The spaces between things

One of the brief workshops I took at the Colorado Art Ranch artposium on Dwellings was presented by photographer Dean Dablow. He has photographed the spaces between dwellings, which are very revealing. He called his session "The Space Between Us," and offered a sampling of his photos as inspiration and then sent us out with … Read more

Colorado Art Ranch artposium: Dwellings

You don't have to live in Colorado to go to a Colorado Art Ranch artposium. I do happen to live in the state, but it's not a requirement. You just need to like good company and fascinating conversations, and to entertain the idea that looking at something from all sides will reveal more than a … Read more

3 pounds 10 ounces (1.6 kg)

Yesterday the first six (6) copies of The Fleece and Fiber Sourcebook arrived at the publisher's. This morning, I received an overnight box. What you probably can't see on that package is the weight on the label: 5 pounds (that's 2.27 kg). Of course, that includes the packaging. Yet it's unquestionably a substantial shipment. I … Read more

Certificate of excellence, part 3

Two pen holders made from handspun squares woven on 4-inch pin looms.

Part 1 is here and part 2 is here. The Project, including The Fleece and Fiber Sourcebook and Handspinning Rare Wools In 2007, I got caught up in The Project, which was supposed to be a comparatively concise effort, completed by August 2008, and has so far grown to require almost four years and has … Read more

Certificate of excellence, part 2

Romeldale fiber and sample yarn

Part 1 is here. Shuttle Spindle & Dyepot * In 1985, when I began work as editor of Shuttle Spindle and Dyepot (SS&D), the quarterly magazine published for its members by the Handweavers Guild of America, the organization had just undergone some turmoil, and my first task was to produce an issue of the magazine within a month … Read more

Certificate of excellence, part 1

Multicolored yarns in skeins and on a bobbin.

A question from Meg Caulmare (whom it looks like I will finally get to meet this year!): I keep meaning to ask you if you have already earned the COE in handspinning. If not, is your work with rare breeds a base for that (which you would, of course, do in your spare time)? COE … Read more