Friday, April 3, 2009

Fibers and Spinning

We had a neat field trip last week (yep, I'm a little late posting...). My friend, Hannah, has a yarn and knitting business and after a conversation with her recently, I learned that she often orders raw wool or mohair and goes through the whole process of washing, dyeing, carding and spinning the yarn herself. Being the field-trip-hands-on-education-lover that I am, I saw a great opportunity for learning (and it goes along so well with several of our FIAR books)! So the older three children and I went to Hannah's lovely home to learn a little more about fibers and spinning.
Here is the raw wool...

Raw mohair

Washing it out...

Carding dyed mohair...

So soft...

Making a drop spindle...

Spinning...
Modern spinning wheel...

Gorgeous fiber...from silkworms (and dyed)...
This piece is probably from one silkworm...


It was a fun and fascinating time of learning!
Here is Hannah's website, if you are interested in any of her lovely products.
And here is a good source for learning how to hand-spin.
Ecclesiastes 4:9-13
Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work:
If one falls down, his friend can help him up.
But pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up!
Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm.
But how can one keep warm alone?
Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves.
A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.
Blessings!

1 comment:

  1. Fantastic field trip and experience! Very, very cool. :)

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