Hi Folks: We are postponing the Peaceful Paths meetups until further notice. We will have them again, as well as classes and Ewephoric Trunk Sales, and we will post here several weeks in advance so you will be able to get them into your calendar. Cheers! Jane
Due to a scheduling conflict, we have decided to permanently move the spinning and communal crafting at Peaceful Paths to the third Saturday of the month. That means our next gathering is on February 15 at 1 p.m.
As it turns out, it is also the date that the Gainesville Handweavers Guild is going on a guided tour of the Kongo exhibit at the Harn. It starts at 10 a.m. and will last about an hour.
See you there!
When: February 15 at 1 p.m.
Where: Peaceful Paths
Google map: 2100 NW 53rd Ave, Gainesville, FL 32653
Communal Crafting: FREE. Please bring a donation to Peaceful Paths to help support their efforts at eliminating domestic violence. Scroll down this page to see a list of their needs.
Bring in your spinning, knitting, crochet, or any other fiber project for a bit of show and tell (aka: inspiration).
More fun silkworm trivia from Weaving Today’s BeWeave It column!
Imagine flowing down the aisle in a darkened room in a silk wedding dress that glows red, orange, and green under a UV light. Scientists in Japan have been experimenting with breeding mutant silkworms that produce silk that glows under a UV light. These silkworms have had genetic material from other organisms inserted into their genomes so they produce a silk with fluorescent qualities. The transgenic critters have a red glowing protein from Discosoma corals, orange from the Fungia concinna coral, or a green fluorescent protein from jellyfish. Under white light the silk has a very pale color, but turn out the lights and turn on the UV light (think black lights from the 70s and 80s) and you have fabric that glows in the dark! The fluorescence is stable and continues to glow for years. Because the proteins are denatured with high heat scientists had to modify removing the serein from the cocoon. Wedding dress designer, Yumi Katsura, has designed gowns incorporating the fluorescent silk. What will the rest of the wedding party wear?!
How about pink silkworms, cocoons, and silk! While silk is a renewable resource, processing and dyeing it is not very environmentally friendly. Reeling and washing silk requires a lot of water and dyeing silk, and other fibers, not only requires large amounts of water, but releases toxins into the environment as well. In an effort to reduce both the water usage and toxic byproducts of dyeing, scientists have been looking at pre-dyeing silk by feeding the silkworms dyes that would permanently color their silk.
Biologists and engineers at the CSIR-National Chemical Laboratory in India have been experimenting with feeding silkworms mulberry leaves that had been dipped in azo dyes. Other dyes have been used, but they are very expensive. Several dyes were used but only one red dye succeeded in turning the caterpillars pink and infusing the final silk fiber a lovely pink. The other dyes were metabolized out of the digestive system in different ways, mostly in the proteins surrounding the silk fiber. The cocoons were colored but once the silk was processed the surface proteins were washed away along with the color. Work will continue to find dyes that are not toxic to the silkworms and create silks with color that is permanent and not fugitive.
Would you rather have your silkworms spin you a silk parasol? Well, scientists at MIT’s Media Lab are doing just that! A combination of 3D printing robotics and a silkworm’s need to spin silk have been combined to explore how to build architectural structures more efficiently. A 3D printer was programmed to act like a silkworm and spread a kilometer long silk fiber along a group of panels that were then put together to form a pavilion that was hung from the ceiling. Silkworms were then placed onto the panels and allowed to find their place and spin. By manipulating the density of the original silk fiber, the scientists were able to create openings that allow for seasonal and daily time estimates due to the positions of the apertures.
So next I would like to see a 3D printer create the basic structure for the transgenic silkworms to spin me a parasol that glows in the dark, all three colors please, with a lovely pink strip from the azo dye consuming silkworms!
On The Road With Ewephoric Fibers
Ewephoric Fibers is on the road again! We look forward to seeing all our customers and friends during the year.
January 23-25, 2014: January Spin In: You must be registered to attend
March 13-16, 2014: Florida Tropical Weavers Conference
April 4-6, 2014: Carolina Fiber Fest
April 12, 2014: Swallowtail Farm Country Fair
April 25-27, 2014: Florida Sheep, Wool and Herding Dog Festival
May 17-18, 2014: Kentucky Sheep and Fiber Festival
September 19-21, 2014: Florida Fiber In
October 23-26, 2014: SAFF: Southeastern Animal Fiber Fair
. . . → Read More: 2014 Show Schedule
Wow! Thanks Everybody! We just got back from the Carolina Fiber Fest in Sanford, North Carolina and we need to renew our stock. Watch the front page of Ewephoric fibers for an updated Sales Page.
Eco-Friendly Cashmere, Yak, Alpaca, BFL, Silk, Oh My! Check below for our most recent offerings!
Ewephoric Fibers is now offering its luscious fibers through our online shop! You no longer have to wait for a show to acquire our unique spinning fibers! We offer semi-solid colors and some multi-colored colorways that will be available at any time. We are also offering one off dye . . . → Read More: EDIT: SOLD OUT!! (Was: Fiber for SALE!)
Look at what I just got in the mail! Notice it came by courier into the USA before going into the mail? The wrapping is muslin cloth that has been sewn onto the box! How fun is that?!? My charka and punis came packaged like this. Makes you realize how inexpensive labor is in India.
These takhlis will be going into our cotton kits. These fabulous kits have a variety of different cottons and cotton preparations for you to try with your lovely takhli or spin on your wheel. You will get to experience cotton . . . → Read More: A Taste of What We Have to Offer!
Come see Ewephoric Fibers at the following shows:
September 19-21, 2013: Florida Fiber In
September 27-29, 2013: Thundering Drums Native Gathering
October 25-27, 2013: Southeastern Animal Fiber Fair (SAFF)
Our Last Meetup: photo by haldechick via flickr
When: August 31 at 1 p.m. Where: Peaceful Paths Google map: 2100 NW 53rd Ave, Gainesville, FL 32653
Our first gathering at Peaceful Paths for spinning lessons and communal fiber crafting was a fabulous success! We gave three spinning lessons — but the best part was the turn out of spinners & crafters, about 15 of them, and their donations to Peaceful Paths of both needed items and cash. We had so much fun that we’ve decided to meet up the last Saturday of every month.
So bring in your spinning, knitting, . . . → Read More: Spinning Lessons & Communal Crafting at Peaceful Paths
The last SATURDAY of the month will NOT be a spinning/crafting meetup at Peaceful Paths (Double Booked!). Please keep an eye on this space, and we will let you know when and where the next meetup will happen.
Drop Spindle by Michael Wade via flickr
Need a spinning basics refresher? Come join Ginger for a review of all the things you forgot from those early spinning classes or never learned as you struggled through learning on your own. She will review the basics such as the relationships between twist, treadling and the drafting triangle (remember that?). Expand your drafting technique repertoire and gain more control over the size of the yarn you are spinning. Bring your spinning problems and Ginger will help you find the solutions!
Bring: Your wheel and any fiber you have questions about Take . . . → Read More: Spinning Tune Up!