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Dye yarn with food coloring: a fun and easy fiber experiment

In today’s yarn world, there are thousands of people dyeing yarn at home and achieving wild and interesting (and sometimes, even beautiful) results. Have you ever wanted to try your hand at dyeing your own yarn, but were too intimidated? Or, perhaps you just didn’t want to shell out...

Questions & Answers – November 2018

It’s our one-year YouTube anniversary! To celebrate we asked for your questions and in this episode, we answer them. Resources Beer and Food Vermont Brewers Association – More than 50 breweries in the state, with a map and links to more information, so you can plan your own trip....

Spinning and Shopping at the Vermont Sheep & Wool Festival

Sarah’s mother (and Chief Fiber Arts Enabler) Nancy Hart joins for a chat about the 30th Annual Vermont Sheep & Wool Festival. The Vermont festival is always our favorite of the year. Held in our home village of Tunbridge, this medium-sized festival attracts vendors and fiber fans from around...

How to Dye Wool with Butternut Hulls

A few months ago, our generous neighbor gave me some butternut hulls for dyeing. Butternut are a hardwood tree that were at one time very common across New England. Unfortunately, over-harvesting for the furniture industry has led to their scarcity. It may not be possible to locate a sustainable...

18: Susan Rockwell, Master of Double Weaving

Before Susan Rockwell perfected her skills at double weaving, she first discovered the craft at a sheep and wool festival, and took to it right away. In fact, she now enjoys teaching weaving to others, as well as taking commissions and creating her own designs. Join us as we...

Dye Wool with Mullein a Herbaceous Biennial

As soon as we started to build our pasture for the sheep, I encountered something that looked like Lamb’s Ear, but wasn’t. We didn’t know what it was at first, but noticed the sheep didn’t like to eat it, so we set about trying to eradicate it from our...

15: Kristen Judkins, Gilead Fiber Farm

Kristen Judkins grew up spinning and knitting, but didn’t have her own fiber farm until she won some angora goats in an online essay contest. Join us for a chat about all things fiber and learn about the small mill where Kristen also processes roving and yarn for other...

Dye wool with Tansy Using These Easy Steps

This was the first time I’d tried dyeing with tansy, and I was pleased with the speediness of the dye set and the resulting color. While a tint shift didn’t work as planned (adding ammonia did not yield a green shade as promised), the color we did get was...

Spinning Tools for Yarn

Happy Distaff Day! To celebrate, I’m sharing information about the spinning tools I use in my spinning practice. Spinning oil: Keeping your wheel oiled will make spinning smoother and more fun. Basket: I like a medium-sized basket with handles for keeping my un-spun fiber and tools handy while spinning....

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