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Lives Immersed in Wool Farming

At one time I dreamed of ditching it all and having a farm in the country. I loved the idea of making and using yarn from sheep and rabbits I knew personally. Well, I did move far out into the country and lived there for quite some time but the farm never came to be. Nowadays I am happy with my town life but am still drawn to yarn that has a lineage traceable to the farm and animals from which it came.

I am also a book lover and these four lovely books have allowed me to vicariously enjoy the world of fiber farming and wool processing as I use wonderful, natural and often locally grown fiber to handspin, knit and weave. Continue reading Lives Immersed in Wool Farming

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Painting Warps

On a recent summer evening 12 weavers from Sandpoint and beyond gathered at Blue Flag. This was June’s monthly get-together in Sandpoint for weavers and it was a colorful event!. Typically we share snacks and beverages, show and tell about our latest weaving or other fibery pursuits and just enjoy each others company.

But this month everyone brought a warp or two or three and we painted them with dyes. Plastic-covered tables were set up, spilling out into the parking lot, and a whole lot of cotton yarn was transformed from natural white to wild colors, elegant colors, or soft and subtle colors.

Click on any of the photos to look at a slide show of these pictures full-size.

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Biographies of Inspiring Handweavers

The biographies of bygone handweavers who kept the art of weaving alive when it had largely been laid aside or who took it to new heights provide not only interesting reading but are motivating in ways quite different from contemporary weaving. Without their drive and dedication to the preservation and development of weaving, I might have never been exposed to the craft that has become so integral to my life.

Here are four of my favorite biographies of handweavers. Continue reading Biographies of Inspiring Handweavers

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A Wonderful Group of Weavers

In the Fall of 2012, seven weavers enrolled in a six-week rug weaving class here at Blue Flag. The group not only embraced weaving rugs with a passion, but thoroughly enjoyed each others’ company to the extent that most of them choose to continue meeting after the class finished. It was decided that I would offer a six-month long “rug group” for them that would meet monthly and be part study group, part workshop, part show-and-tell and a great deal of laughter and camaraderie.

Twice a year, a new six-month session begins.The group has moved far beyond just rugs. Attendees have come and gone over time, but the group still includes three women from that initial six-week class that took place over three and a half years ago.

The second meeting of the current session took place on March 31. The group is now made up of those three veterans – Kathy, Patty and Marilyn – as well as six others. Most have been attending for at least a year or two.

I can no longer really call them my “students.” They have all grown into accomplished weavers of rugs and many other textiles. They teach me as much as I teach them and we all gain inspiration and encouragement from each other.

Here are some of the lovely things they brought to share last Thursday. All of the photos may be viewed as a large scale slideshow by clicking on on of the thumbnails you see here. Enjoy!