Summer Update

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A lot of time has been spent at the lakes.  Finally the water has warmed up.  🙂

I have listed some new hand dyed Wensleydale rovings, locks, and carded batts to the farm shop on Etsy.  Most of my dyeing inspiration has been the hot summer weather and lake views.. So the wools are pretty much a mix of brights and muted vegetation/greens.

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My Churro Club yarns from Weaving Southwest arrived.  The Churro Club is a monthly box of hand dyed, US grown and spun, Navajo Churro yarns from Weaving Southwest.  These yarns are great for tapestry and pretty much anything else.

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I hope your fiber artwork is going along good!  Even with all the farmwork, I am managing to squeeze in time to work on my weaving and spinning projects.

Washing and Dyeing

Hello Spring!  Finally!  I have been busy washing and dyeing wool.  I will continue to list wools on the Etsy farm shop as I have time.

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My latest weaving project which will eventually be two scarves.

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Here is a sampling of what I have been listing.  More to come soon!!

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Super-soft Cormo chunky farm wool batts.

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Wensleydale lamb locks

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Handwoven Saori Style

Saori weaving is a type of free form weaving.  I use a lot of my art yarns/chunky yarns in Saori style weaving.  The first step of the process starts with washing and dyeing the fleece.  After the wool has dried, it is carded into a batt.

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The batt is spun into yarn.

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I select warp threads and wind the warp.

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The loom is dressed.

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The cloth is woven.

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The cloth is cut from the loom, washed, and fringe is tied.

A Saori scarf!

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Just another Fall Day

New fibers listed in the shop.  Also, I have enabled the Etsy Direct Checkout for those who prefer to not use Paypal to checkout.

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Cormo Wool Top
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Cormo Art Batt

 

I have carded a bunch of Cormo art batts for spinning.  I will be listing some of the handspun yarn in the shop too!

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The sheep are loving the fall weather.

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The End is Near…

The summer is coming to an end. I can feel fall in the air.  The end of summer brings one good thing, the end of the parasites that have been plaguing the sheep!  I have been doing weekly sheep health checkups.  Everyone is doing GREAT, but this has been a bad (or good?) year for parasites.  I rotate pastures which does help break the worm cycle.

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Wensleydale Sheep

I have listed some new dyed fibers in my online farm shop.  I have more fiber assortments and dyed top to list.  Hopefully, I will have most of it listed by the end of the week.  The fiber assortments are great for carding.  I love to make batts from an assortment of fibers.

Hand Dyed Fiber Assortment
Hand Dyed Fiber Assortment
Hand Dyed Cormo Top
Hand Dyed Cormo Top
Hand Dyed Cormo Top
Hand Dyed Cormo Top

I have been using up some of my handspun stash to weave Saori scarves.

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Wound Bobbins
Saori Scarf
Saori Scarf

Dyeing Wool

I have been dyeing some combed top for the shop.  This combed top is so soft and squishy!  I had to keep some for myself too!!  Here (above photo)  is a sneak peek of what will be listed soon.  I have a few more colorways to photograph and list in the shop.  The blends are merino/milk, merino/banana, and merino/silk top.  There is also some good old merino top too.  Keep an eye on the shop over the next week or so for updates!

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