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Fibers. What is a plant Fiber?


Wide array of products made from native plant fibers. Photo by Cheryl Beyer. Cattails are used for weaving baskets, mats, raincoats, and baby diapers. It is also an important food plant. Photo by Teresa Prendusi. It is clear that plants are essential to animal life and form the bulk of most human diets, providing a diversity of food through digestible carbohydrates. Fibers are long cells with thick walls and tapering ends.

Fibers can be spun into filaments, thread, or rope; be chemically modified to create a composite material (e.g., rayon or cellophane); or matted into sheets as with paper. Paper Cordage Textiles: clothing, sewing material Baskets Brushes, brooms Mats, rugs, bedding Building materials: roofing, caulking materials Examples of Fabulous Fibers from Native Plants Western Red Cedar Western red cedar (Thuja plicata). How To Make Iris Weavers For Basketmaking. Braided Iris germanica, tall bearded iris leaves Above is a free form basket using the iris braid as weavers, along with other materials.

How To Make Iris Weavers For Basketmaking

The ring and stakes are grape vine, or the stakes might be honeysuckle, not sure. It was made a long time ago. I became interested in baskets in the mid 1980s. Blue Flag Iris, fiber twine. In the Peruvian Andes, Life Stories Are Written in Textiles. Make A Sweater From Your Pet’s Fur! Love your cuddly pet so much you want to immortalize him or her into a soft cuddly sweater?

Make A Sweater From Your Pet’s Fur!

We do it with sheep and goat fur – why not cats and dogs? Allergies aside, the idea is nothing to sneeze at. Danelle German, a professional cat groomer based in Simpsonville, S.C, was troubled by the large amounts of fur she would dispose of after grooming clients’ Persians and Angoras. Her solution? Spin the fur into yarn.

HeartsEase Icelandic Sheep. Free Spinning Tutorials and Projects to Advance Your Skills in Spinning Fiber - Spinning Daily. Alpaca Fiber Luxuriously soft, long, and available in a wide range of beautiful natural colors, discover why spinners love alpaca fiber.

Free Spinning Tutorials and Projects to Advance Your Skills in Spinning Fiber - Spinning Daily

Angora Rabbit Breeds - How to Care For Your Angora Rabbit. Angora Rabbit Breeds English Angora This breed is probably the cutest and most distinctive because of its long heavy fur that covers its ears and face.

Angora Rabbit Breeds - How to Care For Your Angora Rabbit

In full coat, their bunny features are covered and sometimes they are mistaken to be small dogs (or a relative of "Cousin It"). Oomingmak - Original Alaskan Qiviut Handknits Store. 5 Tips to Identify Authentic Navajo Rugs (With Videos) Today is the day you've decided to buy a Navajo rug, and whether you're fortunate enough to be in the southwest or doing an eBay search from home, there are a few important things to consider.

5 Tips to Identify Authentic Navajo Rugs (With Videos)

First and foremost – make sure the piece you are looking at is an authentic Navajo textile. Many countries produce “knock-offs”and to the untrained eye these counterfeits may be hard to differentiate from the real thing. North American Industrial Hemp Council. Nick Neddo The Organic Artist book. The World’s Most Eco-Friendly Car: It’s Made Entirely From HEMP. You would never think that a single plant could solve most of the worlds problems, well it can.

The World’s Most Eco-Friendly Car: It’s Made Entirely From HEMP

Hemp has over 50, 000 uses, why this plant remains illegal is causing confusion among many. Everything from clothes, medicine, fabrics, fuel and more, hemp is definitely a large threat to a variety of corporations that control energy, health and a number of other industries. Many corporations would see a decline in profit if hemp were to be legalized. One in particular this article will focus on is the automobile industry. Traditional Blankets And Their True Meaning to Native Americans. Native American Blankets Native Americans are well known for their skill of weaving rugs and blankets.

Traditional Blankets And Their True Meaning to Native Americans

Because the American Indians create much of their supplies by hand, they are very talented in the art of crafting Native American blankets. Many cultural groups across the globe have special practices which make them unique. Hemp Fiber – Global Hemp. Hemp is traditionally known as a fiber plant and most historical cultivation of the plant in the United States from the 17th to mid-20th centuries was with fiber use in mind.

