Wow!! Where has the month gone? The past month has been filled with lots of fibery goodness. I thought I would share some pictures to show you what I mean...
We ended march with teaching a wet felting soap class at our counties 4H project discovery day. It was a great time all the kids had so much fun making their felted soap and it was neat to see all the color combinations they came up with.
Above is the wet felted soap my kiddos made for the demos at project discovery days.
The kids of Flying K Farm have been busy making these fun wet felted jingle balls. They are selling them in our Etsy shop. And if you are interested in making your own we put together a tutorialhere
My friend Marvel and I setup at our very first craft fair at the beginning of April. It was a lot of fun! Looking forward to doing more this year as well as some farmers markets. Stay tuned on where you can find us this summer.
My friends Marvel and Heather (Lahara Lockets) and I put together this basket of goodies for a silent auction to raise money to help rebuildCamden Accessible Playground in Janesville Wisconsin.
This month I dyed a bunch of fiber and made it into some pretty batts. My hubby even helped. He likes to help drum card and is excited for the new picker box he order since he usually helps with the hand picking and that can be a really tedious job.
Have you heard about our Fiber CSA yet? This is one of our boxes going out to one of our lovely share holders. Find out more about our Fiber CSAhere.
Sweet Coco is our newest member of our Fiber Farm. She is an English Angora bunny. We have been told she is a wonderful mother. We will be breeding her soon.
Hope you enjoyed a little peak into our Fun Fiber Filled Month :)
Wow, Its been a long time since I have been part of fiber art friday. This season for our family has been a busy one. I am still working on getting into more o f a rhythm with everything and squeezing in more time for fiber work. My hubby is still battling with chronic migraines and the botox injections seem to help for the most part expect for the weeks leading up to the next dose and about a week after. (36 shots in his head and neck - no wonder he isn't feeling well after) Our youngest is now 2 and getting into everything. He loves to climb on top of everything keeping us all on our toes. Today was a no nap day for him. Oh boy. He is wild today. Not looking forward to no more naps. That is my best time to get caught up. My other 3 kids have been helping out with the farm chores and enjoying homeschooling. They also have been keeping little man entertain so I can try to tackle my large fiber stash. I have so much to wash still and shearing day will be here before I know it.
It feels so good to finally carve some time out of my busy schedule to play with fiber. I really enjoy dyeing it and creating beautiful colors on these gloomy days of winter. We had another frigid couple of days this week -29 with wind chills of -45. Between all the the farm chores and breaking ice and refilling the water buckets four times a day (the heated buckets could just not keep up with the temps and alpacas drink more water when its cold) I was able to find some time to dye and card.. And Isabel made a pair of wet felted jingle balls. She loves making them. :)
The month of January I have also been working on getting our Etsy Shop setup as well as giving our website a little makeover still more to come. Let me know what you think..
Want to see more of the fiber I dyed earlier this week click the picture below :)
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Yesterday we had our first school presentation for a group of 90 Kindergarteners. The original plans were to have the presentation at a local farm but with the rain in the forecast plans were changed. We quickly adjusted our plans to better accommodate 2 groups of 45 rather than the 6 groups of 15. We started out the presentation with an overview on Alpacas before splitting the group in half. My husband took his group outside where we had 4 of our boy alpaca in a pen waiting for the kids to pet and give them treats. I had the other group inside and talked to them about the Alpacas fiber. I showed them some before and after pictures of shearing day and let them feel the difference between alpaca and wool. Then I did a quick demo of drum carding and spinning fiber, finishing up my part of the presentation with a fun wet felting project.
Thanks to the input of some experienced fiber artists I decided to teach the kids to wet felt in a Ziploc bag making either a rose or a butterfly. It was a huge hit! The kids loved it. There wasn’t much mess at all. A special thank you to all the Kindergarten teachers at B A Kennedy Elementary School in Prairie du Chien Wisconsin for having us over and all the help to make things go so smoothly.
We had so much fun working with all the kids! We are looking forward to doing more events like this in the future.
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Last friday my kids were part of the local homeschool science & art fair. This was the first time my kids have participated in anything like this, they were so excited! They did such an awesome job explaining how they made their fiber projects!
Abigail spent the prior week working with her alpaca Elsie's Fiber. She showed the process from shearing to yarn with photos and with explains for the kids to be able to see and feel.
Last Thursday I had decided to crochet Isabel a new hat to wear to the science & art fair. I spun up the mini batt that she had carded for me awhile back and also used some of my first yarn. She loved it. Landen right away asked if I can make him a hat. So I am hoping to carve out some time real soon to have him help card some batts with colors of his choosing and than I will spin and crochet a special hat for him too.
This week we opened up our Fiber CSA Shares. Now is your chance to reserve the prime blanket off one of our alpacas. We also have spinner shares available for those interested in having batts or rovings ready to spin.
We have been enjoying the nice weather and doing a lot of fencing the past week. We are getting the new valley pasture ready for the boys. On Tuesday the temps were above 80 degrees it was beautiful the kids played with the hose and helped hose down the alpacas, they were lining up for their turn. We even had a surprise visit this week from family all the way from Tennessee. The weather now isn't as nice as it was earlier this week it is cold rainy with a chance of snow mix......what a crazy spring we are having.
Enjoy some of our highlights from the past 2 weeks :)
What fun things have you been up to this week?
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Happy Friday everyone I am going to try something new on fridays and join in on the fiber art fridays post.
This week we played around with angelina hot fix for the first time and made some pretty sun catchers. My kids had so much fun making them. We watched thisvideo together before we started for a tutorial.
My oldest Abigail has been asking me to show her how to spin since I got my spinning wheel in March. I needed some time to get it all figured out myself before I could show her. After she helped out at a local fiber farm with their shearing day her interest had increased since they had wanted her to demonstrate how to spin to any shoppers. So I made sure to slow down this week and show her how to spin. She spun from a beautiful batt that she had carded herself. She did such a great job. I think in the future we will need to get another wheel in our home :) Can't wait to see what she makes with her first skein of yarn!
We just found out that the local homeschooling art and science fair is coming up, and we were thinking it would be neat for Abigail to enter her end product of her yarn. As well as showing some pictures of all the steps she did to create it. What do you think?
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