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What to do with Saori weaving scraps? Here’s one option. It was a fascinating exercise focusing in on individual bits, as well as the full composition.  Each piece evoked emotions and memories. I considered adding words to the matting but have decided against it, since that would block other ways of interacting with the weavings at other points in time and by other people.

#saoriweaving #weaversofinstagram #handweaving
What to do with Saori weaving scraps? Here’s one option. It was a fascinating exercise focusing in on individual bits, as well as the full composition. Each piece evoked emotions and memories. I considered adding words to the matting but have decided against it, since that would block other ways of interacting with the weavings at other points in time and by other people. #saoriweaving  #weaversofinstagram  #handweaving 
Spent a lovely afternoon at the new @bellmuseum with @weaversguildmn outreach volunteer coordinator, Melba Granlund. We taught some enthusiastic youth and adult visitors how to do basic kumihimo braiding and weaving using little cardboard looms and round looms made from embroidery hoops. Such fun! Three girls really took to weaving in the round (collaborative finished-product pictured). Thanks to all who came by!

#weaversguildmn #weavingwithkids #circleweaving
Spent a lovely afternoon at the new @bellmuseum with @weaversguildmn outreach volunteer coordinator, Melba Granlund. We taught some enthusiastic youth and adult visitors how to do basic kumihimo braiding and weaving using little cardboard looms and round looms made from embroidery hoops. Such fun! Three girls really took to weaving in the round (collaborative finished-product pictured). Thanks to all who came by! #weaversguildmn  #weavingwithkids  #circleweaving 
What to do when you have to remove a pot of spearmint and thyme from your condo balcony because a painting project is starting? And there’s no room inside? You hang everything to dry in the little niche that envelops your loom, of course! The aroma is wondrous. 
#herbdrying #spearmint #thyme #condolife #creativeliving #condoliving #handweaving #saoriloom #creativelife
So grateful for spinning! I’ve been slogging through the last four days with a head cold (better now). On days 3 and 4 it was soothing to ply and finish a skein of chocolate-brown BFL/alpaca. The singles had been waiting for awhile; plying was a breeze, even with pauses to deal with sniffles and coughing fits. This dk/sport weight yarn is so soft and seems to combine the best of both fibers—a little drape, a little bounce, and a little sheen. I also did a bit more spindle spinning of some ginned organic cotton, which is great fun. Words may have mostly eluded my foggy brain, but I could spin a little!

#yarnspinnersofinstagram #handspinnersofinstagram #handspun #handspunyarn #alpacayarn #bluefacedleicesteryarn #organiccotton #handspuncotton #handspinning
So grateful for spinning! I’ve been slogging through the last four days with a head cold (better now). On days 3 and 4 it was soothing to ply and finish a skein of chocolate-brown BFL/alpaca. The singles had been waiting for awhile; plying was a breeze, even with pauses to deal with sniffles and coughing fits. This dk/sport weight yarn is so soft and seems to combine the best of both fibers—a little drape, a little bounce, and a little sheen. I also did a bit more spindle spinning of some ginned organic cotton, which is great fun. Words may have mostly eluded my foggy brain, but I could spin a little! #yarnspinnersofinstagram  #handspinnersofinstagram  #handspun  #handspunyarn  #alpacayarn  #bluefacedleicesteryarn  #organiccotton  #handspuncotton  #handspinning 
Summertime living! The balcony to our condo is such a joy. Today, I started some herbal sun tea, took in the cheery miniature sunflowers and the fragrance of spearmint, thyme and French lavender, and hung a skein of handspun Romney yarn I rewashed after unraveling a small scarf that was worn several times but wasn’t quite “right.” These days are magic. 
