Roving Reporter: My Madrona Spinning Fiber Finds
The Madrona Fiber Arts Winter Retreat, held in Tacoma, Washington, is famous for its amazing classes, marketplace, and handknit-clad crowds from coast to coast. I’ve just returned home from my first year joining the event as an instructor. Even with just a few quick passes through the marketplace, I came home buzzing with ideas and an armload of inspiring spinning fiber. The Homestead Hobbyist was one of my new finds—check it out.
Ken Moore started Seattle-based Homestead Hobbyist in 2014, and his booth has been a must-see stop for spinners at the Madrona market for a few years. His work allows him to explore different fibers, create unique fiber blends, and as he says, “share that exploration and excitement with other fiber artists.” Based on the number of spinners who wander the Madrona halls clutching their Homestead Hobbyist purchases, I think Ken has met these goals!
While Ken’s use of vibrant, saturated colors was the first thing to grab my eye when I spied his booth, I quickly saw that his spinning fiber bases were equally interesting. Rambouillet to Manx Loaghtan, Shetland to Finnsheep, yak to cultivated silk, the fiber combinations are unique. The different textures and natural colors of the base fibers heighten the interest of the dyeing. Ken has continued to explore breed-specific blends with his Homestead Hobbyist Fiber Club: Down(-like) Blends.
One of my favorite parts of traveling as a spinning instructor is meeting fiber folks doing fabulous work. I’ll share more Roving Reporter news as I make my way around the country this year. Here’s where to find me!
Featured Image: Homestead Hobbyist Primal Urge Sampler: one ounce each of Grazing Herd, Watering Hole, Couching in the Brush, and Fresh Kill. Photos by Kate Larson.
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