Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Nostepinne & Handpainted Wool Carded Sliver

Handpainted fiber and the resulting spindle-spun yarn wound onto a walnut nostepinne by Craftiness of Austin, Texas.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Spindle Spun Wool

Spindle Spun Wool, originally uploaded by confections.

This thirty-yard skein was handspun on my supported spindle, a Rose (French/Russian hybrid) that was hand-turned by Lisa Chan of Gripping Yarn (plied with a thin metallic Sulky thread).

Saturday, August 21, 2010

The Delightful Pink World of Kitty Kat Dance

***** I love my Toys*****, originally uploaded by KittyKatDance.

My good friend Kitty Kat Dance is a doll dressmaker extraordinaire. This whimsical photo of hers offers a glimpse of the magical worlds she creates for her dollies and friends. You are in for a treat when you visit her Etsy shop or her flickr photostream. Enjoy!

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Rose Spindle with Handspun Wool Yarn

Rose Spindle originally uploaded by confections.

As promised, here is some of the first yarn that I handspun on my new Rose spindle. It is a French-Russian hybrid supported spindle that was made by Lisa Chan of Gripping Yarns. The fiber is carded wool sliver that I hand-dyed with Kool-Aid.

Below are my kick spindle and Spindolyn, each sporting yarn that I handspun in July for the Tour de Fleece.

Mother Marion Kick Spindle & Spindolyn
Spindles, Yarn & Fiber

Monday, August 9, 2010

William Henry Goyne Family, 1918, Tillamook, Oregon

The elderly couple in this photo, William Henry Goyne and Nancy Eade Stevens Goyne, are the great-grandparents of a good friend of mine. I had been working on a family tree for her on ancestry.com.

I was contacted by a member who recently found this photograph tucked into a Charlie Brown/Peanuts book she had bought for her children at a thrift store. She contacted me and shared a digital file; she is sending the original to me as well, and I will pass it on to my friend.

Obverse of Photo of the William Henry Goyne Family, 1918, Tillamook, Oregon

Sunday, August 8, 2010

New Fiber Arts Tool: Birdseye Maple Hand-Turned Spindle

I recently spied some beautiful spindles hand-turned by Lisa Chan of Gripping Yarn and immediately knew I had to start a collection. Here is the first one I chose, a beauty in birdseye maple.

It is a hybrid French/Russian style hand spindle that Lisa calls a "Rose". I'm getting the knack of spinning with her and will post some photos of my efforts in a few days. "Practice, practice, practice!" is my current hand-spindling mantra.

There are at least two general categories of hand spindles: drop spindles and supported spindles. The Rose fits into the latter category and that realm is relatively new to me. I've been a lurking member of the Yahoo group "Spindlitis" for a couple of years now. I guess I am smitten with all things related to hand-spindling at the moment ♥

Birdseye Maple Hand-Turned Spindle

Detail of Point on Hand-Turned Spindle, Birdseye Maple

Friday, August 6, 2010

Flickr Signs

I was playing Whirly Words with a friend last night and continued the fun with My Cool Signs dot Net....




stelladanza_s-confections Made with My Cool Signs.Net