Hemp Fiber – Global Hemp

Two kinds of fibers are derived from the hemp plant’s stalk. These are long (bast) fibers and the short (core fibers). The long, strong bast fibers are similar in length to soft wood fibers and are very low in lignin content (lignin is the “glue” that holds plants together). Leather and Clothes. Overview of Native American Footwear ~ Moccasins. Yarn Works:by Wendy J. Johnson p. 32, spinning yarn directly off rabbit while its resting in your lap. The Great Book of Hemp: The Complete Guide to the Environmental, Commercial, and Medicinal Uses of the World's Most Extraordinary Plant by Robert A. Nelson. How to Weave on a Loom - Video 15 - Tying up the treadles. About Hand Weaving, Educational Video. Recycling of clothes and woolen by handloom weaving. Working with Wool. August 6, 2012 This is my first Working with Wool article and I want to record the things I'm learning as I work with wool as well as getting to know women who are interested in sharing their skills.

Working with Wool

Alpaca Academy - Providing Education and Information for the Entire Alpaca Community. Welcome to Alpaca Academy Powered by Alpaca Owners Association Inc., Alpaca Academy provides education and information for the entire alpaca community. Topics range from the most common questions about alpacas and the industry to in-depth articles on alpaca EPDs, genetics, and breeding. Alpaca Academy also provides information on the latest alpaca research and links to additional resources. Although there is a lot of information on Alpaca Academy, we encourage you to visit with local farms, your veterinarian, and the national organizations listed on the right for additional information. Rambouillet Wool Facts. These Stunning, Nature Inspired Rings Will Blow You Away. The diamond industry has been booming for decades, even though the practice of mining diamonds often comes with grave human rights repercussions and fuels costly, bloody civil wars in western Africa.

Not only that, but diamonds aren’t intrinsically very valuable. It’s all set by an insanely monopolized market. Whatever, I wouldn’t want to wear a diamond anyway. Rising Moon Farm. The Spinning Loft. The Coopworth is a medium sized, dual-purpose, white faced sheep with an alert but quiet disposition. It is one of the most dominant breeds in New Zealand. It originated in New Zealand in the 1960’s from Border Leicester and Romney crosses, and was first imported into the United States during the late 1970’s. All about coopworth sheep and wool. Coopworth is lovely long fiber, I have had a love affair with for at least a year now.

That said on to the historic stuff. It was shortly after WWII, in New Zealand, when Professor Ian Coop began to selectively crossbreed Border Leicester rams on Romney ewes. His purpose was to improve lambing percentages. By 1968, it was determined that the successive generations of the interbred sheep had produced a medium sized, highly prolific, dual purpose, adaptable sheep, and was officially recorded as the coopworth breed (American Coopworth Registry). The ewes lamb easily. In addition, the Coopworth is also an excellent mother. What a Cutie! While easy lambing is the main feature of easy-care, two other features are significant. Another feature is their ease of mustering especially on broken or scrubby country. Mosaic Garden Projects: Add Color to Your Garden with Tables, Fountains, Bird Baths, and More by Mark Brody. Fainting Goat Information. Fainting Goats are domestic goats whose muscles freeze for roughly 10 seconds when they get startled.

Though painless, this generally results in the animal collapsing on its side. Fainting (Myotonic) Goats. General Prices: First Frost: Cozy Folk Knitting by Lucinda Guy. Knitting for Intermediate Knitters: How to Knit The Complete Guide on Intermediate Knitting With Step by Step Instructions with Detailed Pictures to Expand ... Knitting Skills and Knowledge. Volume 2 by Kathy Wilston — Reviews, Discussion, Bookclubs, List. The Knowledgeable Knitter: From Planning Your Project to Fitting and Finishing, All You Need to Know to Unlock Your Knitting Potential by Margaret Radcliffe. New Horizon Genetics - The Nation's Elite Sheep Reproduction Company. Sheep Genetics - LAMBPLAN Home. Farmstead Health Supply... Natural Animal Health Supplies, Organic Wormers, Supplements, Microscopes and more.

The Bag Making Bible: The Complete Creative Guide to Sewing Your Own Bags [With Pattern(s)] by Lisa Lam. Honey Locust Permaculture Plants: Honey Locust. Common Name: Honey Locust, Thorny Locust Scientific Name:Gleditsia triacanthosFamily: Fabaceae (the Legume, Bean, or Pea family) Honey Locust is a common ornamental tree. Description: This central North American native is a common ornamental shade tree in the suburbs of America. But this member of the Legume family is gaining popularity in the Permaculture world due to its many uses. Scottish Blackface Sheep. The Spinner's Book of Yarn Designs: Techniques for Creating 80 Yarns by Sarah Anderson. Start by marking “The Spinner's Book of Yarn Designs: Techniques for Creating 80 Yarns” as Want to Read: Enlarge cover. Hand Dyeing Yarn and Fleece: Dip-Dyeing, Hand-Painting, Tie-Dyeing, and Other Creative Techniques by Gail Callahan.

