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Character notes for "Spinning Out of Nothingness"

Here are the character notes for "Spinning Out of Nothingness."


Colette Laramie -- She has fair skin, brown eyes, and short silver hair. She wears glasses, but can only see for a few feet. Most of the world consists of blurry shapes, but she can still see colors. When Colette started losing her vision, she retired from secretary work (her college major) and spent time expanding her arts and crafts skills (her college minor). She lives in Mercedes, California where she teaches tactile crafts. These include spinning, weaving, macramé, knitting, crochet, needlepoint, ceramics, Feel and See Art, upcycle art, and more. She teaches assorted classes at the Multicultural Arts Center, the Recycle Bin, and other places. Colette belongs to the Blind Society of Mercedes, a social group for vision-impaired people. It helps them find each other and learn about local resources. There's also a support group for people with acquired vision issues. Colette rarely leaves the Mercedes area, as she finds travel difficult and uncomfortable. Instead she encourages friends to bring her art materials. This lets her collect far more things than she could in person. Colette is a friend of Mrs. Wu and has offered to spin yarn for Shiv if he picks up some raw fleece and dyed wool for her.
Qualities: Expert (+4) Tactile Crafts, Good (+2) Diversity Advocate, Good (+2) Organized, Good (+2) Teacher
Poor (-2) Traveler

Then there is Paletta, a set of highly durable art media for making visual-tactile art. It's similar to the sculpture additives for oil or acrylic paints, and the texture gels used in papercrafts. For the paints you mix in something to make it stand off the page, and some of those ingredients are pretty toxic. The craft stuff is much safer, and it works the opposite -- you add pigments to a base gel or paste. Some are available in premixed colors, others meant for you to mix your own. Another method is to use white or clear texture media, then paint over it; while less durable, this uses a lot less pigment. A clear topcoat can be applied to protect to the art further. Most of the stuff on the market, whether professional or hobby grade, is not intended for frequent handling. The Paletta versions are for art that's meant to be touched a lot. That means they also work great for making or modifying game pieces.

The Feel and See Art Movement that began in Terramagne around 2000 is inspired somewhat by this, although people use all kinds of materials in it. Colors are indicated with textures as well as pigments; for example, grass is often combed while leaves are typically ragged. Some people favor additives, like using glass bead gel for blue water and blended fibers for white clouds. Mosaics can be made with ColorADD or Feelipa symbols, or the artist's own system such as pennies for copper and bottlecaps for silver. These are enormously popular among blind artists because they can glue down pieces and feel the art taking shape as they go along. However, some critics mock it as childish and clumsy, which has led to a lot of nasty arguments.

Feel and See Art is meant to be touched as well as seen. Some of it is made from rigid materials like glass that don't hold dirt easily, don't wear down fast, and can be cleaned without damage. Some is made from malleable media that harden, which are somewhat less durable, but still a lot better than things not designed for this purpose. Some is made from ephemeral media, most often the standard art supplies for professional or hobby use, with the intent of it wearing away over time. This is most popular among Asian artists who favor wabi-sabi aesthetics. Regrettably this spawned another appalling argument when critics condemned it as "Fall Apart Art" and Asian people sued them for A) defamatory remarks and B) racism. But it's really a values disagreement: some people think entropy is beautiful while others think it's ugly.


Emmett Wilson -- He has fair skin, spruce eyes, and short curly brown hair with a chestnut mustache and beard. Emmett lives in Omaha, Nebraska. He has a degree as a Waldorf teacher with a specialization in Handwork and Crafts, followed by certification as a Waldorf dollmaker. He makes and sells Waldorf dolls, teaches workshops on dollmaking and other fibercrafts, and sometimes teaches as Waldorf schools. He enjoys traveling around to nearby states to do workshops or attend events.
Qualities: Good (+2) Dollmaker, Good (+2) Emotional Intelligence, Good (+2) Inspiring People, Good (+2) Joyful, Good (+2) Waldorf Teacher
Poor (-2) Conventional Academics

In T-America, the Waldorf school system not only trains new teachers but also trains people to make and sell the particular supplies it needs, such as Waldorf dolls. See dollmaking notes here.


