Chunky Yarn Obsession

Back in 2015, I did a yarn review on the Rios line of yarn for Malabrigo, you can check out the video here. What I did not mention is that Malabrigo has an incredible selection of all different sizes and colors. I became mildly obsessed with their Rasta yarn. The description from the Malabrigo website describes the yarn as “a lightly-fulled single-ply yarn of magnum proportions!” And they were not kidding. This yarn is crazy squishy, beautiful, and very bold. I decided that it would best be used in some chunky throws. I was only going to do a few, Continue Reading…

Busting the Yarn Stash

Eric recently built me new bookshelves to store my yarn and my books on in my studio. They are amazing! The shelves themselves are adjustable in height so I can accommodate for those extra tall cones and those short little ones too. They are deep, and I can finally fit all of my cones of yarn in one place. After getting all of my yarn in one spot- it came to my attention that I have two very specific categories: Odds and Ends Designated Projects The odds and ends are either leftover cones from larger projects that I had done Continue Reading…

The Design Process

Before the holiday break I wrote a post about developing ideas for weaving. Today I would like to talk about taking those ideas and translating them into actual draft designs. I let the term “geological nomad” settle with me for a while. I then began to play in my software with some different color combinations and different weave structures. I have become infatuated with deflected double weave. The idea of using floats to create one pattern and the color to create another. Someone who was a huge influence for me into getting interested with this structure was Margo Selby. She Continue Reading…

Rhinebeck Sheep and Wool Festival

This past weekend I attended the Rhinebeck Sheep and Wool Festival (also known as the New York State Sheep and Wool Festival) To put it simply: It was a mad and crazy knitter’s paradise. There were quite a few felting and weaving booths at the fair, but not nearly as many as the countless knitting yarn and knitted goods booths. I still knit, just not nearly as often or as complicated as I used to. This is partially due to the fact that I find weaving to be a faster process that I can understand, and partially due to my Continue Reading…

You Spin Me Right ‘Round

There is a deep satisfaction in making a product from start to finish. I fell in love with processing raw fleeces a few years ago when I was felting all the time. Though, I am still very passionate about felting, it takes a lot of space and time and I now have at least eight giant totes of nice clean fleeces that need to be used up. I learned to spin on a drop spindle a long time ago from the same woman who taught me how to felt. I enjoy spinning in this manner, but I am not very Continue Reading…

Fiber Friday: Stephanie Metz

So, this past week has been a little bit crazy. I have been focusing on getting product off the loom and setting up arrangements at work to get ready to move in a couple months. It has been stressful. So to alleviate some of this stress here is an artist who I love. Stephanie Metz She is a felt artist who resides in San Jose, California. She received her BFA in Sculpture from the University of Oregon. Her works focus on overly domesticated creatures, especially those whose form has overgrown their function. Her work has been featured in “500 Felt Objects” Continue Reading…

What I Have Been Doing Lately

I was absent for a few days because of a few reasons: I was taking an early holiday vacation and I was doing some weaving on two looms at the same time- and time just got away from me. So I am back! And I wanted to show you some pictures of the current weavings in progress and a my thoughts on them. So a couple of weeks ago I stayed up very late and decided to create warp, without really planning. Just winding it unto to the warping board as I see fit. I wound on about 36 yards Continue Reading…

Fiber Friday: My Trip to Scotland

It is that time of the week for a little creative pick me up! A resource that I use frequently are images that I have that were taken on trips and outings. One extremely influential trip in my life was to Ullapool, Scotland. I went a couple years ago when I had received an Undergraduate Summer Research Grant through Buffalo State College for my project “Felting as a Sustainable Media”. With the grant I received I traveled to Scotland to take a workshop on creating felt and learning about natural dye processes. The workshop was put on by Wild Rose Continue Reading…