A Year Round Gift

I found this gift idea on the Silhouette blog.  It was designed and created by Leslie of My 100 Year Old Home.  The original post appeared here.  The project is called "A Gift For All Seasons" and includes a down pillow and six pillow covers that can be changed each season throughout the year.

 

Of course I had to add my own twist!

 

Green Eggs

In the Dr. Seuss classic, the character Sam-I-Am asks the question, "Do you like green eggs and ham?"

Today's post is a compendium of chicken questions we have been asked by visitors to Green Pastures Farm. It's a little different post, I hope you enjoy it!

 

Exploring Flora & Fiber

Today's post is a little different.  I've had a quite a few first time visitors and new subscribers - insert me doing the happy dance - and so I thought it might be beneficial to give a little tour around the Flora & Fiber website.  Even if you've been following for awhile, maybe you'll find something new.

Alpaca Fleece . . . Now What?

A dear friend and fellow fiber enthusiast generously gifted me about 2 1/2 pounds of raw alpaca fleece in 3 colors - black, white, and cinnamon brown.  A spinner's treasure trove!  So how do you get from this wonderful bag of fluff to . . . luxuriant alpaca top ready to spin?

 

Swedish Art Weave - Part 1

In my July post about Telemarksteppe (another Scandinavian weave), I wrote that I would be attending the MAFA (Mid Atlantic Fiber Association) conference and taking a 4 day workshop on Swedish Art Weaves with Joanne Hall.  

I will be sharing what I learned in a two-part series.  In today's post, I'll start with a finished project.

 

Inspired Color

Oftentimes, I find a new project is stalled by the process of color decisions. I'm sure you can relate, whether your creative medium is weaving or knitting or pottery or scrapbooking or home decorating or [insert your own].  There are so many color choices, where to start?

 

Let's Spin . . . Romney

I'm planning to weave an Autumn shawl from handspun, so my wheel is busy spinning the fibers for the project.  The yarn needs to be something that when woven will create a lightweight fabric that is airy, yet stable, and has a soft drape.  

 

I chose Romney wool to fit the above wish-list of yarn qualities for my shawl.  Read on and see what you think about my choice of this fiber.

 

Let's Weave . . . Telemarksteppe

I'm intrigued by Scandinavian woven textiles.  I like their bright colors, their motifs and patterns, the intricacies of their weaving with frequent color changes.

I also love the charming names of their weaving techniques - dukagång (an inlay technque), krokbragd (a bound weave pattern), halvdrall (a Swedish block weave), krabba (another inlay technique), and rya (a pile weave).