Eileen Lee has a textile background working with Levi Strauss & Co. for eighteen years where she was responsible for product development, design and merchandising. MeadowFarm Yarn Studio in Nevada City, California, is where she has been after that for eleven years, managing the shop, teaching knitting, weaving, spinning, dyeing and creating knitting patterns. She now has a studio near her home where she teaches all of the above classes.  She is published in several magazines including Knitting Traditions, The Unofficial Downton Abbey Knits, and PieceWork.  Her patterns  and products for sale  are available on her website, Ravelry (mzfiber) and Etsy.  She lives in Grass Valley with her husband Bill, son Eric and dachshund Lizy.

Weaving classes - Learn how to plan your project, warp and start weaving on a four shaft floor or table loom. For the floor looms, I can come to your house. If needed the table looms are available to rent. Rigid Heddle Weaving classes are also available and looms can be purchased. Spinning classes Spinning is a practical and creatively satisfying hobby with continuing appeal, especially in this age of mass production. Once you learn this skill, it is very relaxing and creative. In this class, you will be introduced to the basic spinning steps to creating a continuous yarn.

All types of knitting classes are available from beginning knitting, to socks, hats, lace, cables, sweaters, colour work, felting, holiday items, and many, many more. There are drop in Classes for when you are stuck on a project and need some quick attention. There are a lot of free knit days that are very nice. There is a lot of sharing of ideas, great stories, good conversation and plenty of laughter. Workshops are available including "Change your gauge numbers, and you can create your own pattern" and "design your own socks".

Double Weave on a Rigid Heddle Loom

Double weave is one of the best reasons to use two heddles on the rigid heddle loom.  With a second heddle and a little knowledge, you can weave fabric twice as wide as your loom’s width. 

Beginning knitting Class – Learn how to knit from the very beginning

In two classes, you will learn the basic foundation of knitting – how to cast on, bind off, and knit and purl in eight different stitch patterns.  At the same time, you will be knitting a scarf.  How perfect is that?  Materials needed are worsted weight yarn and straight 8 or 9 size needles.

Interweave Spin Off New Magazine – Spin and Knit

Available at newsstands for the new magazine “Spin and Knit” is  October 25th.  I have an article featuring A Star Alpacas.    I spun the alpaca from Terry Anderson’s animals featuring five colours.

timberlane-cowl-by-eileen-leeTo purchase the print edition:  http://www.interweavestore.com/spin-off-spin-and-knit-2017.

To get the digital edition:  http://www.interweavestore.com/spin-off-spin-and-knit-2017-digital-download

 

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mzfiber added 3 new photos.Friday, April 21st, 2017 at 6:10pm
Knit Night at mzfiber's. So much fun. So much laughter
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mzfiberSaturday, February 18th, 2017 at 3:48pm
Working on an overshot gamp. It is fun to weave
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mzfiber added 2 new photos.Thursday, February 9th, 2017 at 2:44pm
Knit Night at mzfiber's last night
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mzfiber added 2 new photos.Tuesday, February 7th, 2017 at 6:24pm
This project is at the end of towels that I finished. I started using some of my bobbins that have pretty colors on them from previous projects and came up with this nice piece of fabric. There are some color combinations that I really like and will use in future projects as warp.
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mzfiberMonday, February 6th, 2017 at 4:37pm
Fun at the double weave rigid heddle class. There was a lot to learn in this class
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mzfiberWednesday, January 11th, 2017 at 1:18pm
On January 28 there will be a doubleweave rigid heddle class at mzfiber,s. It is possible to weave two layers at once with this technique. We will be weaving a sampler using three different doubleweaving techniques. Let me know if you are interested. ,
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mzfiberFriday, December 23rd, 2016 at 2:27pm
There is a Brioche 101 class at mzfiber's. Michael DeGruccio, expert brioche knitter will be teaching the class. The date is January 21 - Saturday - 10-2pm - $65.00. Let me know if you are interested.
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mzfiberSaturday, December 10th, 2016 at 5:36pm
weaving towels for gifts. These towels are overshot using 3 colours at a time. It is slow but fun. Maybe I will keep them?
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mzfiber added 2 new photos.Wednesday, November 30th, 2016 at 8:11am
I finished the towels. Got some of my Christmas shopping done
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mzfiberSaturday, November 19th, 2016 at 8:48am
Colourful towels for gifts
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mzfiberWednesday, November 16th, 2016 at 3:22pm
Getting ready to start threading some very colourful towels. The structure is blocks of broken twill using 3 colours. the yarn is 10/2 cotton sett at 28 epi.
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mzfiberThursday, November 10th, 2016 at 11:03am
I had an allover red lace scarf for sale at the Celtic Festival and a customer wanted that exact scarf in a dark purple. Here it is...
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mzfiberThursday, November 10th, 2016 at 8:07am
Making a decision on what color weft yarn to use. I think I'm going to use the dark purple.

Stitches West 2016

Stitches 2016Stitches West was so much fun.  We spent two FULL days.  Clearly, we had to take a picture with Stephen West.    Stitches continues to feature plenty of weaving and spinning displays as well as the many kitting demonstrations.    Three of my favorite booths are:

DanDoh Designs – Yumiko Alexander is a designer of a line of knitting and crochet patterns marked and published under the business name “DanDoh” located in Chandler Arizona.  She started selling her designs in Japan before moving to the US.  DanDoh means Warm Earth.   The yarns are beautiful linens, cotton, wool  and cashmere.  Her shawl designs are particularly attractive.

http://www.dandoh.com

 

Red Fish Dyeworks is a small company that dyes silk and silk blend yarn, fiber and fabric by hand.  This is one of my favorite booths to visit.  I always make a point to buy the silk 20/2 for weaving.  It is difficult to make a decision on what colors to choose.  There is too much to pick from.

http://www.redfishdyeworks.com

 

Fiberlady – Fine Bamboo Fibers & Yarns  – I love to weave with the Luxury Bamboo yarnb sett at 30 epi.  They sell several bamboo and bamboo blends yarns and fiber.  There are many colors to choose from.

http://www.fiberlady.com

 

 

 

Weaving Using Hand Painted Warps

I’m starting a new shawl where I first painted the rayon/cotton warp.  There are three painted and one solid warp.  I plan to stripe up and then weave using a very thin weft yarn so the project will be warped faced.  The set is 24 epi.  We’ll see the progress together.  Looks like a mess right now, but it will all work out

 

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Prayer Shawl

2015-03-31 14.46.56I wove a prayer shawl for a dear friend who is very, very sick.  She tends to like natural colours so we have a black, brown, moss green, ecru and a dark purple.  It is a colour block twill.

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New Weavers

A perfect rainy day for learning how to weave.  Becky and Carol were taught how to weave today.  There projects are great!  It is so much fun to see the excitement of people learning a new skill.2015-02-28 14.55.50 2015-02-28 14.56.39 2015-02-28 14.56.50

New knitters

Tonight I had three brand new knitters in my class.   I showed them the two knitting styles of English and Continental and the pros and cons between the two.   They decided on Continental.   It was a great class.  They were so excited! They want to  knit everything I have in the studio.  Wrongly,  I think  sometimes  every body knows how to knit.   Then I have this opportunity to teach these brand new knitters and then realize there is still  people out there who do not know this fabulous craft.