Sheep Shearing Day

Yesterday was my annual trip to help at the Truckner Farm (Twin Springs Farm) shearing. My job is to run the skirting table and keep track of all the fleeces that have been reserved for sale. This year there were a lot of reserved fleeces and Sandy wants a small sample of the wool from … More Sheep Shearing Day

Getting Ready

I’m preparing to apply for Artisan Status with a group of craftsmen in Western New York, that my father helped to found. It’s the modern group that came from Elbert Hubbard’s Roycroft. My grandfather was a copper and silver smith in the original group and my father was one of four founders of the modern … More Getting Ready

Time To Review

“It’s the most wonderful time of the year!” Or so the song goes. I’ve always thought so. As we head into the traditional holidays of Christmas and Hanukkah followed by the New Year, I’ve always loved to take stock and be re-energized. I just re-read all my old blog posts, just because I was looking … More Time To Review

Etsy Shop Is Born

For awhile now, I’ve been thinking about opening an Etsy shop to sell some of my handmade fiber items. The two main things that I want to sell are handwoven blankets/throws in wool, Mohair or cotton and braided roving rugs. Here are a couple of pictures. Well, that day came earlier this month when I … More Etsy Shop Is Born

Fall Fiber Festivals

It’s that time of year when the kids have gone back to school and the thermometer is trying to dip to more manageable levels (at least we hope so) and, the light changes to a lower angle signaling Autumn. I had the chance to attend the Shenandoah Valley Fiber Festival in Berryville, VA last weekend. … More Fall Fiber Festivals

Animals Know What They Like And Aren’t Afraid To Tell You

It seems that when I work on a fiber project, it’s not long before the feline members of the family weigh in on it. Handspun, Handwoven Cotton Blanket Braided Rug from Shetland roving in progress Another Braided Rug from Roving in Progress We can be our worst critics. So it’s nice to know that our … More Animals Know What They Like And Aren’t Afraid To Tell You