Today was my first meeting and I loved it. Everyone was so warm and friendly. Besides the business part of the meeting they have a program and 'show and tell'. I couldn't believe how much talent was in this very active group! Besides knitting, spinning, weaving, and dyeing many were breeders (sheep, alpaca, angora goats and rabbits).
The program today was felting but with a twist. Ann breeds Karakul Sheep this breed has a double coat that is course and has very little crimp. It is really good for felting. Besides the felting process Ann showed us how she makes felted braided rugs with the fibers. She uses the natural fibers from the Karakul Sheep which are a gorgeous black, brown, and cream color. In the picture you can see Ann braiding the fibers, next she will felt them, then sew them onto the rug. She will be adding the tri-colored braid to the rug that is in the lower left of the picture.
I am very excited to be a part of this group of talented women.