In December of 2013 the Weavers Guild of Minnesota held the Incredible Weaving and Spinning Sale in honor of Betty Flannigan, long-time WGM member and supporter.
I put this video together to give a little overview of the sale as part of my work on the WGM Communications Committee. Take a look–the sale itself was pretty amazing!
My cochineal is finally here! I made a visit to the post office today to pick up this beautiful 2 kilos of natural cochineal dye. The picture shows it straight out of the box, with a pencil to show how much 2 kilos is. “What’s cochineal?” you might ask. Cochineal is a natural dye and … Continue reading
2013 was full of things that were both new and not: a huge new work project that spanned the whole year for the job I’ve been working since early 2012, the addition of teaching classes to adults for something I’ve been doing over 5 years (natural dyeing), and new events like Shepherd’s Harvest Festival and … Continue reading
Over the last few months I’ve become more and more interested in basing my work on local connections and sources here in the state of Minnesota. I’m in the city of Minneapolis, so there aren’t a lot of sources for wool and fiber right in my own backyard, but I know that Minnesota is rich … Continue reading
All you lovely readers who have dabbled in natural dyeing have probably heard magic, wondrous tales of the fabled cochineal, a beautiful saturated red/pink dye made from the hull of the cochineal insect. This is one of the most powerful natural dyes in terms of yield per ounce, and the color is truly unforgettable. I’ve … Continue reading
Looking back, 2013 was a great year for building up what is now fondly known in our house as the Wool Room. My collection of many different kinds of fibers grew and became more and more diverse. Along with tons of different wool breeds, there are many different veggie fibers like hemp, flax, soysilk, and … Continue reading
It’s been so cold the last couple of weeks here in Minneapolis, but I’m glad we finally have some snow to make it feel worth it. It’s a crisp winter wonderland out there, and with the Christmas tree and nice fireplace, it’s feeling rather festive! One sad part about the great new snow is that … Continue reading
Two posts in two days? I know, I know… The last couple of months have seen me quite fatigued on the fiber arts front after a much-too-busy early fall. But a new toy has arrived, and winter has also finally come around full of snow and sub zero temperatures, driving me back to warm, comforting … Continue reading
Last week was tons of fun with the Thanksgiving holiday, lots of family time, and an early Christmas tree purchase on a whim. But it was also pretty tiring, as holidays are wont to be. This week is so far a week for calm return to some nice relaxing things and good post-Thanksgiving recuperation. This … Continue reading
Along with being striking and unique, art yarns have the potential to offer a lot of interest in terms of decoration, especially at this time of year. Over the weekend my husband and I went out and got a Christmas tree on a whim. We are not religious people, but the tradition is something we … Continue reading