Sunday, October 9, 2011
The yarn samples above are from Finian's fleece dyed with marigold with alum as a mordant. I ran the locks through my drum carder just once. The staple length is so long that it barely worked to card it that way. I was trying to decide between a 2 ply and a 3 ply yarn. I'm going with the 3 ply and plan spin a whole skein now.
Saturday, October 8, 2011
Sunday, October 2, 2011
This weekend I got out the old dyeing pots and some natural dye stuff that I've been storing. I used the Shetland that I washed in a washing machine a few months back. It's still stinky so I figured dyeing it will at least change the smell---hopefully for the better. I used Alum for the mordant for all of the colors above. The dye materials consist of logwood, madder, marigold, cutch, and red onion skins. As I spin this fiber I will label it so you can see which dye stuff I used for the individual color. For now it's all drying on the deck while the next batch is on the stove.
This one skein took all week to spin. It's the Polypay I mentioned in a previous post. I flick-carded the locks then spun right off the little individual pieces. It's a two-ply. I want to dye it and make something lacy, but I really don't have a project in mind.