So this week is the week before the sale I posted a few days ago. Jan, Carleen, Bernadette and I are all very involved in the planning and running of the sale. We are running around getting the organising done and trying to get our stuff ready too. Bernadett has a booth with another friend, she has to fill. The other 3 of us are in the co-op booth. It’s a booth for guild members who don’t have enough stuff to get a whole booth to themselves.
I have 3 things to put in the booth. Felted soap.
I have bags of sari silk in several colours
And lastly some spinning kits. I have only 6 of those the wooden wheels I use for them were back-ordered.
So now I am down to making signs and making sure I haven’t forgotten to do something critical to the sale. The weather has turned cold so that should help people start thinking about buying Christmas presents. Fingers crossed for a great sale for everyone.
The show is over. It was a really good show with lots of people. I was really pleased with how I did. Now a day or two to recover and I have to start thinking of what to make for the next one.
This was my booth. Jan took the picture. I am hoping using the embed link from One drive will work.
I need more than a 10×10 booth but not 10 by 20, so I take two and My friend Bernadette takes half of one.
I sold one of my art pieces. My First Quarter Challenge piece. that made me very happy and sad at the same time. https://feltingandfiberstudio.com/2019/03/27/first-quarter-challange-finished/
So far I am failing at my third-quarter challenge. I hade a couple of ideas and then changed my mind then picked something else and even did a layout but nope, I am not feeling it. It was another planet sort of thing. I have another idea but we will see.
This was the other planet one. The white domes are paper.
I wanted to remind people that World Wide Spin in Public Day is coming up, September 21, 2019. Are you Planning to spin with friends or by yourself? Or at a shop or other event? If you have been thinking about trying spinning this would be a great day to do it. I will be at the farmers market with my spindle. Here is a facebook group. There are lots of posts about places to participate. facebook.com/groups/wwsipday/
I think I have recovered for selling at Fibrefest. It was a good show for me. Consequently I did not get out of my booth much to take pictures. I did get a few shots of my booth.
This is what the 12 yard skeins ended up looking like. You can see them in the big black basket in the middle of the table. They went over quite will at $5 each, mostly to rug hookers.
I shared my booth with a friend who only has a small amount to sell. She has lovely hand spun wool.
This weekend was the Richmond Fair. Three of us go every year and have a great time.
Here is our display, Bernadette is getting some fiber ready to go through the drum carder and I am getting wool and pencils ready for bead making. Jan’s Inkle loom is front left.
Here Jan is chatting with a lady about our guild and a close up of what she has on the inkle loom she is adding in some fuzzy caterpillars as a supplementary warp as she goes.
Two of the many children that made beads. Everyone seemed to like them. Bernadrett was in charge of putting a short piece of her hand spun through them and making them into bracelets.
Sunday afternoon we had some sheep show to be sheared.
They are Rideau Arcotts except the black faced one that is a Suffolk cross. They were a big hit and Jan got 2 fleeces that she now has soaking to get clean.
Around the farm this week we had a set of twin bull calves born. Twins are unusual in cows. I only have a not so good picture of one of them. Black calves are hard to photograph and mom likes to keep them hidden in the weeds.
This summer has been very hot and dry. None of the squash or beans in the field garden came up and only about 6 potato plants. There are plans to get water to that garden next year. However we did have a volunteer squash plant in the barn yard where the water from the roof lands. It has gone crazy we harvested 17 squash and there are more ripening and more flowers. So apparently we are better accidental gardeners than on purpose gardeners. LOL
With one week to my guild show (October 31, November 1 and 2) it must be time to get ready. Time to put things together and make a few more hats. Last weekend my daughter painted spindles and here they are waiting to get put into kits.
The kits should be done already but when I started I discovered I was out of white wool. I have no idea how that happened. I had to order some quick. I put my wool order in with my friend Maureen at Dreamspin Fibres. She got my order out asap and it arrived yesterday.
The white wool is the bottom half but you can’t just order white. Now I can put the kits together. she also sent me a colour cards for her wool. this is great because every computer shows the colours differently.
I was working on a hat as well. I will finish it today. I put decoration on the inside and outside. I will show you the finished hat next time.
Last week end I went to Twist. It is a fibre festival in Quebec. It is about 1.5 hours away from where I live. I shared a double booth with 2 friends.
we had lots of stuff. Elizabeth had some yarn and spindle kits and lots of cool roving she had died in a special way to create really cool yarn. I only got a blurry picture of it close up I am sorry to say. This is some of Judy’s wonderful hand spun yarn.
Next to us we had a sweet lady who was displaying some fabulous dolls and selling some books. This Traveling yarn store was the other way.
The lace makers were there they had a big display celebrating the Rideau canal in winter. it is the worlds longest skating rink. Everything on the board is hand made lace.
