Eucalyptus Experimentation with Wool, Alpaca, and Silk

Eucalyptus bath, 2015

I recently spun with Icelandic wool from Trinity Farm and Shetland wool from High Bid Farm. I spun these fibers during Spinzilla, which took place during October 5 to 11. Spinzilla promotes global hand-spinning to support the Needle Arts Mentoring Program and needle … Continue reading

New York Lincoln Longwool Sheep! Spinning, Natural Dyeing & Knitting

Josie, Lincoln Longwool Sheep, Photo by Emmaline Long

I recently began to spin and dye with longwool from the Orchard View Lincoln Longwool farm in New York. I love the length and luster of the fibers! Below are some of my knitted natural dye samples. I am currently taking … Continue reading

Part II: New York Fiberscape Clothing & Textiles

Cabled cowl of alpaca yarns, 2015

An update about the NY Fiberscape Dress that I wrote about earlier in the summer. I knitted some swatches with stockinette and cable stitches to figure out the knitting gauge. I liked how they both turned out, so I decided to make … Continue reading

Solace project

Solace postcard, 2015

Solace postcard, 2015

Earlier this year I wrote about India Flint’s Solace project that promotes international peace. It welcomed everyone to send a flag with a message for a “collective impromptu poem recorded on cloth to sing in the winds.” I sent a fiber flag made of wool, alpaca, and mohair fibers. Today received the postcard, and also saw the entire impromptu poem. It is interesting to read everyone’s contributions that connote notions of caring and love among people and nature.

Community Empowerment with Sewing, Recycling, and Textiles

Naja, Olivia Bra Blue, 2015

GLOBAL IMPACT WITH NAJA The woman-owned lingerie brand Naja reflects ideals of social responsibility and environmental sensitivity. Naja aims to foster a culture where women help and support each other. Naja established the Underwear for Hope Program, and supports an entrepreneurial sewing program … Continue reading

Curves of Fibers ~ Half Scale Pre Pilot at Cornell University

Curves of Fibers, Helen Trejo Half Scale Pre-Pilot, 2015

Over the past few weeks I’ve participated in the Half Scale Pre-Pilot project that aims to stimulate design creativity through experimentation on a half-scale dress form. Working on a half-scale, rather than a full scale dress form reduces fabric usage in the mock-up stage, … Continue reading

Exploring New York Fiber Farms @ Washington County Fiber Tour 2015

Lamb at Ensign Brook Farm, Photo courtesy David Arellanes, 2015

Visiting the sheep, alpaca, and goat fiber farms during the Washington County Fiber Tour in New York was the highlight of my year so far! Each farm had a unique narrative with fiber animals ranging from Merino sheep to Huacaya alpacas and Cashmere … Continue reading