May – mystery, madness, mayhem!

Yes – I am fully aware that it is mid June. June 14th, to be exact. I know this as I started teaching my summer Clay Camp today. (Happy to report, all good so far.) But my last post was dated April. Yup, April. So I propose a series of entries – to entertain, amuse…and show you, my handful of readers – what happened in May… 

First there was MD Sheep and Wool Festival. Cooky flew in from SD and after supping on Capriotti’s ( a DE institution!) we road tripped off in search of fibers and yarns…A cast of characters one would expect to meet – angora goats: angelic even in the unnatural May heat… 

 goats    ram 

llama  shear

 llama and sheep, the happy ones recently shorn! And adorable alpaca…alpaca alpaca

Now – I am not a fiber artist. Cooky is – she spins and dyes, knits and felts with glorious results. And the MD Sheep and Wool is one of the top festivals of its kind. We did some shopping!

yarnhand spun dyed with natural plant dyes;  fiber1 roving waiting to be spun;

cooky wool Everywhere you looked gorgeous colors, more delicious than the last… (Cooky fondles the roving… pictured above.) I wish I had the artists and craftspeoples names, addresses, websites to post here. But honestly – there were hundreds, and my brain was melting!

So I bought a drop spindle, and roving…some for spinning and a palette for needle felting. Needle felting is like painting with carded wool fibers. I am eager to experiment. Of course, Cooky taught me all I to know, wet felting, needle felting and spinning. I truly enjoy the repetitive nature of needle felting and spinning. I see meditative applications there. As well as artistic applications. I will keep you posted.

Next: The May adventures continue – Spoutwood Farm May Day Faeire Festival! Stay tuned.

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