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Spinning with Turkish Spindles: Singles to Plying

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Sunday, October 3, 2021

In addition to the floof from @longdrawjames, he also located the spindles he hadn’t sent me yet. The bowl and Supported Dealgan and UFO are all made of Granadillo. Next Is a Carob UFO on a Maple shaft and last is a Bolivian Supported Dealgan. Need to finish a few more projects and then I can start in on a flick spin. 😍 #spindlespinning #spindlersofinstagram #supportedspindle #supporteddealgan #dealgan #longdrawjamesspindles #woolenspinning


Last Wednesday an incredible package arrived from @longdrawjames. I wanted to try out some of his new fibers he’s added to the shop and WOW, they do not disappoint! Left to Right: 2 braids of Cormo, 2 braids of South American with black Viscose Nepps, Cormo, Double Sorted BFL(the nicest BFL I’ve ever seen!), Cheviot(for making tiny sweaters for my sheep plushie), and three braids of A1 quality Bombyx Silk. Everything is so incredibly beautiful. I definitely would like to get more of the Double Sorted BFL as it is hands down the finest quality I’ve ever felt. It’s so soft and has such a beautiful shine to it. 🥰 #longdrawjames #ashenflock #cormowool #bluefacedleicester #cheviotwool #bombyxsilk #mulberrysilk #handdyedwool #handdyedfiber #igspinnersinspiration #wemakeyarn #spinnersoftheworld #spinnersofinstagram #handspunwool #handspinnersofig #yarnspinnersofinstagram


The Falcon is everything I had hoped it would be! I was hoping for a wheel that would be even more ideal for spinning cotton than the Sparrow. This is how much #seaislandcotton I’ve spun between Friday and Saturday. #spinningyarn #handspun #handspinnersofinstagram #Spin15aday #easytospincotton #spinningcotton #cottonspinning #ashenflock #longdrawjames #electricspinningwheel #espinner #daedalusfalcon #daedalusspinningwheels


Thursday, September 16, 2021

I love green so much! This layer fills me with so much happiness! What’s your favorite color? #igspinners #handspunyarn #handspinning #yarnspinners #polwarth #polwarthwool #polwarthsilk #twfgreengallery #threewatersfarm #daedalusspinningwheels #daedalusmagpie


Slowly but surely! Started this braid last week Monday during @abbysyarns’s Office Hours Zoom. So far I’ve managed a single layer. 💚 For anyone who’s been curious about what the fabric piece is in my Magpie this is it’s purpose. It holds fiber when I’m not spinning which makes wheel transportation with fiber so much easier. #twfgreengallery #polwarth #polwarthsilk #spinningyarn #handspun #handspinnersofinstagram #Spin15aday #daedalusmagpie #daedalusspinningwheels


I will be photo editing live today at 7 pm PDT. Tonight’s photos will all be related to the Outlander Weave-A-Long hosted by @hookandshuttle. The photos I’m especially excited to show you all are macro photos of the woven structure. It’s unreal! The sort of detail you’ll see is above and beyond what I’m able to share normally on social media so don’t miss out! The stream will be on my Twitch account(link in profile). Those who have an account on Twitch will be able to use the live text chat to chat with me while I’m editing and ask questions. #photoediting #livestream #twitchstreamer #macrophotography #weaving #weaversofig #handweaversofinstagram #babymacomber #floorloomweaver #jstonlineguild #handwoven #handwoventextiles #handwoventwill #4shaftloom #hookandshuttle #hookandshuttlewal #hookandshuttleweavealong #outlander #outlanderweavealong


Tuesday, September 7, 2021

Earlier I saw a post that made my heart race at the mention of using Clorox wipes on spindles. I thought I’d share some tips on cleaning your wooden spindles. The first thing to keep in mind is that most quality spindle makers use oil finishes. If you look up Clorox wipes and wood it mentions that you shouldn’t use them on untreated/porous wood as it can cause discoloration. While these wipes are ok on wooden surfaces like ones coated in polyurethane they are not ok for spindles that have been treated with oil finishes or wax. So what should you use to clean your spindles? I like to get to know my spindle makers and what they recommend for taking care of their spindles. Some makers will include information with their spindles or have a page about it on their website. Once I ended up with dye on the shaft of one of my Jenkins. I was so disheartened by this and reached out to Wanda Jenkins to see if she had any recommendations. She mentioned that lathering on wood wax like Woodbeams and letting it sit for 5-10 minutes before wiping it off with a soft cloth can help remove the dye from the wood. Another time I wanted to spin in the grease on one of my Jenkins but I was worried about how to clean the spindle so again I reached out. She recommended a 50/50 mixture of lemon juice and olive oil to cut the grease. Apply and leave for 5-10 min before wiping it off with a soft cloth. Both instances worked like a charm! I also like to give my spindles what I can a Spa Day, same goes for my wheels. About twice a year, once at the beginning of the year and around June I like to get all my spindles and wooden wheels out, dust them, and give them a good coating of Woodbeams. Let sit for 10 minutes and then buff it with a soft cloth. This helps keep the wood in peak condition. Photos are of one of my Spindle Spa Days. #spindlespaday #spindlecare #woodenspindles #dropspindle #supportspindle #turkishspindle #jenkinsturkishspindle #woodbeams #fibertools #spindlespinning #spindlersofinstagram


