Dyepots and Bees this Saturday!

This will be a busy Saturday at the Trading Post with three very different 2-hour workshops.

10am – noon – Complimentary Color Study for Spinners with Kate Larson. Bring your wheels/spindles and handcards if you have them. Some will be available to share.

1-3pm – Dyeing in the Kitchen: Color from Food Scraps with Sabine Schröder-Gravendyck. Waste not! Stockpile your avocado pits and skins and collect onion skins—they are color producers! Dyepots will be simmering for you to try.

3-5pm – North American Native Bees: Gentle and Essential with Sabine Schröder-Gravendyck. In this workshop you will get to know the native bees and how to distinguish them from wasps, flies and other flying critters. We’ll find out how they build amazing chambers for their kids and find food in our yards and gardens. You’ll learn how to create a habitat even in the tiniest space to attract them. Susan Markle’s farm with the Trading Post for Fiber Arts is a fantastic habitat for many different species of plants and animals. I’m sure we’ll meet these gentle little creatures in person!


How to Make Use of a Whole Fleece

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Workshop with A. Sabine Schröder-Gravendyck

Being the harvest of one year, a whole fleece offers a wide range of options. At the same time, an entire fleece might be also feel a bit scary.

We will walk through the entire process: skirting, sorting, washing, and carding/combing. After these steps, we will have fiber available for crafts like spinning, knitting, crocheting, weaving and felting. The dirty and “shoddy” parts of the fleece left over raise the question of how those can be used. Often considered a problem for fleece owners, they are in fact valuable. There are numerous options you have in your house, yard, and garden to use the unique properties of wool. Our work will lead us to discover the various qualities of different parts of the fleece. With hands-on activities, we will learn to use the fleece for many purposes.

By the end of the workshop you will have an overview what you can do with a whole fleece. This will give you confidence to decide what fleece you want.