Busy Days


May 26th 
Ed’s working at top speed
trying to make as many spindles as possible for the shows in June. Right now the spindle numbers aren’t as high as we’d like with just over two weeks left before packing up everything. He’s been sanding the skin off his fingers so often, making spindles, that he was forced to take a break last Thursday afternoon through Saturday in order to let the skin heal. He does wear heavy duty gloves but the fingertips are removed in order to have the control necessary as well as to feel the wood as he’s turning the shafts and sanding the pieces.
Finches and kuchulus are the worst but his skin has become so delicate that even working on Egrets last week caused bleeding. He worked on the Great Wheel and turned a peg-leg for a amputee friend who plans to dress up as a pirate for an upcoming event.

As each new batch of spindles are finished they’re separated into two groups, one for PFF the other for BSG in order to be certain of having plenty of spindles for BSG.
Finches drying on the rack:


Saturday morning Ed vacuumed all the sawdust off the floor before beginning to make the spindle for the great wheel. He turns the spindle metal on a lathe and doesn’t like to have the metal shavings get mixed in with the wood which we use to scatter on the garden and flowerbed.

Great Wheel #5

The wheel spindle (quill) is one of the last pieces that Ed makes. He has only to make the fiber holders and fit a band to it before applying a couple of coats of finish before Great Wheel No.5 is complete. I’m excited for it to come into the house where I’ll spin with it and do any adjusting and fine tuning it may need. 

GW#4 will go with us to Moscow, ID
GW #5 will head to Black Sheep Gathering.

Palouse Fiber Festival June 13-15 in Moscow, ID
 Black Sheep Gathering June 20-22 in Eugene, OR

I had a blast spinning at the Convention Center May on 3rd as well as participating at the Thomas Kay Woolen Mill (Salem Mission Mill Museum) Sheep to Shawl event day, May 10th. Before the demonstrations began the Salem Fiber Arts Guild held their monthly meeting in their weaving / gathering room on the 4th floor of the Mill. The picture below was taken when members were gathering for the meeting. Sometimes I wish we lived in Salem where I could have easy access to using these looms. Being able to weave with others and tapping into their collective knowledge is so educational.

Dye House

After the quick meeting we disperse to various parts of the museum grounds where lots of activities were already taking place: working metal at the forge, cooking over fires with Dutch ovens, spinning, weaving, bobbin lacemaking as well as a number of local vendors with fleeces, fiber and related goods. The warm sunny day and music from Americana musical groups scattered among the buildings and greens made for a perfect setting.

The spinners, rug hookers and embroiderers were set up in the old Dye House. It didn’t take long to set up the wheel and start spinning for the steady stream of people throughout the day.
At one point there was a line of kids waiting to take their turn spinning a span of yarn with the Great Wheel. One girl took to spinning almost as naturally as breathing.

This coming weekend the Northwest Spinners Guild Conference will be held at the Willamette University. (located across the street from the Million Mill in the heart of Salem) I get to volunteer Saturday afternoon in the Gallery welcoming visitors and keeping an eye on the exhibits while I spin on one of my spindles.

We’re blessed to be in an area rich in fiber arts people and guilds!