A Challenge

You haven’t seen me post a lot this year. And I have had to cancel most of my events due to health issues. You see, I haven’t been able to spin, weave or dye in months due to pain.

Not being able to do any of my fiber art is like taking away one of my senses. If you are on this page, you know that creating is like breathing to me. My hands must be busy at all times. I kept a spinning wheel in my car and a spindle in my purse. I was ramping up my historical textiles – spinning, dyeing and weaving. And then the pain came.

I have pain in my hands. Tendinitis, Raynauds, and other pain. My feet developed plantar fasciatis and arthritis of the toes. I had to stop spinning during a Judith MacKenzie workshop and and that was a devastating blow. It was obvious I was pushing my extremities too far. Though wearing three splints to bed at a time was pretty amusing.

To fill my time I have been drawing Zentangle inspired art. I take pens with me to the places I used to take a spindle. You can see a new page, Fine art and Prints in the navigation and I will be putting prints into my Etsy store.

In addition, I have been looking into adaptive technology for the fiber artist. I have a new electric spinning wheel made by HansenCrafts which is allowing me to spin with minimal pain. I have a pair of Doc Martens with inserts so I can walk with minimal limping. I wear fingerless gloves at the keyboard to keep my hands warm. I am looking into what I can do for weaving on the floor looms. Maybe crafters gloves or splints.

If I can make an exercise spinning wheel, I can figure this out. This is a challenge and it is not going to stop me.

Spindles: Support vs Drop

After spinning on support and drop spindles, I am pretty convinced that spinning in the middle ages (and earlier) was done using a support spindle and not a drop spindle. Note that this is my opinion, but I think my experience (spinning for 20+ years), research, art and physics support my supposition.

References and images to come. I think there is a paper in this…

Great Lake Sheep and Wool Show

My friend, Kim, of Loch Lomond Studios, will be in Wooster this weekend (Memorial Day weekend). She has the most gorgeous colors of fibers and get this: they are all naturally dyed. Seriously stash enhancing potential. She is being kind enough to take up some of my naturally dyed quilt fabrics to sell in her booth too! Go see her and see how fabulous she is.

Also see my other friend, Kim, at Lucky Cat Craft. She has the softest fiber including wild silks, cashmere and yak.

I, unfortunately, will not be going this year as I have to help cut down trees for the MIL. And none of them have useable bark or heartwood for dyeing to make up for it. Boo.