Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence in society.......Mark Twain

Monday, May 31, 2010

I spent the day washing all the fleece from Maplewood Farm, its all done and out in racks in the rain to dry. I am dyeing small batches in the kitchen....I cant wait to get this carded......great plans.

Maplewood Farm

I dont miss much from my prior life, but, I do miss hanging out in a barn. Yesterday some of us from the textile program did a demo-thing at Maplewood Farm in North Van. Natalie arranged felting in plastic bags for the wee ones and it was a huge success....Tamara and Serine carded their little hearts out, Amanda spent the whole day showing toddlers how to felt....I spun.
We had a blast and we were gifted some lovely fleece for our efforts.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

A walk on the dikes

It was a perfect day for walking the dike, cool but no rain. The sky was so awesome, lots of Eleanor's middle value greys.....
On the home front, I still have the school loom so I tied on a siene twine warp I found in the shed and am weaving some rugs with rug yarn I also found......wonder if I will have them done for Saturday?

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Sheep to Shawl Competition

Today was the sheep to shawl competition at Surrey Museum, there were 4 groups including ours which consisted of some alumni,second years and first year students. We had to hand card, spin and weave a shawl from start to finish in 4 hours. The day started on the trip in with Sol being bonked on the head with a bucket of carders but she was a real trooper and just kept smiling.....We all had a great time and I think the shawl turned out really nicely.

weaving workshop

For 3 days this last week I assisted and participated in a Colour In Cloth workshop by Cameron Taylor-Brown....It was totally amazing.
This is my final sample and the inspiration it came from.

Friday, May 14, 2010

Dressew and Button Button

Today I dragged Tamara to a meeting at the school for assistants for the upcoming weaving conference next week. Afterwards we took the land yacht down to creepy town and went to dressew where I bought some awesome yarns for the next jacket and some buttons to finish the last 2 abalone for the indigo jacket and a cedar button for the grey and orange one......what a lovely sunny happy happy day.

another jacket in the making.....

This is the inspiration for the next looks like borage but its not, its some perrenial thing that grows in big bushes in my garden. And this is the romney I am was a grey fleece which i overdyed with purple......I love the variations in colour.....I am thinking I will weave and felt this sure it will morph as I go along, my projects always do.

Grad Opening Show

I had such a wonderful time at the show last night I am still smiling.....makes me realize I should get away from the teenage male negativity in this house more often!!
The gallery was so packed I couldnt really get pictures of the art, maybe I can go back, i did however get some pictures of some of my beautiful cohorts....