The Dye Studio spring E-News will be coming out in a week or so. If you would like to be included on my mailing list, let me know! I didn't publish a winter E-News so know that you didn't miss anything if you are following that line of communication.
In this issue, I will be covering the process of making wool yarn from start (still on the sheep) to finish (worn on my head).
Above is a picture of the seemingly daunting machinery used at the Yolo Wool Mill (http://www.yolowoolmill.com/) where our daughter works. Fascinating stuff. Brings to mind sweat shops of the 1800s with small children standing on boxes moving the fibers through the gears for five cents a day. OOps! There goes a finger. Ack! There goes an arm. I must say that having been there on many occasions, this is a much happier place than that!
I'm considering writing a workbook on dyeing wool if anyone is interested. I did talk to Carol at Quilt University about a one or two lesson class but she said they were phasing out those smaller courses for more detailed lessons. Let me know if there is interest in such a thing and I'll add that to my "to do" list.
This week, I am finishing up some silk dyeing orders consisting of the usual belly dancing veils, an 8 yard run of fire silk for use by dancers using tambourines in worship choirs, and cleaning the dye studio for the California Fiber Artists (http://www.cafiberartists.com/) critique group meeting here tomorrow. Yikes. I haven't cleaned since the last meeting we had here which was around this time in 2009. About time.
Happy dyeing everyone!