Wednesday Update

Pat and I had a very nice Thanksgiving.  We were invited to dinner by one of our Alpaca Ranchers.  They had also invited three soldiers from our nearby Army base.  It was so nice to meet people who were far from home and did not have to spend the holiday alone.   I made assembled an apple pie with the help of Marie Calendar frozen pie shell.Image

This past Monday, I demonstrated dyeing wool with rabbitbrush, black walnut and black beans to a third grade class.  I had forgotten what it was like being with 9-10 year old children.  But they were very attentive, asked many questions about other plant possibilities and what made the dye smell so bad!  The rabbitbrush dyed yellow and the black walnut dyed the wool a wonderful golden brown and the alpaca wool a darker brown.   But the black beans was a dud!  No color whatsoever.  I had used it before and it dyed a light blue.   That was the only mishap, no accidental dye on anything except the wool and the students asked me to come back and show them how to spin fleece into yarn.    Here is the finished yarn.Image

I’ve been making more project bags using old jeans.Image

My Navajo rug weaving is progressing.


That’s it for now!

See ya,



About psobrien

Hi, my name is Sandy and I am a retired professional quilter turned fiber artist with my main interest in spinning wool , using natural plants to dye fiber to be used in tapestry weaving. I grew up on a dairy farm in Kentucky, travelled around the world and now make my home in Southeastern Arizona with my husband, Pat and Duffy, our Westiepoo.
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6 Responses to Wednesday Update

  1. What a beautiful pie! And good for you introducing those kids to the joys of fibers!!!

  2. Cheryl says:

    That’s a neat idea to invite military that can’t go home for the holidays. I love demonstrating stuff like that to kids. I haven’t done it in a while though. It’s fun to stretch minds with new ideas and information. Those project bags are great! I love that idea! Any chance you might post a tutorial or simple directions on how you cut the jeans and assembled them? I’d love to make some. Your rug is getting more fabulous with every inch!

  3. says:

    Love the wool colours Sandy, love the bags – very clever – but still absolutely adore the Navajo rug!

  4. Cindy in Fl says:

    Great projects – dyeing is cool…the kids had o love it! Excellent work on the purses and rug!

  5. K says:

    Like the bag hint hint

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