Spinning

spinningMy fascination with spinning wheels started as a young child with the story of Sleeping Beauty. How could a spindle hold so much power? Ok, I missed the point of the story, but I was four! The allure of spinning fiber into something usable fascinated me into adulthood and I started collecting antique spinning wheels from all over the world. We now have more than 15 wheels in our house. I’m glad Maleficent didn’t use an elephant to cast the evil spell.

The fiber used in our handspun yarn comes from a variety of different sources; everything from raw sheep and llama fleeces, to combing our German Angora rabbit for added softness. Quality llama fleeces are direct from our friends at Equisea Farms in Barhamsville, Virginia. Check the link below for available fleeces and rovings from Equisea Farms.

While I sometimes will dye the yarn, I usually sell it in its natural color – the variety of subtle tones in natural fiber is amazing. Our yarn is suitable for most knitting and crochet projects. The yarn has been washed and the spin ‘set’. Use standard TLC for wool items.

Check our Yarn and Fiber page for a list of hand-spun yarns and available fiber. 

Interested in learning to spin?  Take lessons.  Click to learn more about our hand spinning lesson program.


Weaving

weavingImagine my surprise when my husband purchased a 1940s Sabina Folding Loom for me for Christmas. This beautiful antique is still a workhorse, producing beautiful woven products. 

It’s amazing how much time goes into simply warping the loom (that means wrapping the warp beam with the thread or yarn required for the project, threading each and every thread through its own heddle, and then through the reed and tying it to the front of the loom). After just a few projects, I can understand why pioneers that made their own fabric only had one or two outfits. I truly have a new respect for hand-woven goods.

From time to time, woven items will be available on our Yarn and Fiber page for your consideration.