Friday, December 28, 2012

What a talented fiber artist.

Featured Artist: Drucilla Pettibone of Petitbones — Handspun Yarn: Publisher’s Note: What a treat we have for you, this week! Our featured artist is a lifelong fiber aficionado, who loves to share her talents and passion with the next generation of fiber artists. Drucilla Pettibone of Petitbones has embraced fiber

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Nothing short of . . . WOW

Check out lil Fish Studios and do it now.

Thank You Sage Yarn in Falmouth MA

Just in time for holiday giving, I delivered a variety of Walking Wool wares to Sage Yarn in Falmouth MA. Owner Jen Heinlein was so enthusiastic . . . she took a little of everything. And, shortly thereafter my spinning friend Betsy dropped by the shop and took these photos of the wares on display. So nice to see them out in  public and curious for the feedback.





Discovery of a (new to me) breed . . . OUESSANT SHEEP

The Spinning Shepherd § La Bergère Filandière: Girls, Girls, Girls ....  Apparently, the smallest sheep in the world?!
And then, don't miss this short video. What are feline friends for? A deep tissue neck massage, to-go!

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Multiple meanings . . . hardly a surprise

Fulling - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

If you look up Walking Wool, my studio, you will find a Google link to a wikipedia site that talks about fulling. Fulling is also known as walking. Hah. 

Per the link, 
"Fulling or tucking or walking ("waulking" in Scotland) is a step in woolen cloth making which involves the cleansing of cloth (particularly wool) to eliminate oils, dirt, and other impurities, and making it thicker. The worker who does the job is a fullertucker, or walker.[1] The Welsh word for a fulling mill is pandy, which appears in many place-names."

Who knew?

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Wonderful fiber artist . . . Jodi Colella

You must watch this.


Katherine Cobey teaches at Halcyon Yarn

I am inching my way to one day soon taking a class with this incredible talent. She's teaching again next month at Halcyon Yarn in Bath ME. Definitely one of my "musts" for 2013.


Free is so nice . . .

http://www.classiceliteyarns.com/WebLetter/268/Issue268.php



Thank you to CEY for their fairly regular gifts of free and fun knit and crochet patterns, always presented on sweet models who look like real people! This crochet hat will be on my "to try" list for the coming weeks. Quick and easy it looks, and a good way to hone my new-ish (since the summer) crochet skills.

Sweet Potato Pie Truffles

Sweet Potato Pie Truffles

My neighbor Cara is an amazing cook, and she blogs about her culinary ideas and adventures, all with a look to eating clean and healthy. This looks like a must-try recipe.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

New fiber friend Ray Cooper teaches clay metal button making . . .

I met Ray last weekend at The Gathering in Southbury CT. He is a Mainer, fiber artist, clay metal designer, and much more. Interesting guy!

Ray teaching a class at Portland Fiber Gallery

Ray's beautiful button designs.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

The Gathering 2012

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The Gathering 2012, a set on Flickr.
The full batch of photos I have from last weekend's terrific event, hosted by the Northeast Handspinners Association. Thank you very very much to the wonderful organizing team, the inspirational mentors, the generous and talented vendors, and the great fiber folks who attended. I learned so much from all of you!

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Monday, October 29, 2012

Walking Wool 2013 Calendar: Celebrating the Divine Ovine, Equipment - Halcyon Yarn, Quality and Value for Fiber Artists

Walking Wool 2013 Calendar: Celebrating the Divine Ovine, Equipment - Halcyon Yarn, Quality and Value for Fiber Artists: Sheep, sheep and more sheep! If you love sheep the Walking Wool 2013 calendar will help satisfy your need for sheep. Pictures of sheep heads and lambs. A year of fiber fun with sheep shots personally selected for Halcyon Yarn. Fiber festivals and special fiber events listed.

Order yours now! Halcyon Yarn is a great shop located in Bath ME, one of my favorite small cities and a beautiful destination along the Maine Coast.

Setting Up Shop for The Gathering 2012

If you are not a member of the Northeast Handspinners Association, then you might not be aware of the Biennial Gathering, a three-day spinners/fiber artists conference  held this year at the Heritage Hotel in Southbury CT. Three days of workshops, meetings, marketplace shopping, spin-ins, and all under one roof. We hole up and forget about anything and everything, save our passion for fibery stuff.

It all begins at 9:30 November 2 and wraps up by 1:30 November 4 . . . three whole days with my people. Ahhhhhhhhh.

This year I will be a most excited student of Jacey Boggs and Katheryn Alexander, two fiber arts rock stars with publications and national/international reputations. For the first time, my studio -- Walking Wool -- will be participating as a vendor in the Marketplace. I'll have my original sheep photographs, both large and small, framed and not, as well as T-Shirts, note and postcards, magnets, naturally-dyed fleece and locks, rovings, washed fleece for spinning, and more if can fit it all in my little Kia Soul.

So, now it's all up to Hurricane Sandy to make sure that The Gathering will indeed come off seamlessly . . .

Friday, October 19, 2012

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Getting ready for the October - November Rush

These two months have so much going on, fiber-wise. Stitches East in Hartford, NYS Sheep and Wool Fest in Rhinebeck, and The Gathering spinners' retreat in CT. Lots of opportunities to talk up Walking Wool, and hopefully gain some new fans. Meanwhile, calendars for Halcyon Yarn in Bath ME were delivered last week, and we hope for the best response possible. And, a reorder! I'll be busy preparing my FIRST EVAH vendor's booth over the next few weeks, fine tuning, tweaking, and giving it all the most serious consideration. Our little Kia Soul will be packed to the gills with Walking Wool wares. To say I'm excited about it all is a large understatement.








Thursday, September 27, 2012

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Happy Collector

Etsy - Sign In

Hi Lori,
Just want to send a pic of our Barre Ewe. I am delighted to have her so close all the time! My husband framed her in unfinished cherry - he said he thought of the frame as weathering like a barn - with museum quality glass. Directly behind my desk is a hearing test booth, and patients are in and out all day. Many comment on her, and I always direct them to you! Thank you again for your wonderful work!

Maine 2012 Common Ground Fair

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Wow, what a great time. Many beautiful animals, talented artists, and interesting ideas everywhere to behold. Need more than one day to take it all in!