Thursday, 24 September 2015


And here it is...

The first piece from the new loom.  The process worked well and the Ashford you-tube tutorials on warping were excellent.  It was interesting to see the differences in texture produced by the different wools.  Both were hand spun from my own dyed fibres, one in Wensleydale and the other Merino.  The Wensleydale (dark blue) was bouncier and compacted less though the feel is stronger and smoother.  The Merino on the other hand (the variegated stripes) compacts down more (about 1/8th of an inch over 12 inches) and has less of a subtle sheen.

Now to pair it with some leather and well maybe even lace!?!

Saturday, 19 September 2015

a warped sense of humour...

...Is needed when trying to warp a loom, especially for the first time.  Well it's been a long time anyway, at least 38 years or so.

I've been given this lovely little 4 shaft table loom and so have been spending a little time renovating the wood and the heddle strings.  The new Reed arrived the other day, and my lovely father built me a warping frame.  So for the last few evenings I've been spinning and dyeing some Wensleydale fleece into yarn strong enough to use for a warp.

Monday, 13 July 2015

... and finally! Naturally...

The jumper is DONE!  Yay.  Thanks Mum for all that knitting :D
North Country Cheviot Hog dyed with natural dyes, spun up as a heavy "4ply" weight, navajo plyed.

Sunday, 12 July 2015

be(e)have normally

It's good to see in this dreary summer that the honey bees are still around to visit the garden.  I do worry for our crops this year with such unseasonal cold and wet.  The hay production (if it can happen at all) will be really down unless we're blessed with an indian summer in the next few months.

I had hoped to get some outside solar dyeing on the go but it's just not been consistently warm enough.  Meanwhile I'm still spinning with some ideas for weaving fabric for a jacket to follow.  Finally I think I've spun enough of the natural dyed fleece for the stripy jumper (pics soon).

Hope you're finding loads of enjoyable creative things to do this summer xxx

Friday, 12 June 2015

a little turquoise

A little turquoise always cheers me up.  Needing some new textured yarn for my cards I spun up some lovely tussah silk with a little merino and hand dyed it with the new acid dyes that I'd bought from Kemtex.  I do like their dyes... firstly they're from yorkshire ;)  always a plus, and secondly good results with inexpensive prices.  Up until now I've used the procion mx dyes which can be used on animal or plant fibres, but I opted for the specific acid dyes to try and achieve brighter colours on the wools and silks for my new weaving project... more of that later, but here's the turquoise to be going on with :D

Love and light x