One of the things I have noticed over many years of working with fiber and yarn is that colors tend to soften with each step. In other words, if I make an art batt or dye a braid of top and then spin it into yarn, the yarn has softer colors than the art batt.… Read More An Experiment in Color: How Colors Soften with Each Step
If you don’t have the time to read about what I’ve been up to, feel free to just scroll down to the bottom for a way to get 15% off. What have I been up to? The answer is lots. First of all, remember the slouchy beret I knit for my daughter? Well, I liked… Read More A Little of This and a Little of That and a Coupon Code to Boot
I thought I would take this week to show you guys a few things I have been knitting and weaving recently. Some are going to be Christmas presents, and some are gifts I have already given for other occasions. I’ll tell you about the pattern as well as the yarn I used, and I would… Read More What I’ve Been Making
Spinning Mini Skeins, Wraps per Inch, Using a Drum Carder… Read More Spinning Multiple Minis, Some Tips on Carding Art Batts, and a Discussion of Wraps per Inch
I just had a customer who purchased her very first art batt to spin. She’s in for a treat. Art batts are such a joy to spin because it’s possible to combine so many fabulous fibers into one preparation and enjoy each one as you spin. That got me thinking though about the many different… Read More Spinning from Art Batts
I wanted to let you know about something new in my shop. I am starting an Art Batt of the Month Club. I’m offering a 3-month subscription, a 6-month subscription, and a 12-month subscription. The 6-month and 12-month subscriptions come with substantial discounts. Each month, you’ll receive an art batt that is entirely new in… Read More Announcing the Art Batt of the Month Club
I just wanted to post a quick reminder that tomorrow is the last day to sign up to win this set of bulky thick-and-thin handspun yarns. You can sign up to win here: https://www.purplelambfiberarts.com/500th-sale-handspun-yarn-giveaway/. I’ll be posting the winner on Sunday here, on Facebook, and on Instagram.
I’m working with a friend to create a new line of handspun, handwoven handbags. I’ll be doing the spinning and weaving, and my friend will be doing the sewing, putting the handbags together. I warped my rigid heddle loom at 10 ends per inch. The warp yarn is a commercially spun wool yarn that came… Read More Weaving Handbags
I just found this on Youtube and thought it was brilliant. I usually use a cake ball winder, but if you don’t have one or want something that might be even faster, here it is. The video starts with a kitchen hand mixer, but she also shows an option with a drill near the end.
I have been an admirer of the work of Suzy Brown of WoolWench for a number of years. She just posted a really cool and easy tutorial for creating a scarf, shawl, or anything really using art yarn and some basic sewing skills. No knitting, felting, crocheting, or weaving required. Take a look here.