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Handspinners and All Things Fiber Related

This group is for anyone interested in handspinning or any fiber related craft or for those raising fiber bearing animals.  This site will include postings for local fiber events and anything of use to the fiber community.  

Members: 9
Latest Activity: May 18

Packing up to go to Northwest Regional Handspinner's Association (NwRSA) Conference.

Tomorrow is the beginning of the NwRSA yearly Conference.  It is being held in Salem, OR this year, at Willamette University.  The venue is open to the public on Friday and Saturday.  You can google  Northwest Regional Handspinner's Association for more details.  

I am taking two classes one on Bohus knitting and the other on spinning your fiber stash.  There will be a fashion show and gallery so we can see all the beautiful things that people have made over the last year.  I am entering a handspun, woven scarf in both events, so wish me luck.  

It can certainly be said that spinners (at least wheel spinners) do not travel light.

What are you working on?

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I recently came into 2 Kilos of 19.5 micron superwash merino top.  I am a novice spinner to begin with and had a heck of a time getting started with this fiber.  I honestly kept with it because I…Continue

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Comment by Corinne Mockler on March 17, 2013 at 4:19pm
Thanks for starting this group! I'm looking forward to learning more!
Comment by Sue Gee on March 20, 2013 at 3:42pm

Welcome Corinne and Radishgirl.  

Just curious, Radishgirl; what is included in your Yarn Spinning Kit and who did you order it from?  

You may want to see if you can find some Youtube videos to get you started.  Also, check out Ravelry.com and see if you can find some handspinners in your area.  Mentors are a big help when first getting started.

Comment by Sue Gee on March 20, 2013 at 5:06pm

Hi Radishgirl, Good luck with the kit.  Let me know what you think once you have had a chance to try it out.  I am not the best once for teaching myself new skills and find it easier to learn from a teacher or mentor.  Some areas as better than others for access to fiber arts teachers.  You might want to search for a spinning guild or fiber festival in your area.

Comment by Carrie Seal-Stahl on March 22, 2013 at 12:37am

Ooohhhh cool! As a seamstress and crocheter, I've always been interesting in learning about spinning wheels and looms, but have no mentor available. Thanks for starting the group. I look forward to learning about fibercraft!

Comment by Sue Gee on March 22, 2013 at 12:25pm

Welcome Carrie.  It is possible to teach yourself to spin and weave if you are someone who can learn from videos and books.  I was lucky to have teachers available locally at a reasonable cost and actually learned to weave in high school.  

To get started you might want to see if you can check out some books and DVDs from your local library.  Interweave Press has a bunch of books and DVDs.  They also have several magazines.  Check out Ravelry.com to see if there are any groups in your area.  A big part of what I love about the fiber arts is getting together in groups to spin and knit.  

Comment by Sue Gee on April 21, 2013 at 2:03pm

So, what are you working on this spring?  I have a sock on my knitting needles as I needed a small project to take on a train trip.  The spinning wheel has a bobbin about half way full of cotton (not the easiest thing to spin).  Hoping to spin up some of my cotton stash for a summer top (probably not for this summer).  Thinking ahead to the winter holidays and may start working on some grocery bags as giftings.  We will see how much I get done as I also have my vegetable garden to tend.  Have fun with your fiber project.

Comment by Sue Gee on May 14, 2013 at 12:02am

It is Fiber Festival season.  Keep your eyes out for events and festivals in your area.  They are a great way to learn about the fiber arts and fiber animals as well.   In the Pacific Northwest we have so many opportunities.  Two big festivals are the Black Sheep Gathering in Eugene, OR, toward the end of June and Oregon Flock and Fiber Festival in Canby, OR  the week-end of September 28th and 29th. 

Comment by Sue Gee on October 11, 2013 at 6:16pm

Well now that the Oregon Flock and Fiber Festival (OFFF) is over I can get back to actually working on some fiber related projects.  Just finished some socks and I am not working on a scarf using the left over sock yarn.  I bought this little gadget at OFFF, that is essentially a mini loom.  You weave small squares (about 3" x 3") that are self-contained (they won't unravel).  Once the squares are woven I need to figure out an easy way to attach them to each over.  

Is anyone working on any holiday projects?  I need to get started.  I think I am going to knit some mini socks for tree ornaments.  No big projects in the immediate future.  

OFFF was amazing, but I am on the board so I don't get to do all the fun stuff.  There were almost 60 classes offered this year; everything from learning to spin to meat cutting for lamb.  All kinds of dye classes and lots of classes for people wanting to raise angora rabbits.  Next year the focus will be on felting and Shetland sheep.  OFFF will be held September 27th and 28th in 2014.  Let me know if you are interested and I will post the link to the OFFF website and Facebook page.  Happy spinning, knitting, crocheting and all fiber related stuff.

Comment by Mary Vivit on October 12, 2013 at 12:03pm

Wow, Sue! You must have been busy! I haven't managed to be in the area for OFFF, though my roots are in the Pacific Northwest. I'm sorry you didn't get to do a lot of the fun stuff this year. Maybe next? Please do post the links, if you don't mind. Maybe we'll make next year's vacation a destination vacation.

I've got one of those mini looms, too. I do like mine for using the last bits of handspun. I certainly agree that joining is an issue ... at least for me. I've ended up stacking the edges and doing a slip stitch crochet join. It's attractive and quick.

I do have a couple of holiday projects going: fingerless mitts and a hot water bottle cover. No big projects for me this year: I've done a bunch of travel for work, including to Asia, and could only fit small projects in the suitcase.

Comment by Sue Gee on October 12, 2013 at 6:20pm

Mary, the link to the OFFF website is http://www.flockandfiberfestival.com/.  OFFF also has a Facebook page, which you can probably search for if you are a FB person.  There is also a Ravelry group for OFFF.  

Most likely I will be co-chairing the OFFF workshops again next year, so it will probably be another year without a lot of time to enjoy the Festival.  I do participate in fun activities with my local guilds (Aurora Colony Handspinners and NWrsa.  

You could certainly get a lot of knitting and crocheting done on a trip to Asia.  You should post some pictures of your projects when you get them finished.  

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