Act Natural

I decided I wanted to give natural dyeing another go, ’cause my dad went through all the trouble of growing Hopi sunflowers this summer. Plus, natural dyeing just seems like some ancient, elusive magic that I definitely want to say I practice. My first foray didn’t go so well, but I’m chalking it up to […]

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A Cotton Rant

My well-meaning father sent me this tweet the other day: Funny enough, he doesn’t remember having brown or green cotton plants in his own backyard… That’s what really ticked me off about this. We’ve had colored strains of cotton for ages, thanks to the indigenous folks in South America. They had a multitude of colors […]

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…and Funky Yarns

And on the second day of the Fiber Treasures retreat, we spun funky art yarns. First up was add-ins, which I had done before, but it’s always fun to try it with new things. And boy, were there things! Teri and Christine treated us to a whole bar of fibers, beads, pompoms, feathers, flowers, sparkles, […]

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Fauxlags, Fractals…

I can’t think of a better way to spend a frigid weekend than tucked away learning new spinning techniques. The Fiber Treasures retreat this year was call “Fauxlags, Fractals, and Funky Yarns,” and we covered a lot of ground on all! Fauxlags are a fun way to prepare a combed top that gives you a […]

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Cool Karakul

Shave ’em to Save ’em just kicked off, and I’ve started my first project! Last April, I got to go to the Oklahoma Renaissance Festival. It was fun to explore another faire, and see what their fiber artists were doing. One was a felter, and she had a “cruelty-free wool pelt,” which was a wrap […]

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To Spin a Sweater Quantity

Ah July, that time of year where Kansas City sees heat indexes in high 100s and the only time we get a break from the humidity is when the thunder storms roll in. It has also turned into a month of the year where I surround myself with wool roving every free moment I have. […]

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