I want to share a few pictures of my samples for next month. I’m excited because I haven’t been contributing to the Phat Fiber Box for the past two months and also because I’m sending samples of my Teeswater Combed Top which is a new fiber in my shop.
Spinning Teeswater is like spinning Wensleydale. The staple length is usually about 6 to 7 inches long for the combed top, as for the locks, they measure between 10 to 12 inches long and sometimes even longer than that. The top has a softer handle than Wensleydale, and much similar to the silkiness of Mohair.
And so, the theme for the month of September will be “Enchanted Forest” and the name of my colorway is “Forest Path”. I tried to recreate the colors of the Douglas Fir and Redwoods that grow around my area up in the mountains.
If you don’t know how to get hold of a box, you can sign up here: Phat Fiber Box, and you will be notified when the boxes will go on sale. If you don’t know about the boxes and you would like more information, go here: Phat Fiber Samples
Well, do you remember about a surprise coming up?
Phat Fiber is giving away 4 oz of my Milk Protein Fiber on my Bougainvillea colorway.
What to do to enter the competition? You have to visit my shop and then go to the Phat Fiber Sample Box’s Blog and write about it.
“Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.”
~ Dr. Seuss
I’ve been playing with Picnik today with some of the new items in my Etsy shop:
And next are some picture that I took for my Phat Fiber Samples for the month of April. The theme is “Creatures Great and Small”. I had a clear idea about what to do with my samples, but after returning from my trip I decided to change it after seen Scarlet Macaws in the wild. They truly are beautiful birds. I was able to see several of them at the Lacandon Forest, near the border with Guatemala where we spent a few days. Keith spotted a nest in a big tree not too far from where we were standing. The came out to check us out and then took flight not too far from the nest. They eventually returned back to the nest.
This picture is taken from the “Rainforest” book by Tomas Marent and the specie depicted here is from a specie called Red and Blue Macaw which live in the Peruvian Amazon. This book is a feast for the eyes. The macaws I saw in Mexico have different color combinations and are called Scarlet Macaws or Guacamayas. What a pretty name!
It is very sad that this is an endangered specie, due to the continue hunting, poaching, destruction of their habitat and use of pesticides. Here is an article from National Geografic that explains more about their situation.
“Our ancestors viewed the Earth as rich and bountiful, which it is. Many people in the past also saw nature as inexhaustibly sustainable, which we now know is the case only if we care for it. It is not difficult to forgive destruction in the past which resulted from ignorance. Today, however, we have access to more information, and it is essential that we re-examine ethically what we have inherited, what we are responsible for, and what we will pass on to coming generations. Our marvels of science and technology are matched if not outweighed by many current tragedies, including human starvation in some parts of the world, and the extinction of other life-forms. The exploration of space takes place at the same time as the Earth’s own oceans, seas, and fresh water areas grow increasingly polluted. Many of the Earth’s habitats, animals, plants, insects, and even micro-organisms that we know as rare may not be known at all by future generations. We have the capability, and the responsibility. We must act before it is too late.“
The Dalai Lama
I knew I had to work with Frida Kahlo’s palette. I had visited her Casa Azul in Mexico City a few years ago. The place is converted into a museum and filled with her personal belongings and walls painted in cobalt blue. Frida Kahlo was born in that same house and lived with husband Diego Rivera. So, I decided to work with Milk Protein Fiber because it takes the dyes so intensely…like Frida’s paintings…
And here are my fibers ready to be sent to the Phat Fiber’s headquarters. Do you want to know when the box samples goes on sale? Go here: http://phatfiber.com/notifyme.htm.
I’m hoping I can have the time to work with the real size roving very soon. It has been raining a lot and everything gets too long to get dry. Meanwhile I was able to work on some carded batts and post them in my Etsy shop.
This is Springtime. Blend of merino, silk, angelina, milk protein fiber and more fun stuff. I think I’m starting to get tired of foggy days and wet days, I need color!
This is Prenup. Or should I have called it “Worst case scenario”? Blue Face Leicester with Milk Protein Fiber, angelina, merino. Fun stuff…
Facemask. Merino, Firestar, Angelina.
Still Life. Another wonderful blend of Merino, but this time a add some Masham which is a crossbreed between Teeswater sheep and Dalesbred.
” I tried to drown my sorrows, but the bastards learned how to swim, and now I am overwhelmed by this decent and good feeling.”
~ Frida Kahlo