New Rovings and Yarn in the Shop

I have been hand painting rovings, yarns and scrape book samples.  If the cat gets too close, she may be hand painted as well.

Last night, I had to put my spatula down and force myself to back away from the dye pot.  I have been losing days doing this and nothing else has been getting done.

Indian Summer 1

 

Indian Summer 1 was in the dye pot all on its own and you can see even more photos in the album on the Alba Ranch Face Book page.

Rainbow 1

 

 

The Rainbow dye pot had 3 separate rovings in it.  I will include a photo of each as although they were in the same dye pot, they are NOT the same.  Each is for sale in the shop and more photos can be seen on the Alba Ranch Face book page.

Rainbow 2
Rainbow 3

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fall 1

 

I also listed the Fall 1 series.  This is 7 skeins of merino mohair blend from my own critters that I hand painted using Greener Shades dyes.  Again, same dye lot with each skein being different and still working well together.  What a variety of colors in the same dye pot.  I was so fascinated by the process and about giddy with excitement to take the lid off and see how the colors came together each time.

This is only half of the items that are photographed and dried.  I will try to get the rest up in the next day or two.  In the mean time, I have 10 more skeins of 100% Angora Rabbit that are drying and those will be added later as well.

All of the photos for the various dye lots can be seen in the Alba Ranch Face Book Page and are for sale in the shop.

Wearable Art Fashion Show in Salida, Colorado

Heart of Colorado Fibers Arts Guild presents the 9th Annual Wearable-Art Fashion Show and Luncheon.

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October 19, 2011 at the Salida Steam Plant from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Delicious food, exciting fashions and our world-famous boutique filled with fabulous hand-crafted items for you or for your gift-giving pleasure.

Tickets go on sale in September and are $27.00 each which includes your luncheon.  How many of you will be there?  I will be and I hope to be exhibiting in the Fashion Show.

Alba Ranch’s Continuing Face Lift!

Since I have been tearing the web page, blog, and email addresses apart like a mad woman the last week with the help of DH Charlie Morrison and Ashley of Neauveau Fiber Arts  I have not been spinning or weaving much.  Dust has been collecting.

Today I planned on focusing on fiber as I have a Spin Fest this weekend and need to load up the Bug and test out the actual capabilities of what you can stuff in a 1974 Super Beetle.  I have only managed to spend 3 hours on the computer so far and that was mostly on Face Book trying to figure out how to link and post things the way I want to on my Alba Ranch – Art by Melisa and Charlie Morrison fan page. It is amazing what you can figure out if you find the instructions..duh!!  Ashely also told me about a super neat Fiber Freak group called Fiber Artists and Yarn Spinners   and it is really a fun busy group.  I do so love being a Fiber Freak!

Fiber Strut Show and Sale Table

I decided to take some of the Starter Kits for Greener Shades Dyes to sell as well as all my Fiber Grab Bag individual bags.  I know that many times spinners like to get a small bag of a few ounces of a new and exotic fiber to try out before commitment to a large expense and full fleece.  I have a lot of these that are mohair locks, mohair rovings, long wool locks specially Lincoln, dog wool mostly in Border Coolie and Great Pyr, and various fleece breeds.  Send me and email if you would like anything in particular and I can see if i have it.

Yesterday I was at a spinning group.  Then met a friend that I had been conversing with on Face Book for over a year face to face finally.  That was another several hours of fiber fun time along with a lovely lunch.  Tomorrow is all fiber fun time…yahoo!!  comptuer BE GONE!!!

ArtPrize entries are almost complete!

Bits and Bobs drying on the mannie

My ArtPrize Entry is almost completed. I am working on the last few bits, but here is a photo of the main piece when it was drying on the Mannie in the garden and still wet.

The jacket has 6 woven panels 20 in wide by 30 in long hot off the loom. I crocheted the panels together to make the jacket and fulled it to tighten all the weaves and crochet. It is made up of all the “Bits and Bobs” that I get of yummy fiber here and there for various parties, spinfests, rock days, distaff days ect. I would say the bulk of the yarn, hand spun by me, is merino and angora. I love my bunnies!! I have a bag that is also woven mostly from alpaca, merino and angora that will be part of this as well. I am currently working on spinning the merino wool to make a skirt to match. I am not certain if this will be completed for the contest but I am hoping it will be and also for the 9th Annual Wearable Fashion Show and Boutique for the Heart of Colorado Fiber Guild in October. I would like to enter the complete outfit in both shows.

Charlie has been hard at work on his entry for ArtPrize as well. You can see a lot more details of his entry on his own web blog, but I have included a lovely shot of the four panels hung more or less how they will be for the show.

A Year in a Day

Charlie’s entry is called A Year in a Day.

What do you think of the entries so far?

