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There's a warm breeze in the air, the bees are buzzing, the birds are chirping... and the mosquitoes are biting. That's right, summer is just around the corner! What better way to kick it off than with some fellowship and skill building here at the Clemes and Clemes Summer Camp.

Over the course of the next week, you will learn new techniques, get to know your equipment better, step outside of your comfort zone, and hear stories from fiber arts gurus. The entertainment is on us...  the s'mores are on you! All of this - including entries for the daily and grand prize drawings - is completely free. If you feel like making a purchase or dropping some coin for us before leaving camp, it would be greatly appreciated!

Details and registration are below. Each session is limited to 100 participants on Zoom - though an unlimited number of people can watch live on our Facebook page without pre-registering. Videos will be made available at a later date.

Here's the session schedule (all times are Pacific):

Saturday 6/13 - 3-3:45 P.M. - Virtu-Wool Fiber Festival

Sunday 6/14 - 1 P.M. - Maker on Maker: Maggie Casey

Monday 6/15 - 11 A.M. - Fleece of Oregon and Colorado

Tuesday 6/16 - 1 P.M. - Getting the Most out of your Drum Carder

Wednesday 6/17 - 11 A.M. - Maker on Maker: Jacey Boggs-Faulkner

Thursday 6/18 - 1 P.M. - Working with SE2SE Fleece

Friday 6/19 - 11 A.M. - Maker on Maker: Judith MacKenzie

Saturday 6/20 - 1 P.M. - Broken, Tender, and Dirty Fleece

During each session, we'll mention a code word. On Saturday 6/20, we'll create a link at the bottom of this page to enter the code word for each session you've watched. Each code word earns you an entry into that day's drawing. Each submission with four or more code words will be entered for the grand prize: a one year subscription to the Good Clean Fiber club of the winner's choosing.

Summer Camp Promotions

We’ve added a few bonuses to sweeten the deal for any Elite Series Drum Carder purchased during Summer Camp:

  • 30 minutes of one-on-one Zoom or FaceTime conferencing and 4 ounces of Good Clean Fiber with the purchase of an Elite Convertible
  • One hour of one-on-one Zoom or FaceTime conferencing and 8 ounces of Good Clean Fiber with the purchase of an Elite Crankless
  • One hour of one-on-one Zoom or FaceTime conferencing and 16 ounces of Good Clean Fiber with the purchase of an Elite Crankless Doublewide

In addition, we’re extending the following promotions:

  • Free shipping on all orders over $50, and a flat $5 shipping charge for orders under $50. The price you see is the price you'll pay, even on big items like a drum carder or a blending board
  • 90 day money back guarantee on all drum carder and spinning wheel sales. No questions asked, simply pay for return shipping and we'll refund the purchase price
  • Temporary price reduction from $4,500 to $3,999 for the Elite Crankless Doublewide

 

 

Saturday 6/13 - 3 to 3:45 P.M. - Virtu-Wool Fiber Festival

 

 

The Virtu-Wool Fiber Festival takes place from 10 A.M. to 7 P.M. Eastern on Saturday and Sunday, June 13th and 14th. At the top of every hour, a new vendor gets a chance to demonstrate a technique or show their wares, and to answer questions from viewers. Each vendor has a special code word that they will mention; if you write the code word in the comments while that vendor is live, you will be entered to win a prize from that vendor. That's twenty chances to win! We will be live at 6 P.M. Eastern / 3 P.M. Pacific on Saturday the 13th. Head to the Virtu-Wool Fiber Festival Facebook page to watch.

If you missed the Virtu-Wool Fiber Festival, our session is now available on YouTube.

 

 

Sunday 6/14 - 1 P.M. - Maker on Maker: Maggie Casey

Maggie has been spinning since 1973 and holds HGA's Certificate of Excellence in handspinning. She has taught thousands of spinners from beginners to polished experts and is the author of Start Spinning–Everything You Need To Know To Make Great Yarn. We regularly see Maggie at the Estes Park Wool Market and PLY Away and at her (sadly, recently closed) store Shuttles, Spindles, and Skeins - which we considered one of, if not the best, fiber arts brick and mortar stores in the country. We'll talk about spinning, the changing face of retail in the fiber arts community, the Estes Park Wool Market, and more.

