MAFA conference. MAFA = MidAtlantic Fiber Association.
Marshfield School of Weaving. The students had a great time working on the old looms, weaving a sample on each warp and then choosing a loom to weave off a few yards of tweed cloth. Here is the Hebridean tweed web - we sampled with many different weft colors. One of the exciting aspects of traditional tweed is how much of an impact the color of the weft thread has on the fabric - these color and weave effects are endlessly fascinating!
The last weekend of September brings a great local fiber festival - the Shenandoah Valley Fiber Festival. On Friday, I volunteered once again to jury for the fleece sale check in and in the afternoon taught my How To Choose a Fleece class - I really appreciate being able to bring the students right into the fleece sale and have them unrolling and learning hands on about fleece. On Saturday and Sunday I taught four spinning classes - Hand Spindles (twice), Handpaint Magic Spinning and Traditional Wool Preparation. I really was too busy to take photos!
Marshfield School of Weaving in Vermont for a 3 day October spinning class co-taught with Norman Kennedy. My husband came along on this trip and we had a nice visit with our son in Northampton, MA - I visited WEBS twice! - and then my husband hiked and drove around Vermont all weekend enjoying the colorful splendor that is leaf season in Vermont.
These Canadian Production Wheels - CPW to the aficionado - have large wheels and are FAST! Great for high twist and/or speedy spinning. They were designed to spin mill prepared pencil roving at a time when there were many wool mills and home spinners were trying to compete with factory production. If you want to learn more, there is great group on Ravelry called CPW Lovers.
John C Campbell Folk School. It was a real treat to catch autumn in New England and then again in the Smoky Mountains!
And then it was time for the Southeast Animal Fiber Fair in Asheville, where once again I taught my Acadian Weaving class. I arrived Friday afternoon , set up my classroom and then dashed over to the fleece sale area. A beautiful Corriedale fleece and half of a Wensleydale ram fleece were squeezed into my car for the trip home!
I'm looking forward to teaching in some new venues in 2018, including Convergence in Reno, Nevada! More on this soon.