Wednesday, March 15, 2006
I just thought I'd take a break an update the site with some spindle whorls I finished recently. I have been busy painting spindles every day and having a lot of fun doing it! I've gotten so many orders for really neat spindles. I really want to thank Janel from "Spindlicity" (www.spindlicity.com) for the article she has up on Crowhill House. Since that article appeared, my website has gotten a lot more hits.
I also want to thank each one of you who visits the site and those of you who order spindles and are willing to wait the 6 weeks or so that it takes me to get to your spindle. I am working away at the queue and your spindles are in the line, waiting to be done.
I'd also like to mention a new group on Yahoo called "Teen Spin". This site is for teens, 'tweens and kids of pretty much any age. It's a project to help kids explore the fiber arts in groups or with a parent. It's a truly terrific idea. You can find the group by doing a search in the Yahoo Groups.
Right now, the teens/kids are dyeing fiber with Kool-Aid which they will then use for a project. It's really great to be able to pass along fiber arts to a whole new generation! If you have teens/kids, grandkids or a classroom, please check out the group. Even if you don't have kids the group is in need of adult spinners and other fiber artists to answer questions and assist.
Peace & Joy,
Sunday, March 05, 2006
My daughter came to me yesterday and asked me to make her a spindle. She brought a picture along with her of an Andalusian horse and said that was what she wanted on her spindle. Well, I figured to was about time that she quit spinning with plain spindles and that she have a hand painted spindle of her own. She is going to be helping demostrate spindling at an upcoming Alpaca Festival, so it would be pretty embarassing if she didn't have a nice spindle.
So today was a snowy Sunday and Ciaran had went off to the barn and I decided to take some time and work on her spindle. The picture posted above is the finished whorl. I am really happy with how it turned out and I hope she is too. Since it's a 3" whorl, we are going to experiment with shaft size to see what works for balance. That way, I already know before I start making them for other folks.
I also want to thank Janel for the absolutely wonderful article in Spindlicity (see: www.spindlicity.com) Her webzine is top notch and I absolutely love all of the articles, especially the "Tea Panties". Don't ask.... you have to go look for yourself! They are totally cute though!
Peace & Joy,