Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Dyeing yarn

I have started trying to dye yarn. This color is called purple soldier fly. I dyed it on alpaca, silk and wool commercial yarn.

Here it is on Gray handspun Romney



Monday, February 20, 2017

Dyeing yarn and Fiber

I am getting into dyeing yarn and Fiber. I find that it is much easier to dye yarn... as felting is less of a worry. I also notice that how and when I add the acid to my process changes things dramatically.

Both of these used about 8 ounces of fiber, citric acid, and Dharma acid dyes, and water of course.

This was simple kettle dyeing... the citric acid was added after the fiber was in the pot. It used less citric acid.

Here I soaked the fiber in a water and citric acid mixture... then I added it to a pot with water and brought it up to heat and the dye adhered very quickly. The two dyes hardly mingled in the pot at all.


Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Beast yarn

For a challenge in a group that I am in I needed to spin a yarn that I had never spun before

Here is my yak yarn - I used a down as the fiber not top


Also we had been assigned a beast as our character- our beast was The Minotaur.. I used Icelandic locks as my base for my beast yarn




Monday, October 3, 2016

Namaste Scrapbox Spinning

I recently discovered Namaste Scrapboxes. They are wonderful if you like to tailspin. They come with a video that has suggestions on ways to spinning the dyed locks.




Friday, August 12, 2016

Tailspinning Karakul..lamb

In tailspinning Icelandic is all the rage. I noticed how much this Karakul resembles Icelandic and decided to tailspin it. It is lovely soft lamb Karakul. I love it so much that I am spinning another bobbin.



Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Coopworth tailspun yarn

I had these lovely Coopworth locks that I tailspun. They were easy to work with.




Saturday, June 18, 2016

Different types of locks for tailspinning

There are many breeds that you can tail spin. People often think of just Wensleydale and Teeswater. These are lovely to spin but check out this