Just the other day, Chris from Connecticut contacted us here at Halcyon Yarn and asked for help identifying a piece of equipment and now we’re asking for your help. Picked up at an estate sale, it was obvious this little gizmo gadget was used in weaving, but for what exactly?
So here’s Halcyon’s thought, it’s a device designed to distribute yarn on a shuttle bobbin evenly and automatically, but how does the thread get drawn onto the bobbin? Amos thinks it’s part of a larger device that weaves (rope?) by transporting the shuttle/bobbins along the curved tracks…
What do think? Has anyone seen this before? Leave a comment and share your thoughts. Let us know in the comments, or head on over to our Facebook page and leave a note. Who knew life at a yarn shop could be so mysterious!
Halcyon’s Signature Block Island Blend is featured in the latest Kniters Magazine (summer 2014). With its unique breathable blend of gentle slub cotton, linen/hemp and rayon, Block Island Blend is a favorite among knitters and weavers alike. “Shirttails” is a super cute cami top. Two different colored strands of yarn are worked as one to create an enticing marled fabric with subtle texture. The lace edge shirttail hem and bodice, slight A-line silhouette and I-cord straps make this the perfect summer top.
The pattern, featuring Block Island Blend colors Block Island Blend color 126 (8226Bleach) and Block Island Blend color 124 (8028) calls for 400-600 yds of each color for a 32″-48″ top and US size 6 needles.
If you like the marled look of Block Island Blend used doubled you’ll definitely want to take a look at one of our most popular patterns, Very Versatile Neck Down Hoodie / hooded pullover by Knitting Pure and Simple . It’s been knit up in all kinds of different color combinations. Pairing the colors to find the perfect duo is down right addictive. Oh, Block Island Blend – WE LOVE IT!
INTRO TO INDIGO with Amelia Poole on Sunday, June 8 from 10am-4pm.
Don’t miss this chance to have a full day of dyeing and experimenting with an expert indigo dyer and an indigo vat. Several materials for dyeing are included in the class fee but also bring some of your own items (fabric, tee-shirt or yarn) to dip in the vat. See how the color changes after it has emerged from the vat. Dip several times to see the color darken. It’s all indigo magic.
Intro to Indigo teacher Amelia Poole has been dyeing with indigo for over 15 years. She loves working with indigo dips and indigo shibori as she can make the same pattern over and over but each piece will be unique because of the variations each time a piece is dipped in the indigo vat. Then Amelia adds stitching and again more variations occur.
Amelia grew up in Massachusetts and has lived in Maine since 2005. She attended the Surrey Institute of Art and Design in Farnham, Surrey, UK and holds a MFA in Woven Textile Design and Construction. Her final project for this degree included a piece of woven indigo fabric. Today she lives on the Blue Hill Peninsular and works in her studio there with both indigo and Eco-Printing (a class at Halcyon Yarn later in July). She also has a very special 5 year-old assistant.
Amelia loves to teach. She loves to share her experience and knowledge but she finds she loves the exchange of ideas with others as she also always learns something.
There are a few places still available in this class. Take advantage of the opportunity!
Check out all the classes being offered this summer at Halcyon Yarn.
Jump start your spring by joining us at Halcyon Yarn to learn a new craft or improve a craft you already love. We’ve highlighted a few up coming class, but make sure you checkout all our current classes.
The world of handspinning is a magical place for fiber lovers. Nothing compares to creating your own yarn and oh the yarns you can make. If you’ve ever contemplated learning to spin there’s no time like the present and no better teacher from whom to learn than master spinner and teacher Rudy Amann.
Join us for Intensive Beginning Spinning on Friday and Saturday, May 2 & 3 from 9am-3pm. That’s this weekend so sign up quickly (we only have a couple spots open). This is your chance to get a firm introduction to the fiber art of spinning. Rudy covers the basics of wheels and their functions, many different fibers and their properties, spinning singles and then plying singles. You’ll leave this class having mastered the basics and with notes and samples for future reference. The class fee of $225 includes all the materials. Come with a wheel in good working order OR rent one for the class for $25.00.