Chariletta "Charlie" Luttrel -- She has tawny-fair skin, brown eyes, and a short mop of wild brown curls. Charlie is the youngest of 7 kids and the only girl. Her mother wanted a girly girl. Charlie was a tomboy from the moment she barfed all over that first pink dress as a baby. As soon as she turned 18, she ran off to join her older brother in the Peace Corps. In India, she discovered the beauty of sari silk and became fascinated with salvaging bits of it from damaged saris or sari factories. Later on she took up scarf painting. Charlie runs the Sari Charlie Scarves and Scraps branch of the collective All the Silk You Will Ever Need. They are based in Kansas City, Missouri and they tour the craft shows and fiber fairs around the Midwest and Plains.
Qualities: Expert (+4) Making Do, Good (+2) Silk Crafter, Good (+2) Tomboy, Good (+2) Visual-Spatial Intelligence
Poor (-2) Girl Stuff
Motivation: Eat it all, use it up, wear it out. Make it do or do without.

Luellie Luftig -- She has fair skin, brown eyes, and long chestnut hair. She is a touch-dominant sensory-seeker who has capitalized on her nature by becoming a fiber artist. She attended a trade school for nontraditional learners and graduated with a degree in Tactile Crafts and a certificate in Sensory Accommodations. She makes garments out of recycled sari yarn and other highly textured materials for people who need extra stimulation. Luellie runs a business called Fingerquest Recycled Silk Garments for Sensory Seekers that belongs to the collective All the Silk You Will Ever Need. They are based in Kansas City, Missouri and they tour the craft shows and fiber fairs around the Midwest and Plains.
Qualities: Good (+2) Happy-Go-Lucky, Good (+2) Logical-Mathematical Intelligence, Good (+2) Tactile Crafts, Good (+2) Tolerant, Good (+2) Touch-Dominant
Poor (-2) Conventional Academics

Jenniver Twist -- She has fair skin, brown eyes, and wavy brown hair past her shoulders. She wears glasses. She lives in Tennessee, where she has a workshop for making drop spindles and other spinning equipment. She travels around selling them and doing demonstrations on how to use them. Her dexterity and mechanical intelligence serve well in this field. As a hobby, Jenniver enjoys Southern cooking. She is bad at girl stuff, though.
Qualities: Good (+2) Customer Relations, Good (+2) Dexterity, Good (+2) Mechanical Intelligence, Good (+2) Southern Cooking, Good (+2) Spinster
Poor (-2) Girl Stuff

Betony Lea -- She has fair skin, brown eyes, and short wavy brown hair. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Fiber Science with a minor in Natural Dyes at Cornell University. Betony lives just outside of Omaha, Nebraska where she runs the yarn business Bloomin' Hues. Happy and patient, she enjoys growing dye plants and dyeing fibers. She prefers to live and work outdoors as much as possible. She hates being stuck indoors.
Qualities: Good (+2) Fiber Science, Good (+2) Gardener, Good (+2) Happy, Good (+2) Naturalistic Intelligence, Good (+2) Patient
Poor (-2) Being Stuck Indoors

Bachelor of Science in Fiber Science at Cornell University
The Department of Fiber Science & Apparel Design (FSAD) offers a comprehensive education that covers the art of designing clothing and accessories, the business of manufacturing and marketing them internationally, and the science of fibers and textiles. In addition to a shared core of foundation courses, students will specialize in one of three options: Fashion Design, Fashion Design Management, or Fiber Science.
In the Fiber Science option students will explore the physical, chemical, and engineering properties of fibrous materials and their applications, including biomedical materials, advanced engineering composites, geotextiles, and protective clothing, as well as the more traditional applications found in apparel and interiors.
Download the curriculum and a sample schedule worksheet for this option.
To apply to the Fiber Science & Apparel Design program, please contact Human Ecology undergraduate Admissions.
Students will also be able to take courses in other departments of the College and the University. During the summers and occasionally during the winter break many students will do internships to explore aspects of the industry and gain experience. These internships can be done for credit, under the department Internship Guidelines. Most students also go abroad, usually during the spring of the junior year, an important experience for anyone preparing for a career in this global industry. Some students choose to participate in the Cornell New York semester for their Off-campus study. In order to graduate with honors you can apply for the FSAD Honors Program.
The Fiber Science concentration teaches the physical, chemical, and engineering properties of fibrous materials and their applications. In addition to foundation courses in basic sciences, the requirements include courses in Fiber Science and related fields. There is considerable flexibility in this curriculum that will permit the student to develop their program around their special interests, in collaboration with their adviser.

