Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Dip, dip, dip - dry....

By the way... this is the first puppet I ever made. I was maybe 5 or so...

Lock Washing

I started washing fleece for my hand-spinning programe.  There are several different kinds and the students have to decide, based on the end use of the wool, how to wash and prepare the wool.  Some of it, I washed in a bag in the sink and some I lock washed.  

Lock washing is my new favorite way of washing fleece.  It's very time consuming but also very meditative for me...  basically, you separate the greasy fleece into individual locks then dip each lock into very hot, soapy water, rinse in hot water and lay flat to dry... 
The Set Up

At first, I kept burning my finger tips in the water, then Boomer gave me her surgical forceps. They sound scary but are really just small, tightly locking tweezer-y things.  I could grab onto the wool and tightly lock it and dip away without burning my fingies or having the lock fall apart. The whole purpose of lock washing the fleece is to keep it all organized as far as the tip of the lock vs. the end that was attached to the sheep. 
Washed and Drying!

Now I have a whole pile of different fleeces all washed and ready to go! Romney, Lincoln, Corriedale and some Merino - maybe some other stuff too!

I'm getting ready for my Hodge Podge Farm Residency too!  Lots of natural dyeing will take place as well as some weaving. This will kick off a new body of work for me!  Well, actually, I'm hoping a class I'm starting tomorrow will kick it off!  It's an Abstract Quilt class.  I'm going to get all surface design on that quilt!  I just can't decide on a theme....  hmmmm.....

I have a Granny Square Class coming up at Greenwood Quiltery that will be a blast!  Get in touch with them to register!

OH!  The Donkey Sanctuary of Canada is amazing and everyone should sponsor a donkey there!
A Sheep Friend for the Donkeys

Boomer Brushin' a Donkey

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

OHS Second Time and More!

Haliburton School of the Arts - Red Door!

I have just completed my second year for my OHS Hand-spinning certificate, well the actual school part at least...  many hours of homework await me.
View from our cabin.
This year, up at the beautiful Haliburton School of the Arts, we focused on worsted spinning, wool and nature dyeing.  All of it was way up my alley.
Colour Blending:

The weather was wonderful, my cabin mates were fantastic and my fibre nerd classification went up ten points!
Nature Dyeing with Marigolds:
Trying out various wheels and combing wool - my new favorite thing:
 This summer is shaping up to be a good one - I'll be teaching a Granny Square class on July 21st at Greewood Quiltery, a total revamp of THIS blog, a few Surface Design and hand-spinning classes that I will be attending AND, the best of all, a residency at HODGEPODGE FARM! (I will be writing about that one very soon)....
Testing a lock for soundness and a bag-o-homework fleece: