Monthly Archives: May 2015

There’s No Place Like Home

And tomorrow, that’s where I’m headed. We are all wrapped up here with this week’s classes. This morning Sarah, our instructor, gave us a little challenge. She had made some sample plies for us, and our task was to take … Continue reading

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Beads, Coils, and Bubbles

Today was really fun. This morning we learned how to make coils, wrapped coils, loops, beehives, and pigtails when plying yarn, and how to add beads to them. We learned Navajo plying, which is a way to do 3-ply yarn … Continue reading

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Mohair! And Rolags!

Today was excellent. We learned how to use hand cards to blend fibers and make rolags, than spin them using the long draw method. This was all brand new for me and very exciting. After that we used kid mohair … Continue reading

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Soft Core, Boucle, and a Valuable Lesson

Today’s first project was soft core yarn. What did you think I meant? Get your mind out of the gutter! This is an extremely beautiful yarn that will be very easy once I get some practice in. Next we made … Continue reading

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First Day of Class

This morning we learned to make slub yarn, and how to ply it with a thin singles to make beautiful spiral thick and thin yarn. Here’s what I made this morning. This afternoon, we used a similar “slub” technique to … Continue reading

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The view from my porch

It’s a lovely morning in Brasstown, NC here at John C Campbell Folk School.

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My Daily Spin – Getting Ready to Travel

I’ve set myself a goal. Not only am I taking my silk – both spun and still in hankie form – I’m going to ask for help in plying it. The colors are so gorgeous, I don’t want to ply … Continue reading

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My Daily Spin – Am I Doing This Right?

My mind is an amazing place sometimes, and not in a good way. Since I’ve decided to take my spinning wheel to use in my class next week, I’m also thinking about taking my remaining hankies to spin in my … Continue reading

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My Daily Spin – Pretty, Pretty Colors

The new packet of hankies is spinning up very different than I expected. There are light golds and blues along with the deeper tones, and they really complement each other. I like them a lot. I’ve decided I’m definitely taking … Continue reading

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My Daily Spin – The Next Batch of Hankies

Yes, I’ve finished the first packet of silk hankies and moved on to the next. I’m doing the gold-and-blue ones now. I’ve included pictures of a whole hankie and today’s spinning of another whole hankie. Quite lovely. On a different … Continue reading

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