Summer Natural Dye Pot Project
Our first dye pot of the summer was our Osage Orange shavings dye pot. We dyed a lot of varied yarns, each person bringing in 3 ounces of yarn and/or fibers. We used alum mordants, and gauged our pots at about 4 ounces of dry weight shavings to about a pound of fiber. The shavings were extracted twice then set over night. Fibers went into the pot at the Spin IN and were set just below a simmer for an hour. We got lovely deep colors! See for yourself, click on the thumbnail below:
Our next dye will be the reds - madder and cochineal! This will be at the next Spin In, Saturday, September 13. Come join the fun!
Indigo - Oct 11 Spin In
Walnut - Nov 8 Spin In
NEW in the shop - The ASHFORD BLENDING BOARD
Just like everyone else, I have been reading and studying all about blending boards since Spin-Off premiered them in their magazine. I love spinning beautiful woolen yarns, and this is a fabulous tool for making those big rolags from just about anything in your stash. I've looked at many brands, and THIS is the one I want to carry. Here are my reasons:
1. LARGE blending area of 12 inches x 12 inches
2. 108 ppi (points per square inch) carding cloth, able to handle the finest of fibers very well
3. Great fitting carry handle, blending brush and two dowel rods for drafting and removing the rolags.
4. Nice size rotating keel, very adjustable
It is selling for $175, and if you have been looking around, it is a good bargain for what you are getting. Thumbnail picture below, so click on it for an enlarged view.
DECEMBER 2012 - BOLGA BASKETS! These beautiful baskets are hand woven in Ghana, West Africa, where they are used as a type of shopping or market basket to carry everything you can imagine. The material is a native long grass that is first harvested and cured, then dyed, and finally tightly woven into the basket. The construction is excellent and very sturdy. The dyed goat skin wraps provide both stability and ease of use in addition to being aesthetically pleasing. They are perfect for carrying all your fibery projects, due to their close and sturdy construction. Each bag purchased, donates back to support these wonderful artisans!
Click on thumbnail image below for a larger one.
APRIL - Coned Cottolin and Euroflax yarn is here! Did you know that 22/2 Cottolin can be substituted in patterns that call for 10/2 and 8/2 cottons? Makes superior kitchen fabrics! Comes in white, cream and natural, just waiting for your color expression.
Coming in MARCH: Louet Euroflax yarn - the PERFECT yarn for all your summer knitting! ALSO - wake up WEAVERS! We have 100g coned 22/2 COTTOLIN in natural. A spectacular weaving yarn that dyes beautifully with all the ProMX dyes. Try a Cottolin warp with your handspun cotton wefts.... doesn't get any better than that!
FEB 2012 new arrivals: KNITPICKS needle sets and notions - beautiful Harmony wood, acrylic and nickel!
Got your spring knitting/spinning/weaving/felting projects lined up yet????
New fibers in the shop! Polish Merino wool - beautiful hand and a dream to spin. New colors in Merino/Silk blend tops
Well, not a whole lot of things. Cotton, cotton, cotton. Oh how I would love to get everyone spinning and using cotton! Outside of that rant, we have been playing with making felt for upholstery. It has been a wonderfully creative process. We are having another play day on Thursday, August 25. Anything can happen! Come play if you are brave enough.
Here is a photo of upholstery (click on thumbnail)
Felted chair and stools are not quite complete in this photo as the bases need to be finished (painted).
Soon to arrive - Schacht's new SIDEKICK spinning wheel! Unique portable design that spins like a production wheel!
October 2010 - Beautiful new sportweight yarn in a Polwarth and Tussah silk blend. Available in bulk skeins and ready for the dyepot. Suitable for all your projects. New shaded BFL and Tussah Silk Top, ready to spin, along with Lincoln, Gotland and new Northern Lights colors. All books are 25% off. More combs and hackles from Sunrise Metalworks.
Just arrived: A natural color blended top of BFL in white, brown and grey. Spins up into a beautiful yarn. Also new a superwash 50%merino and 50%tencel top. Great for those lustrous and drapey coat scarves. Try handpainting this one!
NEW beautiful hand made wood spindles from Sunrise Metalworks. Gorgeous wood that is perfectly weighted for spindling.
New! New shipment of great books! Some new "one skein" project books. I love these infinitely portable projects. Great for gifting. Also some new notions, stitch markers, locker hooks, brass reed and heddle hooks along with some 6 hole weaving cards.
NEW in the shop - Pre-reduced indigo dye kits. No longer do you have to work with the NaOH to reduce the indigo so that it can be dispersed! Easy to set up a 3 gallon dye pot. Kit has all you need, plus I have the pre-reduced indigo and auxiliaries in separate quantities.
NEW in the shop - Sunrise Metal Works Wool Combs. A beautifully made tool at great prices. They make wool combs, Viking style combs, petite combs, hackles and some beautiful hand spindles
NEW in the shop - BUTTONS! SHAWL STICKS! Unique handmade glass, wood, stone and horn buttons along with a great selection of shawl sticks and pins
NEW in the shop - Spinning fibers - Organic Romney carded slyver. Lots of sheen and spins like a dream, from a hand spinner's flock in Canada. A great BFL natural top, very fine and with good length. Polwarth is not easy to find, but this roving is soft as butter, and spins with excellent loft.
All books from here on out, are automatically 25% off the list price. There is just NO competing with Amazon! <G>
NEW in the shop - Ashford has some great new kits. First, a nuno scarf felting kit that includes all you need for making a nuno felted scarf. Beautiful color ways and good directions.
New to needle felting? Try one of Ashford's animal felting kits. All you need plus excellent instructions.