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Fibery stuff around the internet

I haven’t been doing much work on fiber projects lately. Honestly, I’ve been doing a lot of reading. I go on serious reading jags sometimes, and find it’s usually best to just give in and read until I don’t have such a strong urge to, resistance just doesn’t work well. I have been working a bit on a new challenge project, but after I started it I decided it wasn’t looking right, so I tore it apart and haven’t started it again. Once I get some substantial progress on that I’ll post pictures and details, but right now it’s just a vague idea in my head that won’t make sense to anyone else anyway.

Now that I’ve said all this you might be asking why I’m posting then. Well, I feel bad if I don’t post, so I decided that to entertain you I’d share links to a few of the neat fiber things I’ve found online. There is so much more out there than this, but I can only find so much on my own, so please share any cool sites you know of in the comments! I am always looking for more cool fiber stuff online!

To the links!

I’m a big fan of saving money and the planet, so I just love this tutorial for making waxed cloth to wrap your food in.

I learned to make friendship bracelets in second grade and have loved making them ever since. So I’m always excited to find instructions for new types, like this one with hearts on it. The blog it’s on also has several other neat little fibery projects.

A rocking chair that knits! Need I say more?

Twenty-three weird but awesome knitted things. The title says it all, although I’m not so sure that the one crocheted thing they have in the list counts. I think there should be a list of just crocheted things, and for all I know, there is!

I’ve known about Knitty, the online knitting magazine, for a long time, but I recently discovered the Twist Collective, which is another online knitting magazine. Can you ever have too many knitting magazines? I don’t think so.

The Embroiderer’s Guild has quite a helpful website. They’ve got a couple magazines and a shop, but also lots of free stuff (always my favorite!) like a gallery and info about big names in embroidery.

Interested in crafting as a livelihood and not just a hobby? This article by another blogger has some useful insights on pricing and how viable that might be, as well as info about an app she’s trying and a link to another article she wrote. Personally, I’ve thought about trying to sell stuff I make and have decided that while I may sell stuff occasionally, it’s mostly just because I want to make it and don’t want to keep it, so it will never be a business for me. And watch, now that I’ve said that, I’ll go out in a couple weeks and decide to make a living as a fiber artist.

And last, but definitely not least, a children’s book about yarn! Extra Yarn is a wonderfully adorable book that explains in the best, and cutest, way I’ve seen just why I prefer to craft for other people rather than myself. And being a librarian, how can I not advocate introducing children to not just books, but the joys of yarn too!

 

Now it’s your turn to share a favorite fiber site or two (or more if you want!). Enjoy the links, and I’ll try to do more crafting than reading this week, but I can’t promise it will work that way!

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Albuquerque Fiber Arts Fiesta

Well it’s taken me a bit longer than I intended to get things in order and start telling you about the Fiber Arts Fiesta, but I have an excuse! Not only did I have to get back into the swing of normal life, work has just been crazy all week. Apparently everyone decided over Memorial Weekend that they need to go to the library more, so we have been making new library cards for people constantly and barely keeping up with the shelving. But enough of my excuses, and on to the part you really want to read.

The Albuquerque Fiber Arts Fiesta is a fiber festival that happens every other year in, where else, Albuquerque (that is ridiculously hard to type!), New Mexico. My mom went a few years ago and really liked it so this year she took me with her and went back. And it was so much fun! It’s in a great big building on the fair grounds which is chock-full of fiber stuff, including exhibits of all kinds of techniques (I’ll be posting about each exhibit in it’s own separate post cause there was so much in each), a great education area, and, of course, vendors of all kinds. Since there’s so much to cover I’m going to split it across several posts and I think I’ll start myself off slowly by telling you about the education section and the vendors.

The education section was just wonderful. It was as big as some of the exhibits and had lots of good examples of techniques with signs about the techniques. I only saw one place you could try a technique, which was weaving, but that would be the only thing I think they were missing. There was a great little table with all kinds of tools, including a group of “watchamacallits” which just amused me, and a wonderful set of boards about fiber and fiber arts in general. I found out that the boards actually travel to schools around the state to introduce kids to Fiber Arts, which I think is just a great idea. The whole education area really inspired me to try and improve the general educational stuff we have at the Fiber Arts Festival here, and gave me some great ideas of how to do just that. The pictures are in a slideshow format, unusual for me, so be sure you flip through and see all of them.

