Friday, December 21, 2012

Doing more-

Pat and I have decided  that FFP needs to expand our blogging about the Studio and our business Fine Fiber Press and Studio and what's happening in the studio and our products.
So this is the first of  our post that I'll be writing and updating every two weeks starting in the New Year. Don't you  all just love  announcing new years resolutions to the whole world?  No way to get out of them or let them slide by, because everyone knows about it- No way of hiding!-LOL

Rebecca Metzoff at  has produced a really nice video on  her blog doing butterflies. Anyone who has taken a class from me  knows I am butterfly challenged and always uses bobbins. But, Rebecca's blog video makes using and winding butterflies a whole lot easier. She also mentions us at resource for using bobbins. Thank you Rebecca! for the video and the nice comments about our bobbins and me.

To see more about winding bobbins you can take a look at the U-tube video's that Pat and I created on the care and feeding of bobbins. We even have the Videos on  DVD's if any one is interested.

On another note- Here's a picture of Penny's(Pat's granddaughter) new Christmas sock in process. When finished it will be about half of the size as Pat continues to felt.

Happy Holidays,Cheers and all,

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Fine Fiber Press & Studio is on Facebook!

Yes, we have a Facebook presence! When you open your Facebook page, just type in our name in the search box (Fine Fiber Press & Studio). It would be great if you "liked" us!

New Tapestry Bobbins

We have two new bobbins. The "Fairy" is a lighter weight, small bobbin (approx. 3.75 inches long) with a large bulb. This makes the bobbin easier to hold for people with arthritic hands. The "Petite" is a small bobbin, similar to the Swedish-style bobbin, but smaller, about 3.5 inches. They are great for adults with small hands or children. See photo of these bobbins below compared to the other bobbins we sell. Retail: $6 each plus shipping and handling. Wholesale: $4.00 each for 20 or more plus s/h. Fine Fiber Press & Studio: Tapestry Miscellaneous Equipment Web Page

The Petite and the Fairy bobbins are shown at the left side of the photo. For a larger photo, go to the website listed above.

So Warped is well received.

Kathe's new book "So Warped, Warping a Loom for Weaving Tapestry" was published at the end of May, 2010. People seem to really like the book and it is getting great reviews. Check it out:

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

So Warped Book Cover

Here is a view of the cover for the new book from Fine Fiber Press. So Warped, Warping a Loom for Weaving Tapestry.

This is a sample page from the book.

New Book from Fine Fiber Press in Final Stages

Our latest book will be available by early May. (If all goes well with the powers that watch over printing presses!) We are offering a pre-publication special of $32 plus $5.00 shipping and handling. Kathe and Pat will autograph these copies when they are available. This special price is only offered through Fine Fiber Press and is only available until April 30, 2010. After that time, the price will be $35.00 plus $5.00 s/h. There are discount quantity prices available for vendors. Order from Fine Fiber Press and Studio, 604 1st Avenue East; Albany, Oregon 97321 USA phone 1-541-917-3251 email:

Here is some information on the book:
So Warped, Warping a Loom for Weaving Tapestry by Kathe Todd-Hooker and Pat Spark

After many years of teaching tapestry and weaving, the authors realize that it is sometimes the warping process that stops a weaver dead in her/his tracks. Traditional weavers often have horror stories about their warping experiences and while many tapestry weavers do not have a background in traditional weaving, they too often see the process as impossibly difficult. In this book we are covering as many warping methods and hints as our combined 60 years of experience have taught us. We have learned these methods through much trial and error. We are certain there are other ways of doing things, but we have hit upon the methods that work well for us and for our students.

To help understand warping, we present different types of tapestry looms, various tensioning and shedding mechanisms including several types of heddles, and the following warping methods: figure eight, circular, bout, four-selvedge, floor loom, and as an added treat, the method of warping the Russian Old Believer backstrap loom for weaving tapestry belts. There are 110 pages of information for warping your loom so you can weave tapestry. If you aren’t warped before you read this book, So Warped will really help you get there.

Friday, March 5, 2010

New Book Almost Done!!!

Rough Draft of Book is Finished!!!!

Yesterday at 5: PM, I finally finished the rough draft of the new book from Fine Fiber Press. It is called So Warped: Warping a Loom for Weaving Tapestry. It is 110 pages of fact filled information. The good thing about having had the surgery on my foot is that I have been pretty much tied to my computer, 8-12 hours a day. This forced down-time has given me the impetus to get this done. Kathe and I wrote the book together, I illustrated it and did the layout. Now I have to finish the cover so we can post it for folks to see.

Of course, as I was going through the first chapter last night, I found about 20 typos. At least now the book itself is done, and we are at the editing and corrections stage. We are hoping to have it ready for Convergence this summer. Pat