Saturday, September 17, 2011

Natural Dye Day

Our local weaving guild sponsored a natural dye day last week. With the guidance of Ellen Stone, who is widely known for her knowledge of natural dyes, we dyed fiber and yarn using jewelweed, cochineal , indigo, goldenrod, black walnut, rhododendron and more.

Here is a pic of my merino fiber in the cochineal dye pot. Below that is the cochineal dyed handspun merino yarn I just finished plying.

Saturday, September 03, 2011

Spinning from a center pull ball

You know how you can forget to weigh your fiber to split it evenly so you have two bobbins worth of singles to ply. Well..... it happened here at my house. Not to worry .... creating a center pull ball and using a spit splice,I am able to ply the singles into one skein.

Soon I'll have 2-3 ounces of Suri Alpaca and silk. Perhaps it will be knit up into some adornment.

I'm also enjoying some garden bounty.