Fiber Science & Apparel Design
Option 3 – Fiber Science
Suggested Enrollment Sequence 2019-2020
This document is for course planning purposes. For graduation requirements, cross-reference with the FSAD Curriculum Sheet, which is available in the College of Human Ecology Registrar's Office, from the FSAD Undergraduate Coordinator, or on the CHE website.
First Year
FALL SPRING
FSAD Intro Course [see #2] * 3 FSAD 1350 Fibers, Fabrics & Finishes * 3
Calculus I [#14] 4 FSAD 1360 Fibers and Yarn Analysis Lab * 1
1st Year Writing Seminar1 3 Calculus II [#14] 4
CHEM 2070 General Chemistry 4 CHEM 2080 or 2160 General Chemistry 4
Physical Education 1
1st Year Writing Seminar 3
Physical Education 1
TOTAL 15 TOTAL 16

Second Year
FALL SPRING
FSAD 2370 Structural Fabric Design * 3 FSAD 3320 Product Quality Assessment * 3
Physics (PHYS 1101 or 1112 or 2207) 4 Ethics/Sustainability [#15] 3-4
Social Sciences [#10] 3 Physics (PHYS 1102 or 2213 or 2208) 4
CS 1110 or 1112 Programming 3-4 HE Elective or FSAD Intro Course [#2] 3
#10 or #12 Requirement 3-4 #10 or #12 Requirement 3-4
TOTAL 16-18 TOTAL 16-18
Third Year
FALL SPRING
FSAD 3350 Fiber Science* 3 #8 or #3 Requirement 3
CHEM 3570 Organic Chemistry for Life Sciences 3 ECON 1110 Introductory Microeconomics 3
Statistics [#13] 3 CHEM 3580 Organic Chemistry for Life Sciences 3
#8 or #3 Requirement 3 CHEM 2510 Intro to Experimental Organic Chemistry 2
HE Electives [#16] 3 Communications/Language [#12] 3
HE Electives [#16] 3
TOTAL 15 TOTAL 17

Fourth Year
FALL SPRING
FSAD 4660 Textiles, Apparel, and Innovation * 3 FSAD 4360 Fiber Chemistry * 3
#8 or #3 Requirement 3 #8 or #3 Requirement 3
Distribution Requirements or Electives 9 Distribution Requirements or Electives 9
TOTAL 15 TOTAL 15

Advisor: Walter De Jong
Eligibility: Plant Sciences majors are not eligible.
• At least 15 credits in Plant Sciences coursework.
• PLBIO 2410, Introductory Plant Biodiversity and Evolution (3 credits)
• At least one course from the list below:
PLBIO 3420: Plant Physiology (3 credits)
PLSCI 1115: The Nature of Plants (3 credits)
PLSCI 4460: Plant Interactive Biology (credits)
PLSCS 2600: Soil Science (3 credits)
• Any 2-3 instructor-led courses (minimum 9 credits) with the PL-prefix at the 2000 level or greater, except for PLBIO 2400, PLBIO 2490, PLSCS 2940, PLHRT 2010 and PLHRT 3250.


T-Cornell offers a minor in Natural Dyes.
Introduction to Natural Dyes
Fibercraft for Fun and Profit
Plant Dyes
A Dyer's Garden
Natural Dye Techniques


Laban Moulton -- He has fair skin, brown eyes, and short curly brown hair. He has autism, which he has capitalized on by started a business based on exacting and repetitive actions, Squeaky Clean Fleece: All Autistic Employees -- Meticulous Skirting a Specialty. They do skirting, washing, and carding of wool. Laban is bad at neurotypical socialization, but he doesn't really care; the quality of work outweighs his quirky personality. As a hobby, he enjoys hiking.
Qualities: Good (+2) Autistic Culture, Good (+2) Hiker, Good (+2) Kinesthetic Intelligence, Good (+2) Meticulous, Good (+2) Wool Processor
Poor (-2) Neurotypical Socialization

Jon Samper -- He has pinkish-fair skin, brown eyes, and dark brown hair with a mustache and beard. He is the husband of Katrin. They raise Icelandic sheep on Hagar Farm just outside Omaha, Nebraska. Neither of them went to college, they just learned farming from their families. Jon grew up with sheep and Katrin with goats. They settled on Icelandic sheep because neither of them wanted to raise animals primarily for meat or dairy, and they wanted to offer a variety of interesting fleeces for local crafters. Gentle and patient, Jon makes a good farmer. He's prone to melancholy, though.
Qualities: Good (+2) Farmer, Good (+2) Gentle, Good (+2) Introvert, Good (+2) Naturalistic Intelligence, Good (+2) Patient
Poor (-2) Melancholy

