We’re Going to SAFF 2017!

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OK FOLKS, THIS IS THE BIG ONE!
This is the show that we get so worked up about — it has gotten so big and it is so exciting. Also, I love the Asheville area and this year we are staying at a lovely campground near the Ag Center. We have so many friends in this area that this show has become a great way to reconnect with all of them. Hope to see you there!

SAFF 2017 Dates:
Thursday, October 26, classes only, no shopping
Friday, October 27 – (9am – 6pm)
Saturday, October 28 – (9am – 6pm)
Sunday, October 29 – (9am – 4pm)

For more information, please visit:
www.saffsite.org
www.facebook.com/southeasteranimalfiberfair/
twitter.com/SAFiberFair

CANCELLED: We Are Going to the 2017 Florida Fiber In!

The show is cancelled this year, thanks to hurricane Irma. Sorry to miss everyone, but we’ll see you all next year.


 

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This is one of my favorite shows that we do! Yes, it is close to home, but I love it best because it is super relaxed, very unstructured, and is more like a slumber party with your friends at the LYS than most other fiber festivals. Volunteers give free demos, there’s a fashion show, bake sale, public sale table, and on Sunday morning, a “Yard Sale” where you can sell off that extra fiber and yarn to a good home.

14th Annual Florida Fiber In is September 15-17, 2017.

for more information please visit:
http://floridafiberin.org/
http://www.ravelry.com/groups/florida-fiber-in
https://www.facebook.com/Florida-Fiber-In-146782598686450/

Hope to see you there!

Going to the Georgia Fiber Fest?

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The 2017 Georgia Fiber Fest runs Thursday, September 7, to Saturday, September 9, in the beautiful Columbus Convention & Trade Center.

Ewephoric Fibers has a booth for the third year running and both Franklin Habit and Galina Khmeleva are teaching classes this year. Admission is $5.

For more information, and to sign up for classes, please visit their webpage at:
http://www.gafiberfest.com/index.html

Hope to see you there!

Fall 2015 Class Schedule

Drop Spindle by Michael Wade via flickr

Drop Spindle by Michael Wade via flickr

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 for any class if the student notifies us ahead of time.

 

Spinning for a Project
September 17 and October 1, 2015, 5 – 8 pm
$75, materials included
So many of us spin yarn just to spin and then wonder what to make with the yarn. In this class, students will pick a small project (hat, scarf, or socks), an appropriate fiber, and begin spinning during the first class. There will be a discussion of what fibers and yarn weights are best for your chosen project, how to estimate how much fiber will be needed, and suggestions on how to keep consistent with spinning the yarn. This class will meet twice. During the first class you will pick your project, fiber and begin spinning your yarn. During the second class you will cast on for your project or, if you have already started knitting or crocheting, provide inspiration to your classmates.

You must have a wheel in good working condition and be able to spin a continuous yarn. A pattern and 6 oz of fiber will be provided by the instructor.

 

Beginning Spinning
September 26, October 3 & 17, 1 – 4 pm
$125, materials included, spindles and wheels provided
Learn to spin on a drop spindle and spinning wheel. This class will meet three times. During the first class students will learn to spin on a drop spindle, to name the parts of a spinning wheel and how they work, and will begin spinning on the wheel. During the next two classes, students will learn about different wools and other fibers, roving, top, and other wool preparations and will continue to hone their spinning skills. By the end of the class, students will be able to spin a continuous thread.

Spindles and wheels available to take home for a $100 refundable deposit. Grease fleece and 4 oz of roving will be provided by the instructor.

 

Fabulous Luxury Fibers
November 8, 2015, 1 – 4 pm
$75, materials included
Let me introduce you to some of the most luxurious fibers in the world! We will spin cashmere, yak, silk, angora, baby camel and blends of these exquisite fibers. Before the spinning starts, there will be a discussion of the qualities of each and how best to spin them into amazing yarns to use to highlight very special projects. You will learn how to adjust your wheels and handle the fibers for a successful foray into the world of luxury yarns.

You must have a wheel in good working condition and be able to spin a continuous yarn. Luxury fiber will be provided by the instructor. Wine, mimosas, and cheese will be provided.

Ewephoric Trunk Show

Join us at Yarnworks on Friday, December 12, from 4 to 8 pm for an evening of crafty goodness! Find the perfect gift for the fiber crafters on your holiday shopping list. (Or pick up a little something special for yourself.)

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).

 

Silkworm Trivia

More fun silkworm trivia from Weaving Today’s BeWeave It column!

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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?!

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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.

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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!

 

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