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March 2022 Newsletter
Handspun Collective Ponchette
Designed and woven by Mackenzie Keller, Stephanie Flynn Sokolov, and Sienna Bosch
Spun by Deb Gerish
Weaving with your handspun yarn is simple and rewarding. To illustrate the possibilities of weaving with handspun yarn to experienced spinners at a spinning conference, we warped all of our small looms with yarn spun by our Project Manager, Deb Gerish. We featured beautiful hand dyed colorways from Greenwood Fibers, and wove a luxurious shoulder wrap with two colorways stitched together in the front. We all look back on this collaborative project fondly, and each of us has a special memory attached to it. It was a labor of love, shared by all four of us. Now we just have to decide who keeps the finished ponchette!
Meet Sienna Bosch, Textile School Coordinator
How did you get into weaving and fiber arts?
I grew up surrounded by craft, but didn’t find weaving until college. My father is a woodturner, which shaped a lot of my childhood. I spent hours upon hours making things in my young years, whether it was with cardboard, wood, mud, or something else entirely. This was fundamental to who I am today. I was taught and encouraged from a young age to explore, no matter the medium. As I got older, I knew I wanted to study art, but at the time, I thought I would focus on sculpture. I had a foundation in making with wood and wire. I was also interested in casting. During my second year at Colorado State University, I was taking my first sculpture course, and my two best friends were taking fibers. I thought, why not join them. I had no intention of changing my major, but from the second I sat down at the loom, I knew this was going to be a part of my life forever.
Our newest video: Choose The Best Rigid Heddle Loom For You
Have you met our rigid heddle looms, the Cricket and the Flip? Find out more about them from Schacht staff and see how well they weave handspun yarn!
Carding for Color Part II: Fiber is Not Paint
by Deb Gerish
Once you understand the basics of color theory, you have a lot more control over fiber colors. In Part 1, we explored hue, value, and saturation using paint colors and dyed fiber braids. Now we can start blending fibers for our own color designs. Before we start blending, we’ll discuss one more color theory term: optical mixing. It refers to the way human eyes and brains process colors that sit right next to each other. We visually blend the colors to create a new one.