Fiber Full Time
In 2011, after 25 years in glass, I started working with fiber full time. I’ve been knitting and sewing for about 50 years and dabbled in quilting and crochet. Spinning is a revelation on many levels. My box of crayons is so big it has more colors than my computer. With all the information available on knitting, there is still more to be invented. Weaving is fascinating, such a combination of These Are The Rules and being in the moment. And fiber doesn’t break!!
The winter 2013 issue of Spin-Off Magazine has my article on BioFiberSoak, A New (yet Ancient) Way to Clean a Fleece, a method of cleaning fleece using lactobacillus instead of hot water and detergent. I’m so excited about having stumbled across this environmentally friendly way to clean fiber (sheep, dog, alpaca, most protein fiber except silk and mohair). The resulting fiber is not scoured and dry like heat-damaged, dyed blonde hair—it has a delightful amount of grease that makes it so soft and yet it still takes dye beautifully.