|Beth Smith enjoying the day|
Shocking I know, the "S" word. As weavers, spinners, knitters or quilters, we don't often like the "S" word. SAMPLING, that is. We think it's just more work and just too much time. WELL, I'm going over to the dark side; sampling really did make a difference. There will be significantly less wasted time, less wasted fiber and more successfully completed projects. You do spend time up front planning and sampling, but then you can simply fly. All the bugs have been worked out, no surprises, no bumps in the road and I have to admit, when a project comes together just like I wanted, I love what I do. When it doesn't, not so much. The "S" word, SAMPLING, hmmm, maybe a pseudonym for success.
|Vicki using the long draw to spin|
|Linda is using hand coombs|
Bev using her hand to wind off prior to plying.
|Julianna checking out a resource in Beth's book|
On the second day of the workshop, she discussed several American Breeds. Samples of American Jacob were prepared and it will be interesting to compare the American Jacob with that of the British Jacob (Part of our British breeds study) We know there is a size difference, but are there any other differences. All I can say is stay tuned.
|A Handwoven skirt Beth made from her Homespun wool|