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Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Dyeing with Nettles


This time of the year nettles are freely available and they give lovely fast colours.  Here I  have used two different mordants.  Alum with cream of tartar, to give a golden yellow and copper to give dark green. I think nettles need more recognition as a dye plant as they are one of the easiest to use

Wednesday, 5 July 2017

Knitted Garment in Irish Mohair

I knitted this wee cardigan using the mohair yarn and size 4 mm needles.  To fit a 6 month old baby and thanks Maria for the lovely buttons they are just the job.  I needed just over 50 grams of yarn to complete the cardigan.  The is finish ultra soft and perfect for baby and childrens clothes

Tuesday, 6 June 2017

Mohair from Irish Angora Goats


I am working in partnership with Strongs Pedigree Angora Goats.  I am processing the fleece and James is farming the goats in Co. Donegal.  We think they are the only angora goats in Southern Ireland. 
I found it difficult to find out much about processing the wool , only that it needs to be washed using very hot water and lots of detergent.  Rinsed in very hot water as well.  The grease needs to be removed .   I have put up a before washing and after picking photo and produces clouds of white fiber when ready to be carded,  starting with the filthy wool that is in the first photo.
Just to make it clear,  mohair comes from Angora goats, angora from Angora rabbits and Cashmere from the under coat of goats from Kashmir.
I will post some photos of the finished yarn

Monday, 5 June 2017

BlueFaced Leicester Batts

BFL batts that I have processed from the fleece.  A slow but very worthwhile job as they are so soft.  My fibre stash is getting out of hand so I must try and sell some.  I have used some of this fleece to nunno felt and the finished scarf is so so soft.  Listed on Etsy
https://www.etsy.com/ie/listing/521228858/bfl-hand-dyed-hand-spun-batts-50-grams?ref=shop_home_active_1

Tuesday, 30 May 2017

Needle Felted Butterflies



Something new, needle felted butterflies.  These are needle felted onto a pipe cleaner body with wire support in their wings and antennae.  I then gave them little bead eyes.  Each one has a  broachclip on the back.  Fun to make as I can choose any combination of colours and locks.  Sometimes the more random ones work the best.  I first thought of making them in April and now have managed to find the right wire and a good video on line to help me.



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