Mystery Fiber!

Digging through my stash yesterday, I came across a little bag of mystery roving. I swear I’ve never seen it before (too much fiber maybe??) but I love finding ‘new’ fiber! It’s about 2 ounces of creamy white roving, obviously sheep wool, not alpaca. The little bag was stuffed inside a bigger bag labeled merino/tencel […]

Do Fiber Dyes go bad? Well, it depends…

Depends on what you mean by ‘Bad’. I tend to dye large quantities of yarn or fiber at a time so I’ll mix up 1/2 gallon batches of each color. Most of the time, there will be some dye left over. As it sits in the bottle, things happen. Some colors, like Kelly Green will […]

Did ya know? Soap residue can degrade your fiber over time.

Yup. Tis true. Leftover soap in your yarn, fiber or finished wool pieces can break down the fibers. But there is an easy, inexpensive way to counteract this. Vinegar! Of course, it’s the next best thing to duct tape, right? After washing your fiber, soak it in a bowl of water with a splash of […]

Felting Trivia – Did you know?

Felting is probably the oldest form of fiber art Protein fiber spins or is felted because it has little barbs which catch on one another Felt will not ravel and can be cut What causes felting?  Agitation and extreme temperature changes Felt can be made waterproof if heavily felted. Wool does not easily catch fire […]

What’s the difference between an Alpaca and a Llama?

I get this all the time….. here’s a good pic I found on Alpaca Culture‘s facebook page: Peace, Annette

To dye or not to dye…that is the question

Nuno felted triangle shawl with alpaca and mohair locks felted over silk gauze.  The mohair is such a pretty gold at the tips that I’m not sure I want to dye it.

Dyeing Yarn with Kool-Aid!

Updated! I love to dye yarn with Kool-Aid!! Why? It’s super easy. If I’m in the mood to quickly dye some yarn, but don’t want to pull out my professional Acid Dyes, I just reach for some packets of Kool-Aid. They are color fast and food safe so you can use whatever pots and pans […]

Felting Basics

Felting fascinates me.  What a great medium!   There are lots of different techniques but basically it boils down to dry or wet.  Here are just a few…. Nuno Felting Basically, it is the art of wet felting fiber through a piece of open weave fabric such as gauze or chiffon.  The fiber is placed on […]