I have limited internet so I'm not uploading any photos to this post but I am going to snag a couple that I shared on Facebook. If you aren't already a fan of my Wonder Why page, check it out! Many photos and fun get posted there instead of here.
On Wednesday, I took the Queen of Silk Spinning class with Patsy Zawistoski (Patsy Z) who is an AMAZING instructor. She is at a handful of fiber festivals each year so for any spinner who has an opportunity to take one of her classes....do it! I have always struggled with 100% Silk. I've created new cuss words due to that fiber. I don't know what I was doing wrong but within an hour of being with Patsy I was spinning it. She taught us a bunch of new techniques including her Miss America ply which is perfect for fiber at the end of a bobbin and when sampling.
An important wisdom I learned from her, was to swatch and sample my fiber. I know...gauge schmauge! I'm not a big sampler (or never have been) but I have also never taken a formal spinning class. What I learned was not only how the different forms of the fiber spun for me but also if I liked it and it's characteristics once plied. I've been on cloud nine ever since I took that class. If you get a chance, try to get a hold of the different types of silk. It was interesting and as you can see from my notes in the last photo, I loved the Eri silk!
I also set up my vendor booth all day yesterday. Seriously, it took me most of the day to set up that 10x12 booth. I normally can do it in an hour or two if I'm forced to but when you have the day...you just keep tweaking it. Ok, ok...you got me! My mouth was running like crazy too. This is my once a year reunion with many people I adore.
I was also checking out product from other vendors as we were setting up. I already have a gorgeous Wensleydale fleece set aside for me and the vendor is bringing in a few more Mohair fleeces for me to
Before I forget! Here is my Brickless shawl all blocked and ready to wear. I am in love with how it turned out. As for last weeks comments about it looking like Sister Bear's bedroom. It's a bit brighter...but close.
Oh! Once last and most important item. I am slowly improving my Lendrum spinning wheel whose name is Frodo. He's been a wonderful wheel but sadly needed improving. I had stained him Orange a few years ago and did an awful job so...He now holds the one ring to rule them all...My Precious.
Have I mentioned that I love the Michigan Fiber Festival? So, if you are quasi-local, stop by! If not, I promise to take more photos. Have a great Fiber Arts Friday! Now, share your adventures.
Fiber Arts Friday !
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