If you missed our conversation with Maggie, it is now available on YouTube

 

Monday 6/15 - 11 A.M. - Fleece of Oregon and Colorado

This time each year, we head to Oregon and Colorado for the Black Sheep Gathering and the Estes Park Wool Market. Between the two shows, we typically purchase around 100 fleece. This year... we hope to still purchase that many fleece. We have already bought several dozen from Oregon producers and had them shipped down to us. Later this month, we'll make the trek (sans trailer and tradeshow booth) to Colorado to pick up fleece direct from a handful of ranches.

In this Zoom session, we'll show some of the breeds and crossbreeds that we frequently purchase from the Beaver and Centennial states and demonstrate different ways to process them.

If you missed the live session, it is now available on our YouTube channel.

Below is a selection of Good Clean Fiber with fleece only from Oregon and Colorado. The entire listing of nearly two dozen fleece can be seen here. The more Good Clean Fiber that is purchased from this page, the more fleece we will purchase direct from Oregon and Colorado producers.

Romney x Jacob #18128

3.5″ Jacob and Romney cross with Jacob length, feel, and sproing, but crimp and uniformity of color like a Romney.

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CVM #18158

Medium Gray CVM with 3.5″ staple length may be processed and spun either woolen or worsted.

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CVM x Wensleydale #18137

Charcoal 4-4.5″ California Variegated Mutant crossed with Wensleydale. Fleece has the feel of CVM but with a longer staple length and a crimp structure somewhere between what you would expect from a CVM (short and tight) and a Wensleydale (long and wavy).

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CVM x Wensleydale Lamb #18202

Six inch long lamb fleece featuring Wensleydale length with CVM crimp. Curly lamp tips are tender in some spots on this fleece.

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Romney x Jacob #18124

This fun, short-stapled cross tends to exhibit multiple colors both in a single lock and throughout the fleece as one would expect with Jacob. The Romney-style crimp and short staple make this great for a woolen project.

 

 

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CVM x Wensleydale #19080

Black CVM x Wensleydale cross with a variety of crimp styles and 3.5”-4.5” length. This fleece is from one of the same animals that was part of our 4th quarter Bliss Subscription, but from a different clip – meaning it was sheared in a different year. Overall still a great fleece but the inconsistency in length and crimp kept this from qualifying for our Bliss club.

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Corriedale x Lincoln x Cotswold x CVM #1813

Multi-colored brown and white crossbreed fleece with 5.5” locks that gets its length from its Cotswold and Lincoln heritage. Crimp on this fleece resembles a mix of Corriedale and CVM, as all four breeds had an influence on the outcome of this gorgeous fleece.

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Wensleydale #85

This is a very nice, very white Wensleydale. It has the typical Wensleydale wavy crimp with a lot of luster, 8 inches in length. Excellent for dyeing in locks or would be lovely spin and made into a shawl. Wensleydale, while a long wool, is often worn next to the skin.

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Gotland #19097

Here we have a beautiful 3 toned gray Gotland (Light, Medium Dark) nicely distributed in the same fleece. This is a very pleasing colored fleece 4.5” in length with a lot of sheen. Excellent alone or would enhance any fiber it is blended with.

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Gotland x Teeswater #19141

Here we have a Gotland x Teeswater, or Gotwater lamb fleece. This interesting cross is not seen very often. The 5-inch white locks are narrow and wavy ending in a cute little lamb curl at the tip. Much easier to open and work with than a Teeswater lock and exhibit tons of sheen. Excellent for dyeing.

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Gotland x Teeswater #719142

Here we have a Gotland x Teeswater, or Gotwater lamb fleece. This interesting cross is not seen very often. The 5-inch white locks are narrow and wavy ending in a cute little lamb curl at the tip. Much easier to open and work with than a Teeswater lock and exhibit tons of sheen. This is being sold as a whole 2.5 pound fleece. For a smaller quantity of a the same crossbreed, take a look at fleece #19141.

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CVM #19149

For your spinning pleasure is a silver-gray CVM. This fleece exhibits a crimp that is more wavy than curly with locks that are less distinct than usual. Fibers are 4-½ inches in length and it has a soft hand.

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CVM #19150

This CVM crossbreed fleece is chocolate brown with a few lighter tips. The 3.5″ long locks have distinct CVM-style structure and crimp. This is a very easy fleece to work with. The breeding on this fleece is 7/8 CVM and 1/8 Wensleydale.

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Icelandic #719151

This 1.6-pound Icelandic whole fleece has 3.5 inch light gray thel with 9.5 inch gray tog with long brown tips. See description below for information on Icelandic fleeces.

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Icelandic #719152

This 2.1-pound Icelandic whole fleece has 3-inch dark brown thel with 8-inch dark gray tog. Very nice tone on tone fleece. See description below for information on Icelandic fleeces.

