Friday, 3 June 2016
I collected this fleece during the week from Co. Down. I am so far delighted with it and the first of it is in the ferment bath. This breed was imported from France and there are very few in the country. They come either black or white but I only have the white fleece. The sheep are a delight, tiny only 60cms high and if I had a piece of land they would have been in the back of the car along with the fleece.
The staple length is longer than seen here and it appears to be free of kemp and have a soft handle. Such fun to have something that is different to play with and hopefully sell as well
Tuesday, 24 May 2016
Monday, 25 April 2016
There appears to very little information about this wonderful way of making rugs. I have met many people who could explain how they were made and some even had made them. It is done with a large hook with a eye of a needle at the opposite end and so the work is 'locked ' in with wool yarn.
There is a strong tradition here in the North West of Ireland in the making of these rugs but it dyeing out fast. As far as I can gather the word Lumra is the Irish for fleece. To make a rug for the floor would be a big job and it would use a lot of wool. This is a small square that I have made, my second attempt. My first was made with different coloured natural fleece which is very affective
Sunday, 24 April 2016
I love to use what nature gives to me. It is a question of using what is out there and remembering at the right time of the year. The gorse is in full bloom in Ireland at the moment. Places a golden glow with their flowers. We had some beautiful spring weather this week so I spent a morning on the edge of the Curlew mountains picking gorse flowers and enjoying the views over Lough Arrow. Fishermen out in their small boats looking for a trout or two.. For those who do not know gorse is extremely prickly and I forgot my gloves!!
This is the fibre I have dyed , mordanted with Allum to brighten the colour.
Was it worth it, financially no but I got out in the sun enjoyed the morning with the views, listening to the birds, so YES is was worth it and ended up with this lovely fibre
Monday, 4 April 2016
The first photo is of the bin with the wool removed. You can see how cloudy the water has become and then a photo of the fleece draining into buckets. This water will be returned to the black bin when the wool has drained completely.
The final photo is of the 'bath' I use for rinsing the wool. Plenty of room to swish the wool around to get it well rinsed. I leave it to drain for several hours between rinses.