Thursday, October 30, 2008

The Latest

It's been awhile since I've had time to post, so let's get started!

Spinning Group is Sunday, November 2nd, 12:00-4:00 PM. Bring your wheels and spindles and c'mon over!

We've scheduled an additional Felted Beads & Baubles Class with Leslie for Tuesday, November 18th, 6:30-8:30 PM. We have a few spaces left, call us at 612.822.1600.

BUY MY BEADS, Clearance Sale! I've decided to close out my BEADS section. The beads at The Fiber Studio were stock from my previous shop and are at 2002 (or earlier) prices! Any of you bead buyers know how much bead prices have risen just in the past couple of years. I have a nice selection of beads for jewelry, embellishing, crazy quilting, surface design, art dolls, collage and anything else you can slap a bead onto! Delicas, flowers, lentils, leaves, stones, vintage, Swarovski crystals, Czech fire polished, seed beads and mixes.

So here's the deal:
40% off, good on cash sales only
30% off, with a credit card (Visa or Mastercard)
All Sales Final, Some Items May Be Exempt


Stephen Kundert Drop Spindles! These are such nice spindles, made in Wisconsin. All are between 1.0 and 1.4 oz. (mostly 1.2 oz.) in lovely woods such as Birdseye Maple w/Walnut, Purpleheart w/Maple, Zebrawood w/Maple, Butternut w/Walnut, Bubinga w/Maple, Wenge w/Maple.

Superfine Merino from Fibre Fusion (Australia) in delightful colors, such as cumin, china blue, verdant, moss, rose quartz, peri peri, prussian blue, urban, smudge, sublime, aubergine, turkish red, terracotta.

Hand Dyed Bamboo Fibers! Beautiful bamboo in five colorways from Fiber Lady. We have Orange Fizz, Prairie Dusk, Raspberry, Bluebonnet and Misty Glen...lovely!

I've got an order coming next week that will include Falkland Top and Superwash BFL!

Gale's BFL Art Fibers are on re-order. Gale's on vacation and those won't be in for a couple of weeks.

Can't think of anything else right this minute. I'll try to shoot some photos tomorrow and get them posted for you.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

We've got Aussie Fibers comin' our way!

I placed an order for Superfine Merino with a vendor in Australia today. It's supposed to be pretty wonderful and we may have it as early as the end of next week. Lovely colors, it felts really fast and it's especially nice for wearing next to your skin. We'll let you know when it comes in.

In the meantime, the new Comprehensive Beginning Spinning with Virginia Parent started tonight at The Studio. It's always so much fun to see the progress of the new spinners from week to week and they have such fun! And it's been such a lovely October day that we can even have the door open tonight!

Speaking of mice...There's a funny black cat that has taken to laying in wait for me in the morning and then, when I open the door he does everything he can to get into the shop with me. He meows, he scratches the door, he's just beside himself. I might let him in if I didn't bring my kitty "Pie" to the shop with me sometimes and I can't deal with that. Sooo, anyhoo, getting back to mice...I wasn't too surprised yesterday when I found a dead mouse lying on the back door mat. Oh great, I offering. What next!?

Hand Painted Scarves

Leslie and I have been dyeing silk chiffon scarves like a couple of madwomen. Leslie leaves for Brookings, SD tomorrow to teach felting workshops through the week-end. She needed scarves for her workshops and so did The Studio. We have a nice selection of hand painted 100% silk chiffon scarves that are great for nuno felting, 12" x 60" at $12.00 each. We were also able to find beautiful iridescent 100% silk scarves that are perfect for nuno felting, approx. 10-1/2" x 54" in six lovely colorways, $14.50 each. And, as always, we have raw-edge hand painted 100% china silk in 11" x 90" for $18.00 each. We have a Nuno Felted Scarf Class coming up on Saturday, October 18 from 2 to 6 PM. We have just a couple spaces left to fill in case you're interested.

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Indigo Dyeing

Today is the Indigo Dyeing Class here at The Studio, taught by the wonderful Virginia Parent. What a fascinating process indigo dyeing is! I myself haven't had any experience with indigo until today. Get this: the fibers and yarns look yellow in the pot...and then, as they're lifted out of the dyepot and the air hits them they start turning a lovely organic blue! It's magical! The "girls" in the class decided to do a second dip for a more intense blue and I think one or two may even do a third dip. And it is a most beautiful Fall day for dyeing!

Virginia will be teaching again Saturday, November 1, when we'll be offering Natural Dyeing with Earthues. I'm looking forward to that class too, and there are still a couple of spaces left if any of you are interested.

Just another reminder that tomorrow is Spinning Group and we hope you can make it. Of course, it's supposed to rain tomorrow. It's gotten to be the joke that it's usually rainy on the day we have Spinning Group! Well, it'll make a good day to come inside...and spin and socialize with old (and new) friends!

Friday, October 3, 2008

Spinning Group Meets This Sunday!

Hey, spinners, don't forget that the Spinning Group will meet 12-4 PM at The Fiber Studio on Sunday, October 5.

And for those of you who don't spin but have a hankerin' to learn how, there are a couple of spots left in our Comprehensive Beginning Spinning Class with Virginia Parent that starts on Wednesday, October 8.

We're planning on doing some sort of Intermediate Spinning Class during the winter session. If you have any thoughts or suggestions let me know what they are.