Tuesday, 26 January 2016
Monday, 4 January 2016
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
These are lovely mad colors just randomly dyed in the pot with a small amount of water
Wednesday, 7 October 2015
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
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
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
I got some spinning done yesterday as well so a productive day