Of course there was a lot of fibre for sale there was a whole booth for qiviut from raw to finished product. Qiviut is musk ox fibre. and some beautifully dyed mohair.
and of course Ashford was there. I imagine they are on tour. I can’t imagine they cam just for Twist. They where very nice and had lots of equipment there for people to try. My big purchase was a new e clip for my spinning wheel.
we stayed at a very nice bead and breakfast in the tow where twist was held, Saint-André-Avellin I didn’t get a picture of that either but I did get a picture of the great “club” sandwich we had at a local restaurant. On the bottom was duck confit and bacon, on top was green apple onion and celery, the bread was apricot, rain and hazelnut bread. It was so good we eat it both nights.
Last Saturday and Sunday I did the last show of the season. It is usually a good show but it snowed and there was freezing rain. The driving was terrible. So Not so great a show. It was very slow but some crazy people did come out and I made a little money. On the up side I now have a head start on next years felting so less work for me.
Here is what my booth looked like.
There were other great booths there too.
Christmas day was busy and lots of fun but in the middle of making the gravy my daughter and niece decided I needed more colour for the day.
Hair is fiber… right?
I hope everyone is having a great holiday and you are enjoying friends, family and fiber. Now I am off to the store to return a broken present.
I had a great show. It was busy all weekend. Many people said it was there first time attending. They really liked it. They liked that it wasn’t a huge show with hundreds of vendors. They were impressed by the quality and variety of the work for sale.
We did have some demo space and they were selling tickets on a raffle that supports our classes.
There where 3 other felters there. They do mostly needle felting.
Of course there was more than just felt at the sale.
These brooms where beautiful. I think I would have to clean my house before using one though. Might be easier to become Wiccan.
Sadly I did not take a picture of my booth. The fingerless mitts did prove to be popular. So that was my weekend. My feet where very tired at the end. And then of course we had to pack it up and take it home. My son Colin was a great help both for set up and take down. He is a good packer so everything is packed up the and into the van with room to spare.
I am back from the weekend at Fibrefest. I took lots of pictures to show you want was there.
a bit blurry, sorry. the lady on onside had yarn on a grid system so you could see it. I probably should have set up the opposite way. but I didn’t know what the woman on the other side had at the time.
This is 1/2 friends booth. She makes hand spun art yarns.
There was a button show.
And a vintage clothing show.
I even got to try making some bobbin lace.
We were all together this year in one place. we used to be in the museum and the town hall and the Agricultural hall. This year we where in a hockey arena. It was ugly. My sales were down and everyone I asked said theirs where down too. I don’t know if it was the change of venue, the venue itself or the economy. I like the museum much better but the show has grown a lot and they needed the room.
There are more pictures on the forum http://feltandfiberstudio.proboards.com/thread/1067/show?page=1&scrollTo=10417
This week I am working against a deadline. I will be at Fibrefest in Almonte Ontario this weekend. http://mvtm.ca/mvtm/?page_id=2675 If you are in the area come out and have a visit. It seemed to be ages away but all of a sudden here it is. I am busy making hats and scarves and cuffs. Here are some drying on my porch.
Today is a holiday in Canada, Labour Day. I am glad be cause I need the extra day to labour. I start back to work tomorrow and will have less time to felt. So Just a short Post today. I am off now to get back at it so I hopefully have enough things to sell come the weekend.
I went to a small sale the other weekend. It was at a small pioneer village. http://www.langpioneervillage.ca/
I demonstrated spinning with a drop spindle and sold 10 drop spindle kits. I think I could have sold 10 more if I had had them.
The museum is also working on getting an old Jacquard loom working. This is the one that will stay as just a static display.
If you are old enough you will probably think the cards look like computer punch cards but these pre date computers by quite a bit. The cards are the pattern, they are sewn together. I will post more pictures of the loom over on the forum. http://feltandfiberstudio.proboards.com/thread/1059/jacquard-loom
After the show I stayed wit my friend Maureen who owns Dreamspin Fibres, http://www.dreamspinfibres.ca/ (shameless plug for a friend) I made a hat using prefelt. I hadn’t done that before.
The green stuff is some of that strange yarn everyone is knitting and crocheting the spiral scarves with. It is a tube so I cut the tube up one side and opened it out. It came out great.
Then this Monday I taught a bobble cuff workshop for the first time. The ladies in the class where a lot of fun. Audrey’s granddaughter was there and very interested so I gave her some wool and she made a small picture in a plastic bag and I showed her how to make a tube bead with some pencils.
By the end of the class they had the marbles in the cuffs. The cuffs have to dry before you can cut them to get the marbles out. They will do that today. I made everyone a sample with marbles in them so they could try cutting the felt while I was still there.
That’s been my very busy week and a half. I almost forgot to do my post today as I was busy making hats and scarves for a sale I have on September 7 and 8 in Almonte. http://mvtm.ca/museum/?page_id=2675 If you are in the area come out and say hi.