I am soaring! Happy Halloween everyone. First of all let me say how incredibly fantastic my class is! I'm taking a class in spinning different cellulose fibers from the wonderfully knowledgeable Stephenie Gaustad. I took this class because I REALLY wanted to learn to spin flax. Day one we learned about spinning cotton. I decided I could suffer through that day even though I don't really enjoy spinning cotton in order to get to the flax day. Well I should have said because I didn't use to enjoy spinning cotton. Now I love it! The second day (today) we learned about spinning flax. Stephenie doesn't just show you a technique, she tells you a lot about the history and ethnic traditions of the fibers. We learned about growing flax, harvesting it, retting (rotting) it, breaking it up and preparing it for spinning. We learned several different ways to dress a distaff, and how to spin line flax.
Stephenie separating "fingers" of Ramie
Stephenie showed us 3 ways to dress a distaff. This one is called "fan". All the distaffs were generously loaned to us by Alden and Stephenie to use in the class
And here is a picture from the fashion show. This is Gwen Powell and her incredible handspun, crocheted pheasant feathered cape! It also has beautiful beads going down each "spine" of the cape. It was gorgeous!
And finally, here are some pictures of the colorful types you might find at a SOAR event!
This is the Interweave staff! The fates, Arachne and Athena!
Yes, I AM spinning my hair!
Don't be scared! It's a SILK moth! Not a wool eating moth!
Look Ma! It's my TRIBE!
OK, gotta hit the hay, lots more adventures tomorrow.