Norman Kennedy at Table Rock Llama Shop

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Norman kennedy at Table Rock Llama Fiber Studio

This was such a special event and so exciting that I had to blog about this in BOTH my blogs.  so forgive me if you read both.  Alba Ranch, Melisa and Charlie Morrison,  saw Norman Kennedy at Table Rock Llama Shop in Black Forest, Colorado last night.

Norman Kennedy was born in 1933 on King Street in Aberdeen, Scotland.  Charlie Morrison was born and raised in Buckie, Scotland about 1.5 hours outside of Aberdeen.  Melisa and Charlie lived in Aberdeenshire after they were married so it was exciting to be around folks from Scotland again.

Weldon Walker, pictured in a blue shirt to Norman’s left, wove a lovely blanket in a tartan like pattern that was the main piece for the Waulking demonstration. Norman said that he always has the weaver of the cloth sit to his left as that keeps him close to his heart.  The piece had just come off the loom and was a 2:2 twill.  After the waulking, Norman laid the cloth out on the table to roll it with a board.  You can see it laid out here on the table just prior to being rolled.

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Norman Kennedy and a freshly waulked cloth

Waulking is a step in woolen cloth making that fulls the fiber using water, soap and friction.  It is traditionally called Waulking in Scotland.  The cloth is cleaned, thickened and shrunk all in this process.

Norman has lived in the USA since 1966 and currently has a home and Fiber Art School in Vermont.  He travels around the USA doing demonstrations, classes, waulking and concerts.  He cards, spins, weaves and waulks the fiber in the “old” ways keeping traditions alive along with his extensive collection of English and Gaelic songs.  Doing repetitive work, the songs keep his rhythm steady and are an essential part of the work.  In June 2003, Norman received the  National Heritage Fellowship awarded by the National Endowment for the Arts in the USA.

It was lovely to see Norman and talk with him.  There was also another lady there from Scotland as well named Moira Theriault.  It turned out that she was friends with a John Taylor from Buckie, Scotland that now currently lives in CA.  His youngest brother is Donald Taylor, who just happened to be one of Charlie’s mates from school in Buckie.  Very small world indeed.

ALBA RANCH has MOVED!! www.albaranch.artfire.com

Alba Ranch has moved.  We are now located here at www.albaranch.artfire.com.

What do you think of the new lay out of blog.  I plan to be using it more and it is linked with my artfire shop, which is linked to this blog, www.morrison.uk.net, my face book fan page and my twitter account.  You can find me at all these locations by clicking on my fancy new buttons, banners, badges and widgets located up and down the sides of this blog.

I didn’t even know what a widget was?? any relation to a Giget?  oh I am dating myself, aren’t I?

Will check in more later but wanted to get this notice up quickly so that no one lost Alba Ranch.  There is a lot of snow and I did tie a rope to the door handle but you never know. 🙂  So for all those spinners, weavers, knitters, crocheters, and felters out there, have no fear.  Alba Ranch is HERE!

Berry Confetti

Berry Confetti

 

Wow, with joining Twitter.com and the 3 groups on Etsy.com I have been getting a lot more traffic to my site, more sales and more emails and more and more busy.  This is way cool!

I listed a lovely rug today on Etsy that I had made originally for a Bed and Breakfast here in Colorado, but could not get the colour correct for what they wanted.  so I redyed it in colours to suit me.  Than I entered it in the Fusion Fiber Art show which was cancelled.  Than I put it in my display for the Strut Your Stuff show and now I am going to list it for sale on Etsy.com for the first time.

The colours are just glorious and I do not think the camera really shows them off well.  I hand dyed this with Kool Aid.  Remember trying to get Kool Aid stains out of fabric? well I was trying to get Kool Aid stains IN to the rug!!  I hand wove it on the 3 ft peg loom that my father in law, Hector Morrison, made for me in Scotland.  Than I slightly hand felted it, wet felting, to give the Shetland fleece it a bit more durability as it is a fine Shetland that would rather be soft than sturdy.  Felting fixed that!

Yesterday, I listed a Fiber Grab Bag.  I have had the idea to do this for ages, most new spinners would like to try various types of fleece from various breeds of animals in various stages of preparation and colours but don’t want to buy large portions as they haven’t a clue what to get or what they might like.  So I do a grab bag of fleece, rovings and various sheep, goat and dog breeds to give a varied experience.  I have never seen so much traffic in my online store as yesterday..still smiling with glee!!  we have had over 169 new folks come see that listing alone in about 24 hours.  Wow, and I had 4 listed and 1 sold right away.  I may do this more often.

I hope to be adding more items each day. trying to pace myself and add one every day or every few days so that I don’t lose an entire day at the computer.  I turned in my entries for the next fiber show today, Wearable Art Treasures.  I did not finish the “Winter White” kid mohair scarf, but I included it in the entries anyways to show them that it was about 90-95% done. it can be finished for the show but not in time for their meeting tomorrow.  so we will see if they will include it or not.  apparently there has not been a large number of entries so far, so they may not have the show again. off I go to care for the critters that make the lovely fiber that I create with!