March 30, 2009

Fun at Camp!

Camp Pluckyfluff took place Saturday and Sunday, here in Upstate NY (Genesee Valley Handspinners Guild). It was just as amazing as I had hoped. Lexi Boeger was a wonderful instructor and the casual atmosphere put everyone at ease. New friendships were made as well as some very pretty yarns. Kudos to our fellow guild member Alanna and her helpers for putting the logistics together. The facilities were large and clean and the catered food was delicious. We all hated to see the workshop end.

 Our heads were spinning, as well as our wheels and niddy noddys. Ideas for using our new found skills were inspiring. Everyone had the chance to share and exchange materials, a real boon to those of us who are not fiber farmers!  Thank you to all of the generous shepherds in attendance. 

 Lexi shared demonstrations of several techniques from her book, Intertwined.  We learned core spinning, beehives, granny stacks, shaggy yarn, art batt creation, translucent mohair, lock tail spin, fabric spinning, and a lot more about combining fibers for their particular attributes. A very full two days. We watched in amazement as she spun a pile of Lincoln locks (donated to the group by Frank and Sherry) into a gorgeous boa in a matter of minutes. Wow, can she fill a bobbin or what? I think she was as delighted with the outcome as we were, she promised to wear it on the plane. Given the fact, that true to form, our weather included some snow today, I'll bet she did! She travels all over the U.S. and Canada giving workshops and spreading her enthusiasm and love of the fiber arts. Multi-talented, she also paints and pursues other artistic outlets.

If you are interested in novelty art yarns I can recommend this workshop and Lexi's book. Together they will provide you with hours of creative fun.


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