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

Spring Fiber Festivals

Not only is Spring the time for Shearing sheep in the northeast, but it’s also fiber festival season. This year, I attended 2. The first was purely as a spectator at the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival in Friendship, Maryland (at the Howard County fairgrounds). It’s one of the largest fiber festivals in the country … More Spring Fiber Festivals

Churro Rug Finished

I’m so excited to report that the Churro Rug project is complete. The yarn didn’t take as long to spin as I thought it would. The linen went on the loom like a breeze. Because it was sett so wide apart, there weren’t that many threads. It took about 2-3 hours total to dress the … More Churro Rug Finished