August 26, 2011

Siever's Fiber Art School and a Few Other Things

So I know that things are going to get busier as the Christmas season approaches and I don't want to neglect the blog, I think we have a good thing going here.  So I am going to post something fiber related on Friday's and hopefully you will enjoy reading it.  I would love to do some fiber reviews as well.  If I start having a bit more time I will defintially do some non Friday fiber posts. 

I will be moving my "Treasury Tuesday" posts to our Hello Purl Facebook page as a link so you can check them out directly on Etsy.  Be sure to become a fan if you haven't already (I like to give coupon codes and share what is happening in the studio there).

Everyone's work from the weekend at Siever's Fiber Art School.

I won a weekend at Siever's Fiber Art School through my guild the Traveling Treadlers and I enjoyed a weekend Spin Retreat on Door Co.'s Washington Island.  It was lots of fun and I learned a lot.
  • I changed my spinning technique so I draft back which allows me to control the type of yarn I want to create better.  
  • I learned how to do a long draw draft (this is where you pull the fibers back far from the wheel's orifice).  I only practiced this for a few hours so I have far from perfected it.  
  • I spun some cotton, not very well but I think I may have to give it a try again.  
  • I dyed all of my fiber samples for Septemnber's Phat Fiber box.  

Fiber dyed and drying for September's Phat Fiber "Enchanted Forest" theme.
  • I also learned how to Navajo ply, which is where you create a 3ply yarn from a single bobbin.  Navajo plying creates a nice round yarn. 
Some spinning I did at the retreat.

My first Navajo ply yarn (fiber dyed from Punk n Sparkle).

Everyone was wonderful and I had lots of fun.  If I can scrape the money together (or win another weekend) I would love to go back and take another fiber arts class.

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