Saturday, May 20, 2017

EVEN A LABOR OF LOVE DESERVES SOME COMPENSATION-Another Towel Project

I would like to take you on a little adventure with me. People often wonder why hand crafted items cost so much. Over the next few weeks, I will share with you what it takes to weave hand towels. Yes, I know that you can go to a store and buy half a dozen of then for what one hand woven towel costs. However you will be back in a year buying another half dozen, while the hand woven ones keep working for nine more years,

This summer, I have chosen to dye 15 yards of warp for a run of towels. They will be woven in the shop. Generally there are 15 or 16 towels when the work is completed. The yarn used is a high quality unmercerized cotton. By the way, the warp threads weighed 2 1/2 pounds when dry.

I dyed the warp in the back room of the shop. That is a standard 6 foot table. The plan is for each towel to have at least 2 colors in the warp so that there are no two exactly alike when all is said and done. The painting took about and hour and a half.

The dyed warp then had to rest for a couple of days for the yarn to  to take on the color. There is a bunch of chemistry involved. I just trust the process and know that the color will not be as intense after rinsing.

 Rinsing:Do you have any idea how heaving a soaking wet, 15 yard warp chain can be? It really helps to have a large sink.


 Drying: Hoping that the wind doesn't start up.

And finally,winding on to the warp beam!



This is going to take more than one shift.

To be continued...

Friday, May 5, 2017

The Back Room Dyers were busy this week. These skeins will be labeled and on the shelves Saturday. 

The Back Room Dyers are Barbara, Susan and whomever shows up to help on dye day. This month it was Alisa, we appreciate her help!. Barbara is the careful planner and dye mixer. Susan comes in and and uses all the remaining dye mixed for the day in unconventional ways. 
Guess which one has more repeatable results? 



Friday, April 28, 2017

THE BIG PINK CHAIR HAS A NEW HOME!

The artist that created The Big Pink Chair sculpture, which has served as a beacon for our shop for over a decade, has sold it. We have heard the the purchaser of the beloved icon is donating it to the IDEA Museum. We will be following up on this.




For now The Flowering Stiletto, which was on the corner of Main and Robson, is in front of the shop,



Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Summer is creeping up and for those destined to stay in the Valley of the Sun, we hope that you can find some relief here with us. To those of you headed to cooler climates we wish you safe travels and a speedy return.

The Summer Class Schedule is posted on our web page and registration is open. Some classes, especially weaving, fill up fast so don't wait too long!

There are two new Knit-a-Longs and a Crochet-a-Long scheduled this summer: Artesian, The Rain Outside, and the Dragonfly shawl.


  We also have one planned for the Fall that you need to dye your own skein of yarn for. That particular dye day is in August and the project is Optical Delusion: Conflagration. Check it out on Ravelry, we think you’ll want to get in on this one. Just imagine the color themes that can be used for this: flames, fall leaves, peacock feathers. Look at the shape with your eyes half closed, head tilted to one side and let your imagination run wild.

Some fun for the kids is scheduled in June. We have spinning, dyeing, weaving and felting, as well as knitting. If the days on the schedule don’t work out for you and your kids, please call and we can usually arrange a date/time that will. We honestly believe that children need an opportunity to experience the fiber arts. The part of their brain that gets to play and be creative needs nurtured just as much as the rest of it.

We have added shortened versions of the beginning knitting and crochet classes. If you have some friends who have been thinking about dabbling but couldn't make the four week commitment, let them know about this. We have all the patience in the world to help them grasp the concepts. Better to learn from us than risk your friendship, right!

Barbara has chosen a desert cactus garden theme for the summer window. Knit, crochet, or felt, a cactus 8 to 10 inches tall. Then watch our garden grow. A little bird whispered there is a $25 gift certificate to be awarded to the most creative cactus as decided by popular vote. It would be grand to have the submissions by June 15. Voting will be June 15-30 with the winner announced July 5th.