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Gotland #719146

This is a golden white Gotland ram lamb fleece with a few gray strands mixed among the white fibers. The locks are 3.5 inches long with looping curls. There is some VM that tends to drop out with handling; a Lock Pop or flicker will remove it. This fleece has nice sheen and would be a good fleece to dye. Sold as a whole fleece weighing 1.2 pounds.

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Gotland #19148

This is a golden white Gotland  fleece. The locks are 3.5 inches long with looping curls. There is some chaff that tends to drop out with handling; a Lock Pop or flicker will remove it. This fleece has nice sheen and would be a good fleece to dye. Sold as a whole fleece weighing 1.1 pounds.

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Gotland #719144

Charcoal gray Gotland with 4 inch staple length. High sheen and lots of curls. Sold as a whole 1.7 pound fleece.

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CVM x Wensleydale #18156

We enjoy the CWM x Wensleydale crosses as it is interesting to see the breed characteristics manifest themselves. This fleece takes its length and crimp from the Wensleydale and the soft hand and non-descript lock structure from the CVM. Black to charcoal in color and 5 inches in length. There is more VM in the way of fine chaff than we like to see. It is easily removed with a Lock Pop or flicker.

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Jacob #718207

Here is a 1.6-pound whole Jacob fleece, mostly white with medium gray 3-inch locks. This one is coarser than some we have seen, but still a typical Jacob.

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Tuesday 6/16 - 1 P.M. - Getting the Most out of your Drum Carder

Our Elite Series Drum Carders come with six tools - a doffer, cleaning brush, batt lifter, burnishing brush, packing brush, and diz. On top of that, there's a Lock Pop, diz pack, rolag dowel kit, and rolag block. Just what are all the tools and how do you use them to efficiently process fiber? Join to find out!

If you missed the live session, it is now available on our YouTube channel.

Diz Pack

Our new Diz Pack allows the user to create 7 different sizes of sliver using a drum carder!

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Lock Pop

The Lock Pop is both a versatile stand alone fiber preparation tool and a great tool to pop open a lock before carding or combing. By popping a lock up and down a few times on the teeth, then pulling it through the teeth of the Lock Pop, the lock will often be spinnable as is, and will be ready for hand cards, a drum carder, blending board, hackle, or combs. Each Lock Pop comes with Free Shipping in the U.S.

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No Bend Doffer

Separates even the thickest of batts without bending. You can stop ruining your old knitting needles!

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Diz

A diz is used to remove carded sliver – similar to roving – from a drum carder or combs. Sliver removed from a drum carder will not be as compressed as roving and will spin and draft much easier.

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Batt Lifter

The ultimate batt removal and storage tool! The Batt Lifter is the only tool designed to remove virtually an entire batt and store it without matting or felting before you are ready to use it. Fiber can be stored indefinitely, yet is ready to use anytime. Using the Batt Lifter removes more fiber from the carder than any other method of batt removal and with most fibers – even suri alpaca – removes 100% of the batt.

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Burnishing Brush

Our burnishing brush allows the user to create a 50% larger batt.  The straight metal teeth of this brush hone the teeth of the drum carder while packing the thickest batts possible. Bigger, thicker batts mean stopping less often to doff, leaving more time for carding and spinning. Batts that are packed with a brush tend to release from the card cloth easier than those that are not packed – leaving less fibers behind to clean and your batt intact.

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Packing Brush

Our hand-held packing brush allows the user to create a 30% larger batt. The nylon bristles also help dissipate static from carding and help to control fly-away fibers. Batts that are packed with a brush tend to release from the card cloth easier than those that are not packed – leaving less fibers behind to clean and your batt intact. This is the packing tool of choice when using a diz.

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Cleaning Brush

Similar to a flicker but with longer teeth, our Cleaning Brush reaches the bottom of the card cloth when cleaning a Blending Board or Drum Carder. We recommend cleaning with a Cleaning Brush when switching colors or fibers and after each use. Unlike a flicker, the length and geometry of the carding cloth on the Cleaning Brush do not work well for flicking open locks of fiber.

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Rolag Dowel Kit

To create rolags that draft smoothly, we recommend wrapping one fiber length around a dowel – different diameter dowels are ideal for different lengths of fiber. This kit has the right size dowel for most fibers from cotton to mohair.

