Just letting you all know I’m not dead yet! Real life interviened. I hate doing things half-assed so I tend to dissapear when real life calls rather than have a diminished presence. I keep saving up for the time to catch up fully and so it never happens! Anoying! I’ll try to catch up with everybody, I’ve missed you all!
Spinning progress has been a big fat zero but I have had a chance to play with my new loom and will try to post pictures soon. In the meantime I’ve managed to update my other blog with some of my more modern costuming, so take a quick look. http://cathelinadialessandri.wordpress.com/kathelynes-clothing/
Glad to hear that you’re still about. I hope the episode of Real Life was ok.
(The more modern costuming looks pretty awesome. I’m always impressed by people who can follow patterns and people who can make corsets!)
Life happens–I look forward to pictures of your new loom when things settle down. Take care.
Look forward to hearing about further experiments in spinning. Your research makes good sense. I tried an antique European spindle more akin to those some of the Eastern European ones used by women in some of your videos, and your method, and lo, it works a treat! I can produce very fine worsted from dual-coat Shetland. I comb it with large two-pitch combs and diz it into top, much the way it was apparently done in the Middle Ages, and then until late in the Industrial Revolution in England (see Enid Anderson’s Encyclopedia of Spinning for period photos of combing top. The combs look a great deal like those in Medieval paintings.)
Natalie in KY