Wednesday, January 4, 2023

New Year, New Fibers



Because 2022 was such a disappointment for me, fiber-wise, I decided to start the new year off with plenty of exciting new wool studies.

Two weeks before Christmas, I ordered three fleeces from Sweden—all Swedish primitive breeds—so I could begin a Scandinavian wool breed study. After receiving the first fleece the very next week, I ordered two more from the same seller. The breeds are Swedish Finewool (or Finull), Gestrike, Värmland, Rya, and Helsinge.

I chose these breeds because I could find very little online about others who had studied them, so I thought it would be good to fill in the informational gap for future fiberphiles who may want to explore wool beyond the United States and Britain. One resource I did find was from a Swedish fiber artisan I was already familiar with—Josefin Waltin.



I worked up a small sample of a couple of the fleeces, mainly because I was so surprised the first three fleeces arrived so quickly and I couldn’t resist pulling an ounce of raw fleece from each bag, washing it, carding/combing it, and spinning a 2-3g sample of two-ply. I can already tell these fibers are going to be fun to work up. It’s always nice to get a really clean raw fleece (low dirt, low lanolin, low vegetable matter)—making the work quicker and less strenuous.



The week of Christmas, feeling very much in the spirit of fiber, I decided to order fleece samples from a British wool dealer—all British breeds—and ended up ordering eight 100g samples of raw fleece. Breeds include Soay, Castlemilk Moorit, Tyrolean Rock, Lonk, Boreray, Suffolk, Lleyn, and Hebridean—almost all of which are conservation breeds (excluding Suffolk)—and all are breeds I’ve not worked with in the past.

Because of UK postal strikes, it could take a while for these to arrive, so I’m working on the Swedish fleeces in the meantime.

After fully sampling each breed, I’ll use my method of breed study and post my results for each breed in a post.

I’m hoping that 2023 will be the year that 2022 wasn’t (in every good way) and that I’ll make up for some of the time I lost last year. I’ve already started booking private spinning classes—something I wasn’t able to do much of last year—so I’m optimistic.

My knitting/weaving portfolio for 2022 projects is sad, but I’m posting it anyway—mostly so I can look back at the end of 2023 and see how far I’ve come.





Thursday, February 3, 2022



Knitted and woven accessories & home decor available. Made from locally-sourced sheep fleeces. It doesn't get more local than this!

Shop in-stock items or request a custom order.
Learn how to make your own "Raw Fleece to Finished Object" in our small group or private classes

Email me at emilywallacehandwoven@gmail.com

Wednesday, December 29, 2021

UPCOMING CLASSES AT ARTISAN'S COVE







Natural Dyeing in Your Kitchen 

Saturday, February 5, 2022


Learn how to dye fabric with kitchen-safe natural dyes. 


Students will dye their own set of kitchen towels with avocado, onion skins, turmeric, tea, coffee, & more!


Ages 13+


Limited space available, pre-registration required. 


$50/student (all supplies included)


Register here: https://py.pl/1lEqLF








Learn to Spin Yarn on a Drop Spindle

Saturday, February 19, 2022


Learn to spin your own wool yarn using a traditional drop spindle.


No experience required. Ages 13+


Limited space available, pre-registration required. 


$40/student (includes all supplies)


Register here: https://py.pl/YgQtP


Tuesday, December 7, 2021

2021 Weaving/Knitting Projects as of December 6th

 


My 2021 Weaving/Knitting Projects (as of December 7th). 

I'm still taking custom orders, so please feel free to contact me via email or message me through any of my social media pages or Etsy shop. 

emilywallacehandwoven@gmail.com

EWHD Holiday Pop-Up Shop at Artisan's Cove in Owens Cross Roads, AL

 


Find me at Artisan's Cove this Saturday for a Handwoven Holiday Pop-Up Shop! 

I'll be offering my handwoven, hand knitted, and hand dyed items for purchase as well as giving weaving and spinning demos.