The ladies, and occasional gentleman, are having so much fun with these classes. I find it so heartening that all of my students just jump in full force with all of the classes I am teaching! I admit I keep forgetting to get pictures of everyone crafting, mostly because I am having a ton of fun right along with them!
Most of my students had created mini batts in our last class and they were using those to make their felt. I had them wet down their batts and use soap to gently begin felting. Since they were just mini batts they felted very quickly, though some had thin spots. This felt is going to be considered the basis of their bookmarks as well as mini notebooks, so I would rather it be as solid as I can help them get it. Since wet-felting doesn’t seem to be doing the trick we will be playing around with some needle felting (after another quick lecture on safety). I hope that they will be able to needle felt in some filler for their thin spots as well as some embellishments. (I’m going to experiment with bamboo and patching today).
These classes are so very exciting! My supervisor has recommended I look for a grant to offset some of these costs in the future and this is certainly worth looking into.
My students are amazing, creative, industrious, and fearless! They took to carding like ducks to water. Once they had the skills mastered they began teaching each-other. This was a glorious example of cooperation & creativity. They wound up with such beautiful batts and rolags, I am almost more excited then they are for the wet felting class next time. We used hand cards, a blending board, and a Brother Drum Carder. Everything went smoothly, though I am certain the number of times I warned them to be careful if they weren’t up on their tetanus shot helped, lol. Happy Crafting!
I am thinking about joining the Tour De Fleece Group on Ravelry this year, 2017. http://www.ravelry.com/groups/tour-de-fleece
The Tour de Fleece happens at the same time as the famous ride Tour de France. In this case it runs from July 1st to 23rd with two days of rest, July 10th and 17th. In theory this means that I would spin and post my results each of these days. Since I will be obtaining a WooleeWinder as my Birthday Present, I hope that this goal will not only be attainable but enjoyable. The WooleeWinder that I obtained to go with my Schacht Ladybug spinning wheel is the Bulky version, in order for this to work properly I also had to obtain the Bulky Orifice. The purpose of the WooleeWinder is so that I will be able to skip switching hooks while I am filling my bobbin. The bobbin and flyer will work together to fill the bobbin very evenly. This will have the added benefit of allowing me to fit more on a bobbin, partially because it will be a larger bobbin, but also because the bobbin will fill evenly eliminating the hills and valleys that are naturally created on a bobbin when using hooks. Since I have obtained the Bulky Plyer Flyer version I will also be able to create more art-yarns that I have been capable of in the past. I will have to see how plarn works on this flyer, right now it gets caught in the hooks!
In case you could not tell, I am very excited about this new accessory. Perhaps I will participate in the Tour De Fleece just so I can show it off, LOL.
My First Dyeing class was a runaway success. The techniques and materials were simple enough that the students had no problems following along. Everyone’s wool turned out bright and beautiful, the results were phenomenal. I hope that every class is as enthusiastic, cheerful, and helpful. The questions being asked proved that the patrons were there to learn. I am so excited for the rest of the Classes. Dyeing Wool Handout contains the methods that I taught to dye fibers easily using materials found in a kitchen. There are a million other ways to dye fiber, so do not take this as gospel.