Fiber Folks Meeting – Processing Fleece

At today’s meeting, we learned about processing fleeces.

We were introduced to a box picker,




five-pitch and one-pitch combs,





drum carder,









and shown how to use each one.

Several members brought different fleeces from different breeds of sheep to the meeting for samples of fine wool, multi-colored wool, locks of wool.

Experienced members demonstrated how to use the tools on different kinds of wool, and then let less experienced members try out the tools.

For show and tell, members shared weaving projects, knitting projects, lucent cording, and spinning projects.

© 2017 Kathryn Hardage



Weaving Study Group

Our weaving study group met in Aurora, MO at The Olive Grille.  We were able to spread out in their meeting room to share the results of our twill weaving projects.

One member brought his new eight-shaft loom on wheels to show us.

The innovative use of different threads and yarns by all the members was exciting and inspiring.

The “blanket yarn” from Joanne’s produced a really soft, luxurious touch.

Projects varied from fine threads for scarves to bigger gauge yarns for rugs.

Some patterns were distinct, some were hidden as members experimented with the same warp and different wefts.

I used a textured, light colored warp and a darker chenille for my twill and basket-weave.

Only by holding my scarf up to the light was the basket-weave visible.

The whole scarf is three yards long.

My smaller project, three cuffs, is a hound’s tooth pattern.  Hound’s tooth is my favorite so far.

I am weaving my way through the patterns I received at our Fiber Folks Guild retreat for September, 2016.  My twill and basket-weave is the fifth project from that retreat.

© 2017 Kathryn Hardage

The Pace of Life


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My “unsupervised” weaving trying out several different wefts.

Sitting in a waiting room, one of the clients described taking his grandmother to the movies for her birthday.  He had just offered me his seat.

Later, I went to the local coffeeshop to follow up on a recommendation for someone to help me with my bookkeeping.  The person with those skills was working there.

At the library, I was offered the opportunity to “buy” a construction vehicle to support the summer reading program.

I joined a friend who is a “member” of the local Friday night quilt “club” to go on a three-shop Quilt Shop Hop this weekend.  She drove us through the back roads.

On my way to my weaving class this evening, I will stop at the hardware store to buy a bristle brush and a resale shop to buy an old pot to melt wax to coat my first attempt at making a “hard” cheese.

At the weaving class, I will show my “unsupervised” weaving where I experimented with different weights of weft.  Perhaps, I will also get help winding a new warp for my Twill Study Group.

I am now reading my new library book.

Later, I will do a bit of housekeeping.

I have already cooked for myself for half the week, using ingredients from both a local farmer and the local Farmer’s Market.

I appreciate all the support and opportunities in my adopted small town.

I appreciate the courtesies which are extended to people who know each other and people who do not.

The pace of life suits me.

© 2017 Kathryn Hardage

Weaving a Chevron Twill Across Four Colors

Our challenge project for Fiber Folks is to use the four colors of crayons we drew in a new project in a new technique.

Here are the crayon colors I got in a blind draw and the warp on the loom.

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Can you believe the great matching yarn I had in my stash for the weft?

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Here is what the chevron twill looks like on the loom.

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The chevron twill pattern is from a collection of different weaving drafts I tried out on various looms at our Fiber Folks retreat last summer.  I am working my way through as many as I can.

Here is the finished scarf, before I wash it so the fibers will draw together.

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Learning a lot!

© 2017 Kathryn Hardage

Learning About Wool

I love it when the directions to a local workshop include “then you go down the gravel road for two miles until…”

I was part of a group of fifteen people learning about different kinds of wool, from about a dozen different kinds of sheep.

We learned a little bit about the background of the breed, characteristics of the wool, good combinations to make various types of items, rugs, socks, sweaters.

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Then, we got to feel the different wools and see their characteristics.

What a fascinating new and very large vocabulary there is.

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I also watched a video from Interweave Press about wool.  Way more than I could take in – which breeds of sheep and how to spin their wool to  take advantage of the best characteristics of that type of wool to make specific items, socks, sweaters, shawls.

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Even on overload, I am totally loving my opportunities to learn new homestead skills to enjoy  more sustainable living in the beautiful surroundings of southwest Missouri.

© 2017 Kathryn Hardage


Comfort in Doing Things I Love

I am feeling such comfort today.  I have woven on two different looms.  My rigid heddle loom has a shawl project on it.  My floor loom has a series of small shoulder bags on it.

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I have watched part of a video about processing wool as I wove.  I wrote my inspirational blogs and posted them.  I did some spiritual study.  And now I have finished part of a new drawing exercise in toning with colored pencils.

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It is such an amazing feeling doing so many things that I love to do.

I am so grateful.

© 2017 Kathryn Hardage

A Multiple Baking Project

My poppy seeds kept staring at me from the cupboard.  So I decided to make a poppyseed cake.


On the facing page to that recipe was a carrot cake recipe.  Well, I had all the ingredients for that one, too, so I decided to make it as well.


The first direction for both cakes was to combine the yogurt with the flour and let it soak in overnight.
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That reminded me of the delicious yogurt biscuits I had made, so I looked up that recipe while I was at it.


Whoops!  It turns out that the biscuit illustration at the beginning of the yogurt dough recipe was for the previous buttermilk biscuit recipe.  Oh, well.  I decided to make it again anyway, even though it was intended to be a tart shell.


Here is my set-up for all three recipes.

All the recipes said to let the butter soften, which I tried to do.


Apparently, my kitchen is not warm enough.  Even the inside of the oven with a pilot light is not warm enough.  So I ended up melting the butter on top of the stove.


The cakes cooked at 300 F. for 1 1/2 and 2 hours respectively.





They are delicious!

The biscuits await in the frig.

© 2017 Kathryn Hardage