Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Botancial Dyes again

The hollyhock silk scarf changed with washing!  I'll need to check out the ph of the Bronner's soap!

Here is what happened with the textured silk scarf/shawl that I redyed with sunflowers, marigolds, some hollyhocks and the daylilies can still be seen a little as blue.  I used alum to set the color with this one.


Will had some molded hollyhocks so I boiled them up and got the brown at the bottom of the scarf....this is where they dye bath penetrated.  I think it would have looked nice all the way through.  You can see where the strings were that I tied it to the pvc pipe....they resisted as did some of the willow leaves.


Saturday, August 9, 2014

Botanical Printing

Well...I'm learning.  I think I need to process them longer for better color and I have a few things to learn.  These are silk scarves using the "black" or dark pink hollyhocks and I tried using willow leaves.  The hollyhocks leave a lot of color! The yellow is the pollen from the center of the flower.  The willow leaves really didn't do anything...need to learn how to get them to release their color.


Here are the bundles wrapped and in the steamer







Wednesday, June 11, 2014

New Shawls

These shawls are made with a variety of yarns that add a lot of color and texture.  The rayon chenille adds a lot of softness .  I'm playing with something called differential shrinkage to shape the shawl from the woven fabric.

The first one is a large shawl, very roomy and will work for a larger person or wrap a smaller to keep real warm.





This is a smaller shawl and has some added texture because of the angora yarn used.


I'm really seeing how my messy studio is in these photos!!!


Monday, February 17, 2014

Handspun knit shawl

The Vulpix is a scarf designed by Stephen West of West Knits.  I knit this using handspun tussah silk and a silk/merino top dyed by Red Fish.  Just thought I'd share.


Monday, January 27, 2014

Wool Colonial Rag Rug

I've been making these rugs for quite a while...taught to me by my good friend Sarah Noggle.  We strip the wool and add the Shaker Chevron for embellishment.  The warp is cotton rug warp and it's doubled. They are machine washable and can be dried, but I usually hang them to dry. They last really well. I make these on my really heavy duty loom called a Cranbrook.  We weighted the beater to make sure it gets beat tightly and I don't have to bang the  @#%^&*! out of it.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Entrelac Tam

I became obsessed with learning to knit Entrelac just recently.  It's been a goal for quite a while, so when Kathryn Alexander put out a video I knew this was the time.  She's a really good teacher.  She has so much to teach and talks so fast...you pause the video.  But her directions are clear and here are the results.
This is the first sample

Sampler using the new techniques of making a box and points

The finished Tam!!  Using all handspun yarn some are hand dyed with natural dyes.