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

 

EDIT: SOLD OUT!! (Was: Fiber for SALE!)

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 lots that will not be repeated.  As with any hand dyed fiber or yarn, be sure to order everything you need for your project at one time to avoid subtle color differences that invariably happen with different dye lots.  If you have a large project, let us know so we can dye the whole lot at once.  Please note that while we try to get the colors correct, they may not appear the same on your monitor.

This Merino/Tencel is a 50/50 blend of fine superwash Merino and Tencel which is wonderfully drapy and lends a soft silky hand to the yarn.  Merino/Tencel is a great fiber for sock yarn when it is spun as a firm single and firm 2 or 3 ply.  It is also great for shawls.

Suggested spinning techniques: Roving that does not have defined patches of color can be split down the middle, each half spun, and plied together or spun as a long single, wound into a center-pull ball and plied from the ends.  For roving with defined color patches, we suggest that the roving be split in half lengthwise, each half spun and then the 2 singles plied together.  The shift in colors will be gradual.  For sharper color changes, try using Navajo 3-ply.  Another suggestion is to spin the entire roving from one end and then plying it with another roving from the same dye pot or a similar color for a gentle semi-veragated yarn.

Select the fiber you are interested in and email Info@ewephoricfibers.com.  We will confirm your selection and send you a PayPal invoice.  Shipping is $5 for First Class US Postal Service up to 8oz.

Eco-Friendly Patagonian Cashmere in White ($?/oz), Grey($?/oz) or Beige($?/oz)

SOLD: Eco-Friendly Patagonian Cashmere in White ($12.00/oz), Grey($13.50/oz) or Beige($12.00/oz)

 

Yak Top: $18/2oz

SOLD: Yak Top: $18/2oz

 

Yak/Silk (50/50): $16/2oz

SOLD: Yak/Silk (50/50): $16/2oz

 

Yak/Merino/Silk Top: $19/2oz

SOLD: Yak/Merino/Silk Top: $19/2oz

 

Yak/Merino: $20/2oz

SOLD: Yak/Merino: $20/2oz

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.

 

Spinning Lessons & Communal Crafting at Peaceful Paths

Our Last Meetup: photo by haldechick via flickr

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, crochet, or any other fiber project for a bit of show and tell (aka: inspiration). Due to popular demand, Ewephoric Fibers will also bring in a selection of luxury spinning fibers available for purchase, of which a percentage of the profit will go to Peaceful Paths.

Just like last time, we will teaching spinning only on one side of the room. As you gain skills you can join the communal spinners on the other side of the room!

Drop Spindle Group Instruction: $30 per person. Includes one hour of instruction, one of Jane’s painted spindles, and 2 oz of fiber to get started.

Wheel Spinning Group Instruction: $35 per person. Includes one hour of instruction, use of one of Ginger’s wheels, and 2 oz of fiber to get you started. Ginger will bring wheels each month when we meet so that you will be able to try out different styles of wheels.

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.

Lessons are limited to four (4) people at a time, so it will be first come, first served! Email us to let us know to save you a spot: www-at-ewephoricfibers-dot-com.

We are also available to schedule additional one-on-one lessons. Email www-at-ewephoricfibers-dot-com to make arrangements.