Week 1: Wool Experiments, Washing Molly's Raw Wool, Carding & Spinning, Wet Felting
Week 2: Natural Dyes, Mohair & Cashmere, Yarn Store Field Trip, Silk, Crochet Special Guest
Week 3: Weaving, Angora, Camel, Spinning Special Guest, Flax & Hemp, Hemp & Indigo Field Trip
Week 4: Cotton Special Guest, Alpaca Farm Field Trip
Monday, February 25
We wrapped this block up early since I had to travel to a conference at the end of the week. On Monday we had two special guests, both certified as Master Gardeners AND Master Naturalists, visit the classroom to teach us about Cotton. They even brought us cotton seeds to plant in our garden at the school! We've already begun to germinate a few of them.
Tuesday, February 26
On Tuesday we travelled to Rolling Oak Alpaca Ranch in Makanda IL for a very special private tour. We got to pet and feed the alpacas, see a skirting table and a drum carder and a loom and a spinning wheel (this one was Castle; the other one we saw in week 3 was Saxony), and hear about how they work with their fiber to make products for sale. They dye their own alpaca fiber, have goats on the property and make goat milk soaps then wet felt them with alpaca roving, etc. They also talked about sending the fiber to different mills for processing. It was a wonderful way to wrap up this block!
Here are all of my remaining photos from this Fibers & Clothing study:
A BIG THANK YOU to all of the local small business owners who generously allowed us to visit their locations...
to all of the very talented people who came in to share their expertise as special guests...
to all of the students for their attention and hard work...
to all of the parents for their support...
and to Miss Flossie for helping me with the transportation!