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Tuesday, 26 January 2016

All Sold



A first for me put these locks up on my Etsy website and they sold in a matter of hours

https://www.etsy.com/ie/shop/MarkreeWoolCraft?ref=hdr_shop_menu

Blue must be the color of the month!  Now I must do another dye lot

Monday, 4 January 2016

Combed Tops and Carded Batts


My New Year's Resolution is to finish what I start.  No more scraps of wool in bags and boxes and so this is the start. 
 I also am processing my fibers a little differently.  I was so inspired by a You Tube of Russian wool paddles that I decided to get most of wool ready to spin using my hackle and comb. Not exactly the same but the nearest I can get with my equipment.   This is the latest project.  The top photo is a carded batt made using the wool that is left on the hackle after pulling off through the dis and I then carded it with a little addition of white and angelina sparkle.  The bottom is the combed top which I pulled through the dis off the hackle.  This leaves all the short wool behind and gives a smooth top to spin.
 I have listed the carded batt on Etsy and called it Lillie the Pink.   The top I think I will spin myself .
So I have NO pieces of pink wool in a bag or box that is not ready to spin

Monday, 9 November 2015

Multi Coloured Locks


Realised how short I am of dyed locks and dyed Wensleydale batts.  The pots are busy with dye and I am slowly getting my stocks up again.  It is not that I have been neglecting the dyeing I just seem to have been busy with other wool types.
These are lovely mad colors just randomly dyed in the pot with a small amount of water

Wednesday, 7 October 2015

Madder and Logwood Natural Dye



Happy days, literally as the process does take more than a day.  The logwood color is closer to the top photo,  that is the purple one.  This is Clun Forest fleece which I prepared with Alum.   I then had some powdered logwool and powdered madder.  The books say you should never use powdered madder,  well never mind I did.  I left the powders soaking over night in the saucepans and then added the fleece.  I kept the saucepan containing the madder just below boiling as it explained in my books but I had no fancy thermometer so it was just guess work.  the logwood I boiled.  Then left them over night to cool and rinsed them this morning using soapy water to start with.
So many people say that dyeing is too difficult,  all those measurements they say.  Well I am a hit and miss person and I reckon using natural dyes is an inexact science so just relax and enjoy.  The mordant needs to fairly accurate but again I was definitely light on the Alum as that was all I had.  The plant material,  this is always different as no 2 lots of plant matter are going to be the same.  Weather and time of the year being an influence on the color you will get.   So I suggest give it a try.  You will need some mordant, alum is the safest, and a few large stainless steel saucepans.  At this time of the year Ivy leaves give a good color and they are easy to get.  Make sure you use pure wool and if it is merino it is super wash otherwise it will felt. Go for it my friends 

Wednesday, 23 September 2015

Felting Fiber. Clun Forest and Wensleydale Locks




Washed Clun Forest fleece  from sheep reared in Carlow.  These sheep have had no dips, vaccinations,  worm doses or anything like that so the fleece in almost Organic.  Clun Forest is sought after for spinning and felting as it is a fine soft fleece.  I have washed it using the fermentation method so it has had no detergents or hot water to ruin the fleece.

The locks are from my Wensleydale sheep and are really long and have  lovely curls.  A great color,   dyed with Landscape Ice.  I am selling the locks as they are or separated,  you can choose.  I think that they are so nice that i do not want to ruin them pulling them apart but there should be no waste either way

Tuesday, 22 September 2015

Finished Items




Now that all my spinning equipment is at the Fairgreen Gallery,  Skreen  I spend my evenings knitting. The shawl or evening wrap is made from less than 200 grams of yarn.  It has a lovely drape and is knitted from Wensleydale wool with a hint of Angelina.  more of this yarn available at the  Fairgreen or my Etsy shop.

The felted bag is the largest I have made.  Now I have the extra table space at the Fairgreen  I have room to make some different items.  This is bag has a plain grey exterior with red Wensleydale locks and the interior is bright green.  The button closure is made from Irish Sea polished ceramics. The wool came from my neighbors sheep that get shorn in my farm yard.

Thursday, 10 September 2015

Felting Projects




A busy day felting at the Fairgreen Gallery.   A bag, lined with bright orange.  Rather pleased with myself as this is a first for me and it worked really well. Large front of a cushion cover and some Alpaca wrist warmers.  All hanging on my clothes line to dry in the lovely September weather we are all enjoying at the moment.   I have more ideas just need the time and energy.  Hard work this felting,  great way to keep warm.
I got some spinning done yesterday as well so a productive day