Joined: Mar 25, 2011
Location: San Diego, CA USA
You might be interested in the bi-ennial Fiber Arts Festival, this year (June 10-12, 2011) in the Bitterroot in Hamilton (on the alternate years, they are in Dillon as I remember) http://www.bigskyfiber.com/
Lisa, the AstroHerbalist
I, too, have just gotten into fiber arts. I decided I want to know how to process wool all the way from the animal through the shearing -- cleaning --- dyeing --- spinning --- felting/knitting -- etc until I am able to produce clothing and blankets and such.
I'm using a drop spindle, though so it's a much slower process. Alpaca wool is top-notch. Warm(est) and soft, too! And you get the good energy and love from those amazing animals
My interest is spinning cotton -- which seems to be more hard to come by than spinning animal fiber.
But between being married to a vegan (which means wool is off-limits) and living in Florida (which means cotton is better because it is less warm than wool), cotton really is the better choice for me.
If someone reading this happens to know of a source of online instruction on how to spin cotton, I would very much appreciate a link.
My hope is to be able to spin my own cotton sock yarn (which is very expensive in the stores and relatively hard to come by), and maybe eventually add cotton (grown as a perennial) to my yard.
I already know how to knit socks -- but I use that cheap Walmart cotton yarn that comes on a bolt that is intended for making wash cloths, so they come out more as slippers than as socks (because they are so thick).
Joined: Jun 21, 2012
Location: Arkansas Ozarks zone 7 stoney acidic sandy loam
I spun (did spin?, was spinning? 'I spun' doesn't sound right) wool on an Ashford wheel for awhile but I couldn't keep up with my weaving. I found it really relaxing though. It was easy then to come up with free whole fleece...sometimes we would help with the shearing. I love it when I hear of folks learning real crafts. we are fortunate to be in an area that is loaded with craftsmen and women and two small craft schools.
Denise, if you spin cotton you might want to find organically grown fibers...there are really bad chemicals sprayed on commercial cotton and none of them food grade. And maybe check into color grown cotton fibers...beautiful natural shades of rusts and greens...cotton before all of the color was bred out of it. I found in weaving and spinning both I was breathing fiber dust from the process. Spinners at the Ozark Folk Center in Mountain View AR. spin with both cotton and wool and sometimes teach during Folk School in March.
"We're all just walking each other home."