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Thursday, 4 May 2017

Nuno Felt Scarf

Silk scarf felted on both sides with Wensleydale cross and Wensleydale locks. One problem I have doing these scarves is to find a table long enough.   The shrinkage during felting means they have to be very long to start with.  I put wool on both sides as I hate a scarf with a back and front.  This means it takes a lot longer and needs more care to start with

Tuesday, 2 May 2017

Lanky Ladies

Ages since I have made any of these.  This one is a little more sophisticated than the ones I did before. She is made on an armature so that you can position her.  She sits well but will not stand and has long legs and arms,  hence the name.  Little yellow buttons on her dress and matching bag and shoes

Sunday, 16 April 2017

Yarn from The Brazil Wood Batts

Lovely lofty yarn from the Romney Fleece.  I will not be using Brazil Wood again as I have discovered that it is a protected tree

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Brazilwood Dyed Fleece

Romney fleece dyed using Brazilwood.  I used alum and cream of Tartar to mordant the fleece first. Then used some chalk in the dye pot with the hope of getting a red colour.  This lovely copper orange colour is the result.  Rather uneven dye which is probably because there was a lot of lanolin in the fleece.  I washed the fleece using ferment method which does not remove the lanolin

Friday, 24 February 2017

Selection of Yarns, Soay, Grey and Jacob

I have just set the spin on all these yarns today.
Left, is Soay,  a lovely natural brown fleece that is really soft as this was all the under coat of the sheep.  Soay are an ancient breed that sheds its fleece and this has to be gathered off the ground making it difficult to get and difficult to clean!
Middle, is a natural grey fleece that I have mixed with hand dyed silk noil.  I am knitting a chunky cardigan for myself with this.
Right,  pure Jacob that I have over dyed with Gaywool Raspberry.  This is a very effective way to produce Jacob. There is only a certain amount that you can do with grey wool but this brings Jacob into a new dimension giving the yarn a natural heathered look

Tuesday, 31 January 2017

Weaving Yarn

These yarns are spun from my hand combed pure Wensleydale tops giving a lovely worsted yarn that is very suitable to weave with.  These yarns are about 4 ply and very strong but soft.  They look like silk and I am going to use them to make scarves.  Small quantities for my rigid heddle loom.  Spinning with my hand combed tops is a joy.  Fast and easy, just keep your hands well apart because of the long fibres and use a short draw. 
Suitable to spin into a very fine yarn and of course there is nothing to stop you knitting with them