Happy Week to all of you.
As many of you have seen, this past week was an updating and clean up of the site. We took a few pages down due to non use and a few down for more in-depth work.
The major work is going on on the photo gallery page. As I was going through our phones and computers, I found that there is a whole story of the project being told to date by the pictures we have collected. At times these photos tell and even more complete story that words ever could.
That is the work project wise for this week. I am going to have this available this weekend or by Monday next week at the latest.
Upcoming events of interest include the Taos Wool Festival. That is happening this week culminating with the Wool Market on Saturday and Sunday. This Market is located in Taos Nm.
The following week is Churro Week at the Espanola Valley Fiber Arts Center in Espanola Nm. This event is full of classes featuring the Navajo Churro as the topic. I will be holding a discussion on Saturday, Oct. 11 @4pm for anyone who is close enough to join in. Otherwise, this may be the perfect time for me to do a video of the discussion to add to the website. I will keep you all posted.
For any of you anywhere in the world, I would invite you to send me a posting of your fiber events and I will add them to the Upcoming Events Calendar here on the page. You never know, I might be in the area and would love to visit.
Well, that is about it for this post….
Be well and I will see you next time.
Well, I need to write even if it is just to be able to sleep tonight. I hope you will indulge me.
As I have been setting here processing the never ending piles of wool, I came upon a rather scratchy thought. Just how much wool do I need to process to get to the end of the tunnel?
My difficulty is that I do not completely understand the fabric I am recreating. I also do not understand weaving on a common floor loom let alone a Warp Weighted Loom. I have just enough knowledge of weaving to be dangerous.
Now mind you, I am recreating some of the techniques used to build the tools and fabric related to bring this project to completion. But, I am not an all knowing person. I need help…..
How do I figure the amount of wool needed to make the requisite fabric? HELP!
Is this fabric (2/2 twill) a warp faced fabric?
I guess this will not be the only two questions, but these are the most pressing ones at this point.
No Really….. Help.
Hubby says, “Good judgement comes from experience which comes from bad judgement.”
Hello everyone. I know that I have been quiet these past days….Things at the house have taken priority for a bit. I have been working on the project though and will have the results of the new experiments out for all to see soon.
The topic this time will be lubricating scoured fibers and comparing various techniques from removing the dirt while leaving the lanolin (grease) in the raw fleece and how the combs react to this to scouring the fleece and adding carding/spinning oil to it and how that effects the combing.
I have found a recipe for the oil and have redacted the recipe (also will be covered in depth) to fit the smaller quantities of fleece I am doing at a time. I am liking the results so far.
The last time I tried to comb a raw fleece I found the grease clogged the combs up to the point I could not use them. Carding (which is out of culture for this project) may be different….
So, as you can see I have been working, just not able to write. Will write the results of the work I have been doing very soon.
This wonderful project has opened the entire world up to me.
I have come into contact with awesome people who all share the passion for fiber. Many are absolute fanatics about this particular piece of textile for so many reasons. Others are just learning of it’s existence. Also I am finding that many people have done a form of recreation of this garment. Having been told that there have been few that have taken it to the insane level I have decided to go, I am flattered. Bottom line is that there is room for everyone in this garment.
One of the questions that has come up for me is how did this worldwide following come to be?
Hi everyone. I hope this post finds all of you doing very well.
I am going to deflect from the topic that I have been needing to write about again this week. I promise I will get to the wool combs soon. This is more of an update on the progress that is being made here. It helps me to put things into perspective to share with you.
In the past week I have been able to put together a hard outline for the upcoming research paper. This is a huge step as I tend to follow the leads where ever they take me when I do research. This more often than not sends me completely off topic with more information than I need to put together for the question I am answering. I am finding writing to be a completely different process than I had first believed.
So, lets start with the first time this question was asked of me during a discussion. Continue reading
Well, I have to say, this was not the blog post I wanted to enter today… But, I am having the biggest case of ADD and cannot focus on writing. The squirrel moments are getting frustrating.
So, here is what I have proposed… A rundown of last week.
The week started with writing the blog post on wool cards and their uses. Then more research for the upcoming paper and the making of two dresses one of which uses the S-Sleeve pattern. The week ended with me having medical tests run.
First, no need to worry. I am feeling OK and will continue with the upcoming tests to be sure all is right with me.
Second… the construction of the S-Sleeve still does not make a lot of sense… At some point, I will figure it out and will be able to explain it to all of you.
This coming week is going to see me hip deep in wool washing, research for the paper, and Dr.
Well, this week has been quite a week. It started with the editing of the process paper for separation of double coated fleece. This update includes a large number of pictures as well as cleaning up some of the wording. You will find it in the downloads section of this website.
Today we put through the order for another 12 Navajo Churro fleeces. This ran about $300.00. I hope you all Continue reading
If you are reading this, you understood my message on Facebook. Due to the limitations that have slowly been added over the past year, I have decided to open a web page for the project.
All of the usual information and nonsense will happen here, but, you will also have the access to all of the released written materials as downloadable PDF