We put our heads together and decided to introduce it as a small initial offering in my shop (Starry Road Studio). I also took some with me to Bead Fest in Philadelphia a couple of weeks ago to see if any of my designer friends would like to try it. Lorelei Eurto was among the first to express interest and Nellie and I were thrilled with her recent designs using it! She tried some ideas I hadn't even thought of - so exciting! I can't wait to see what comes forth from other designers out there!
Jewelry made with FiberWire by Lorelei Eurto
I thought you might like a little peak into a fiber studio - to see where FiberWire is made.
First here's Nellie. The door behind her leads into her studio...
Coffee station - very important - and that large contraption in
front of the window is the drum carder - this is used to
create batts. Batts are where wool is straightened and combed.
This is also the stage where Nellie mixes colors of her own
hand-dyed fiber together. These batts get
spun into yarn and other goodies like FiberWire.
Here are batches of wool - some carded
into batts, others (below) ready to be dyed and carded.
That little gizmo to the lower right is a spin dryer.
After fiber is dyed, while still wet, it is put in there to
have all the water spun out of it - kinda like
a washer spin cycle only much gentler.
Pots of fiber getting dyed - don't worry we do
not eat out of these pots - they are only for dying!
More dying going on - a different process using crockpots.
Don't ask me I have no idea why.
Here are several lots of newly dyed and dried fiber.
As you can see its all kinda jumbled, not yet carded.
These batches will go onto the carder machine.
Here's a few batts created using variations in color, fiber type, etc.
The color play is amazing to me - its as though Nellie is painting with fiber!
These and tons more are sold in her shop Spin Culture.
Finally, here's where the last step happens.
This is the wheel.
Nellie sometimes sits out on the deck to spin,
with Casey (our dog) at her side.
I hope you enjoyed this little tour of a fiber studio!