In the last post, I talked about preparing dye stock to use for hand painting. In this post, we’ll discuss hand painting yarn. The very same process is used for hand painting top or roving from animal fibers (wool, alpaca, angora, mohair, etc.) and silk. You need a different type of dye for plant fibers… Read More How I Dye, Part 2
I spent most of the day dyeing yarn and silk chiffon scarves. I had such a great time. Dyeing is a pretty intensive process, so my husband and I had planned for him to take the youngest children so I could focus on what I was doing, and it was great! If you are wondering… Read More How I Dye, Part 1
I mentioned in my last post that I’m working on making some handbags in collaboration with a friend. Today I wanted to talk to you about fulling the fabric in a front-loading washing machine, which is something I had a lot of trouble finding instructions for. Hopefully I can save you the trouble. I warped… Read More Fulling Cloth in a Front-Loading Washing Machine
I’m working with a friend to create a new line of handspun, handwoven handbags. I’ll be doing the spinning and weaving, and my friend will be doing the sewing, putting the handbags together. I warped my rigid heddle loom at 10 ends per inch. The warp yarn is a commercially spun wool yarn that came… Read More Weaving Handbags
I wanted to point out this great tutorial on Ashland Bay’s website for using silk hankies (the kind you can spin with) and a bit of wool to make nuno felted scarves. Everything you need for this can be found in my shop. Ashland Bay Nuno Felted Scarves
I just found this on Youtube and thought it was brilliant. I usually use a cake ball winder, but if you don’t have one or want something that might be even faster, here it is. The video starts with a kitchen hand mixer, but she also shows an option with a drill near the end.
I have been an admirer of the work of Suzy Brown of WoolWench for a number of years. She just posted a really cool and easy tutorial for creating a scarf, shawl, or anything really using art yarn and some basic sewing skills. No knitting, felting, crocheting, or weaving required. Take a look here.
I just wanted to let you know about something new in my shop. I already offer a rainbow of merino top and bamboo top in my shop in small 2-ounce organza bags that make it easy to get lots of colors without needing to invest a lot, but I just added a new listing especially… Read More Felter’s Delight Fiber Set
I just discovered a great tutorial series on nuno felting by Terri Pike. Here are the videos on nuno felting: And here’s another one on different types of add-ins you can use in felt:
If you love all the wonderful colors of silk hankies and would love to knit or crochet with them but you don’t spin, here’s a great tutorial on how to knit directly from them: