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! I'm on a 100-day odyssey for community and creativity in Long Beach. We've got such an amazing city, and I'm a huge fan. I'm seeking out the creatives and the facilitators of creativity, the art and the locations that inspire art.
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Today was Day 18 of Making Lemonade.
Batting the Fleece with Clemes and Clemes
I was back at the Convergence 2012 showroom floor, this time with a purpose.
You see, earlier this year, I'd obtained a fleece from one of the gals in GLASG, the Greater Los Angeles Spinning Guild. . For various reasons, I decided against it.
Still, in the past few months, I'd set a goal to work my way through that fleece. It took a while to get up the courage to even try to clean it. (I didn't want to mess it up). I eventually got through it, but I wondered what next?
Yesterday, Roy Clemes indicated he would be willing to let me card some of my fleece. Whoo Hoo! Today, I took him up on his offer. I arrived with two bags of wool in hand. Well, today I got to actually use the drum carder. I got four batts done and came back with some uncarded wool, but I have enough for demos tomorrow at the Long Beach Depot for Creative Reuse. Demos run from 1-3 PM.
The Language of Fiber
At this point, I thought it would be good to talk about some of the words I've been encountering. Fiber, you see, has a language of it's own.
Carding the wool - Preparing the wool for spinning by aligning the fibers in the same direction using a carder.
Carder - Device used to align the wool fibers. May be either a hand carder or a drum carder.
Batt - Fiber after it has been carded and rolled for storage.
Doffer - A long pointed rod used to remove the batt from the drum carder.
Draw - Pull out lengths of wool for preparation in spinning.
Orifice - A hole through which the spinner feeds the fiber.
Mother of all - A bar to which several moving parts of a spinning wheel are attached.
Flyer - A u-shaped part with hooks along the straight edges. The spun wool is directed towards different parts of the bobbin so that it is more evenly stored.
Warp - Lengthwise yarn in a woven piece. The weaver threads the weft back and forth over and under the warp yarn.
Weft - Crosswise yarn in a woven piece, threaded back and forth by the weaver.
Heddle - The part of the loom suspended from the shaft of the loom and each is used to separate a warp thread, which is passed through an eye in the heddle. May be wire or cord.
Reed - Used to push the weft threads snugly into the woven piece. Originally made of reeds.
Sleazy - Loosely or poorly woven fabric, threads move around.
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Things and Tidbits
I left with
- Four batts of wool
- A whole lot of uncarded wool
I will be at the Long Beach Depot for Creative Reuse on Friday, from 1-3 PM. This is a very different kind of store, and if you get a chance, please consider a visit!
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