Nov 18

Last night I drove up to Thorntown to present my Fiber to Fabric talk to the local Home Ec Club.  The drive up was snowy, blowy and slow(y).  But I made it with ample time to spare and got permission to take pictures of the lovely, mission-style library.


100 years old!  I love that they were celebrating their 100th birthday this year.


In the stairs from the basement level to the ground floor was this lovely stained glass window.  By the time I got there it was dark, so we aren’t seeing the window in its best light (pun intended), but I love the pattern and colors in it.


The main room on the ground floor.  Those blue chairs at the right face a fireplace.  Lordy, this was a lovely, warm and inviting place.  I immediately felt at home here.


They even have a quilting frame set up in one area and there are ladies who come in and quilt on it.  What a happy fan pattern!

When I give the Fiber to Fabric talk, I start with raw fleeces – I took a Shetland (Amy’s) to show off a primitive breed and a Lincolnfolk (Mini-Truffle’s) to show off an up-an-coming breed.   Everyone got the chance to touch each one and comment on how lovely they were.  Also, they were amazed at the range of colors – from light gray through to black – on the Lincolnfolk fleece.  They didn’t know you could get that from one fleece.  I talked about dyeing it and one lady asked what I would dye it with.  I immediately answered “Cochineal!”  When asked why, I held up different parts of the fleece and named off the colors you would get from scarlet to purples to mahogany.  There are a lot of “Oooooo!”s at that and I could see ideas popping into people’s heads as to how pretty that would be

Then I take them through spinning, dyeing, knitting and weaving of the fiber and making it into something usable and wearable.  Also, I passed around the bag of half ounce samples from Vol 1 of the Fiber Binder Club (my copy) and let them feel the differences between different breeds, animal types, silk and plant fibers.  Of course, everyone loved the Cormo we had in there and the Coopworth also garnered lots of positive attention.


I brought several finished items I had created.  This one is naturally-dyed Shetland in a madder gradation that I did several years ago.  This is still one of my favorite things I have created and I am very proud of it despite the judgement boo-boo in it.


I showed them that weaving wasn’t just done on large looms, but on portable looms like the inkle loom.


If you have watched my first podcast, you will note that I talk with my hands a lot.  What am I doing here?  Climbing an invisible rope?

Several people told me that they learned a lot about fiber, its prep, variances and uses, so I am happy.

Other news!  I have my first sponsor for my Fiber Pusher Podcast!!  Starstruck Cat Studio in Greenwood, where I teach a lot of classes, is sponsoring me in this endeavor!  Thank you Susan!!!!

And, Kim tried on her scarf last night.


Isn’t she so cute?  And yes, that’s a real sheep skin on the floor.  I gotta keep my girl warm, you know!