In September I do two demonstrations at local country fairs. They are a lot of fun and we get to meet lots of people. Wet felting is not the easiest to do as a day long demo so I take lots of sample to put in the display and explain it to interested people.
I usually take my drop spindle but one day I did Kumihimo ( Japanese braiding) on a meridi.
Jan did some weaving on a table loom and Carlene was on the peg loom.
Alison( trying to keep warm on a freezing morning) spinning and Bernadette combing some fiber to spin next to the lace maker.
As usual there were other things to see.
There was some felting in the Agriculture competition building.
I zoomed in to show you . The Santa and dog and the two dogs.
Doing Demonstrations is really fun. Anyone else do them?
Last weekend, I took a little ride to the Waldron Grove Alpaca Farm in Campton Hills, Illinois for their annual Open House and Art Sale. The two day event featured their 30 Suri alpacas and an array of handmade items for sale and demonstrations by five featured artists.
The farm is owned by Susan and Ron Waldron since 2003. Susan is an oil painter and felter. She combines needle and wet felting using her Suri Alpaca fleece exclusively for her designs. She and Ron also specialize in alpaca farm start ups.
The alpacas are a little shy so they kept to themselves, but it was fun watching them in the field. Susan had two wonderful weather days for the event. (Lately, our weather has been very iffy.) A little windy but sunny and warm.
The garage was filled with wonderful art pieces for sale. While I was there I was able to watch a spinning and drop spindle demonstration by Laurie McGee who is a dyer, spinner, weaver and knitter. She also makes custom yarn, hand combed tops and gives spinning lessons.
There were many of Susan’s oil paintings, tapestries, silk scarves, shawls, silk coverups and clothing beautifully displayed around the area. She also sells alpaca needle felting kits featuring alpacas, irises, and other flowers. You can learn more about Waldron Grove at www.susanwaldronart.com
LuAnn Toborg and Anita Riemer were manning the cash register while I was there and I had an opportunity to talk to both of them.
LuAnn specializes in hand dyeing yarn with natural plants, berries and flowers.
Anita creates dyed yarn with acid dyes and makes cowls, scarves, hats, felted wallets, jewelry and baby blankets.
While I was there, Susan demonstrated needle felting and hand carding for her guests. She’s modeling a wool jacket she embellished with alpaca.
Of course, I bought some alpaca to play with. I also arranged to come back to take a lesson on using the needle felting machine.
It was a fun afternoon talking with fellow felters and artists and perusing all the wonderful works of art available for sale.
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This is the last Demo until spring. the carp Fair was celebrating its 150th anniversary this year. It was a beautiful weekend cool in the morning and hot by mid afternoon. There were more people their than ever before. We demoed an extra hour. It was alot of fun chatting with everyone that came by
Here is my display, I was making sheep again.
Here is hand spinning on her tiny wheel. I think it’s called a road bug. It’s designed so you can spin sitting in the passenger seat in a van.
This is Julie, She was working on an inkle loom and a 4 harness table loom and
This is Bernadette, she is showing me how to use combs. They are English combs I think.
And last but not least is Linda who is making a tail spun yarn.
We where not the only ones sharing our passions.
There was more to this display but I couldn’t get a good shot with the sun in my lens. All in all I think everyone had a great time.
Last weekend I was demoing with friends at the Richmond fair. Saturday it poured and no one came to the fair. It did mean I got to take pictures. Sunday was dry so nice an busy and no time for pictures.
This is my display. I was making the little felted sheep on the far end of the table.
This is my friend Jan she had the weaving and spinning display. If you look behind her you will see a bin. That is what she put her little spinning wheel or her kick spindle ( both on the table) in so it wouldn’t get wet while she was spinning.
Next is Mary, she is in charge. She runs a sock knitting machine.
The lace makers were there with an amazing display.
And lastly there was a boot maker. She had leather bracelets and key chains foe people to stamp into. She brought all kinds of animal pelts so people could see them. They all died accidently or of natural causes.
Because it was raining and there was no one to demo for we started getting a bit silly. Here is me wearing a fox hat and skunk mittens.
This Saturday I am at another demo and on Sunday I will be at the farmers market with my felt. I will try to get pictures of both.
It was time for our spring farm show. It’s a trade show for Farmers. There is machinery , equipment, Information an animals and buildings and and just about anything you can think of that a farmer might be interested in. The best part to me is the antique display because I get to be one. The guild I belong to, the Ottawa Valley Weavers and Spinners Guild helps out with a display and demonstration. On the day I was there, there were two of us. Neither of us are weavers so we did Carding, Spinning, and Felting. They were short of space in the room the antiques were in so we ended up out in the hall to attract people in.
her are to pictures of our display. you can see some machinery outside.
Here is Merilyn spinning on an spinning wheel that is a one of a kind home made, she bought 3rd or 4 hand. My ashford traveler is set beside her. you don’t get a picture of me because I had the camera.
Across from us doing a different kind of spinning was the rope maker. he was so popular with the kids that he got blisters. After spinning the rope onto the hooks he has someone turn the handle. This moves the grooved paddle slowly down the 4 ropes and it spins the rope behind. Our rope was much softer.
Here is my piece of rope. The last piece he made that day.
The thing I wanted at the farm show was a sock knitting machine. This is a hand cranked affair. they were fairly common at one time. you can make toes, heals and the ribbing for socks with it. The lady that was demonstrating this one said she usually does the ribbing by hand because hers doesn’t work very well. I want one of theses because despite enjoying spinning wool I can not knit.