top of page
facebook_1711393885478_7178106219436901191.jpg
facebook_1711393922866_7178106376253996934.jpg
FB_IMG_1711389786868.jpg
fleece frodo jan 2020.jpg
20221115_163607.jpg
20221118_163331.jpg
FB_IMG_1711390016895.jpg
FB_IMG_1711392955376.jpg
facebook_1711393804547_7178105879990062659.jpg
20231005_110512.jpg
facebook_1711393768098_7178105727111782905.jpg
Wool and Fiber Arts: Welcome

"Sheep to Shawl"

This is a phrase used in fiber arts shows, demonstrations, and competitions that refers to the complete process of starting a project with raw fiber and processing and crafting it into a finished product.

Harvesting

Shearing is necessary for the health and comfort of wool sheep and goats raised for fiber.  In the course of a year, depending on the breed, a sheep's coat can grow 8-12 inches in length, and can become quite dense and heavy. 

In the hands of a competent and careful shearer, sheep often relax, and even seem to enjoy it.  From there,  beautiful fleeces are collected and processed in various ways.

2018-01-01 11.01_edited.jpg

Handspun Yard

Hand spinning goes back hundreds of years primarily out of necessity, but it's now a very popular hobby and income source, creating beautiful and unusual yarns for a vast array of uses in the textiles industry.  Those who spin often purchase raw wool, spinning directly from lustrous long locks, or washing and carding the fiber into batts, rolags, and rovings in order to spin.

Spinning Wheel

Weaving

Weaving has been practiced for thousands of years, with and without looms, and in a vast array of fibers.  In North America, it's often a hobby although artists also generate income from selling both functional pieces.  There are many styles of looms, a simple rigid heddle like the one shown here, and far more complex styles as well.

20181018_072826.jpg

Felting

Felt is created using a number of techniques, Nuno wet felting, simple wet felting, and needle felting.  Nuno is often used to make lovely scarves and other clothing and home decor items, needle felting is often used to create figures and smaller pieces.  Felting can also be applied to sculpture, it's a versatile fiber art.

facebook_1711393804547_7178105879990062659.jpg

Knitting and Crochet

Although each of these probably deserve their own section, they are arts that use needles and hooks with fibers such as yarn to create patterns, wearables, home decor, that are creative and functional - as well as very beautiful.

Knitting
Wool and Fiber Arts: What's Happening
bottom of page