Sunday, February 19, 2012

Postcards from Camp Pluckyfluff (The Final Chapter :'-()

Sunday, February 19

Lexi demonstrating the Navajo ply
Kelly's Coil Boil up close and personal!
Today was the last day of Camp Pluckyfluff.  We were excited to learn new things, but sad that it was ending.  As we were settling in, one spinner told us that she found herself actually treadling in her sleep while other spinners talked about their calves being sore from all of the spinning the day before- not a bad malady to have!  We started the morning with a demonstration on Navajo plying, which is the final step in creating a Coil Boil.  Then it was time to get to work!
Kayleigh's coil- now boiling!

The pansy that Kayleigh made, Lexi demonstrated with, and Kelly used...
After finishing our Coil Boils, we had a demonstration on putting add-ins in our yarn.  Kayleigh has been furiously felting for the past week and created a multitude of adorable felted trinkets (56 hearts, balls, hiking boots, a wine glass, butterflies, flowers, food, etc.).  Lexi actually took the felted add-ins that I didn't use and is going to spin them into one of her yarns (how cool is that?!).  Other add-ins that we and others brought were scraps from wedding dresses, feathers, pet fur, beads, sequins, buttons, jewelry, shark teeth, and even sweetgrass.  We practiced with this until lunch.
53 of the felted add-ins that Kayleigh made
Our class portrait
Kayleigh and Kelly

Next it was time to choose our fiber and begin making our self-portrait yarn.  This was an open-ended assignment.  We were to choose fiber that represents us in some way (favorite colors, mood, fibers, fiber from animals we own, or all of the above).  Most of us also included add-ins.  The core of the yarn was elastic thread, which creates a springy yarn that bunches up when removed from the niddy-noddy.  Depending on whether it is tied in 2 or 4 spots before removing it, it becomes either a heart or a brain shape!  The yarns were as individual and interesting as the spinners themselves.  At the end of this exercise we all shared the stories behind our yarns and took a class portrait (of the self portraits).  The stories were fascinating to listen to, some deep and some funny, but all were meaningful.  
Some people hold their hearts in their hands...

... while others wear their hearts on their heads.
The final demonstration of the camp was Esther showing us how to tailspin using locks.  This yarn turns out wild and beautiful.  We learned about both regular and extreme tailspinning.  The length of the lock determines which type of tailspinning you should do and the yarn created can be used as an awesome border along the top of boots, socks, purses, etc. or around the neck as a fashion statement!
Esther gets her tail spun on!

Then it was time to say goodbye. (Insert heavy sigh here.)  We learned of a spinning gathering in Sarasota, Florida this April from a woman who owns a knit shop and is trying to build an art yarn community.  This sounds like something Charleston could use... are you in?   We left the shop having made many new friends and promising to find each other on facebook.

Kelly and Kayleigh 
Tailspinning after homemade wine!


Esther said...

what a fun class with you two! and yes....your posture was the most inspiring part of the weekend :) . happy to see you tailspinning with our classmate's moonshine. We're about to do the same...-lexi and esther

Andrea said...

I had a blast hanging out with ya'll last weekend! How was the wine? One of these days I will have to come to Charleston or ya'll are more than welcome to come hang out at the farm in Conway! Going to Florida?