#handspun #summerinthecity #balconygarden #handspinnersofinstagram #summervibes  #sunflowers #containergardening #summerday
Summertime living! The balcony to our condo is such a joy. Today, I started some herbal sun tea, took in the cheery miniature sunflowers and the fragrance of spearmint, thyme and French lavender, and hung a skein of handspun Romney yarn I rewashed after unraveling a small scarf that was worn several times but wasn’t quite “right.” These days are magic. #handspun  #summerinthecity  #balconygarden  #handspinnersofinstagram  #summervibes  #sunflowers  #containergardening  #summerday 
Stage 10, a challenge day, for #tourdefleece2018 . My challenge is to spin tow flax. What a joy! I brush the water in the bowl with the tips of my left hand’s fingers and thumb. Then I draft and spin the flax as smoothly as possible. The flax forms a smoother yarn with a little dampness. A plyback sample shows in the first photo and up close by swiping to the third. This locally-grown flax is from @black_cat_farmstead and was processed by @taprootfibrelab in Nova Scotia. It’s dew-retted, which saves on water usage. Black Cat Farmstead and Taproot Fibre Lab are among those bringing back small-scale flax/linen production to the U.S. and Canada. Yay! 
It will take awhile to spin this 4 ounces. When I’m done, I’ll likely make a two-ply yarn but may leave it as a single. Destined for weaving! Oh yeah, I’m hooked on flax now. .
#tourdefleece #teamcanadatdf2018 #handspun #handspinnersofinstagram #threeriversfibershed #fibershed #flaxfiber
Stage 10, a challenge day, for #tourdefleece2018  . My challenge is to spin tow flax. What a joy! I brush the water in the bowl with the tips of my left hand’s fingers and thumb. Then I draft and spin the flax as smoothly as possible. The flax forms a smoother yarn with a little dampness. A plyback sample shows in the first photo and up close by swiping to the third. This locally-grown flax is from @black_cat_farmstead and was processed by @taprootfibrelab in Nova Scotia. It’s dew-retted, which saves on water usage. Black Cat Farmstead and Taproot Fibre Lab are among those bringing back small-scale flax/linen production to the U.S. and Canada. Yay! It will take awhile to spin this 4 ounces. When I’m done, I’ll likely make a two-ply yarn but may leave it as a single. Destined for weaving! Oh yeah, I’m hooked on flax now. . #tourdefleece  #teamcanadatdf2018  #handspun  #handspinnersofinstagram  #threeriversfibershed  #fibershed  #flaxfiber 
Stages 5-8 of #tourdefleece : The first photo shows where I started and where I ended. I’ll be moving to a second bobbin of this natural brown Coopworth. The skein is from a plying ball that had been in storage for a few weeks. When I first spun this Coopworth, it seemed rather drab, ropey, and unappealing, even after plying. But once it was finished... The second photo shows the skein close up and is filtered to show truer to the color my eye sees. The washing process brought out the bloom and a bit of a sheen not evident before. There’s surely a metaphor for life in there, but my mind is a bit too soggy this morning to bring it into focus! 🤔
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#handspun #tourdefleece2018 #teamcanadatdf2018 #handspinnersofinstagram
Stages 5-8 of #tourdefleece  : The first photo shows where I started and where I ended. I’ll be moving to a second bobbin of this natural brown Coopworth. The skein is from a plying ball that had been in storage for a few weeks. When I first spun this Coopworth, it seemed rather drab, ropey, and unappealing, even after plying. But once it was finished... The second photo shows the skein close up and is filtered to show truer to the color my eye sees. The washing process brought out the bloom and a bit of a sheen not evident before. There’s surely a metaphor for life in there, but my mind is a bit too soggy this morning to bring it into focus! 🤔 . . #handspun  #tourdefleece2018  #teamcanadatdf2018  #handspinnersofinstagram 
Days 2-4 of #tourdefleece — spinning a brown Coopworth roving. I finished one skein a few months ago. Once the rest of the brown is done, there’s a pound of cream roving to spin. I also finished (washed) the yarn I plied on Day 1, as seen in the second photo. The motivation of Tour de Fleece is wonderful, even when there’s only 20 minutes of spinning, like on Day 3. Why do I still feel surprised when setting goals and group accountability move me to take action? .
