Dyeing

How I Dye, Part 2

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

Dyeing

How I Dye, Part 1

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

Spinning, Weaving

Weaving Handbags

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

Felting

Nuno Felting Using Silk Hankies/Mawata

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  

Knitting, Spinning, Weaving

Balling Yarn

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.

Spinning

Neat Tutorial for Using Art Yarn from Fibery Goodness

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.