Hagi or Hagar -- Pasture


Katrin Samper -- She has pinkish-fair skin and blue eyes. Her short wavy hair is dark blonde but bleaches lighter in the sun. She is the wife of Jon. They raise Icelandic sheep on Hagar Farm just outside Omaha, Nebraska. Neither of them went to college, they just learned farming from their families. Katrin grew up with goats and Jon with sheep. They settled on Icelandic sheep because neither of them wanted to raise animals primarily for meat or dairy, and they wanted to offer a variety of interesting fleeces for local crafters. Katrin is compassionate and good with people, so she handles customer relations and most of the business for the farm. She can be nosy, though.
Qualities: Good (+2) Compassion, Good (+2) Farmer, Good (+2) Interpersonal Intelligence, Good (+2) Weaver
Poor (-2) Nosy

Hagi or Hagar -- Pasture


Nicolas "Nic" Marnier -- He has fair skin, light brown hair, and blue eyes. He wears glasses. He grew up on the East Coast and still misses the ocean a bit. Nic is the husband of Marcy. They have a daughter (8) and two sons (6 and 4). They run Saltwater Farm, where they are working to establish Saltwater Taffy Sheep as a crayon breed. It's a bit challenging to establish a market, but brightly colored fleeces have a lot of potential. Nic is autistic; he finds farm life soothing and he enjoys the repetitive actions of spinning yarn. He's very good at figuring out how to do things in a way that works for the brain he has. Busy city life doesn't suit him at all, though. Nic has taken courses in Turning Fiber Into Yarn: The Art Of Spinning, Advanced Spinning: Spinning Fine Yarns, and Spinning for Color.
Qualities: Expert (+4) Working with the Brain He Has, Good (+2) Dexterity, Good (+2) Laid-Back, Good (+2) Spinner
Poor (-2) Busy City Life
Motivation: "The yarn spins so I don't have to."

Turning Fiber Into Yarn: The Art Of Spinning with David Keller
On-Demand Access $97
• 10+ Video lessons in HD
• Exclusive bonus content
• 30-day access to instructor
• Over 10 hours of in-depth instructions
• Lifetime access, anywhere, anytime
• Available on desktop, mobile and tablet
• 100% satisfaction guarantee
What you will learn:

Class 1:
• Spinning Fundamentals
• Intro to Spinning
• Why Spinning
Class 2:
• Plying
• Drop Spinning;
• Spinning singles
• Chain plying on the fly
Class 3:
• Felting yarn
• Steaming yarn
• Finishing a yarn
• Foaling yarn
• Brushing
Class 4:
• Wheel fundamentals
• How to choose/buy a wheel
Class 5:
• Washed locks
• Drum carding
• Art Batts
Class 6
• Gradients
• Fiber Fractals
• Crazy Colors
• Natural Fibers
• Blending Boards
• Natural Colors
• Color Deconstruction
• Fractal Spinning
• Rolags
Class 7
• Drafting Techniques
• Core Spinning
Class 8
• Super coils
• Standard Plying
• Core Plying
• Beehives
• Crape Yarns
Class 9:
• Boucle
• Insertions
• Troubleshooting
Bonus Items!
Class 10
• Production Hand Spinning
Class 11
• Tail Spinning

Advanced Spinning: Spinning Fine Yarns with David Keller
On-Demand Access $97
• 10+ Video lessons in HD
• Exclusive bonus content
• 30-day access to instructor
• Over 10 hours of in-depth instructions
• Lifetime access, anywhere, anytime
• Available on desktop, mobile and tablet
• 100% satisfaction guarantee
What you will learn:
Class 1:
• Fine Wool Fleeces; breed types ( Polwarth, Cormo, Merino, Rambouillet, Bond, Targhee, Deboullet), and expectations
• Fleece Washing
• Washing; lingerie bag; mason jar bundles
Class 2:
• Lock Spinning; Rambouillet, Lincoln, Targhee
Class 3:
• Chain; Navajo Plying
• Other Plying Techniques, Fabric Strafing
Class 4:
• Beads 2.0; types, issues, techniques
• Beading on a Navajo Ply
Class 5:
• Silk; Top & Hankies
Class 6
• Alpaca, Llama
• Beginning Spinning with Alpaca & Llama
• Silk Blends
Class 7
• Yak, Cashmere, Camel
Class 8
• Wheel Mechanics; double drive vs scotch tension,
• Long draw
Class 9:
• Diameter control
• Lace spinning
• Rollags, baths, and tops
BONUS Classes:
• Color Work Control For all Projects
• Stripping and Variegation