Molly has 3 bookbinding classes this summer. If you are interested in this craft, this may be your last chance. She will be applying for internships and might not be in Arizona next year.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Been a while since there have been any postings here. Karen has moved on to other adventures in life, so I'm going to make an effort to put something fun, interesting or informative here on a somewhat regular basis.

For starters, there is this:

DREAM IN COLOR TRUNK SHOW FEBRUARY 21-25. 
COME SEE AND TOUCH THEIR BEAUTIFUL YARNS!


Hope to see you in the shop!

Susan

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Sign up for December classes now!

Hello All!  Here is the December class list.  Sign up for December classes now!

Red Scarf Project 2014!
Our shelves are filling up with red scarves!

The Fiber Factory and One Planet Yarn and Fiber has joined together this holiday season in supporting the Orphan Foundation of America’s Red Scarf Project: Foster Care for Success Program. Children that go through the foster care system often face challenges getting the education they need to lead happy and productive lives.

The Foster Care for Success program gives scholarships to further the education of kids who would not have the money to continue their education. In 2005 the Foster Care for Success program began sending the kids that were attending college or vocational schools a Valentine’s Day care package. These kids often don’t have family or parents who would send care packages to them. So, to show that someone cares – packages are sent with treats including a red hand knitted or crocheted scarf.
Last year our combined efforts netted 36 beautiful and varied crocheted and knitted scarves, one more than the year before.  Let’s see if we can top that this year! Come in and purchase your yarn and ask for the Red Scarf discount for this project. Drop off your scarves by December 6th! We'll plan a little party for the evening.

RED SCARF PROJECT GUIDELINES: Size: approximately 60” long and 5” to 8” wide. Scarves should be long enough to be wrapped around the neck, with tails long enough to be tied in the front. Style: Think unisex collegiate. Fringes are optional. Your scarf should drape, tie easily and be soft. Color: Red! However, this could mean burgundy, cherry, russet, red stripes with other colors, or multicolored hues including red. Finished & tagged: Yarn ends should be securely sewn in. For a personal touch, attach a tag saying “Handmade for You” with your first name, city, and group affiliation, if any. Donors have also included washing instructions, messages of encouragement, gift cards, and more.

We are thinking about starting up a few Friday Night out activities. Looking for feedback on what if any activities you would participate in.
And in spite of any and all rumors to the contrary, we are still here to help and encourage you to the completion of a successful project, and to serve your yarny needs. Come in and visit with us for a bit.

Don't forget our Rewards Card-
Yarn-a-Holics Anonymous 12 Stamp Rewards Program
Come in and pick up your card. Get a stamp when you purchase $25 or more in a visit. Turn in your filled card (12 stamps), and get $25 off on you next purchase. WOW!

Knitting-
Beginning Knitting
Intermediate Knitting
Knit Your Wish
Learn to Knit Socks
Finish Your Projects
Continental Knitting
Toe Up Two Needle Socks
Knit With Billy

Crochet-
Beginning Crochet
Hairpin Crochet Lace
Broomstick Lace
A Better Basic Beanie
Bowtie Pie
Bead Crochet Rope Bangle
Chain Strand Bead Crochet Necklace
Romanian Point Lace
Fancy Flowers Hotpad
Christmas Crochet - Garland

Dye-
Paint and Zap Scarf
Paint and Zap Yarn and Fiber

Spinning-
Beginning Spinning
Art Yarn

Baskets-
Horsehair Basket

Weaving-
Weave in a Week - 4 Harness

Creative Fiber-
Embellished Christmas Stocking
Serendipity Dyed Silk Scarf
Learn to Use Ravelry

Kids!-
Parent and Child Knitting

Teens-
Crocheted Accessories
Serendipity Scarf

Free Stuff!- Call for info or to sign up for these events so we know how many are coming.
Every Friday Afternoon Happy Hour
Every Friday Afternoon Crochet Study group
First and Third Saturday Morning Spin Ins

Best Regards,
Susan, Terri and the Fiber Factory Gang
480-969-4346

Monday, October 20, 2014

Fiber Factory November Classes

Hello All!  Here is the November class list.  Sign up for November classes now!