The Field Guide to Fleece by Deborah Robson. The Fleece & Fiber Sourcebook by Deborah Robson. Icelandic Sheep Breeders of North America. Icelandic Sheep. History and Background The modern Icelandic Sheep is a direct descendant of the sheep brought to the island by the early Viking settlers, in the ninth and tenth century. American Black Welsh Mountain Sheep Association. The Breed. Black Welsh Mountain Sheep. In the Middle Ages, the mutton of black-fleeced Welsh Mountain Sheep was prized for its richness and excellence. The black wool, known as Cochddu (reddish brown) was much sought-after by merchants. During the mid-19th century some breeders began to select specifically for the black fleece color and the result is the Black Welsh Mountain sheep. Flocks of the pure breed are now widely distributed throughout the United Kingdom, with flocks also in Ireland and the USA.

Description: Suri and Huacaya: the Ideal Alpaca - Ideal Alpaca Breed Type. Silk making Butterflies of the World by Gilles Martin. The Livestock Conservancy. The Leicester Longwool is one of the “luster longwool” breeds, so designated for the sheen and brilliance of their wool. The Livestock Conservancy. The Livestock Conservancy. The Book of Kale and Friends: 14 Easy-to-Grow Superfoods with 130+ Recipes by Sharon Hanna. Goat MyotonicSVF Foundation, Heritage Breeds, Endangered Livestock and Rare Breed Conservation. Breeding Stock. The Field Guide to Fleece by Deborah Robson. The Livestock Conservancy. The Spinning Loft. Breeds of Livestock - Clun Forest Sheep. Grow & Make Your Own Dye Plants. Fainting (Myotonic) Goats. Candle making and soap making supplies, fragrances, projects & classes. Candles and Supplies.Com, Inc.

Alpaca Fiber Cooperative of North America. Alpacas: Loveable Lawnmowers No More. How AFCNA Works. The Spinner's Book of Fleece: A Breed-by-Breed Guide to Choosing and Spinning the Perfect Fiber for Every Purpose by Beth Smith. The Organic Artist: Make Your Own Paint, Paper, Pigments, Prints and More from Nature by Nick Neddo. Green Guide for Artists: Nontoxic Recipes, Green Art Ideas, & Resources for the Eco-Conscious Artist by Karen Michel.

Painting Flowers in Watercolour: A Naturalistic Approach by Coral G. Guest. Vibrant Flowers in Watercolour by Fiona Peart. Watercolour Flowers by Wendy Tait. Painting Flowers in Watercolour by Fiona Peart. Botanical Flowers in Watercolour by Michael Lakin. Creative Pilgrimage: An Exploration of Artful Gatherings and Discovery of Innovative Art Techniques by Jenny Doh. 10 Inexpensive Ways to Keep Woolen Sweaters Looking Like New. Rabbit fur blanket Great Lakes Traditional Arts Gathering (GLTAG) Diasy instructs how to make rabbit blanket. Botanical Drawing in Color: A Basic Guide to Mastering Realistic Form and Naturalistic Color by Wendy Hollender. Clutius Botanical Watercolors by Claudia Swan. Botanical Illustration: Painting with Watercolours by Siriol Sherlock. Botanical Illustration Course: With the Eden Project by Rosie Martin. Botanical Illustration by Valerie Oxley.

Raising Mulberry Silkworm equipment harvesting silk. Care-raising-silkworms. Harvests from Hemp Heroes. Learn to Weave with Anne Field: A Project-Based Approach to Weaving Basics by Anne Field. Botanical Masters: Plant Portraits by Contemporary Artists by William T. Stearn. Knives for forestry, hunting, fishing, carving, tool shop. Shop Woodworking Tools at Japan Woodworker. The Beginner's Big Book of Drawing and Painting: A Complete Guide to Drawing, Watercolor and Oil Painting by Mark Willenbrink. The Watercolorist's Complete Guide to Color by Tom Hill. The Complete Watercolor Course: the ultimate step-by-step guide to painting landscapes, still lifes, and portraits by Richard S. Taylor. Watercolour Landscapes: The Complete Guide to Painting Landscapes by Richard S. Taylor. Step-By-Step Watercolor Painting: A Complete Guide to Mastering Techniques with the Alexander Brothers by Gregory Alexander.

The Complete Guide to Watercolor by Ray Campbell Smith. Milkweed. Yarn Works: How Anyone Can Spin, Dye, and Create Their Own Yarn by Wendy J. Johnson. Navajo Weaving Way.