|I present an informative demonstration of historic crafts for schools, fairs and instructional workshops. Included in my presentation is spinning on a wheel and with a drop spindle. I show how yarn is created from wool, cotton, flax, silk, dog hair, llama and other spinnable fibers. As a part of my fiber demonstration I can show how yarns are colored by natural means using walnut, onions, cactus, flowers, etc. I can also bring a table loom and show how the yarn is then turned into clothing by weaving.|
|Early American Crafts Demonstrations|
|I live on a small ranch in Agua Dulce, with my husband, sons and a farm full of fiber producing animals. I learned knitting and crocheting as a child, but my trip to Australia twenty years ago began my love of spinning and weaving. I now keep a small herd of wool producing sheep. They are kept company by Cashmere and Angora goats. Even the Old English Sheep dog is spinnable! In my spare time I do basketry, natural dyeing, and study the historic crafts, an important part of our past.
I design and sell contemporary raffia hats, home made soaps, pine needle baskets, and other craft items.
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So. California Handweavers' Guild