Saturday, May 16, 2015

Natural dyeing

A few weeks ago I took a class on Natural Dyeing taught by Kathy Hattori. I had a fantastic time. Kathy's classes are educational and enjoyable and doable for even a novice dyer. If you get a chance to take one, do it! Here are some pictures


Aren't the colors incredible ! Who knew you could get such beautiful colors from natural dyes. Some of the natural dyes we used were madder, logwood, indigo, cutch, cochineal, fustic, weld, Quebracho Rojo. We even recreated the Pantone color of the year, Marsala, using natural dyes.


Friday, April 3, 2015

Spinning and Carding Thrum Batts

My latest fiber endeavor is thrum batts. I am using leftover thrums from weaving and carding them into art batts. Here are some photos of the resulting yarn. All of the batts were carded twice. The yarn is all core spun.

This first yarn was created by using a batt that included silk thrums. I bought the thrums from etsy.

This yarn was created from a batt using silk thrums and my homemade thrum, a hand spun single that I cut at about 4 inches. I think I prefer the finer thrums for this use.. This single is just a little heavy... Maybe if I cut the pieces shorter but then it would have a lot more fringe on the yarn. It does add interesting texture.



Monday, March 16, 2015

Spinning woolen!

A few weekends ago I took a workshop taught by Jacey Boggs Faulkner. It was a great workshop. Jacey is a good teacher and a great spinner. She is also the creator of PLY magazine, this is a great spinning magazine that is well written with beautiful photography.... Really Really Beautiful(even if you don't spin you will just enjoy the photos)!

One of the topics covered in the workshop was woolen spinning. One of the elements of woolen spinning is the long draw method of drafting. I have often found this method of drafting very hard to do. I am going to try to learn this method of drafting and the plying and finishing to go along with it. The work shop taught this and I stumbled along(I am not the fastest learner ..especially when it comes to my hands translating that). Below is a picture of my early attempts.



Monday, January 26, 2015

Bobbin Full of Thick and Thin

I think there are not many singles that looks as pretty on a bobbin as Thick and Thin yarn. This yarn is also known as slub yarn. I love that it looks like fluffy clouds on my bobbin. It can be used as a single or it can plied. I plan on plying my bobbin. I will spiral ply and make some coils thorough out. The coils look like little beehives but are easier to make. I will either make the yarn into a hat or a cowl.. I cannot decide on that yet.





Saturday, January 24, 2015

Finished Venetian Blind with Tailspun border

Well I finished knitting and blocking this and I love it. I wrote about it earlier, the pattern is Venetian Blind from Ravelry. The fiber was my kitchen sink single..( a little of everything spun on the fly) plied with a single spun turquoise merino braid from Quillin Fiber Arts. I used the same color to create a bulky two ply to knit the collar, the increases and for binding off. I spun a tailspun yarn with locks from on etsy.







Monday, January 19, 2015

Finished Spinning a variegated merino braid

Last night I chain plied and washed the yarn. Today it dried in the sunshine.

Here are some pictures of the finished product

This shows the concentrations of colors the best. I spun across the braid with no stripping and I chain plied.


I like the way this shows the colors. Not the best chain plying but definitely knit worthy yarn!




Sunday, January 18, 2015

Spinning a variegated merino braid

When I watch TV I try to do something else at the same time. If I knit while I watch TV I end up messing up my stitches, I don't seem to have as much of a problem with spinning. Spinning is such a tactile craft..I think you could almost do it with your eyes closed. With the lovely braid I just spun you definitely want to look. The color way is called Kaleidoscope, it was dyed by Gritty Knits. I am going to practice my chain plying, sometimes called Navajo Plying. I hope that it will keep the colors together and give me more practice chain plying. When I spun this I tried hard to spin across the braid so that I would have longer sections of color. It seemed especially important with this braid since the color sections in some parts were kind of short. Below is a picture of the braid on the Bobbin. Here is the stock photo of the merino braid since I forgot to take a picture of my braid.