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Well that’s embarrassing! I have not posted in so long…….

It has been a BUSY year for the “fyberfiend”.  Juggling 3 schedules has proved to be a challenge.

Between Blossom Skincare, Eugene Textile Center and a Teaching Schedule on the road, I have been remiss in keeping you informed of my adventures….I post on Facebook, occasionally.

I survived a visit to Universal Studios HOLLYWOOD with my Grandgirls! Temps in the low 90’s in SPRING…whhaat?

YARNfest in Colorado was the BOMB!  We just barely missed a BIG snow storm on I-80…

Teaching for the HUMBUG Guild was a lovely experience on the Oregon Coast too.

And now for:   FIBER IN THE FOREST – COLOR Camp – 3 ways to DYE  May 15, 16 & 17 at Camp Myrtlewood, OR.

Hoping to get a couple more student sign-ups for a full class at FIF, if interested, let me know.

Trip to Yarn Fest Colorado...Tooth Rock

Trip to Yarn Fest
Colorado…Tooth Rock

ETC Booth at YARNfest This event replaces  SOAR.

ETC Booth at YARNfest
This event replaces

Continental Divide with SNOW!

Continental Divide
with SNOW!


Is it wrong to have SILK COCOONS spun onto EVERY spindle you own?


I think NOT!!! Just look at those yummy BON BON’s of BLISS!

How could any spinner resist?


I am always surprised when someone asks me how to

use a fiber and then actually does just that.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                The finished MASTERPIECE speaks for itself……Sublime!



Cards of Various Yarns, Ribbons, Novelty….

Plus ONE fabulous BUTTON


So much FUN making up these little cards.

If you are a Mixed Media Arts fan, then you

need lots of little bits of coordinated “stuff”.

RAKU buttons and hand spun yarns, ribbon,

odds and ends of fabric metallic trim and

anything else that even remotely resembled

string is attached and ready to become a


I will have a basket full of these at my next show.

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.


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


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!


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 ! ! ! ! ! ! !