Red Scarf Project 2014!
red scarf

Once again, The Fiber Factory and One Planet Yarn and Fiber will join together this holiday season in supporting the Orphan Foundation of America’s Red Scarf Project: Foster Care for Success Program. Children that go through the foster care system often face challenges getting the education they need to lead happy and productive lives.

The Foster Care for Success program gives scholarships to further the education of kids who would not have the money to continue their education. In 2005 the Foster Care for Success program began sending the kids that were attending college or vocational schools a Valentine’s Day care package. These kids often don’t have family or parents who would send care packages to them. So, to show that someone cares – packages are sent with treats including a red hand knitted or crocheted scarf.
Last year our combined efforts netted 36 beautiful and varied crocheted and knitted scarves, one more than the year before.  Let’s see if we can top that this year! Come in and purchase your yarn and ask for the Red Scarf discount for this project. Drop off your scarves by December 6th! We'll plan a little party for the evening.

RED SCARF PROJECT GUIDELINES: Size: approximately 60” long and 5” to 8” wide. Scarves should be long enough to be wrapped around the neck, with tails long enough to be tied in the front. Style: Think unisex collegiate. Fringes are optional. Your scarf should drape, tie easily and be soft. Color: Red! However, this could mean burgundy, cherry, russet, red stripes with other colors, or multicolored hues including red. Finished & tagged: Yarn ends should be securely sewn in. For a personal touch, attach a tag saying “Handmade for You” with your first name, city, and group affiliation, if any. Donors have also included washing instructions, messages of encouragement, gift cards, and more.

Marianated Yarns trunk show n November!
There are also plans for a Fiesta Yarns Trunk Show, a book signing and a "Let's Do Lunch KAL" where we pair up a KAL with a Lunch Special at one our favorite downtown restaurants. We are working out the details for dates.

 We are thinking about starting up a few Friday Night out activities. Looking for feedback on what if any activities you would participate in.
And in spite of any and all rumors to the contrary, we are still here to help and encourage you to the completion of a successful project, and to serve your yarny needs. Come in and visit with us for a bit.


Don't forget our Rewards Card
Yarn-a-Holics Anonymous 12 Stamp Rewards Program
Come in and pick up your card. Get a stamp when you purchase $25 or more in a visit. Turn in your filled card (12 stamps), and get $25 off on you next purchase. WOW!

Knitting-
Beginning Knitting
Intermediate Knitting
Finishing Handknits
Finish Your Projects
Continental Knitting
Knit One Below Hat
Knit, Knit, Knit
Grandma's Checkerboard Slippers
Building Blocks
Knitting 911
Sweet Tomato Heel Sock
Toe Up Two Needle Socks
Cuff Down Magic Loop Socks
Inside Outside Scarf

Crochet-
Beginning Crochet
Intermediate Crochet
Tunisian Crochet
Fingertip Shawl
Spiderweb Scarf
Hairpin Lace Crochet
A Better Basic Beanie
Kaleidoscope Trivet
Hello Kitty Bag
Jo's Shawlette
Intermediate Irish Crochet
Fancy Flowers Hotpad

Tatting and Lace-
Beginning Tatting

Dye-
Open Dye Studio

Spinning-
Drop Spindle Spinning

Baskets-
Cornucopia
Pine Needle Basket

Weaving-
Lace Weaves
Rigid Heddle

Navajo Weaving-
Beginning Navajo Loom Weaving

Creative Fiber-
Kumihimo
Fish On Friday
Learn to Use Ravelry

Kids!-
Parent and Child Knitting

Free Stuff!- Call for info or to sign up for these events so we know how many are coming.
Every Friday Afternoon Happy Hour
Every Friday Afternoon Crochet Study group
First and Third Saturday Morning Spin Ins

Best Regards,
Susan, Terri and the Fiber Factory Gang
480-969-4346