Dyeing Yarn – First Forays

My daughter gets me started on many things.  Roller-blading, rock-climbing, video games, etc.  She’s always trying something new and inspiring me to join in.  So, when she started dyeing yarn, I had to get a quick tutorial and start in myself.  After all, there are so many yarns that I wish came in a different…

Weaving Practice: Placemats

Weaving, like any other new skill, requires practice.  Lots and lots of practice.  While it may not take Gladwell’s 10,000 hours (whew!), getting good at any new skill takes some time in just doing it. So I’ve set myself the task of making something simple, hopefully useful, and relatively consumable:  placemats.  They are 88″ of…

Arrows with Friends

This weekend, the Shire of the Inner Sea  hosted a class on arrow making, and since I’ve been a bit …. hard …. on my arrows this past year, my quiver needed filling.  The combination of learning something new AND an excuse to go hang out with friends in God’s country was just too good to…

New Belt!

This spring, I got a rigid heddle loom as a gift and began to explore how our ancestors made cloth.  It’s a relaxing practice, but I shudder to think how difficult it would be to keep a family clothed through the long, intense process of making yarn and then weaving it into sturdy clothes.  I’m…