Our studio will be open the weekend of November 8th and 9th from 10-5. The floors will be swept, our beautiful products on display, quilts hanging on the wall and a warm fire in the stove. Come visit us and the many other artist who will open their doors during this self-guided driving tour of Colrain. Visit the web site at www.craftsofcolrain.com or visit Pine Hill Orchards to pick up a driving map.
The Henny Penny Quilt Pattern is here and now available for sale. It’s only $10 plus shipping. I’m going to be working on streamlining the web site for placing orders online. But for now if your interested please email me at email@example.com.
This pattern uses the Ruth B. McDowell method of freezer paper. It’s easy to sew making it great for beginners. The challenge and the fun is in choosing your fabrics.
The Winter Farmers Market Fiber Days are happening again this Saturday, February 22nd, in Wayland at the Russell’s Garden Center. You’ll find us vending in the main greenhouse. We’ll have new skeins of handspun yarn, needle felting supplies, and this month we will be bringing deeply discounted grab bags full of locks. They are fantastic for needle felting. Here’s some photo’s from last month.
I enjoy spinning silk. It is a little luxury that is fun to work with. I’ll often spin in silk when I’m spinning sheep fleece. It adds a sheen and an area of interest to art yarn. And it is really fun and easy to spin itself. The fibers are really strong and need to be opened up. They are also really fine and cling to rough hands. I find I need to pamper my hands with lotion for several days before working with silk. The finished yarn adds such a nice edge to knitted items.
This week we dyed silk hankies. We like to use Greener Shades Dyes which we prepare into a 1% stock solution. We put the dye into squeeze bottles which makes it easier to apply the dye and custom blend the colors. The … Continue reading →