Saturday, 28 January 2012

Colouring My World

At this time of the year, I get a craving for colour. It's a great time to play in the dye pots.
Dying cotton, is becoming a bit of an obsession. This batch is better than the first but I'm not quite there yet.  I've noticed that the sliver compacts more with some colours than others. The blue came out really fluffy, while the red was a little more compacted.  I don't think I'm doing anything different.  I'll have to pay more attention with the next batch.
Cotton sliver on the Majacraft Little Gem
I do love the saturated colours and the sliver still spins nicely on my spindles and wheel.  I haven't tried it on the charkha yet.

Thursday, 26 January 2012

Cotton

EcoButterfly Organic cotton
Oh how I love spinning cotton.  At first, like anything else, cotton was frustrating. 
Samples of hand dyed cotton sliver
 Sometimes, things just take a little more time and patience, but it's totally worth it. 

Tuesday, 24 January 2012

Playing

This post is a bit of a mixed bag. I've just been playing with my spinning and dying.

Ashford Merino/Silk, core yarn: Black 2/120 Silk thread
I've created a few accidental boucle yarns, but this was my first intentional one.

Cotton is one of my favourite fibres to spin.  While there are a lot of people dying other fibers, it is really difficult to find hand dyed cotton sliver.  I had a lot of problems the first time I tried to dye cotton sliver.  The dye would not penetrate and I ended up really compacting it.  Luckily, you don't have to worry about felting and I didn't mind carding the cotton into punis. This time I was way more successful. While the sliver still looks a bit messy, it isn't compacted.


There was dye left over so I dyed some bamboo. 
Happy crafting.

Tuesday, 10 January 2012

Project Planning

 The double weave scarf was very well received.  It was a fun and fast weave and I plan to put a longer warp on to weave some more.  These will be out of silk.
 
This year I really want to use more of my hand-spun.  I do a lot of sampling and these little bits are starting to add up.
These assorted merino, merino/silk, silk/camel yarns, will become some sort of "scrappy" sweater. The best part is that I can always spin more, so there is no worries about running out of yarn.

Colour gamp from 60/40 Cotton/linen for hand/tea towels.  I haven't decided on the pattern yet.
Now that the looms are empty again, I need to get busy.

Sunday, 1 January 2012

Crafting in 2012

Happy New Year!

Yes, I know it's been a while since I last posted.  When, you're a one woman show, somethimes you just can't get to everything.  Even with the best of intentions, blogging often ended up at the bottom of the "to-do" list.   I'm making a fresh start for 2012.
 
I have several goal for 2012, in addition to blogging more. I've always been an extremely multi-craftual (not sure if that's even a word) person. I learned to crochet, knit and sew at an early age, and am interested in a lot of textile related activities. While this is a good thing, it can be really difficult to focus on one thing for any length of time. I've been thinking a lot about setting limits and how those limits affect creativity. Interesting ideas are constantly popping into my head, but very few of them ever come to fruition; primarily because of my lack of focus. It's become clear that I really need some limits in order to be more productive. Enforcing limits on my creative activities, will be difficult.  I felt way too scattered last year so I'm committed to working this way for 2012.     

I couldn't end a post without pictures. So to that end, here are a few picture of the techniques that I'll be focusing on for 2012.

 Tunisian Crochet, entrelac, using hand dyed/hand spun silk


Double weave, 4-block overshot.  Warp: Jaggerspun Zephyr (2/18 50/50 wool/silk)and 10/2 UKI Mercerised Cotton. Weft: 20/2 UKI Mercerised Cotton
 
Hand spun, organic colour-grown cotton.  These were spun using spindle, and wheels, and my book charkha.

I wish you all, happy crafting and success in all your creative activities for 2012.