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'Tis the season....... November 18 2014

I'm getting ahead of my self a bit here as there are blog posts I haven't put out. They will go out, but I thought this was more important. I haven't raised prices in 3 years because I know how hard it is for everyone to maintain an interest, hobby (hate this word) or whatever one chooses to call it. However, I can't ignore it when my prices go up....

ALPACA/WOOL May 13 2014

It's been a long time coming, but I've finally gotten some of my alpaca dyed!! I blended it with a long wool, probably a cross bred. I shear only every 2 years so the staple is somewhat longer than if I sheared every year. I blend it with the long wool because it doesn't have as much crimp as a finer breed.  We have 7 colors, only 8 of each...

Dye Workshops May 13 2014

I've been teaching dye workshops for a number of years, now, can't remember how many. (uh oh) They have morphed and evolved, but pretty much stay the same: the first day consists of making a color wheel by measuring out mixtures of "primary" colors to get secondaries or purple, green and orange. These secondaries are in 8 steps from red/blue to blue/red, red/orange to yellow/orange and yellow/green to blue/green. Then,...

Cotton March 19 2014

How cotton is "finished" after dyeing depends on the dye. For Cushing dyes simply rinse it in salt water until it is clear.  There doesn't seem to be a problem with the colors running. For Procion dyes,  rinse it several times and then simmer it again for 10 minutes to be sure the dye is all out and set or steam the dyed cotton.     

I LOVE TECHNOLOGY!! March 18 2014

There are some of you who recently received an invitation to visit the website with a coupon code. Today (3/18) is the first time someone tried to use the code. My web designer realized that the code contains a ZERO not an uppercase O. So if you have trouble with the code please try the ZERO thing or contact us and we will issue you a new code.  I love...

Bombyx "Hankies" February 08 2014

Just as a refresher, Bombyx Mori is the Latin name for the moth that spins silk. In order to get the silk out of the cocoon, either, the moth chews a hole in the cocoon so it can get out or the cocoons are immersed in hot water. The moth dyes and the cocoon remains intact. The benefit of this is that when the cocoon is unwound, there will be one...

Alpaca & Wool from my stash!! January 28 2014

 I've dug into my stash to pull out some alpaca and wool I had blended at Shari's Morro Fleece Works. She does such a wonderful job! I just spun a bit on a drop spindle. It drafts beautifully and so can be spun any way you want: really fine or any other thickness desired. Are you wondering why I blended alpaca with wool? Hmm? Here's the reason: every fiber, protein...

Getting started! January 19 2014

 Well! It's been a long time coming, fits and starts. Distractions abound and I was not immune to tons of them. But now we are up and I plan to be blogging here lots.  Just to give you an idea of what to expect, I think it's really important to educate as well as provide product. I will be talking about fibers and their properties, different spinning techniques, and dyes....
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