Like a cat in a drumcarder….

I’ve had the drumcarder whirling pretty consistently over the past few days. I’m churning through a fleece quite quickly, alternately carding up batches and spinning them. I would card them all at once and them switch completely over to spinning-only for a few days, but experience has taught me two important lessons about this work….

Lazy Saturday

Of course, just the title of this post alone should guarantee that today will spin utterly out of control and become the usual frenzied weekend of ambitious over-accomplishment, punctuated by dashes of frustration, and overlaid with a haze of exhaustion. The snow has suddenly melted (This is Newfoundland. That happens.) which means that running is…

Still reeling

In Newfoundland, the May 24th weekend is the stuff of legends.It is the first long weekend of the summer (a term used loosely here) and people haul out the RVs, dig out their tents, stock up on booze, break out the barbeques and some (cough) “put in” their gardens. Victoria Day or “the two-four”, as…

Three bags full

As a part of my general exploration of the wonderful world of spinning, I have been playing with fibres from various species of sheep. I’m doing this gradually and taking time to really get to know the fibres, how they clean, how they take dyes and what their handle is like. My latest shipment included…

The Brother Drumcarder: a video

I’ve gotten a few requests for a video of my Brother drumcarder in action, so here it is. I did not tidy the studio before doing this video. Mea culpa. It’s 11 min 43 sec long, but if you’re one of the folks who are wondering what it’s like before you buy, it just might…

Designing, a variable process

Everyone comes to the process of hashing out a design in their own unique way and what works for one person or piece might not work at all for another. My work usually originates in one of two distinct ways; either I start with an idea and create the fabrics to give body and substance…

Spin, span, spun

I just have a few pictures for you to start out the day. I have a report to finish up, some revisions on a document to work through and a tonne of actual production and design work to get cracking with, so I’d best get to it. Here’s some Shetland wool that I dyed in…

Drum roll, please!

For some time now I’ve been wanting a drumcarder. They’re expensive things, though, and I resisted until I was sure I’d have a use for one. Also, they take up space and are really prickly to accidentally brush against when walking across a room, so they really need their own “station” in a studio. I…

Looks like dead mice: washing wool in the lock

I have been working my way through four pounds of a Rambouillet/Romney fleece, bit by bit, over the past several weeks. I really didn’t have any specific project plans for this fleece, other than to wash it, flick the tips of the locks open and spin from the lock into a bulky sort of yarn….