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Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Lichen Dying

More experiments with lichen.   I collected the lichen to dye this yarn off rocks and stone walls while I was in Co. Mayo in June.  Fermented in in ammonia for several months and then used it for dying.  I had high hopes for interesting colors,  but no luck!!  The slightly darker skein is one that I had used chrome as a mordant but there was little difference . The wool is a pleasant tan color after several months wait.  Maybe I collected the wrong lichen 

Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Fiber Club Fiber Stash

I have included a fber club on my Etsy.  You can choose from 3 options.  Hand dyed batts in a single color,  natural colored batts from different sheep or alpaca,  these give you great experience  in different textures of wool,   or mixed colored hand dyed batts.  The listing is for 4 months and at the beginning of each month I ship out 120 grams of fiber.   All is as usual totally hand made by me.  They are listed on my Etsy

Monday, 1 September 2014

Jacob Yarn at Its best

I love this yarn,  colors made by  over dying grey and white fleece with 3 different dye pots and then blending them on my drum carder.  I kept the individual colors in large bunches so that each color shows up individually.  I just love the colors.  I have spun the yarn chunky so really most suited to hats and scarves.  Jacob fleece gives wonderful colors when over dyed ,  the grey picking up thr dye in a different shade giving more natural tones.
I have called this yarn 'Faith Healer'  after the owner of the sheep who is the seventh son of a seventh son

Friday, 1 August 2014

Tail Spun Yarn Emerald Wave

My most recent yarn.  This is spun using locks from one of my shearling sheep and then dyed.  The locks are about 10 inches long and would probably pull out another inch or so.  The yarn is chunky about 5 wpi and heavy for its length  as the locks are dense,  but it is really soft to touch and as you can see from the photos shines like silk.  Not all fleeces produce this quality of lock and very little of the fleece produces fiber of this quality .  I made 3 skeins all different weights the 100 gram one is about 28 yards long

Friday, 25 July 2014

Tail Spun Yarns

Two samples of tail spun yarn.  The dark blue/purple is core spun onto some hand spun yarn
The red is tail spun while spinning the same dye lot yarn

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Yarn Samples

These are some samples I have spun for a client who has a project that needs grey Jacob and natural white yarn.  I have spun 2 different greys using Jacob fleece and then there are three whites,  pure Wensleydale, pure Jacob and Wensleydale cross Suffolk so that she can decide which she likes best.   I hope that she will find something she likes. 

Monday, 14 July 2014

Extra long Wensleydale Locks

These are extra long locks from one of my pedigree shearling sheep.  This is a sheep that has never been shorn before and as a result the wool is about 10 inches long and tapers into a natural point.  I washed the fleece and then kettle dyed it using 3 different dye colors and very little water.  I hoped that the different colors would remain more distinct but I probably had a little too much water or maybe fiber in the pot.    They do range from a dark green through to golden green with the odd reddish brown highlight  They should tail spin really well.    I have them listed on my Etsy and if they do not sell I will have a go at tail spinning myself using a core thread of Moss Green maybe using the Wensleydale X Suffolk fleece