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Archive for September, 2013

Happy Friday!! Do you have anything exciting planned for the weekend? Here at Woodland Whimsy, we are planning to do some fall cleaning and spending time with friends. Whatever you are doing, I hope you have a fabulous weekend.

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I just love this fungus! It is full of color and character. I can see him all settled down to tell a long and interesting story. I really enjoy the opportunities I get to walk in the woods and spend time with the magic of nature.

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Busy, Busy

Greetings! I have a large special order and am very busy this week. I have some new photos and stories to share with you as soon as I have a bit more time.

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Happy Friday! I am sure an ready for it this week; although, everyone in this house has something they must do tomorrow. I hope that you are happy for the weekend as well.

HugeFungus

Huge Fungus

Most of my fungus photos are taken up close and personal. I had to stand way back to get this big guy in the picture. There are amazing things to be found while tromping around in the woods.

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Henry House Hob was as excited as I was about my  new fiber combs. He couldn’t wait to try them out.

Picking his color

Picking his color

Henry took his time picking out the perfect color for his first combing experience. “It’s almost fall,” said Henry. “I want to do orange so you can make me a pumpkin.” This alpaca fiber had already been washed and dyed. The combing helps remove organic matter, short second cuts of fiber, and arranges the fibers nicely.

Lashing on

Lashing on

Henry got a small amount of fiber to start lashing on so he could start combing. “To lash on,” Henry explained, “you carefully swing the fiber on to the tines, pull away, and do it again until the comb has enough fiber to get going.”

 

Ready to begin

Ready to begin

Here is Henry, all ready to begin the actual combing.

Combing away

Combing away

Henry started combing the fiber. He was careful not to get the tines tangled up while he was working. “This fiber is already pretty clean.” observed Henry, “I don’t think it will take much combing.” I told Henry that he was right. This fiber did not need to much combing. When the fiber has a lot of organic matter in it, it needs combed a lot, moving the fiber back and forth between the combs.

Nicely Combed

Nicely Combed

This fiber is nicely combed. It is time to pull it off of the comb.

Pulling off the first bit of fiber

Pulling off the first bit of fiber

Henry gently pulled on the tips of the combed fiber. Off came a thin section of clean, straight fibers. “There is still more to pull off,” announced Henry. He was right. Several small layers of fiber get pulled off the comb.

Left over fiber

Left over fiber

Henry got all the long fibers carefully removed from the comb. “This fiber needs to go in a separate pile.” Henry informed me. “It can be used to make the insides of your projects.”

Fiber from the first comb

Fiber from the first comb

“Look!” exclaimed Henry, “Look how much fiber I got with just the first go.” Henry had done a very good job, but there was still more to do. The fiber had to be pulled from the other comb and the whole process started again until all of Henry’s batch of fiber was finished. It is nice to have such a helpful House Hob around our home. I’ll tell you a little secret though, Henry was a bit upset by the mess on the floor when the combing was done. He said it was a good thing that we didn’t do our combing on the carpet. There was quite few weed bits, as well as stray fibers. “That could have caused problems with the vacuum!” Lectured Henry as he went to get the broom.

I hope that you enjoyed Henry’s adventures in combing. You can see more of my creations on my web page. It  also has links to my facebook page and Etsy store.

 

 

 

 

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My husband made me a beautiful set of combs. I am really enjoying the results I get when using them to process fiber with a lot of organic matter.

My new combs

My new combs

We based them (more or less) on a blog post by Moonsong Ranch Alpacas. Sadly, I can’t seem to get any of their links to work for me any more.

I will be away again for a few days. Our son got a big promotion, so we are traveling to be there for his pinning ceremony.

 

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I hope you are all having a wonderful Monday! It’s a good day here at Woodland Whimsy. Today I am working on completing the processing of some fiber that I dyed last week.

Casper the Alpaca

Casper the Alpaca

This is a picture of Casper. He is the alpaca that provides white fiber that I dye and use in my creations.  Alpaca is the main fiber that I use when  felting.

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Happy Friday!! I hope that you have had a lovely week and are planning an even better weekend.

Frilly fungus on a tree

Frilly fungus on a fallen tree

I found this beauty on a fallen tree out in the woods. I love how lacy it looks.

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