Wednesday, 24 July 2013

Handwoven Cuffs

Making Handwoven Cuffs

 I'm in my sewing room today busy making up some new cuffs. Here are a few.

 My sewing room.
 Woven bits of material  ready and waiting to be made-up into more cuffs.
Spinning Tip.
Here's a good tip on how to hold your yarn in place on your spinning wheel. I use a velcro circle, and when I'm done spinning the yarn gets placed here.

Sunday, 21 July 2013

Wednesday, 17 July 2013

Dye Day

Dye Day

 Getting ready.

 Soaked yarn in water and a bit of soap overnight.

 Getting pans on the stove.

 Getting dye ready.

 Using food colouring dyes and vinegar as a mordant.

 Combining Red and Blue to give me a purple.

 Shades of green.

 Red and Yellow for my orange.

The last 2 pans of straight red and blue.

Tuesday, 9 July 2013

Thrummed Headbands

Thrummed Headbands

These are hand spun, hand dyed, thrummed headbands spun from my flock of sheep.
I used the natural coloured fleece to make the thrums in the headbands. These are wonderful for walking the dog, or just plain walking . I've had customers from Japan buy them to wear for golfing in the early cool mornings. 

Thursday, 4 July 2013

Needle Felting

Needle Felted Dryer Balls

This is an old fleece that I had laying around, and I didn't know what to do with it. It had been washed and carded by a friend, but didn't turn out as I would have liked so I procrastinated and wasn't happy with the spinning result of it. Finally, I decided to make dryer balls. I chose to needle felt the balls so they are quite packed and firm. I then put the balls into nylon knee-highs, one at a time and tied a knot until I filled the stockings. I then placed them in a mesh bag and into the washer using the hot water cycle to felt them. Then into the dryer. I now have my own dryer balls.