#tourdefleece2018 #teamcanadatdf2018 #handspun #spinningyarn #coopworthwool #merinowool #pygorafiber #angorafiber #spinolutionfirefly #handspinning #handspinnersofinstagram
Days 2-4 of #tourdefleece  — spinning a brown Coopworth roving. I finished one skein a few months ago. Once the rest of the brown is done, there’s a pound of cream roving to spin. I also finished (washed) the yarn I plied on Day 1, as seen in the second photo. The motivation of Tour de Fleece is wonderful, even when there’s only 20 minutes of spinning, like on Day 3. Why do I still feel surprised when setting goals and group accountability move me to take action? . #tourdefleece2018  #teamcanadatdf2018  #handspun  #spinningyarn  #coopworthwool  #merinowool  #pygorafiber  #angorafiber  #spinolutionfirefly  #handspinning  #handspinnersofinstagram 
Day 1 of Tour de Fleece. My goal is to tackle some WIPs. First up was plying a single of merino (from a Louet sampler in the #plyaway2016 goodie bag) with a single that mixed pygora goat with angora/jersey wooly. The pygora is from  Bohemian Creek Farm in Iowa.  The Jersey Wooly is from my bun, Major Tom. (Photo #2 - can’t resist sharing cute bunny photos.) I think this textured yarn will add some wonderful depth and interest as part of a woven fabric in neutrals. 
There was plenty of the merino remaining to make a more refined two-ply of 100% merino, too. Shown on the bottom right. 
For those who don’t know what Tour de Fleece is, spinners follow along with the cyclists of the Tour de France by spinning daily during the race. On challenge days for the cyclists, we challenge ourselves in some way. This year, I plan to spin tow flax. On the rest days, spinners may rest, too. By sharing on Ravelry, Instagram, and elsewhere, we further build a sense of community. Plus, you can join one or more teams, most of which are virtual. I’m part of Team Canada, a wonderfully welcoming group, even for those of us from the States, with a hilariously fun logo. 
Spin on!!! #teamcanadatdf2018 #tourdefleece2018 #handspun #spinnersofinstagram #pygorafiber #angorafiber #merinofiber
Day 1 of Tour de Fleece. My goal is to tackle some WIPs. First up was plying a single of merino (from a Louet sampler in the #plyaway2016  goodie bag) with a single that mixed pygora goat with angora/jersey wooly. The pygora is from Bohemian Creek Farm in Iowa. The Jersey Wooly is from my bun, Major Tom. (Photo #2  - can’t resist sharing cute bunny photos.) I think this textured yarn will add some wonderful depth and interest as part of a woven fabric in neutrals. There was plenty of the merino remaining to make a more refined two-ply of 100% merino, too. Shown on the bottom right. For those who don’t know what Tour de Fleece is, spinners follow along with the cyclists of the Tour de France by spinning daily during the race. On challenge days for the cyclists, we challenge ourselves in some way. This year, I plan to spin tow flax. On the rest days, spinners may rest, too. By sharing on Ravelry, Instagram, and elsewhere, we further build a sense of community. Plus, you can join one or more teams, most of which are virtual. I’m part of Team Canada, a wonderfully welcoming group, even for those of us from the States, with a hilariously fun logo. Spin on!!! #teamcanadatdf2018  #tourdefleece2018  #handspun  #spinnersofinstagram  #pygorafiber  #angorafiber  #merinofiber 
Just three more days until Tour de Fleece starts, and I thought I’d get a little preparatory spinning in. This is a pygora goat/angora rabbit mix. (The angora is technically jersey wooly from my own little bun, Major Tom.) So looking forward to participating in TDF again as part of Team Canada, after sitting out last year! Just to be clear, I’m not Canadian, but they are a welcoming lot, and I do live within a day’s drive of the border. 🙂
#teamcanadatdf2018 #tourdefleece2018 #spinnersofinstagram #handspinning #majacraftaura #pygorafiber #angorafiber  #handspun
