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A Great Salida Fiber Festival September 12 2014 1 Comment
Many thanks to all the Salida Fiber Festival volunteers, our customers, and our locker hooking students this past weekend! It was a great festival, with amazing attendance, and even the weather cooperated (it was a bit windy, and some storms threatened but never really rained). Our Colorado-grown roving was a huge hit, and everyone loved accessorizing their woolen items with our handmade shawl pins. Looks like we'll be busy this month restocking our inventory for the Wool Festival at Taos!
We packed as much into our 10 x 10 booth as possible.
See all that gorgeous hand-dyed Corriedale roving? We should have done more; it was almost gone by the end of Saturday!
Vertical displays are the only way to go with all our diverse products.
Pam's class on locker hooking went well. Between the class and her demo on Sunday, we have many more people "hooked" on locker hooking (sorry, I couldn't help myself with that pun).
Thanks again to everyone - especially our helpers, Jim, Trent, and Abby - and to you for reading!
Awards at the County Fair! August 15 2014 1 Comment
Last weekend was the La Plata County Fair, and my mom (Pam) and I entered a few things we had created during the year. We do it more just to support the fiber arts and local fiber groups, but appreciate getting feedback on our work at the same time. I was very proud of my mom for winning the Grand Champion ribbon for the weaving division with her handwoven pillow made from handspun, homegrown Navajo Churro wool. There were some amazing weaving entries this year, which is part of the reason I'm so proud!
Handwoven pillow made from handspun, homegrown Navajo Churro wool - natural and hand-dyed colors.
I've been spinning for seven years now, and was very excited to win the Reserve Grand Champion ribbon for the yarn division, along with the Best Use of Local Wool award!
The yarn was spun with fawn-colored Shetland lamb roving. This lamb (Edward) was born moorit/brown, and faded to nearly white by his first shearing. The Shetland colors are so fascinating! (Don't get me started on Shetland sheep genetics...)
Additionally, at the urging of my mother and my friend, Carole, I entered one of my stitch marker necklaces in the jewelry division of the fair. It won not only first-place in necklaces, but Judges' Choice award as well. Apparently, the judge was amazed at how nicely I do my loops. I am very flattered, and it's nice to have my hard work recognized; I work very hard on getting my loops just right and the edges tucked away because of their intended use as stitch markers.
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