spinning wheel or a loom. I wanted to learn to use a spinning wheel, but I just didn't have the time and I wouldn't be able to apply the knowledge right now anyway. That still has to be a future goal.


  1. Oh, how interesting and cool! I bet you were hanging on their every word, I know I would be! That's something I never learned or even attempted. Too late for me now............ but still very interesting!

  2. What a fun thing to do! It looks very interesting, spinning is something I would love to watch being done and the colours, my goodness!! : )