Just three more days until Tour de Fleece starts, and I thought I’d get a little preparatory spinning in. This is a pygora goat/angora rabbit mix. (The angora is technically jersey wooly from my own little bun, Major Tom.) So looking forward to participating in TDF again as part of Team Canada, after sitting out last year! Just to be clear, I’m not Canadian, but they are a welcoming lot, and I do live within a day’s drive of the border. 🙂 #teamcanadatdf2018  #tourdefleece2018  #spinnersofinstagram  #handspinning  #majacraftaura  #pygorafiber  #angorafiber  #handspun 
A special member of our fiber community could use our help. Sally Fox (@vreseis) is a breeder/grower of organic cotton, in a variety of natural colors, and merino sheep. She lives in California. Sally is dedicated to environmentally-friendly practices and to the welfare of her animals. She is generous and kind, including to those of us who have never met her and whom she knows only as customers. She has refunded shipping when it cost her less than I paid and added yarn to a cone I ordered at no charge to make sure there was plenty. What I experienced is merely a small indication of what a wonderful person she is. Those who know Sally personally have truly moving, inspiring stories. Sally’s farm is threatened by wildfires. She did everything possible for her beloved sheep, putting them in an irrigated green pasture for safety. Now she faces mounting costs. Donations to help defray some of these costs can be made through her online shop. Purchases, which will be fulfilled in August, will also help. Go to vreseis dot com slash shop. You can also find out more on Sally’s feed — @vreseis . The photos here show a couple of ways I’ve used Sally’s cotton, as weft in the first photo and as warp in the second. 
UPDATE: The evacuation order has lifted for the County Fire that threatened Sally’s place. Wonderful news! Things can start slowly getting back to normal. 
#vreseis #vreseiscotton #fibershed
A special member of our fiber community could use our help. Sally Fox (@vreseis) is a breeder/grower of organic cotton, in a variety of natural colors, and merino sheep. She lives in California. Sally is dedicated to environmentally-friendly practices and to the welfare of her animals. She is generous and kind, including to those of us who have never met her and whom she knows only as customers. She has refunded shipping when it cost her less than I paid and added yarn to a cone I ordered at no charge to make sure there was plenty. What I experienced is merely a small indication of what a wonderful person she is. Those who know Sally personally have truly moving, inspiring stories. Sally’s farm is threatened by wildfires. She did everything possible for her beloved sheep, putting them in an irrigated green pasture for safety. Now she faces mounting costs. Donations to help defray some of these costs can be made through her online shop. Purchases, which will be fulfilled in August, will also help. Go to vreseis dot com slash shop. You can also find out more on Sally’s feed — @vreseis . The photos here show a couple of ways I’ve used Sally’s cotton, as weft in the first photo and as warp in the second. UPDATE: The evacuation order has lifted for the County Fire that threatened Sally’s place. Wonderful news! Things can start slowly getting back to normal. #vreseis  #vreseiscotton  #fibershed 
These are 4’ x 6’ pens that house my bunnies during the day while I’m at work. Larger versions of these pens and other enclosures currently house scores of undocumented people crossing the southern border of the U.S. looking for a better life. This includes terrified children separated from their parents. This post is not about who should be admitted to the U.S. and who should not. It’s about basic human decency. These enclosures are appropriate for bunnies to chill in during the day, in my opinion. But children separated from their parents?
These are 4’ x 6’ pens that house my bunnies during the day while I’m at work. Larger versions of these pens and other enclosures currently house scores of undocumented people crossing the southern border of the U.S. looking for a better life. This includes terrified children separated from their parents. This post is not about who should be admitted to the U.S. and who should not. It’s about basic human decency. These enclosures are appropriate for bunnies to chill in during the day, in my opinion. But children separated from their parents?
