Black Sheep Gathering, Part 3: Things

One of the joys of going to the fiber art shows is seeing the fiber-craft related projects made by people who are either also fiber artists or, so it seems, people whose significant others are fiber artists.

Ken and Carol Ledbetter of KCL Woods craft an array of tools for fiber artists.  Their work is exquisite, and the tools decorative, KCL_YarnBowlartistic, and thoroughly useable.  His yarn bowls are the best I have seen.  I have one of them – gift from Thor!)  To the right is a picture from the KCL website.

KCL_ShuttleI have a KCL shuttle too – also gorgeous!  I thought I’d pick up a second shuttle – but then I stumbled across the  Crystal Creek Fibers booth selling Fricke Ball Winders!

Fricke now makes his winders in three different woods: Padauk (a gorgeous dark red/orange hardwood, sometimes with black striations), Purpleheart (an extremely dense and water resistant wood; the longer the Frickewood is exposed to sunlight, the color of purple slowly changes from a light purple to a substantially chocolate-purple color), and Sapele (a rich and nicely grained, reddish-brown hardwood).

I bought the purpleheart.  🙂



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Fiber art devotee, author, and amateur artisan bread baker.
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9 Responses to Black Sheep Gathering, Part 3: Things

  1. Hehe. Well, you can now wear natural purple and see what your friend makes of that! 🙂


  2. Yes indeed … I went through a stage where I only wore natural colors – until a good friend told me I always looked like a 6′ bran muffin. 🙂


  3. It really makes you appreciate the wonder and colour-richness of the natural world. 🙂


  4. Oh yes … next time I need to bring more money and a bigger car. 🙂


  5. I had been drooling over his winders for YEARS … I am so happy to have one! I am putting it to good use.


  6. Isn’t it though? I love that many of our so useful tools are beautiful enough to leave out in almost any room of the house!


  7. Rebecca says:

    Well of course you bought the purple heart. It is extraordinary!


  8. Great goodies. I also love the winder.


  9. Verónica says:

    I love that winder! The wooden yarn holder is also very nice. Seems like you had a great time and found some nice items!


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