Ever wish you could change a pattern to suit your individual style, size and needs? Have we got a class for you. Change It: How to Modify Your Knitting Patterns on Friday May 9 from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm delves into the format of patterns and how to change them to suit your individual needs. So many of our Halcyon Yarn customers tell us a pattern is almost what they want but maybe it is a little too long, or the sleeves look too tight, or the sizing is either a little too small or a little too big, or the pattern is for a short sleeved sweater and they want a long sleeved sweater, or they want to add or change a pattern stitch. You get the idea. This class will address these issues so you will be able to look at patterns in a new light: as a source of inspiration you can alter for your needs. The class fee is $50.
Enter the mesmerizing world of tapestry weaving with Tapestry 101 on Saturday & Sunday, May 10 & 11 from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm. Large or small, tapestries offer endless opportunities to combine colors, fibers and textures to create unique painterly effects within the woven world. This class is an introduction to tapestry techniques, style, design and equipment. Learn the techniques for combining yarns and colors, filling in certain areas, creating a textured surface and following a design or ‘cartoon’. Let tapestry artist and experienced teacher, Maria Kovacs, get you started in this fun and fascinating fiber art form that has a wide range of possibilities from traditional to contemorary to ‘way out’. You’ll enjoy the portability of tapestry and the flexibility of styles and materials. The class fee of $150 includes all the materials and a frame loom for you to take home at the end of class.
Just a few days left to take advantage of our early bird discount for FiberME 2014, running August 3-8. Sign up by April 15, 2014 and you’ll pay only $750, regularly $795 (lodging, breakfast and dinner are not included). To take advantage of this special offer enter “early bird” at checkout when registering on line or simply mention the code when registering over the phone.
If you’re a fiber lover, you’ll love Halcyon Yarn’s Fabulous FiberME 2014 tour in which you’ll experience Maine’s finest spinning mills, studios, galleries, farms, a dyehouse and even a traditional lobster bake (okay not so fibery, but oh so Maine). Plus, mid week we’re offering a mini ‘make it and take it’ class with Rug Hooking Artist Susie Stephenson and a special fiber craft fair with talented fiber artists from all over the state. So join us this summer for an experience you won’t forget.
Back by poplular demand, FiberME 2014, Halcyon Yarn’s exclusive guided tour showcasing the beautiful state of Maine’s finest offerings in the world of fiber. Come experience mills, studios, galleries, farms, and even a dyehouse. This year we’ll be touring August 3-8.
You’ve heard the saying “the early bird catches the worm”, well he also catches the savings. And this time it’s terrific savings on Halcyon Yarn’s FiberME 2014 tour. This fabulous week long tour is regularly $795 (lodging, breakfast and dinner are not included), but for those “early birds ” who sign up before April 15th, you’ll pay only $750. To take advantage of this special offer enter “early bird” at checkout when registering on line or simply mention the code when registering over the phone. Read the rest of this entry »
Don’t miss the opportunity to learn from knitting master Katharine Cobey in her up coming class, Best of the Best: Gems from the Knitting Greats, to be offered Saturday April 5th from 10am-3pm. A gem in her own right, Katharine has studied the work of these masters extensively. This class promises to be lively and informative.
|For those who are unfamiliar with Katharine Cobey, she is a revered fiber artist known for her brilliant mind and extensive list of accomplishments. Using knitting as her medium, Katharine amazes individuals with her innovative works of art, often forcing viewers to go beyond the surface and seek deeper meaning. As an educator, her clear and concise presentation of techniques and theories provides the perfect foundation for individual exploration. Residing in Cushing Maine, we are fortunate enough to have Katharine’s talents close enough to offer knitting classes with her here at Halcyon Yarn. To find out more about Katharine read the article “Knitting as an Art Form” by Kate Hynd published in The Working Waterfront. It’s a fascinating read about a fascinating person!|
|While you’re thinking spring, why not start planning for summer? You’ll want to sign up early for great fiber arts classes and weave, knit, spin, felt and dye you’re way through the sumer months. We’re especially excited to offer a new “Eco-Dying” class in July - stay tuned for details…If you’re itching to get into the garden, join us for “Building A Twig Trellis” on April 12th from 10am-2pm with Susan Perrine. Use sturdy maple, ash, beech and birch twigs to create a unique and useful trellis structure that will become a visual and functional centerpiece of your garden or home. Let artist Susan Perrine guide you through the process while learning traditional folk art skills to weave your sturdy trellis.|
Check out our full class calendar and sign up today! And don’t forget we’re adding classes all the time so check back often.