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*Public Service Announcement* The next chunk is all about the vendors at the Fiesta and I have included links to any that I have web pages, or Etsy pages, for. I have not been compensated for the advertisements, nor was I asked by any to do this, I just like to promote small businesses and like to share good crafting resources I find with people who might be interested. Please feel no obligation to look at the web pages, unless you think they would be interesting, in which case you should look, because you know you want to ;-). *End Announcement*

The vendors were also quite good (please bear with me if I am saying everything is wonderful or awesome, I’ve been known to do that), and there was a nice variety; it wasn’t “all wool and yarn” as my mother often complains about. There were, of course, several good yarn vendors and a few wool and roving vendors, although I didn’t spend as much time there as I had expected. I did get some beautiful roving at a place called Chamomile Connection, and one new kind of yarn, but that was it. The yarn is actually another self-ruffling yarn that I haven’t seen before, which I got at a lovely local yarn store called Village Wools. It’s basically a strip of fabric with evenly spaced holes across the top (pictures in a moment), and the label is totally in Spanish! Luckily the directions inside the label also have pictures, cause I don’t know any Spanish. The other vendor I noticed who had exclusively roving was this interesting non-profit fiber mill. I had never heard of a non-profit fiber mill before, but they explained that their mission is to train and employ impoverished locals, which I thought was pretty cool. I didn’t get any roving from them, cause they mostly had natural colored wools and I just don’t work with that much, but I found the idea incredibly interesting, and they had great prices.

Beyond the yarn and roving vendors, there were several vendors selling various antique and Eastern fabrics and textiles, including one selling kimono fabric (my mom loved that booth and even got a kimono-style jacket). There were a few button and bead places, including a woman making some very interesting button and vaguely steam-punk jewelry (I almost bought a watch from her made of tiny Mahjong tiles, and I may still buy it from her Etsy shop) and a woman who makes raku and metal beads (that’s raku beads and metal beads, not the two combined into one bead. That could be cool though). And then there was this really cool booth that was selling fabric and doll patterns, and had all kinds of dolls all over the booth. I just loved that one because of all the great, bright colors and shiny things and most of the dolls were actually really neat, rather than creepy like most dolls seem to be. Sadly, they didn’t allow pictures of their booth, but it’s their work and their booth, so that’s how it goes. I did get a couple patterns and a bit of fabric from them though, so I have pictures of those! And there was one booth that had all kinds of braiding stuff, but mostly Kumihimo (a Japanese braiding technique), where I got a kit to try a flat kumihimo braid, which I haven’t done before.

There were a couple little booths where I spent a lot more time chatting with the vendors than looking at their stuff, and discovered both of them were originally from up here! One was from Wisconsin and the other was from Devil’s Lake, ND, what a coincidence. The woman from Devil’s Lake was selling this really neat wire jewelry. Now, I know that making wire jewelry is quite popular lately and doesn’t seem like anything special, but what was special was the techniques she was using. She had a few pieces she had crocheted but most of the jewelry was made using Kumihimo, and she had a few pieces made using a technique called netting, and some made on a floor loom! That was the first time I had seen any of those techniques done in wire and boy did they look cool. The woman from Wisconsin had lampwork beads, and I may have convinced her to try making penguin shaped lampwork beads, but mostly we talked about needle felting and spinning because she has done a little of both and wants to do more. Sadly, neither of them has a website because I would love to be able to promote their stuff, oh well.

So, that was the educational and shopping portion of my time at the Albuquerque Fiber Arts Fiesta, and boy was it fun! It also resulted in a much longer post than I expected, but that’s okay. Now I have to decide which exhibit I will post about first, maybe the knitting one, although the rug-hooking was quite neat, and there were some amazing quilts. Such difficult decisions!

Links and update schedule

You may have noticed my updating has been slowing down a bit lately. That’s cause I’m running low on things to post about! I was planning on daily posts at first but I just don’t have enough old projects to post about for that to be feasible and I can’t get new projects ready fast enough to post a new one each day. So I have decided that I’m going to try for at least two posts a week, one a week at the fewest, if work and life are really busy. Just thought you all might like to know that.

Now that the housekeeping stuff is taken care of I have a couple links for you tonight, and possibly a project post tomorrow.

Tomorrow (Oct 12) is the Craft Yarn Council’s national yarn day! Woo! Who knew such a day existed? Then again, I think every day is yarn day, but I suppose making it official is a good thing. Check out their website here.

And this lovely blog here, has a great little tutorial about covering up moth holes with moth shaped patches!  What a great idea. I have a couple shirts I like to wear to work that have developed small holes and now I think I may use this technique to cover those holes. Here I thought I’d have to retire those shirts, yay for creative mending!

That’s it for tonight, I’ll probably have more for you tomorrow, including pictures of things!

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