Spinning For Color with David Keller
On-Demand Access $137
About the course
We are going to cover heavily plying, color particularly plying against solids, kettle dyed and space dyed rovings. The technical aspects of spinning will get covered, and we'll paint rolags on a blending board.
Open Facebook Group to students of this course:
Arts & Crafts | Curious Mondo: Spinning For Color
Time table: 9 hours
Level: Basic / Intermediate / Advanced
Target market: Fiber Artists, wool aficionados, knitters, spinners, weavers, anyone who loves fibers or want to start a new hobby or career
Main objective: Learn advanced spinning techniques.
Spinning for color sneak peek
• 10+ Video lessons in HD
• Exclusive bonus content
• 30-day access to instructor
• Over 10 hours of in-depth instructions
• Lifetime access, anywhere, anytime
• Available on desktop, mobile and tablet
• 100% satisfaction guarantee
What you will learn:
Class 1:
• Blending gradients with hand carders
• Basic blending board rolags
Class 2:
• Drawing rolags directly off Drum carders
Class 3:
• 3 braid hand painted circular gradients
Class 4:
• Unusual bead insertions Legos
• Using colored tops and bead insertions
Class 5:
• Long draw with rolags
Class 6
• Basic rules for plying with black, brown, and white
Class 7
• Circular Crazy ball yarns
• Circular gradients for hand cards
Class 8
• Gradients for hand cards
Class 9:
• Drafting off handcards 2 ways,
• and blending boards
BONUS Classes:
• Production Hand Spinning
• How to prepare beads for spinning


Marcy Marnier -- She has fair skin, brown eyes, and straight chestnut hair past her shoulders. She grew up in Nebraska near Lincoln. She earned a degree in Lamb and Wool Management at Minnesota West Community & Technical College in Pipestone, Minnesota. Marcy is the wife of Nic, who is a spinner. They have a daughter (8) and two sons (6 and 4). They run Saltwater Farm, where they are working to establish Saltwater Taffy Sheep as a crayon breed. Energetic and extroverted, Marcy does a lot of the customer interaction. She's not good at sitting still, though.
Qualities: Good (+2) Cook, Good (+2) Energetic, Good (+2) Extrovert, Good (+2) Farmer, Good (+2) Mother
Poor (-2) Sitting Still

Lamb and Wool Management, Diploma
Minnesota West Community & Technical College in Pipestone, Minnesota
Academic Programs
Lamb and Wool Management, Diploma
Locations: Pipestone
The Lamb and Wool Management Program is concerned with developing the sheep enterprise operators ability to organize and manage resources to meet family and business goals. Good management requires a sound knowledge of economic and scientific principles because they are the framework for a profitable sheep enterprise. Good management provides a perspective that considers the relationship of all parts to the whole farm business. Good sheep management requires knowledge of sheep production practices and animal science, as well as new technology developments in the field. The Lamb and Wool Management Program is concerned with the development of a person's knowledge of economic, management, and scientific principles and using them in a profit oriented decision making process that enables them to meet their goals.

Prerequisites: To be eligible for enrollment in Lamb and Wool Management courses a student must be a sheep producer or must secure the consent of the instructor.

Program Delivery: Curriculum is delivered through a combination of classroom, lab, on-farm instruction and individual instruction. This option is available only for students within 125 miles of Pipestone, Minnesota or through permission of the instructor.

Non-degree seeking students can view distance delivered and short course offerings on the Lamb and Wool Faculty webpage.

COURSE # COURSE TITLE CREDITS
LWMP 1001 Introduction to Sheep Management 1
LWMP 1002 Sheep Management Concepts 2
LWMP 1003 Pasture & Grazing Management 1
LWMP 1004 Predator Control Methods 2
LWMP 1101 Sheep Genetic Concepts 2
LWMP 1102 Genetic Selection Methods 1
LWMP 1201 Sheep Behavior & Handling Methods 1
LWMP 1202 Equipment and Facilities 2
LWMP 1301 Sheep Diseases 3
LWMP 1302 Preventative Health Programs 1
LWMP 1304 Basic Lamb Care Skills 1
LWMP 1305 Basic Sheep Care Skills 1
LWMP 1401 Lamb Marketing 2
LWMP 1402 Sheep Quality Assurance 1
LWMP 1501 Nutrition Requirements 2
LWMP 1502 Ewe Ration Formulation 1
LWMP 1601 Sheep Reproduction 2
LWMP 1602 Reproductive Management 1
LWMP 1701 Wool Characteristics 2
LWMP 1702 Wool Harvesting, Marketing, and Processing 1
TOTAL CREDITS 30
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