New Class Schedule!

Ewephoric Fibers is teaming with Yarn Works to bring you a full schedule of classes. Visit Yarn Works’ website to register.

Note: A spinning wheel may be reserved if the student notifies us ahead of time.

Here is a list of our classes:

Spinning Beaded Yarn
August 2, 2014, 10:30 am – 3 pm
$50, materials included
Lots of us love knitting with beads. We can place the beads exactly where we want them. But if you don’t care where the beads end up, there are wonderful yarns with the beads already attached, if you are willing to pay the price! And what if you love the color of the beads or the yarn, but not both together or you want a specific yarn with beads but can’t find it. This class will teach you how to spin your own beaded yarn. We will explore two different methods for placing beads while spinning.

You must be able to spin a continuous thread and bring a spinning wheel in good working condition. Fiber, beads and written material will be provided by the instructor.

 

Spinning Silken Yarns
August 11, 2014, 5 – 8 pm
$50, materials included
So many people are intimidated by the thought of spinning silk! It is such a fabulous fiber: shiny, soft, strong, drapey. It takes dyes with a brilliance and depth rarely seen in other fibers. And it is available in a variety of different preparations which completely change the appearance of the yarn. So why are spinners so afraid of it? This class will introduce you to the two most common preparations of silk: top and hankies. You will learn how to spin them with ease and confidence! We will start with the easiest to spin, tussah, progress through Bombyx top, and finish off with hankies.

You must be able to spin a continuous thread and bring a spinning wheel in good working condition. Fiber and written material will be provided by the instructor.

 

Cool Fibers for Hot Summer Spinning
August 18 & 25, 2014, 5 – 8 pm
$60, materials included
Summers in Florida are hot, hot, hot! Even with air conditioning it’s hard to escape the heat — and spinning wool can still be less than appealing. So let’s spin some fabulous non-wool fibers that are great for summer yarns! We will spin fibers that are often thought of as being hard to spin like bamboo or cotton or just old fashioned like flax. Learn to spin beautiful, cool summer yarns that you can use for knitting, crocheting, or weaving. Imagine wearing a hand spun, hand knit shirt for work or a light weight shawl perfect for those air conditioned restaurants and movie theaters. This class will explore fibers over two weeks. We will start with flax, bamboo, and black bamboo. The second class will cover tencel, hemp and cotton.

You must be able to spin a continuous thread and bring a spinning wheel in good working condition. Fiber and written material will be provided by the instructor.

Canceled: April Communal Spinning/Crafting at Peaceful Paths

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

February Communal Spinning and Crafting at Peaceful Paths

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).

 

2014 Show Schedule

On The Road With Ewephoric Fibers

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

 

A Taste of What We Have to Offer!

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.

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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 in several different ways so you can pick your favorite preparation. We have two cotton kits: Cotton Sampler ($25) with a variety of fiber preparations and the Cotton Roving Sampler ($30) which has a variety of different rovings for the spinner to sample. Add a takhli and spinning cup to either sampler for only $15.

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The fiber shows start in September so we are busy dyeing fibers! Silk hankies are stacking up, waiting to be spun into fine threads and looking so luscious!

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We are introducing a new-for-us fiber blend, 50/50 Superwash Merino/Tencel. We think you are going to absolutely love it! It is shiny, oh so soft, and so easy to spin! We are putting this up in 4oz hanks and it will sell for $18. Ginger spun some of this fiber into a lace weight yarn and has been knitting a Pi Shawl. The yarn’s shine and depth of color make it hard to photograph, but the colors are rich with and have a lovely depth from the combination of wool and Tencel. Ginger’s shawl will be wonderful once it has been blocked so the pattern shows. Stay tuned for the final picture!

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Ewephoric Fibers is introducing our green cashmere for sale for the first time! This exquisite fiber was combed off goats living on the Patagonian Steppe. Ginger traveled to Argentina to work with the shepherds’ cooperative and to bring back cashmere. She purchased all the fiber the shepherds had — a very small amount! Be sure to read the previous post about these extraordinary people, their animals, and their lifestyle. This fiber is totally organic, renewable and has been purchased at a fair trade price. A percentage of the profit will go back to the cooperative to help the shepherds continue to improve their herds through replacement of livestock taken by predators, training and education. We think you will absolutely love the soft, buttery feel of this cashmere cloud and its amazing staple length which makes it a dream to spin! One ounce of beige or white Patagonian cashmere is $14 and the ultra-fine gray is $14.50. The quantities are very limited so don’t wait!

To purchase any of the above fibers, email ginger-at-ewephoricfibers-dot-com.

 

2013 Show Schedule

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)

Ewephoric Spinning Academy

Wild Roving, Tamed

Wild Roving, Tamed

Join Ewephoric Fibers for an informative and fun-filled day of spinning. In the morning portion of the workshop, we will spin wild roving and batts. In the afternoon, we will work on plying to make the best possible yarns. While we are learning about wonderful fibers, we will also be helping a most worthy cause, Peaceful Paths. This non-profit group assists women moving out of abusive situations into a position of self-sufficiency and strength. Ten percent of every workshop fee will go to Peaceful Paths. Feel free to bring a non-perishable food donation for their food pantry. Details after the jump…

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Road Trip: Destin-y Bound

We are very excited about going to the January Spin-In in Destin, Florida.  This small gathering is such a wonderfully relaxing venue that we sign up for it as soon as possible!  We will have lots of luxurious and luxury fibers, BFL, BFL with silk, Tussah and Bombyx silk roving, cashmere, guanaco and some special blends.

Hope to see you there!

Dyeing Like Crazy

Right now Ginger and I are dyeing like crazy getting ready for SAFF in North Carolina. We can hardly wait. Hope to see some of you there! Stop in and say hi, and take a peek at our no longer top-secret fiber club we are debuting (which will be up on the website shortly).

Cheers,
Jane.

Ewephoric Fibers Road Show

Ginger in the Ewephoric Fibers Booth

Ginger in the Ewephoric Fibers Booth

Join Ewephoric Fibers (www.ewephoricfibers.com) at the Florida Fiber In (www.floridafiberin.org) inOrlando,September 16-18, 2011. Attendance is free, although a donation at the door will help to defray costs. Come on in, even if you have not pre-registered!

We will be launching a bunch of new products you won’t want to miss:

  • Dreamtime Roving BFL (80%)/ Silk (20%): the softness of BFL combined with the sheen of silk becomes a dream sliding through your fingers. You will LOVE the yarn from this exquisite roving!
  • Parfait Batts: Luscious custom carded batts in layers of analogous colors that spin up into a softly heathered yarn.
  • Stripey Batts: Four stripes of analogous or complementary colors that easily spins into a self-striping yarn.

For our batts, we use the finest Shetland wool from Stonehaven Farm in Oregon (www.stonehavenfarm.com) and Alpaca from WoodsEdge Farm in New Jersey (www.alpacasllamaswoodsedge.com) and add in just the right amount of silk or bamboo to give it a luscious hand.

In other news…
Since Gotland sheep are being showcased at the NJ Sheep and Wool Festival (www.njsheep.org/festival/index.html) this year, we thought it would be fitting to introduce…

  • Special Edition GotlandBatts: Stansborough Grey Gotland fleece from New Zealandwas used for the elfin cloaks filmed in Lord of the Rings. Ewephoric Fibers and WoodsEdge Farm have joined up to produce a blend of lovely grey Gotland and super-silky WoodsEdge Suri Alpaca. These batts spin up into a beautiful yarn with a soft sheen and an elegant drape.