The joys of hand-wound yarn! When I wind on a #nostepinne usually the side facing me is all neat and tidy but the back side is not so much. It’s still beautiful though when you can see the layer underneath. Make sure to swipe to see the 100% resolution crop. This is Charollais/Bamboo/Silk dyed by @longdrawjames spun and chain plied on my Black/Teal Sparrow. James recently updated his shop full of all sorts of dyed pretties including #bluefacedleicester, #cormo, and #bombyxsilk #macroyarn #canonrf100macro #igspinners #handspunyarn #spinnersofinstagram #handspunwool #yarnspinners #spinningforsocks #handspunsocks #daedalusspinningwheels #daedalussparrow #electricspinningwheel


Saturday, September 4, 2021

So uh… some of you know that I’ve been trying really hard to work down my spinning Works in Progress as I’m currently at 19 WIPs. I got a text message from @akerworks asking if I’d mind shooting some photos for my absolutely favorite top whorl style drop spindles which should be releasing soonish. I dropped everything and made a mad dash through my sample stash to find the perfect little spin to show these pretties off. I couldn’t find a small sample to spin, but what I did see out of the corner of my eye was these incredibly stunning braids of Sunflower Fields on BFL dyed by @fossilfibers. At the time all I had was the Yellow and Grass Green spindles and the idea hit me, get an Emerald Green and Berry Blue to form a gradient to match the colorway. New spindles arrived today and the spin has started! It fills me with so much joy to spin a project on these spindles. So these new spindles, what makes them special? These are Small Modular Lotus whorls that were made to fit the Mini Spindle shafts instead of the modular shafts. The smaller diameter shaft gives this combination a super fast and long duration spin that goes on and on forever with the best spins going even long after my arm is no longer able to reach high enough. 😂 they make my heart sing. 🥰 #akerworksminispindle #minispindle #modularspindle #akerworksmodularspindle #fossilfibers #ilovegradients #spinnersofinstagram #handspunwool #handspinnersofig #yarnspinnersofinstagram


Tuesday, August 31, 2021

I’m so overjoyed that #tinystudioissue12 is out and the print issues are starting to arrive in various places across the globe. I got my print copies early and I’m so happy with how it turned it that it nearly brought me to tears. No crying on the pretty pages!!! 🥲 Absolutely stunning cover photos provided by @juliatselkova 🥰 #igspinnersinspiration #wemakeyarn #spinnersoftheworld #fiberart #weaving #weaversofinstagram #handweaversofinstagram #crochetersofinstagram #knittersofinstagram #fiberygoodness #tinystudiocreativelifemagazine


So uh… I have a lot of spinning works in progress. 😂 I currently have 19 in progress. So how do I keep track of all these projects? I have a short article in Issue 12 of tinyStudio Creative magazine about how I organize my WIPs to make sure each project is spun to my original intentions. #fiberygoodness #tinystudiocreativelifemagazine #learninglab #worksinprogress #spinnersofinstagram #handspunwool #handspinnersofig #yarnspinnersofinstagram


On Saturday during the @daedalusspinningwheels Saturday Zoom Spin In I plied all my sock spin up. I skeined and washed it yesterday and it’s all dry today and on the needles! This is Charollais/Bamboo/Silk dyed by @longdrawjames being spun at 65% on my Black/Teal Sparrow. James recently updated his shop full of all sorts of dyed pretties. #spinningyarn #handspun #handspinnersofinstagram #longdrawjames #ashenflock #Spin15aday #spinningforsocks #handspunsockyarn #electricspinningwheel #daedalusspinningwheels #daedalussparrow


Monday, August 23, 2021

Ends Per Inch(EPI) and Picks Per Inch(PPI), when both are the same you get a balanced cloth. The density of this weave is above and beyond what I’ve experienced with my past three projects. It’s taken me some time to get used to the harder beat to get 20 picks per inch! This creates a beautiful balanced weave and also keeps the squares nice and square. This Weave-a-long is hosted by at @hookandshuttle. There will be more Weave-a-longs in the future and they are ordering more yarn to make kits permanently available. If you have any questions about the kit just reach out to @hookandshuttle. ❤️ #endsperinch #picksperinch #balancedweave #balancedcloth #twill #2x2twill #weaving #weaversofig #handweaversofinstagram #babymacomber #floorloom #janestaffordonlineguild #fourshaftloom #hookandshuttle #hookandshuttlewal #hookandshuttleweavealong #outlander #outlanderweavealong


