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Posts by Roy Clemes

December 2019 Newsletter

Hello there! Thank you to everyone who supported us and other local and small businesses by Shopping Small on Small Business Saturday. As we said, the goal isn’t so much about bashing large corporations but about making conscious decisions when shopping and gift giving. One of the best gifts we heard about this year was…

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Gift Guide 2019

Looking for the perfect gift for a fiber-minded friend or family member? Need something to bring to your guild’s gift exchange? We’ve got you covered with this year’s Gift Guide, easily sorted into five different categories. Click on an item’s name in blue to be taken directly to that item’s page. ____________________________________________________________________________ Hot New Tools…

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3 Fine Fiber Drum Carding Myths

We’ve all heard them: You have to turn the handle slowly or use a fur drum for fine fibers, carding fiber too many times create nepps and noils, and if you’re getting nepps and noils, it is definitely operator error. Let’s jump right into it by debunking one of the most persistent and complex myths.…

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Lambtown Festival 2019

I am so proud of how this year’s Lambtown Festival turned out! All of our board members and committee chairs put in countless hours throughout the year, working behind the scenes to make sure everything came out juuuuust right. When it was all said and done, 3,100 people came through the gates, making Lambtown Festival…

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Estes Park Wool Market 2019

The Estes Park Wool Market has the best scenery of any sheep and wool festival in the country, hands down. Check out that view through the windows of our classroom. We had great students at the Wool Market this year as we taught Anything But Batts, Intro to Blending, and Exploring the Drum Carder. During…

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Just 40 hours after vending ended at DFW Fiber Fest (check my previous post for more on that), our first classes at PLY Away started in Kansas City, 500 miles away. And, yes, that’s a TV in the middle of the room. We’ve gone digital with part of the presentation of Exploring the Drum Carder,…

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DFW Fiber Fest 2019

It’s good to be home after a couple weeks on the road for DFW Fiber Fest and PLY Away, but we really enjoyed our time on the road. I’ll start with DFW Fiber Fest; check my next post for PLY Away. Photos are admittedly few and far between as I was a little under the…

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The Last Madrona Fiber Arts Retreat

Last month, we attended the 20th and final Madrona Fiber Arts Retreat in Tacoma, Washington, at the Hotel Murano. We had a great – though bittersweet – time as we bid farewell to Suzanne and Cornie, who spent two decades planning and hosting the premier knitting retreat in the Pacific Northwest.  But first… we had…

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Shearing Day at Meridian Jacobs

Shearing day at Meridian Jacobs is one of my favorite days of the year – it’s a little hectic and a lot of fun. If you haven’t seen shearing day at a local farm, I highly recommend finding out when the next one is. Most local farms will let you watch their shearing, but if…

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