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".

Reflected Double Weave

My first attempt at reflected double weave.  It was fun.  The only change i would make for the next time is i would use a closer sett.  the yarn is 8/2 tencel set at 24 epi.  I would do maybe 30 or 34 epi next time.  

Experimenting with warp and weft colors

I wanted to experiment with different warp color.  For this project, the warp is black and white.  While winding on the warping board, I held the  two colors together.

My next idea was do a fancy structure in a color for the weft.  What color should I use?  That is the question.  Originally, I was thinking a light color would look best.  But after samples, I decided on a darker color.

That reminds me, why sample?  In the past, I was working on a fabric for  shirt and couldn’t decide on the weft color.  I made many samples at the beginning of the piece and decided on a green color.  After the fabric was completed, I washed it including the samples of different weft color.  If I had seen the samples washed, I would have chosen a different weft color.  The washed sample makes a difference on what the actual fabric will look like,

Weft – that is the question?  What should be weft color be?  I made several little section of five colors.  I cut if off the loom and washed the sample.

There were five weft colors to choose from.  After wash, I choose the red

 

The scarf came out beautiful.  Usually fringe is what I apply to the scarves, but I didn’t do this for this scarf  because it appears mainly red and the fringe would be black and white.  I decided to hem the ends and add red beads.  Would I weave another black/white warp with color weft project again.  Probably not.  It is pretty but not my favorite.  But is was an  experiment and there you have it.

Fire and Water Scarves

The two scarves here are called “Fire” red/purple and “Water” blues.  The names come from  the two famous goddesses from Hawaii

Pele – Goddess of fire and volcanoes.

Namaka is Pele’s older sister and the goddess of water and the sea.