Wet Felting Soap Workshop

Posted on: March 23, 2013

Great Saturday Morning with the Felting Group.

Learned some new felting methods using water and soap. The group felted a bar of my homemade soap and we had enough time to make a dryer ball.

Everyone one got lather up and created some nice looking spring coloured ( from my spring hand dyed fibre) felted soap.

Needle Felting Workshop

Posted on: February 24, 2013

A great workshop was held at the shop (my dinning room). Everyone got to work on creating something unique to them in felt.  It was great fun and we hope to do it again soon.

 

 

Angora Socks

Posted on: February 24, 2013

I've been having a great time knitting up these nice angora socks out of self striping angora yarn.  I was suprised at how fast these socks knit up.  They feel great to the skin and is now one of my favorite socks to wear.

Rug Hooking

Posted on: December 12, 2012

I have spent many hours rug hooking and my favorite material to use is 100% wool yarn. I learned with yarn when I started hooking back in the 90's and I just seem to gravitate back to it.

Wool strips of material are very popular today and there are amazing works of art done with wool "material" strips but for me the yarn just seems to be the right fit for my style of hooking.

I like hooking with Briggs and Little Yarn and use Majic Carpet dyes to achive some of the vibrant colours either by over dying or just dying natual colour yarns.

 I have done patterns such as this Jacobean Table Runner, which was a special order. I will take request and charge $40.00 per square foot depending on the pattern difficulty.

Angora Fiber Rabbits

Posted on: December 10, 2012

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French and English Angora Rabbits

This variety of domestic rabbit are bred for their long, soft wool. The Angora is one of the oldest types of domestic rabbit.  They originating in Turkey , along with the Angora cat and goat. They have an aesthetically pleasing looks and their one of a kind fur and colour make them very cute and cuddly. The rabbits were popular pets with French royalty in the mid 18th century, and spread to other parts of Europe by the end of the century.

They are bred largely for their long wool, which may be removed by shearing, combing, or plucking. There are four main breeds of Angora Rabbits, English, French, Giant, and Satin.

Angoras are bred mainly for their wool because it is silky and soft. At only 11 microns in diameter it is finer and softer than cashmere. They have a humorous appearance, as they oddly resemble a fur ball with a face. Most are calm and docile, and have the personality similar to cats.  Grooming is a must and they should be combed once a week to prevent the fibre from matting and felting on the rabbit.

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