This month grandmotherly duties overcame shop hours and will last until the end of May, although many things are still happening at home: spinning, knitting, carding, dyeing and poo-tea making, Farmer's Market starts the first week of May, and Nimby will have a presence there. Saturday afternoons are the only time Nimby Acre Fiber Art is open for shopping until June. Lessons can still be scheduled for evenings.
The first month has flown by and so much has happened at Nimby Acre Fiber Art. There are four new weavers who have purchased the 15" Rigid Heddle, taken lessons and some are on their fourth project already! Seven people have learned to wet felt, five have needle felted, and two have taken spinning lessons. Most of all it has been fun!
Nimby Acre obtained a cherry Wolf Pup 4 shaft loom so that lessons can be taught on a floor loom with multiple tie up options, and a Schacht Matchless spinning wheel has joined the equipment available to test. A Lady Bug wheel is on the way and Louet spinning wheels may be in our future.
The Mount Vernon Chamber of Commerce will conduct a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on October 16, 2015 at 12:00pm at Nimby Acre Fiber Art, 36 Public Square. You will be able to tour the Studio and find out what is available to purchase, and to sign up for classes. Refreshments will be served. Please join us for this exciting event.
Raeschell Noonen collected and used yarn for years as a decorative feature in her home. The color, look, and feel of natural fiber added warmth and beauty to baskets spilling over with hand-dyed alpaca, angora and llama yarn. In 2010 Raeschell met live alpacas and llamas, fell in love with them (those eyelashes!), and began visiting and photographing camelids at McFarland’s Llama Farm. Each time she shared the photos it was with the disclaimer: “not in my backyard”. But that changed when she called about the zoning of her Edgewood Road home: outside of city limits and zoned“Agricultural/Residential”. Her husband could park the John Deere mower in the garage. Their nearly two-acre yard became Nimby Acre (Now In My Back Yard): home to two Suri llamas, two medium wool llamas, three huacaya alpacas and two angora rabbits.
Learning how to handle and shear the animals lead her to a Camelidynamics Clinic in Bend, OR. Here Raeschell met a wonderful fiber artist and watched a man weave a hound’s tooth twill scarf from baby alpaca yarn. She ordered her loom that very day and has been weaving ever since. She now teaches weaving at Kenyon College and has opened her own weaving studio, Nimby Acre Fiber Arts, 36 Public Square, Mount Vernon, to teach fiber processing and weaving. She no longer has baskets full of lovely yarn. She wears it.