In addition to the gorgeous fiber from @fossilfibers another awesome package arrived on Friday. This seriously awesome @akerworks Tour de Fleece Trophy. I absolutely love the tandem bicycle design which fits so well with how we hosted the team on ravelry AND Discord. The @akerworks Team did such a wonderful job with this trophy. 💛 #akerworks #teamakerworks2021 #tourdefleece #tourdefleece2020 #spinnersofinstagram #handspunwool #handspinnersofig #yarnspinnersofinstagram


These beauties arrived from @fossilfibers. Fiber is BFL and colorway is Sunflower Field. #fossilfibers #bluefacedleicester #spinnersofinstagram #handspunwool #handspinnersofig #yarnspinnersofinstagram


Monday, August 2, 2021

Another busy little bee! Taken with the EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro. I preordered the new 100mm macro that’s an L lens and has image Stabilization. Can’t wait for that to arrive it’s gonna be awesome. @canonusa #canon #canoneosr5 #eosr5 #pnw #pacificnorthwest #naturephotography #floralphotography #flowerphotography #pnwdahlias #dahlia #dahliasofinstagram #dahliagarden #sunnyjimsfarm #honeybee


Dahlia at Sunny Jim’s Farm. Taken with the EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro. I preordered the new 100mm macro that’s an L lens and has image Stabilization. Can’t wait for that to arrive it’s gonna be awesome. @canonusa #canon #canoneosr5 #eosr5 #pnw #pacificnorthwest #naturephotography #floralphotography #flowerphotography #pnwdahlias #dahlia #dahliasofinstagram #dahliagarden #sunnyjimsfarm


Busy little honeybee! 💛 🐝 💛 Taken with the EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro. I preordered the new 100mm macro that’s an L lens and has image Stabilization. Can’t wait for that to arrive it’s gonna be awesome. @canonusa #canon #canoneosr5 #eosr5 #pnw #pacificnorthwest #naturephotography #floralphotography #flowerphotography #pnwdahlias #dahlia #dahliasofinstagram #dahliagarden #sunnyjimsfarm #honeybee


My new EOS R5 is getting a good workout so far. The bees over at Sunny Jim’s Farm were super busy as bees should be. Taken with the EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro. I preordered the new 100mm macro that’s an L lens and has image Stabilization. Can’t wait for that to arrive it’s gonna be awesome. @canonusa #canon #canoneosr5 #eosr5 #pnw #pacificnorthwest #naturephotography #floralphotography #flowerphotography #pnwdahlias #dahlia #dahliasofinstagram #dahliagarden #sunnyjimsfarm #honeybee


Spent some time today over at Sunny Jim’s Garden. They have the most beautiful Dahlias. I’m planning on stopping by tomorrow to bring home a few flowers for studio shoots. I’m so thankful to have such a wonderful garden like this close to home that is tended by two super lovely people who are kind enough to allow me to wander around the garden to take photos. @canonusa #canon #canoneosr5 #eosr5 #pnw #pacificnorthwest #naturephotography #floralphotography #flowerphotography #pnwdahlias #dahlia #dahliasofinstagram #dahliagarden #sunnyjimsgarden


Saturday, July 31, 2021

Ok so with any new tool there’s always things to learn and growing pains. My major issue with the @canonusa EOS R5 is that @adobe does an absolutely crappy job with the color profiles. It’s extremely gross and I’m so disappointed that I just upgraded from @adobe Photoshop CS 5 to the new subscription platform only to find out it can’t offer the same color quality I’m used to achieving with the 5D Mark II. I’ve tested several methods and so far the best solutions are @canonusa’s Digital Photp Professional but I have to convert each photo one by one which is inefficient OR I can splurge on $24 a month to subscribe to @captureonepro which seems to do a good job but is way too expensive especially when I just subscribed to @adobe @photoshop and @lightroom . I tried a 3rd party profile Color Converge and I was not impressed. I just spent another $25 on Color Fidelity… we’ll see how that compares when the color profiles get to me. I’m using an Einstein strobe by @paulcbuffinc with a color temperature of 5,600K. I pride myself in my color consistency in my photo projects that span over several months allowing for the photos to be consistently the same despite the coverage of time. I need my colors to be true and I need to achieve this consistently with ease. #canon #canoneosr5 #eosr5 #canonphotography #adobe #adobephotoshop #adobelightroom #captureone #captureonepro #colorfidelity #colorconverge