I can’t Stop!

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Tiny Adorable Felt Messenger Bags!

I was collecting so many of these Not Quite Square pieces of Felt from teaching a INTRO to Feltmaking class at Eugene Textile Center that I realized I needed to MAKE something out of them.  I started folding them in different ways and you know I just love the Triangles in life, so here they Leapt into Life as pointy-pint sized Messenger Bags, each one with a unique twist in the design and finishing.  A button here, part of a Doily there…..maybe a tassel or a row of beads….and the stitching, oh the stitching.  There is something about the way the sewing machine needle pierces the buttery texture of the felt fabric that is oh so yummy and satisfying.  Next on the list is a group of Scottish Highland Plaids, a really easy and Fun way to approach felt color design. Can you tell that I am reading OUTLANDER!  Och Aye……Mmphm.

Lucky me, I have such a TACTILE life!   Wheeeeeeeeeeeeeee

HumBug Guild – Teaching on the GO!

The Humbug Mountain Guild hired me to teach 3 classes for them this last weekend.

Saturday was:  Eco-Print – AM   FEAST Art Yarn  PM

Sunday was: Adventures in Color – Drum Carding

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Layout of dyestuffs


Finished Scarf Indigo dipped

Finished Scarf
Indigo dipped


Feast ART Yarns

Feast ART Yarns


Adventures in Color Triad SWIRL

Adventures in Color
Triad SWIRL

A reminder that ANY Guild can hire me to teach.  Just give me a jingle fyberfiend@yahoo.com

I have a Menu of class offerings that I can send for your review!

Fiber in The Forest 2015

Color CAMP pics to get Y’all excited for the Retreat

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Eco-Print on Silk

Acid Dyeing

Acid Dyeing

Colorplay on Cellulose

Colorplay on Cellulose

EUREKA! I have struck GOLD – Mushroom that is!!!

On a recent walk around the Eugene West/Downtown neighborhood…..found this lovely Pisolithus Tinctorious..AKA Dead Man’s Foot..Fungi.

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Kind of GROSS looking but it dyes the most beautiful Brown/Gold.Depending on the after bath or Modifier, it can be brassy or really Chocolate.

Easy to use, just CHOP it up and put into a mesh bag, submerge into a pot of water and simmer you can add wool fleece or yarn, with our without a mordant such as ALUM.  Let cool overnight.

Rinse and spin out in the washing machine….ENJOY!  One of many wonders from NATURE……

 

Fall Color Abounds……..

Burnished Reds, Burgundy, Deep Oranges, Tawny Browns, Rich Golds and a Smidgen of Sinister Green…….

Fall Colors

I am so ready for the seasonal changes that bring these colors out in nature.

Building a batch of Spinnable FEAST for the upcoming Fiber Festivals in the Pacific Northwest….it is decidedly AUTUMN!

I hope to see some of you this weekend at the Clackamas County Fairgrounds for Oregon Flock & Fiber Festival.

The dyelots! booth in the 4-H building will be showing off the NEW Zephyr Turkish spindle and Pixy Mini-Noddy

Celebrating Sweater weather and all things FLUFF related!

Basil & Spindles & Squash…..Oh MY!!!

Good Thoughts for a TRAGIC day in history…..
I spent the morning in the garden picking the leaves off the stems of BASIL for PESTO making…the heady scent filling the air around me as the Goldfinches, Red House Finch, Chickadees & Nuthatches sang their varied and beautiful songs. My outside Kitty wrapping herself around my ankles as my Welsh Corgi tried to eat Basil leaves, but kept spitting them out…I felt relatively safe. This is a luxury that people in some countries don’t take so much for granted. After my batch of PESTO (YUMMY!) I plied the first yarn ever spun on the new ZEPHYR turkish style spindle, again, out in the garden with the sound of the tweety birds drowning out the traffic on West Eleventh Avenue.
Thought for the day: Any day that I am not living in SYRIA is a really GOOD day!Basil

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Spinning Tools and Toys

Introducing ZEPHYR and PIXY!

A Turkish spindle that truly goes and goes and goes some more…….for the center pull ball, so dainty and easy for plying!  Comes with a nice bag and some fiber.

And for skein samples, 1/2 yards a mini-Niddy Noddy……when you need to take small amounts of yarn off the bobbin, to label..before you forget what it is!

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Woodworking is relatively NEW to me, however I do remember watching my maternal Grandfather Mihaly Nemesh (Mike Nemes) from Hungary in his wood working studio in Paradise, California.  The scent of the woods and sawdust were intriguing, with the whirring of the lathe in his capable hands.  He built all manner of things and my Mother (Annabelle) says he worked on many a Movie Star’s Mansion on Mullholland Drive…back in the day!  By the time I was a summer visitor, he was making standing clocks and small glass top tables to hold his and Tra-Tra Grama (Dorothy’s) rocks, shells, bones, exotic eggs and ODD found objects.  She had a small teardrop trailer that we go camping in at the beach….hence the moniker Tra-Tra.

When Vance (my beloved) and I made these FINE little Hand Spinning Tools….It felt so good to be in the wood shop with those familiar smells and sounds, completely natural for me.  Working with my hands, making stuff, cutting, sanding, staining, buffing…..sigh!    P A R A D I S E ! ! ! ! ! ! !