I’m getting ready for the up and coming cold months.  I have been stock piling wool to spin and getting the last of my dying done.  I love using natural dyes, onion skins, red cabbage, spinach, black beans and black walnuts.  The colors are muted and so pretty.

I believe I’m like other spinners with more than one wheel, at least I like to think that I am.  There’s always room for one more wheel isn’t there?   Now I am looking at weaving looms.  Not sure where to start.  My space is limited so I’m looking at one on a stand and not a floor loom.  I have my eye on an Ashford 32″ Rigid Heddle.  Any thoughts for someone who hasn’t woven in a long time?


Autumn has arrived


This is my favorite time of year.  I have been cutting back the garden and hanging my herbs and yarrow to dry.  The air is crisp, the colors are starting to pop and the ghouls and goblins will be arriving in a few weeks for their treats.  The bittersweet and the gourds have been the topic for the farmer’s porch and the decorating inside will be simple.  Bowls full of pinecones, black walnuts and drieds.  The garlands of gourds and nuts will replace the Leather Britches and Okra.  

I’m not thinking of the barbecue any longer but have thoughts of cooking hearty soups and stews that nourish the soul.

Have a wonderful day my friends.


I found a fix for the spinning wheel and it’s working perfectly for me.  A little thought goes a long way.  I have been spinning for a while now and everything works like a charm.  I guess you’d say I’m tickled pink with my little mustard CPW wheel!dscn7259dscn7263





This past weekend I found myself rescuing an antique spinning wheel from just being a decoration in someone’s home to being loved and used.  It is a Jeremie Ouelett wheel which dates back between 1840 & 1860 and touts his initials on the back of the table.   She is a beauty in her own right showing off a soft mustard paint.  A good cleaning and repairs were in order as well as a good dose of oil to get a nice smooth spin.

If anyone can offer some help with how the footman attaches to the axle I sure would appreciate it.  (pic below) The footman works its way off as it spins.  I have “cleverly” wound a rubber band around the tip to keep the footman in place (temporarily).  I just had to be able to give it a go and it spins as nicely as it did over a hundred years ago.





I purchased this antique Great Wheel 3 years ago.  It was broken and in pretty sad shape.  As I love to work with anything wood I set out to repair it and put it on display in my dining room.  After some time seeing it there pretty as ever, I decided to attempt to actually spin on it.  I tried for weeks and all of a sudden it clicked and I had spun my first yarn.  Oh it was lumpy and bumpy but I thought it was beautiful.

One day I stopped at my favorite local primitives shop in town and bought an antique spinning wheel.  It too needed repairs, a lot of them, but I got it up and running like a top and looking quite handsome.  It was another learning curve coordinating my drafting of the wool and pedaling skills and after a week again, it clicked and I was spinning wool. I then brought it back to the shop and sold it for more than what I bought it for and purchased a brand new wheel.   Now I have all of this beautiful “white” wool and what to do with it?  After all, I don’t want everything white.  I boiled tons of onion skins and black walnuts  and made my own dyes.  In the yarn went and my first thought was “I hope I don’t ruin my hard work.  I was pleasantly surprised at the outcome.  They were so pretty.  So what’s the next step you ask?  I am knitting an Icelandic design sweater for myself with the white yarn and also using a beautiful brown Shetland Moorit.  My next venture is to start weaving.  I have it in my head to make some Linsey woolsey.  So the next logical step is to spin my own warp with flax.  Guess I’m in for another learning curve.

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