Tres Hermanas website at http//tres-hermanas.tripod.com is finally finished! Of course, there will be constant tweaking as we add more and more to both our “brick”
and our “click” stores. In the meantime, we hope you check it out – and let us know what you’d like
to see added in the future.
New Products at THWW
Harrisville Designs makes a fine line of fiber products ranging from educational looms, first knitting kits, and several
nice yarns, to full-sized floor looms. We use their lap-looms in our beginning tapestry classes. Wonderful products at an
Strauch Fiber Equipment
at Strauch Fiber Equipment, makes incredible equipment. His wonderful floor-standing skein-winder is one piece of equipment
that neither Patricia nor I could do without! Strauch also makes hand carders, ball winders (including the Strauch/Fricke
ball winder which will ball up to a pound of yarn!), and the famous Strauch/Fricke drum carders. Whether you are a spinner,
a weaver, or a knitter, Strauch is a great source for much of your equipment needs.
Dye-Artist Presenting Classes
Wipplinger, founder of Earthues Dyes, and twice-honored United Nations award recipient, will be in Ponca City
for 6 days, July 17-22, where she will be teaching classes at the Pioneer Woman Museum.
Ms. Wipplinger will teach two classes on dyeing: one on dyeing with
wool (6/17-19), and the other on dyeing cellulose fibers, i.e. quilting fabrics (6/20-22). The price for each class is $250.
There will also be a $100 materials fee for each class -- and students will go home with lots of samples!
To register, call the Pioneer Woman Museum at 580/765-6108.
first meeting of the PFG was a great success! Special thanks goes to Tulsa Hand-Spinners Guild President, Susan Rocklin, who was kind enough to talk to
us about forming a guild, as well as her experiences as a spinner and shepherd. (We all still laugh at the image of you shearing
a skunk, Susan!)
We had several
other special out-of-town guests join us for the meeting, including Barb Thomas of Thomas Creations (the makers of wonderful triangle looms we hope to carry soon!) and Reta Gardner, who supplies
us with beautiful handspun yarns and fibers. Reta brought two 2-day old bottle-lambs with her, and we had a wonderful picture-taking
session with them in the park behind the Museum after the meeting.
At the March
25th meeting, we will talk about our guild and nominate officers. Don’t forget to bring your current projects
for Show & Tell!
Pioneer Fiber Guild meets the 4th Saturday of each month at the Pioneer Woman Museum, 701 Monument Rd, Ponca City, OK. For more information contact Rebecca
at the Museum: 580/785-6108.
Patricia taught a series of classes for Alt-Ed kids, and we just love both the teaching and the kids. One young
man, who initially laughed at the idea of weaving, not only finished a scarf woven on the Harrisville Easy Weaver “A”
loom and a tapestry purse on a Harrisville Peg Loom, he has learned to crochet and is working on a scarf for his mom! The
whole class worked together to design and weave a large tapestry that they will give to the school to inspire future classes.
things are going on all the time in Ponca City! During Ponca City School’s Spring Break, Gloria taught weaving to kids
at the Pioneer Woman Museum. They caught on to the techniques right away and did a great job with their
pieces. Pioneer Woman Museum will be offering more classes for kids this summer.
but not least, the new quilting shop, Quilted Rainbows, has opened just across the street from us, at 319 E. Grand.
It is a fabulous place, with lots of hard-to-get fabrics and items in stock. The staff is friendly and knowledgeable, and
they are eager to help anyone, from newbie to pro. All this, plus they will be carrying the Hoffman Challenge fabrics this
Tip of the Month:
For short down fibers, such as cashmere, yak, angora, and bison, use cotton hand-cards to remove
vegetable matter and make rolags.