Village Books is all set to become a Cushing Perfection Dyes Dealer. The brick & mortar shop at 18 Waldoboro Rd, Washington, Maine will be stocking the Cushing Acid Dyes (for protein fiber) starting this month. When I am a vendor at sheep & wool festivals and fiber events, I'll be toting the Cushings along too! Cushing Perfection Dyes is an old Maine company operating out of Kennebunkport. No need to take your fiber dollars out of our lovely state! And Mid-Coasters save on shipping costs, while enjoying a scenic trip to the best used bookstore in Maine.
Next up: Fiber Maine-ia, University of Maine, Orno, Oct 16 & 17! Gently used fiber arts books, handspun, hand-dyed Maine yarn, roving and other goodies for spinners, knitters, weavers, crocheters, hookers, etc...
Thursday, October 14, 2010
This is a LOT like painting...
Back in the day, when I got tired of painting, I'd turn to sculpture. I've used welding wheels like the one shown below as a 3-D material many times in the past. (A blacksmith's wife always has a few of these!)
Best artist question ever: WHAT IF...?
A yarn sculpture!
Actually, this is a new idea I have for displaying my handspun, which is beginning to take over the house as well as my bookstore. Here you see a few of the skeins I've completed recently. Jeff is helping by supplying me with hand-forged hooks.
Here is one of my current favorite spinning raw materials: Coopworth locks.
I spun some yarn directly from the natural colored, uncarded locks, then plied it. I got a marvelously soft, fat yarn (it's a little too brown in the photo). Swatched it on #13 needles. Cushing is sending me some more dye this week, so I'll be making more of this to color!
Different fibers, beautiful swatch:
"Art Yarn" I think they call it.
The beautiful bench below was completed this past weekend by the husband-blacksmith. The owners provided the rock & asked Jeff to create an iron support for it. Don't you love it?
More from this creative outpost in a day or two, when the Coopworth is dyed!
PS For those of you who follow both, I'm going to make life easier for us all by combining my two blogs. Village Books will continue to have its own, books only blog and a new website when Kathleen gets to it.
Meanwhile, the link to MY LIFE WITH KNITTERS is the one to use!