Saturday, August 21, 2010

Fiber Fest Part 2

biped...."Welcome back friends. We start off today with hand made brooms. Traditionally the brooms were made with "broom corn" which was grown in small patches on early day farms. For people with more acreage it was a major cash crop. Today broom corn is mostly grown by the amish in Missouri and Illinois. The handles are commonly made of oak or sassafras which grows in Arkansas and Missouri Ozarks."



biped...."This booth had a varity of hand woven baskets. One of the neatest things about the Ozarks is that these artistians are more than willing to pass on their skills. Unlike other areas classes here run thirty to fourty dollars or most likely you can trade something that you make for a few lessons."






biped...."This lady is making a hooked rug from strips of wool. She's multi talented because I've also seen her spining and weaving. Spining wheels are quite expensive so she uses a home made one made mostly of pvc pipe. She also raises angora rabbits whose fur is spun into yarn.



biped...."This one was my favorite. Look at the 3d effect that she achieved."





biped...."And last is some farm bunnies. They're keeping cool by snuggling up next to some frozen bottles of water. None of these are angoras. The angoras are much larger and fluffier. They are high maitainence and need their floof removed on a regular basis in order to avoid health problems. One of my friends has hers trained to sit on her lap and she spins her yarn right off the rabbit."

7 comments:

Furkidsmom said...

Those are all great and that 3D rug is pawsome! Such talent.

Sniffie and the Florida Furkids

Hannah and Lucy said...

We loved the 3D rug - although they were all great. We couldn't believe she'd made her own spinning wheel what a talented lady.

Daisy said...

Oh goodness, the sheep rug is cool. It would be a shame to put it on the floor and actually step on it!

The Island Cats said...

Beautiful! We love that sheep rug!!

Eric and Flynn said...

Those rugs are beautiful and would look lovely hung on a wall. We agree with Daisy, it would be a shame to put them on the floor and walk on them.

Katnip Lounge said...

Those rugs are fabulous...as well as the crafts from your previous post! Thanks for sharing the fiber fair with us.

Angel and Kirby said...

Great rugs! we had a friend that grew broom corm for a cash crop in Oklahoma.