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Wednesday 6/17 - 11 A.M. - Maker on Maker: Jacey Boggs-Faulkner

Jacey Boggs Faulkner

Jacey has spent the last decade falling in love with fiber, writing a book (Spin Art, Interweave, 2012), writing for various fiber and spinning magazines, producing a spinning DVD (Sit & Spin, 2009, self), and teaching all over the world. Jacey is excited to marry her passions of spinning, teaching, and writing as the publisher and editor in chief of PLY. We'll talk about all things PLY-related: PLY Magazine, PLY Books, and PLY Away; we might even talk about plying!

If you missed the live session, it is now available on our YouTube channel.

51 Yarns

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The first offering from PLY Books, 51 Yarns takes the reader on a spinning adventure!

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A Spinner’s Dozen

$24.00

The second offering from PLY Books, A Spinner’s Dozen is a guide of invaluable spinning tools.

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Thursday 6/18 - 1 P.M. - Working with SE2SE Fleece

Barely a year old, the Shave 'Em to Save 'Em Initiative from the Livestock Conservancy has changed the game when it comes to raising heritage breeds of sheep. The program incentivizes fiber artists to use rare breeds by providing prizes for filling a "passport" by completing projects with fleece from the Conservation Priority List. While this has created a huge demand for wool from rare breeds, many shepherds are not yet used to raising sheep for fleece, so there is often high vegetable matter content, second cuts, and other traits that fiber artists typically shy away from. In this Zoom session, we'll cover how to deal with a fleece that is less than ideal.

If you caught this session live, you know we had some technical difficulties. Unfortunately, the recording also came through with some glitches. We promise another session in the future covering fleece from Shave 'Em 2 Save 'Em in the future.

The code word for this session is: Tunis

Below you will find a selection of Good Clean Fiber that qualifies for the Shave 'Em to Save 'Em Initiative. The complete listing can be seen here.

Churro #1501

8” long Gray and Tan Churro. One of the coarser breeds fiber artists work with, these are sized for small wall hanging or rug projects.

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Lincoln #1710

White Lincoln with typical crimp and 6 plus inch length. This fleece is perfect for your next dye project.

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CVM #18158

Medium Gray CVM with 3.5″ staple length may be processed and spun either woolen or worsted.

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Lincoln # 18070

Lincoln with a variety of shades of gray and staple length from six to eight inches.

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CVM #718149

This is a multi-color light gray CVM where the tips are weakened from the coat on the fleece not being changed often enough. If you are looking to make a textured yarn with natural neps and noils this fleece would work well for that purpose. If a flicker or Lock Pop is used to remove the weakened tips, this will produce a smooth yarn. This is a good choice to card woolen and is also a perfect candidate to overdye. The fleece is being sold complete and weighs 2.3 pounds.

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CVM #19149

For your spinning pleasure is a silver-gray CVM. This fleece exhibits a crimp that is more wavy than curly with locks that are less distinct than usual. Fibers are 4-½ inches in length and it has a soft hand.

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Friday 6/19 - 11 A.M. - Maker on Maker: Judith MacKenzie

Three Bags Full by Judith MacKenzie

Judith is the ultimate textile artist and teacher. She has an in-depth understanding of every aspect of spinning, weaving, knitting, and dyeing. Her teaching career spans the globe from such fascinating places as above the Arctic Circle all the way to Turkey. Judith is the author of Teach Yourself Visually: Handspinning, The Intentional Spinner, and The Practical Spinner's Guide: Rare Luxury Fibers, creator of numerous videos on sheep and spinning, and often writes for Spin-Off, Knits, and Handwoven magazines.

We are excited to now carry Mother MacKenzie's Miracle Dye Kits so we will talk a bit about dyeing and anything else fiber-related that comes up!

If you missed the live session, it is now available on our YouTube channel.

Saturday 6/20 - 1 P.M. - Broken, Tender, and Dirty Fleece

 

We've all bought that one regretful fleece. Or maybe it's two... or five. But they were cheap, right? They might have even been free. And it was so soft and would have been the perfect fleece if not for that break right in the middle of the staple, or the weak tips, or all of the dirt and vegetable matter...

Now they live in the bottom of your closet, in total darkness; sad, lonely, and destined to become mulch when you finally get tired of avoiding them. Let's drag those fleece out, make some decisions on if, and more importantly, how they are salvageable. This session is going to feature the Lock Pop, as seen below.

If you missed the live session, it is now available on our YouTube channel.

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During each session we mentioned a code word. Use the link below to enter the code word for each corresponding day. Entries with four or more of the eight code words will be entered to win the grand prize. Entries must be received by noon Pacific time on Monday, June 22, 2020.

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