Summer Solutions

Hi Everyone!
Don’t know about you, but that song, Cruel Summer (circa 1983 by Bananarama) has been on our minds here in the studio. The opening lyrics are just so appropriate right now.

Now, I don’t know where the ladies of Bananarama lived, but when it’s 95ºF with 150…thousand…percent humidity (or so it seems here in the Charlotte area), it’s definitely NOT dry. It’s also really difficult to think about knitting, especially with wool.

Our suggestion? Don’t. Don’t knit with wool….or at least don’t knit with just wool or with animal fibers which conduct heat. Select both yarn and projects, which allow you to breathe while still being creative, while still making…while still experiencing yarnie happiness. Here are a few of our summer favorites.

Love the luxurious feeling of Cashmere Silk – Fingering but want something a bit lighter in weight? Try our Sea Song – Fingering. This fiber blend (made with 51% Cultivated Silk|29% Merino|20% Sea Cell™) is absolutely luscious, with a radiant sheen, and a great four-season option for cowls, shawls, and even sweaters.

With 243 yards (1.75 oz | 50 g) or 487 yards (3.5 oz | 100 g) per skein, it is easy to made a 3 Color Cashmere Cowl (above left) at half the price, and what feels like half the weight and heat, of cashmere. Don’t see those perfect colors you crave on the Sea Song – Fingering yarn base? Do NOT despair, my friends. We are indie dyers, and we ARE HAPPY to dye it for you.

Another one of our summery yarn bases is Cotton Bamboo; we have it in both a Fingering and a Worsted option, providing our customers with some project flexibility. Our summer KAL is the Sunshine Coast, by designer Heidi Kirrmaier. We’ve seen a few of our customers’ completed projects, and they have all been gorgeous.

 

The ability to size and personalize this classic pullover ensures the most flattering fit for all body types. The ability to create the same sweater in either Fingering or Worsted weight yarns ensures the most comfortable density for all seasons. Again, not seeing the color way you desire pictured on the Cotton Bamboo yarn base? We ARE HAPPY to dye it for you.

With an unlimited palette and such a large selection of seasonally-appropriate yarn bases, we don’t dye every color in every fiber as we just don’t have the storage capacity in our small studio. However, being the self-admitted yarn pushers that we are, we will dye it for you, put it in a nice little bag, and send it home with you. Stash-building, like team-building, is very important…healthy even.

Now THAT eases the “summertime blues.”

Happy stitching, y’all!

Wet-Felted Lattice Scarf with Vickie Clontz

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Looking forward to September 19, when hopefully the weather has cooled a bit, The Fibre Studio will be hosting another wonderful “wet-felting” workshop with Vickie Clontz.

We will be “wet-felting” a beautiful airy wool scarf or table runner in your favorite colors! We will embellish our piece with lustrous bamboo and silk fibers, sparkly Angelina, and delicate wool nepps.  You may bring in bits and pieces of yarns from your stash to incorporate into your project (although  is not necessary).  No rolling is needed; however, it is a bit physical.

Students should bring:

  • 2 large towels
  • Apron or old shirt for playing in water
  • Heavy-duty rubber kitchen gloves
  • Bits and pieces of yarns in colors they would like to do their scarf (optional)

Price of the workshop is $85.00 – which includes all materials –  a kit of wool fibers, Angelina, silk fibers, wool nepps, and some yarn in an array of colors.

We will be taking a lunch half-way through. You may bring your lunch of for an additional $10.00 a box lunch will be provided.

Please call The Fibre Studio, 704-614-4745, to reserve your spot.  Please mention if you would like a box lunch.

Nuno Felted Scarf or Shawl with Vickie Clontz

Nuno Scarf

Learn to wet felt these very beautiful scarves, or perhaps even a shawl/wrap.  Nuno felting is fun, physical, and fabulously unique.

Back by popular demand, instructor Vickie Clontz is going to show us how to create something so individual to the student, the opportunities for creativity are endless.

Want to be inspired?  Looking to burn off a few calories?  This is the place for you!

Click here to go to our Flickr page, from the sets page, you can view more pictures from Vickie’s past Nuno Felted Scarf workshops by selecting the Nuno Sets.

Please wear comfortable clothes and bring a beach towel.  Students should arrive by 10:15am.  Workshop is limited to ten students.  Please check calendar for workshop dates and call 704-643-7720 to reserve your spot.

Workshop price:  Scarf – $85 or Shawl – $105

The Fibre Studio at Yarns to Dye For
4724 Sharon Road, Suite K
Sharon Corners Shopping Center
Charlotte, NC 28210

 

Felted Ruffle Scarf

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Join us on Saturday, April 12 for a fun wet-felting workshop with Vickie Clontz to create this beautiful ruffled scarf of hand-dyed merino wool fibers, silk, bamboo, and other exotic embellishments.

This will be a full day workshop 10:30a-5:00p and is ideal for both beginners and more advanced felters, students will complete a scarf in their own personal palette of colors under Vickie’s experienced instruction.

Workshop fee is $95.00 and includes all materials and classroom fees.  Wear comfortable clothes and bring a beach towel.

Call The Fibre Studio to reserve your spot.

Nuno Felted Scarf or Shawl with Vickie Clontz

Nuno Scarf

Learn to wet felt these very beautiful scarves, or perhaps even a shawl/wrap.  Nuno felting is fun, physical, and fabulously unique.

Back by popular demand, instructor Vickie Clontz is going to show us how to create something so individual to the student, the opportunities for creativity are endless.

Want to be inspired?  Looking to burn off a few calories?  This is the place for you!

Click here to go to our Flickr page, from the sets page, you can view more pictures from Vickie’s past Nuno Felted Scarf workshops by selecting the Nuno Sets.

Please wear comfortable clothes and bring a beach towel.  Students should arrive by 10:15am.  Workshop is limited to ten students.  Please check calendar for workshop dates and call 704-643-7720 to reserve your spot.

Workshop price:  Scarf – $85 or Shawl – $105

The Fibre Studio at Yarns to Dye For
4724 Sharon Road, Suite K
Sharon Corners Shopping Center
Charlotte, NC 28210

 

Nuno Felting with Vickie Clontz

Vickie’s love of fibers, wool and folk art is apparent in each of the 60+ patterns she has designed for her company Annie’s Keepsakes, which celebrated its 20-year anniversary in 2010!

Nuno ScarfVickie’s unique projects have appeared in magazines across the nation and abroad, and she brings her easy-going style and award-winning expertise to each of her lectures, classes and workshops.

To view more of her projects, go to: http://www.annieskeepsakes.com/schedule.htm

Join us and Nuno-felt a scarf of hand-dyed silk chiffon, coordinating wool fibers and novelty fibers for a unique wearable work of art that’s light as a feather! This is a wet-felting technique that’s fun and a bit messy. Kit required, there are an array of beautiful colors: rose, turquoise, green, purple & more. This will be a full day workshops.

Cost of workshop:  $75.00 to be paid directly to instructor.

Here are a few pictures from a previous Nuno Felted Scarf workshop of Vickie’s.

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Two-Color Brioche’ Revisited

Two Color Brioche Scarf

During our “Rectangly Hat” class, several students asked Heike N. if double knitting was the same as brioche.  The short answer is brioche is a type of double knitting.  After a lively conversation, we have added a two color brioche class this week.  It will be a one day, two hour class.
Cost:  $25.00, plus materials.
Date:  Thursday, June 7 from 6:30-8:00P.
Please call The Fibre Studio at 704.643.7720 to reserve your spot.  We have three spaces left.
Click here for more information about Brioche knitting.