Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Baaay State Blankets

I am a participating shepherd in the Baaay State Blanket program this year, offering lovely throws as well as scarves.  I've dedicated a full page about this here.  Holidays, weddings, birthdays... these make wonderful locally-produced gifts.  So lovely... can't wait to have mine!

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Another Pygora Baby Video

I brought my iPad with me when I made my first visit of the day to the mamas and babies.  Enjoy it!

Monday, April 16, 2012

Weaving on a Spriggs Adjustable Rectangular Loom

I recently acquired a Spriggs seven foot adjustable rectangular loom.  This loom is designed to be worked diagonally with one continuous strand of yarn.  For my first project on the loom, using some of my earliest hand-spun yarn, I opted to use my own method, as described here.

Scarf woven with hand-spun

Close Up

And here's another look at Brenda's Santa doll, described in my last post:

Brenda's Santa Doll with Pygora Beard and Hair

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Pygora Fiber

First use of pygora fiber from my flock!  Isn't Santa's beard lovely?  Here's the story:

This year I've been taking a painted floor cloth class at the Hill Institute here in Florence, Massachusetts.  Our instructor, Brenda, a talented and energetic woman, also quilts, weaves, and is a doll maker.  Since last fall she has been asking me to provide a sample of pygora goat locks for her to try for her doll-making.  I've really stalled in getting the accumulating pygora fiber put to use and/or ready for market.  I finally provided Brenda with some fiber earlier this month... and within a week this is what she created!

Santa Doll with pygora beard

Apologies for the pixelated quality... I need to learn more about editing and transferring the photos taken on my iPad and am also doing my blogging with a new Mac Mini.

If you would like to learn more about Brenda's work, she can be contacted at beebee2ATcharter.net, with the AT replaced with the usual character.

I've been sorting through the pygora fleeces, skirting and dividing into piles to send off for de-hairing, washing and carding and piles of locks suitable for use as is.

Monday, January 2, 2012

Felt Hearts

A goal for the New Year is to create more finished products with the wool from my flock.  With that in mind, I created my first FINISHED ornament from some of my pre-felt on New Years Eve.  It's the white heart, below.  I've done lots of play with the prefelts, doing little sample pieces with various embroidery stitches; some can be found on previous posts (if interested, use the pre-felt and embroidered felt labels).  I've displayed them at fairs and been asked if they're for sale.  This year I still want to play... but I'd like to play with a purpose!

Felt Hearts

Felt Heart

I think I'm off to a good start.  Yesterday we visited my dear friend Amy and her fiance David for what is becoming an annual New Years Day open house.  Here's what our gift bottle of Merlot  looked!  Wishing a Happy, Healthy and Productive New Year to all.