Just a few more days and 2012 will come to a close. The diary work is almost completed for this year. Haven't decided yet whether to continue back to back with 2013 or to leave a space and start 2013 fresh and separately from this work. Any thoughts?
One thing I've noticed is I seem to have had less and less time for the diary towards the end of this year and the lines between the days have most definitely gotten blurred, compared with the very beginning in August.
Spent the day spinning in Seguin and this is the result. Corespun and plyed. 58 yards, mostly merino, firestar and mohair and lincoln locks, spun over an electric green mohair core which appears from time to time. It looked horrendously overspun when it came off the skeiner, but after a good wash is hanging to dry almost completely balanced. I really love spinning this kind of yarn and am currently awaiting delivery of a Majacraft Rose with wild flyer kit from New Zealand. A very lucky friend of mine picked one up recently for a pittance in San Antonio and I got a chance to spin on it. It's a dream wheel! Should arrive in a couple of weeks and I can hardly wait! Was really hoping it would get here in time for ROC day, January 5th, but that's probably not going to happen. My Louet Victoria will be for sale, in order to make room for The Rose.
Spent the weekend in a demo class, learning bound weave on eight harnesses. As you can see, the design on the top is not quite completed, but it will be shortly -- just three more rows left to weave of the polychrome pattern. This is a slow weave, but extremely intriguing as you watch the little motifs develop. We also learned a formula which converts a straight draw threading into various twills, Krokbragd and rose path threadings, so you can weave various structures without re-threading your loom. Truly amazing! Our teacher was terrific and explained the lessons and steps very logically, and everyone in the class "got it". I love it when that happens.
Blended fiber batts and hand-dyed braided fiber for spinning, felting and weaving!
The fiber table is almost complete. The clothing rack is set up and nearly full. Prayer flags are hung on the china cabinet, all strung together. Other tables are full of bookmarks, ornaments, patterns, notecards, and yarn. And the wall hangings are finding their spaces as well. It's all coming together!
Lydia Kendrick, Fiber Artist, self-employed, home studio business in San Marcos, Texas