It’s the little things... The generosity of the fiber arts community consistently touches and amazes me. Techniques, tools, ideas, resources, support, critique. We share it all. These are three large, lovely old spools of silk thread. They were among a large group of silk threads acquired by Cheryl Jones. She shared much of the stash with the rest of us in a recent workshop, “Stitching as Drawing.” What a lovely gift! Thank you, Cheryl! (Cheryl doesn’t have an online presence. I was fortunate to get to know this lovely artist in person.) #silkthread #generosity #fiberart #textileart #textilecentermn
It’s the little things... The generosity of the fiber arts community consistently touches and amazes me. Techniques, tools, ideas, resources, support, critique. We share it all. These are three large, lovely old spools of silk thread. They were among a large group of silk threads acquired by Cheryl Jones. She shared much of the stash with the rest of us in a recent workshop, “Stitching as Drawing.” What a lovely gift! Thank you, Cheryl! (Cheryl doesn’t have an online presence. I was fortunate to get to know this lovely artist in person.) #silkthread  #generosity  #fiberart  #textileart  #textilecentermn 
Lots of french knots... Made a necklace this weekend with wonderful botanical indigo thread from @buaisou_i . This was inspired by a french knot necklace from the Dots issue of Making (@makingzine ). A fun little project. 
#buaisouindigo #buaisou_i #frenchknots #stitchersofinstagram #indigothread #indigoembroidery #makingzinedots
Two more of my studies from Susan Brandeis’ “Stitching as Drawing” workshop at @textilecentermn . The first uses some lovely silk thread gifted by a generous fellow workshop participant (on linen) and the second is a work in progress using a textile remnant from @indigoandsnow . The pieces are about 3 1/2” and 4” square respectively. What a way to spend a vacation week! Susan was an incredible instructor, and the other workshop participants were an inspiration. 
#susanbrandeis #abstractembroidery #stitchersofinstagram #stitchingasdrawing
Two more of my studies from Susan Brandeis’ “Stitching as Drawing” workshop at @textilecentermn . The first uses some lovely silk thread gifted by a generous fellow workshop participant (on linen) and the second is a work in progress using a textile remnant from @indigoandsnow . The pieces are about 3 1/2” and 4” square respectively. What a way to spend a vacation week! Susan was an incredible instructor, and the other workshop participants were an inspiration. #susanbrandeis  #abstractembroidery  #stitchersofinstagram  #stitchingasdrawing 
How I spent my summer vacation week... Just spent 5 days in the fabulous workshop “Stitching as Drawing” taught by Susan Brandeis. It was a revelation! Many thanks to Susan and the other incredible artists in the workshop. Here are three of my studies, the first two in blacks and grays and the third a study of optical mixing plus stitching doodles. To see Susan’s beautiful work, check out the exhibit at @textilecentermn , along with work by Susan Moss and Tom Lundberg. 
#susanbrandeis #stitchingasdrawing #stitchersofinstagram #abstractembroidery
How I spent my summer vacation week... Just spent 5 days in the fabulous workshop “Stitching as Drawing” taught by Susan Brandeis. It was a revelation! Many thanks to Susan and the other incredible artists in the workshop. Here are three of my studies, the first two in blacks and grays and the third a study of optical mixing plus stitching doodles. To see Susan’s beautiful work, check out the exhibit at @textilecentermn , along with work by Susan Moss and Tom Lundberg. #susanbrandeis  #stitchingasdrawing  #stitchersofinstagram  #abstractembroidery 
First trip to @stpaulfarmersmarket this season with buddy TH, where I got this French Lavender along with great veggies, then plied #3 of 4 in a lovely sample gradient pack from the #plyaway2016 goodie bag - from @hilltopkatie . What a way to start a long weekend. Wish I could send the lovely aroma of this lavender along with the photo!

#frenchlavender #spinnersofinstagram #spindlespinning #summerinthecity #memorialdayweekend #condobalcony
Pure joy! I had a chance to see a bestie from my youth after 40 years of connection only by letters and social media. It seemed like we’d never been apart. Thank you, universe!
Pure joy! I had a chance to see a bestie from my youth after 40 years of connection only by letters and social media. It seemed like we’d never been apart. Thank you, universe!