National recognition for a wonderful local program
It is so exciting to see national recognition for the Spindleworks program, which we have long admired in our neighboring town of Brunswick, ME. Spindleworks artists create in many media, and include a wonderful array of fiber arts work. Their fearless motto? “Handicap, i heard of it, but i aint got it now.” Talk about empowerment!
Knitting new communities in Turkey
Further a field the fiber arts are also empowering and healing. Knitting is changing Syrian women’s lives in Turkey, thanks to the efforts of Najlaa Sheekh. A small loan let her invest in supplies, and invest in fellow refugees who are now able to earn income while working in a supportive community.
Cool concept, and a really fun implementation! Full size felted and fabulous creations, including a Musk Ox, will go on display at The Arts Station in Fernie, B.C., Canada, on Aug. 27th. Strictly speaking, some vegans would wonder if wool felting is strictly vegan or not. Meanwhile, the article does not note materials, but apparently you can needle felt with some plant based fibers, such as SoySilk and Bamboo. We suspect this is wool. Wish we were closer to take a look!
Speaking of making models with fiber
This group in Braintree, Essex, England have recreated iconic town buildings with knitting! You have to admire the creativity and craftsmanship… and wonder if this is how we should be making doll-houses and fire-stations for the kiddos in our lives?
Hair Tapestry – It’s a thing
Weaving is often thought of as something that’s cool in more of a, shall we say, timeless fashion… Now is your chance as a weaver to be wonderfully cool in the world of high fashion. Turns out, hair tapestries are a thing, and they’re even talking about warp and weft in making them! Any one up for designing a hair heddle, or better yet a 4-shaft hair-loom so folks can progress beyond plain weave? Show ’em how it’s done!
Final thought on intricate free-form hand weaving
Simon Espinal has created what many consider the worlds finest Panama Hat. Working by hand, working full time, working for months, this is an amazing endeavor. Someone please check our math and terminology, but our guess is that this weave is equivalent to working at around 60 dpi? In 3D? Quite an accomplishment, one thread (rather, reed, as each thread is a single strand of reed) at a time. Appartenly it is so unique that it is difficult to price, and, few would feel comfortable wearing something so precious!