Today I learned how to ply my first two reels of spun yarn; it is definitely “art yarn” as it is quite bulky and textured……..good thing that’s just the way I like it! and the colours have worked out really interesting when spun together…a combination of some lovely brown fleece Mandy gave me to start to learn on, and a very bright multi-coloured fleece from First Edition in Euroa that I had purchased several years ago with the plan of felting a background for embroidery with it. The fleece looked pretty garish when I brought it home, must have been an odd moment when I chose it! so it has sat in the back of the cupboard till now, and I wasn’t sure how it would spin, but the resultant colour is looking much better than I thought and when I have spun enough it will be lovely to see how it weaves on the Saori loom.
Little Gem and I are becoming better acquainted, after an initial period of not talking to each other in the same language..thanks to lovely and patient friend Mandy, I am actually starting to produce something resembling yarn, and enjoying the process!
So of course I am wanting to try another step…..learning how to turn Rosemary’s old but lovely fleece into a spinnable [and dyeable] yarn.
Progress so far:
There was a time when I saw seaweed as something almost polluting the beach, and I do understand that there are people who want to “clean it up” ( although I’m not sure how that would be achieved, a constant battle against nature)…..But once you’ve really looked at it, really seen it, studied the colour, form, textures, the way it creates its own little glorious compositions of art on the beach….you realize it’s all in the way we see.
A very fun blue-letter day: my first attempt at an indigo vat. Used the natural 3-2-1 pickling lime and fruit one, used fructose today but will try with bananas next. I muddled along a bit with the proportions and getting the lime to dissolve into the brew, so as I always seem to do, I was learning on the job! but it seemed to follow the general process which all the instructions point to, and I managed to sample -dye a number of pieces of fabric! very exciting, will keep practising with this over the next week or two; a change from my favourite eucalyptus – based dye pots . Will be pleased to see how the fabrics look tomorrow after washing: can’t quite believe it has been so successful and so quick! The vat was very strong, I actually weakened off some of the brew for the lighter pieces but I suspect they will be lighter in any case after washing………..watch this space !!!
Little Gem! collected her today…..now to learn how to drive her……
Basics of new wardrobe, hand-stitched, naturally printed and dyed……….very satisfying!
glorious colours, a new dress, very happy with this one!