Friday, August 19, 2016

I Believe I Have Plenty of Fibers To Spin With

   I guess I  have finally realized that I am a hoarder of sorts. In my defense I really enjoy the "hunt" of whatever I am looking for and then want lots of it for some reason lol so in my studio I have lots of buttons, beads, fabrics, laces, and now wools
   Soooo I do now have lots of wool and other fibers to spin with. No more buying til I work through most of the roving and raw wool I have.   hmmmm we'll see if I can resist buying that is
   My mission this summer was to get all the raw wool washed and ready to card and spin up for this upcoming winter. I had gone on a buying mission last year hunting down different breeds of wools so I could learn about them. Many were raw wools-and they really take allot of time to wash  rinse and dry especially if you get some that are very soiled.
    I have it all washed now except for 4 big cotton bags of navajo churro wool that was a gift given to me years and years ago that I am finally getting to. Do you ever feel like you could use another life time to just complete and learn everything you want to??
  This first photo is part of a stack of washed wools or roving ready to spin. The next photo is the navajo churro. This breed has two layers of wool, one very very soft and luscious and this one shows the coarser layer. This batch seems really matted together even after washing and rinsing in unicorn products so when dry I am going to see how it cards and then decide how to use it, I have a huge bag of it.

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   After lunch today I will be organizing this corner better for easier access.

I have learned over the years to always store wool in cotton bags never plastics-so I look for large pillow cases at resale shops. They work really well I just secure the top with a rubberband and put on a note as to what is inside.

Afternoon Update: I was able to card this and also made into rolags to spin with on my navajo spindle-this wool feels almost like it's felted but it's not, just the two layers together I believe-so it will work with extra efforts

My New Blog Introduction

  With inspiration coming from a blog friend, thank you, I decided to start a new blog journey too.
   I haven't enjoyed blogging as much recently as I did in the very beginning. (way back with Yahoo 360 and Multiply) Things change, people change their interests in social media platforms, good friends pass on.
   Blogging I think is a personal journey (at least for me) a way to write a journal but also to hopefully share with others with similar interests. My interests have changed too since I first started when I was newly retired, living in the woods, sharing lots of "my doings". 
    I am still loving living in our woods, but my interests are now mostly weaving, spinning, and natural dyeing opposed to mostly quilting and sewing. My weaving has always been what I love doing the most but it was always pushed to the side Now is my time to learn more about spinning and weave.  I have prolonged this way too long.
     Blogging takes more work too, and unlike facebook the response to what I write here is not almost instant or allot of times no response at all. I am not going to be concerned with that anymore. 
   This blog is to give me a new direction and to be positive, and to share my weaving, spinning, natural dyeing and other creative endeavors taking you along with me if you choose to.
    I also have needed a more positive mental change, inspiration to blog and to share  That is why I chose the hummingbird as my spirit guide. 
      I love our hummingbirds so much when they come to visit us. They are such a joy to us  
    I searched and learned of their spirit animal meaning. One which is Lightness of being and enjoyment of life, being more present, this is a  really nice link full of information.

So come along with me as I share my journal of spinning, weaving, hand dyeing