December Fiber Updates

This has been the month for trying new things, I have had lots of fun, much to the rising panic of Mr Rob as he knows that means even more toys are about to arrive in the house.

First there was inkle weaving, this was a course I took in a very old Baptist church in Atlanta one Saturday morning. The course included all of the materials and you got to keep the inkle loom. It’s just for making, straps, book markets etc. But it’s a lot of fun and nice and portable.

Second strap with some nice raised patterns
Second strap with some nice raised patterns

Next was over to the Sunday spinners for a wet felted hat event – Very kindly led by Miss Veronica, who also made the best ginger trifle I have ever tasted. After many hours of placing fiber onto the mold, agitating with soap and warm water we were able to build something that really looked like a hat, Mine is a combination of Corriedale wool and some hand dyed Alpaca. It still needs some additional embellishment — but I am pretty pleased with the result.

My first hat drying out and waiting for the "pretty" bits
My first hat drying out and waiting for the “pretty” bits

Then I went over to Conyers and spent the day with a really lovely lady from my Spinning group who had offered to teach me to weave. We had a lovely day and I created the warp, dressed the loom and then started to weave. Linda even let me bring the loom home with me so that I could finish it off. She knows I have alpacas and so gave me alpaca fiber to work with. It was so much fun, cant wait till I go there again.