What an addiction this fiber thing has become. I can hardly keep from thinking in color and fiber and weft and warp and spin and twist…. We are doing a unit on Sheep in our home school so I thought, ok, ” Ima’ go wit it”. So my plan over the next three weeks is to study breeds of sheep, shearing, cleaning and carding, spinning,dyeing, weaving, felting and overall sheep cuddling.
Shearing the sheep was interesting… but by the time we got to sheep number 8, Cowboy was pretty good at it and the kids were pretty good at it and I was just grossed out. But I still could not wait to get my hands on that dirty nasty fleece.
I sent my fleece off about a month ago and just heard back from them. I am just happy they didn’t open the package and start laughing hysterically. As I said and is mentioned in the title, this is an experiment, so I am still working on my methodology and skill set. They did say that they would be delayed about 6 weeks getting it back to us. Fair season. I think they had to call in some specialist to clean that stuff. Yikes. We thought in the beginning we would just process it ourselves. By Hand. What was I thinking. I Figured if the Navajo Indians could do it, I could do it…. BUT…. I am not a Cool Navajo woman with a giant spindle, I am a dorky white woman with a credit card.. So I sent my wool to Kansas to be processed with some alpaca and this marvelous Rambouillet fleece I got from Cassandra*****
Should this ever evolve into a sheepish business or reality tv show… I will be calling it ” Ninja Wool and Yarn Farm”… We have ninja sheep that can fly and kick like ninjas when we try to cuddle them. They launch into the air as high as my head and do this elegant sideways kick thing and if you have not honed your matrix skills you could end up face down in a pile of fertilizer….. little tiny round prepackaged fertilizer.
OK On ward.
Carding this stuff is not fun… hence why I sent it off. However, Carding for color is delicious.
I decided to play with these beautiful roving samples, some metallic fibers and some silk waste…..
Spinning is like this meditative forget about the world, don’t talk to me for the next two hours while I whip up this beautiful fiber, thing. This is my Babe spinning wheel. It works great. Someday I hope to get a more traditional wheel, but for now this is fantastic.
Some of these I spun, some my oldest daughter spun….
Dyeing is another super fun and addictive part of the mix. But I am saving that for another post…..
Weaving is like painting with yarn and fabric. I am really into free form weaving but I also love my rigid heddle and I am working on a Navajo/white lady rug on my floor loom that Cowboy built for me.
Felting is my newest endeavor. I am especially ready to get in there and devour nuno felting. That is my very next project. But for now.. I am going to go eat a chef -boy-ardee pizza and grade research papers….
This has nothing to do with this post… This is our church directory photo… I look like a Vulcan… its ridiculous.