Hello and welcome to June’s roundup of links, loves, neat things, and random nattering! Happy Summer to you if you live in this hemisphere, and if you’re down under, I hope your Winter is being Wonderful! I have been busy, busy, busy – in the best way possible- with so many projects and opportunities coming up that I can barely contain my excitement! I’ll talk about that down in the Up & Coming section, never fear. But let me show you what I’ve been into…
I cannot WAIT to dive into this chunk o’ good stuff! I love a stack of promising books and magazines, and here I have two of my passions just ready to peruse with joy. At the bottom is The BIG Book of Fibery Rainbows, by two of my favorite Fiberistas: Arlene Thayer and Suzy Brown of Fiberygoodness! This book teaches you how to create rainbows of color with various tools, then the best ways to spin those rainbows into the yarns of your dreams. I will most definitely be reviewing this in detail, but I won’t hesitate to tell you – YOU NEED this. Yep. You do. Get it here:
Next in that pile is PLY Magazine, which recently expanded its options for subscribers to both paper and downloadable issues – fantastic for those with smaller spaces or for having at your fingertips when you’re on the road! This issue is on Bobbin-Led spinning wheels, and I can’t wait to dive in. I love that they feature so many experts in my field who often don’t get the recognition that they deserve. Also, the photography is always stunning. Subscribe here: https://plymagazine.com/
Lastly, the top of the pile has the newest catalog from Mountain Rose Herbs. You might not know this about me if you’re only familiar with my work as a fiber artist, but I’ve been studying herbalism for 30 years and I used to make and sell all natural. herbal/essential oil based bath and body products, teas, and incense. I keep entertaining the idea of going back to making and selling a few of my formulations [if that interests you, I would definitely like the encouragement!] and I still make many of these things for my own use. I buy almost all my herbs and many of my oils from Mountain Rose – they are dependable, certified, and super high quality. Want to see more? https://www.mountainroseherbs.com/
July is going to also be a busy month – so it’s important to me to make room for taking care of my needs. One of the ones I’ve found most important is taking the time to meditate and get myself grounded and calm. That’s why I’m joining the Wild Sister Community’s 31 Day Meditation Challenge. You don’t have to be a member of the community to join in, but I definitely recommend joining if you’ve been looking for a group that supports you on every level – mind, spirit, business, life. I really value being a part, so much that I tell people about it all the time.
My meditations are often achieved by listening to music and letting my mind travel, or freeform dancing, or pulling an oracle card or a couple of tarot cards and letting my intuition lead me. What do you do to meditate or ground yourself?
Want to join in? Join the Challenge via the Instagram link above or here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/wildnessunleashed
Or join the Wild Sisterhood Community here: http://www.wildsister.com/sisterhood/?ap_id=xiane
Don’t miss this free live 5 Day Art Biz Retreat (online) hosted by Bonnie Glendenning of The Artists’ Mentor and The Thriving Artist. It’s a way to take a small amount of time for you each day and rebuild your creative energies. And it’s free! It starts this week, so get ON it 😉
Curious about taking online classes, but afraid to drop the cash until you know for sure if you’ll like the platform? Well, I personally swear by CreativeLive’s classes, but what better way to find out for yourself by checking out one of their On Air classes for free? The selection for the next upcoming days is particularly delicious, with so many photography classes, several offerings on directing and maximizing your creativity, blogging to sell your products, and more! I can’t recommend the classes at CreativeLive enough, seriously. Check them out here!
So I had been on the search for an oracle deck to add to my meditation and self-exploration… let me tell you, this was not an easy task! I received many recommendations, all of which were lovely but not quite right for me in that moment… and then this deck, the Sacred Rebels deck from Alana Fairchild and Autumn Skye Morrison appeared and felt perfectly right. And my first pulls from the deck really confirmed that!
Every image is a delight, with so much to explore. And there are meditations or rituals with the explanation of each card in the book that comes with it. I have found it to be a really lovely addition to my thoughts for the day.
I’ve known Tara Swiger since the early days of Etsy, when she was selling yarn as the Blonde Chicken – I liked her enthusiasm and positive energy then, and now that she’s coaching other small businesses how to be successful, I love her even more. She has a regular podcast where she tackles the questions that all small biz owners have at some point, no matter what the biz or the experience of the owner, and she builds your confidence to succeed with ease and fun. This podcast is really helpful, because it talks about how to launch your next product – something that always causes some anxiety. If you like her advice, she also offers a coaching group called The Starship that opens up for new crewmates regularly.
Tour de Fleece is just around the corner! It runs this year from July 1st through the 23rd, and once again I am one of the captains of Team Nevermore. I have been busy busy getting everything prepped and ready for our start date – I have some amazing colorways planned and underway for the official team batts, I have been making our team page here on the website, and thinking up challenges for those who might like something more than “spin a lot” for their TdF trials.
Every year I try to spend my TdF time pursuing something new or exploratory. One year I only spun on spindles. I’ve investigated new fibers and techniques. This time around, I will be using the Big Book of Fibery Rainbows to create some new-to-me fiber prep techniques to spin up. I love spinning hand-pulled roving and that one is on the top of my list! I also have a big basket of hand dyed fleece to comb and spin, and I will be trying some things like spinning right off the comb and then in the cloud to see differences.
By the way, this is the fifth year that Three Ravens and Nevermore Forevermore have held a Tour de Fleece team!
Live in or near the Baltimore MD area? I will be teaching a Drop Spindle Workshop hosted by Lovelyarns on Saturday, July 29th 2017. This is a bit different from my usual Intro to Spindle Spinning class, with an extra hour for detailed questions about spinning and fiber arts, plus critique and specially tailored advice to help you take your new skills to the next level. This is the perfect opportunity to learn how to use a spindle or brush up on your skills! You can read more and sign up here: http://www.lovelyarns.com/classes
Thank you so much for reading! I would love to hear about your current projects, or if you check out one of my recommendations and like or [hopefully not] dislike them. Also, if I should be talking about something here, I want to know! Just leave a comment below. And remember, your shares really help me and Three Ravens Studio stay afloat. Take care and go fondle some fiber!