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This is a showcase of spinning, spindling and weaving adventures of the Spinning Wheel Coach, members of this site, and friends in the fiber arts world.  

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Applying Cooking Up Yarns

Posted by Cheryl Reed on November 25, 2012 at 10:05 PM Comments comments (0)

In just 3 hours, 3 of us produced 2 1/2 skeins of Churro rug yarn for a friend who needed it fast.  We used my Majacraft Suzie, and D's Ashford Joy and S's Hansen eSpinner.  We counted the twists over 1 inch of the 2-ply target yarn...coarse buffalo hair that Judith McKenzie had spun and dyed for rugs.  Then we untwisted the sample to find the twist angle and the diameters of the singles.  Next we used our width gauge to match the diameter and then the twist with the Churr...

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Shibori Workshop with Carol E.

Posted by Cheryl Reed on November 8, 2012 at 3:15 AM Comments comments (0)

Desert Fiber Arts hosted a workshop by Carol Etchemendy on Shibori (resist) Dyeing at the end of September.  So simple and a delight to unveil.  Try to come to Dye Day this coming summer.  There was a lot of talk about doing this with fiber-reactive dyes.

More photos on the DFA blog, Here's What's Happening, on DesertFiberArts.org.

Colored Cotton Harvest 2012

Posted by Cheryl Reed on November 8, 2012 at 3:10 AM Comments comments (0)

Here's my entire Pima cotton harvest.  Should spin up and go with other handspun cotton for a blouse.
Here's the natural brown cotton harvest.  So rich in color already.  Eager to see it after time in a hard-water crock pot.
The Desert Fiber Arts Guild in Tri-Cities will probably have a ginning party in January. ...
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DFA Guild Demo at Heritage Days

Posted by Cheryl Reed on October 3, 2012 at 5:30 PM Comments comments (0)

We were mobbed by 4th grade classes at Heritage Days in Sacajawea Park.  A friend set up a display of processing flax and carding/spinning wool to weave linsy-woolsy fabric.  She also came up with a great idea for quick and easy spindling.  I'm holding some pencil roving.  We had the kids bend the roving in half.  Hook the middle onto the spindle hook.  Hold the 2 havles of th...
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Judging Sheep to Shawl in Puyallup

Posted by Cheryl Reed on September 18, 2012 at 6:35 PM Comments comments (0)

I was honored to be asked to judge the Sheep to Shawl Competition at the Puyallup Fair this year.  5 teams competed.

Reps from the teams came to listen to the judging, take notes, and plan to win next year.

Above, I was checking for treadling and threading errors with the help of Superintendent Babara Bitetto.

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New Rug Loom at White Bluffs Center

Posted by Cheryl Reed on July 4, 2012 at 2:45 PM Comments comments (0)

The White Bluffs Quilt Museum in Richland just purchased an old rug loom that is in great condition.  It's a 2-shaft jack loom and heavy.  For the shake-down weaving, we used Maysville cotton rug warp at 4 dents per inch and some Pendleton Woolen Mills selvedges.  We got a THICK , frimly packed rug and mat.

This is before washing.

This is after a gentle wash in hot water and detergent to remove all...

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Shibori (Tie-Dye) on Cotton Fabric

Posted by Cheryl Reed on July 4, 2012 at 2:30 PM Comments comments (0)

After the DFA Dye Day, I took the time to tie some fabrics with heavy quilting threads.  i soaked them in soda ash, as the instuctions for tie-dye on DharmaTrading.com say, and then used a syringe to place the colors.  Great fun in the backyard.

I accordian-folded the 2 yds of fabric and wrapped the thread around the fabric at intervals about the width of my palm.  Six to eight wraps pulled tight and tied firmly.  Then I covered the fabric with the black plastic so i...

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Cotton Blossoms At Last

Posted by Cheryl Reed on June 24, 2012 at 7:50 PM Comments comments (0)

Now we know: brown cotton blooms lovely yellow on day one and changes to purply pink on day two.  White cotton blooms white and changes to pink on day two.  

Same blossom, day two.

The white Pima cotton on days 1 & 2.

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NwRSA Conference & Ikat Exhibit

Posted by Cheryl Reed on June 7, 2012 at 3:50 AM Comments comments (0)

The Northwest Regional Spinners Association's annual conference is always worth the cost and then some.  The campus of the U of Puget Sound in Tacoma is lovely, even in the rain.  The spinning venue is huge with the vendors and gallery all in the same room as the spinners.  Folks are welcoming.  Everyone seems ready to share what they are working on.  You learn in the formal class and then even more in the spinning circles.

I enjoyed pick-up lace techniques from...

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Cotton in 2012

Posted by Cheryl Reed on June 6, 2012 at 4:50 PM Comments comments (2)

I started my cotton a month earlier this year to try for a harvest by the end of October instead of Thanksgiving.  A handful of DFA members ordered brown and Pima white cotton this year after a couple years of green.

Fortunately my front window gets full sun in March-May.  My Pima sprouted while the seeds of others rotted in the ground.  I'm guessing that it takes a warmer soil temperature than the colored cotton.  

Got them in 18-inch pots by the beginning of ...

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