Hello, today I am sharing more of my spinning fibres experiments. This time they are more experimental materials for me. I have no clue what I could or will use the silk noil for. I think I will probably weave with it, but made into what I am still unsure of. I would also have to spin a lot to be able to weave anything worthwhile with it. The other material is a blend, it is sold as US Grade A Top and I only bought one half pound bag. I like the blend but I am afraid I won’t have enough for any large projects, so perhaps socks. But enough about what I am thinking about making out of the wools and more about their qualities and what it was like to spin with them.
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Hello, in my last blog post I talked briefly about how for the last three years my garden has had the main focus of growing flowers for their dye results. I tested almost every flower in my garden, but especially the ones that were deep colours, and I have had some spectacular results as well as a lot of underwhelming ones. And I think I have come to a point where I can dial back the frantic obsession of trying every plant in my gardens dye potential as well as only buying plants that have intense colours for their dye potential.
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Hello, today I am coming back at you with three new fibres I have spun with. I consider the cashmere the highlight of this post as it is luxurious and fancy, and the others are different versions of alpaca wool that I have already written about in a post. Although I will admit that the difference are bigger than you think they would be.
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Have you ever found it confusing to know the differences between the many types of wools? I know I have, I didn’t know the difference between Merino and Mohair to begin with. I just knew they both came from animals.
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Hello everyone! Today is a bit of a different post but it is something I think is important for me to share. The purpose of this post is to share an embroidery piece that I made and have dedicated to the prairies as a sort of gift to the Canadian prairies. The prairies is something that I feel very close to (as you can see if you read my poem artist statement) and that is what this piece, The Plains and The Sames is conveying. Please enjoy!
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Hello everyone, I know this is a bit out of season but the other day I finally finished the winter coat that I started last winter. I thought that winter is coming and once school starts up again I won’t have time to finish it until the winter break and I need a coat before winter starts, etc. Anyways I basically finished my winter coat in August because I’ll be too busy to finish it before winter starts. The coat itself was inspired by coats of the Edwardian era as far as shape goes, however I did make some modern changes to the pattern. Like shortening it to be more practical for myself and dyeing the fabric a colour that appeals to my taste more than the dark colours of the era.
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Hello everyone, today I am sharing my second round of dye samples this year. This time I tested a couple of different techniques and mainly dried goods. I also decided to test some larger pieces of fabric as in the tests I did I wanted to be able to see more surface effects than smooth even dyeing.
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