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Seams and Scissors

September 14, 2009

Marian, I got my Wild Fibres from PM Woolcraft, it is not being sold in newsagents, only if I subscribe – which I did with them. It is the same company which sells eg. natural dyes… Talking about them, you might like to check Sheep thrills yarn blog written by Cedar who dyes her spun yarn with natural dyes. You are in for some eye candy!

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As I work on the patchwork wrap I keep thinking about scissors versus felt, seams versus seamless… How do you feel about cutting handmade felt?

scissors b

prefelt b

prefelt 2b

Seamstress in me says purpuse justifies the means, felter in me thinks, maybe, there is a way how to do it seamless. Seamstress sees handmade felt as one of many fabrics a garment could be made of, felter tries to combine wool tops with other materials to achieve just the right properties of that fabric for the garment in mind…

What do you think? How do you feel about scissors and felt?

 

Fri-day (is it from free-day???)

September 11, 2009

I have been a good houswife today, filling the cooking pots, emptying laundry bin, even my neigbour Lexi was all surprised from all that non-fibre related motion in the kitchen…

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Now (9 pm) starts the creative part of the day, I will do this

crochet b

 Mitsy, I haven’t put away my crochet hook! I bought two more books ( you see how I associate success with books and tools :) and started from the scratch, learning all what those abbreviations mean and reading diagrams. I have enojoyed crocheting so very much! These little squares (1-2 inch) are from the book Crochet Motifs, it is about crocheting mostly geometric shapes. Another on the blocks is 200 Crochet Blocks for Blankets, Throws and Afghans. I am sure there is plenty of this on-line too, I just couldn’t resist… 

And this  came in the post today: about silk trade in India, Mehmet Girgic the feltmaker, Lecester Longwools….

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Have a good weekend, the weather forecast looks promising!

Summer Summary

September 10, 2009
Thank you for all your lovely comments! This is what I have made over, well past few months really. Just to summarize…
Silk, Linen and Merino Nunofelted Scarf
Silk, Linen and Merino Nunofelted Scarf
Silk, Linen and Merino Nunofelted Scarf

Silk, Linen and Merino Nunofelted Scarf

Charcoal  Collar
Charcoal Collar
Navy Blue Felted Skirt
Navy Blue Felted Skirt

 Chunky Wrap

Chunky Wrap
Textured Light Honey Wrap

Textured Light Honey Wrap

Textured White Wrap

Textured White Wrap

September 9, 2009

Thank you everyone for the comments you left here! So you really come and read this?! :) I always think, there are soooo many blogs these days, so many of us who write…, is there anyone having time to read at all? I am going to keep you busy – I hope to post everyday – that is everyday when I have managed to do something creative :).

Fiona, it is comforting to know that you have similar experience with Procion dyes. With wool and silk I was used to having clear water after the dyeing is finished, with procion I could dye and dye getting paler and paler shades…. Will need to do some reading on this, Ruth Issett has written book on this.

Doda,  I am very well, thank you! And I have got an invitation for you and anybody close enough to come to the Beginners Feltmaking workshop organized by the Hihland Feltmaker’s Group. It is on September 26th, Saturday in Dingwall. There is more info about it here.

Marian, you are very close to it. I start seeing patches and squares everywhere now, have been thinking about making some clothes from fabric remnants I have had for ages…. but today I did this:

tissue pattern 1b

thinking, as you Fiona do, how to make something big in a small space I have available…

tissue pattern 2b

glueing, cutting, more cutting and then glueing. I remember one lady saying how weird patchwork is, you buy a fabric, cut it into pieces and then have to sew all of them again…mmm

And then I carded

carding 1b

hoorey, let’s play!

carding 2b

carding 4b

scarlet, violet and red dyed merino + scarlet dyed tencel

carding 6b

I use bamboo placemat to get the fibres from the carder. Roll in and then reroll, saw it on YouTube.

carding 8b

Finished. 100 gms in one hour. I measured the time today to see if carding is time consuming or if I just think so… still not sure, but feel more positive, especially when I see the results.

Fiona, I am using Louet carder, the wider one. But as I bought it second hand from Joni  I don’t know for what type of wool it is made – if for coarser or finer or what the market has to offer these days.

Today, also, my first hand spindle arrived! A year ago I never thought of spinning. Then I bought some wool and discovered that it is superwash = chemically treated so that it would NOT felt (thank you very much!). I mean A LOT of wool in different thickness. OK, I thought, I will try to sell it ( you can find it in my SoftFibre etsy shop). But I also thought, maybe, it is time to learn spinning…. Then in June I saw the book Intertwined and I was sure it IS time  to learn spinning, but didn’t feel ready to buy the wheel… until someone suggested to buy a spindle. Of course! So I did and it is here

spindle b

and apart from the spindle, atumn is here too! Look what I have found on the way back from the nursery…

autumn b

in two free hours

September 8, 2009

More dyeing today, cotton with Procion MX dyes, don’t like that the dye is not fully exhausted and rinsing takes forever – or am I doing something wrong?

more dyeing

and more patchwork notes – in patchwork shapes I later noticed. :) I might need a break.

patchwork notes

today

September 7, 2009

I was working with the theme “patchwork”. It has been on my mind for quite some time, back in July I made one mufler

patchwork scarf 1b

 but only after I was asked to make a patchwork wrap I sat down and gave it some thought….

So here I am –  looking for the ways how to interprete patchwork in felt

designing b

and dyeing some silks and cottons

dyeing b

dyeing 2b

You are right, either carding, or dyeing – such a good fun!

Carder

September 6, 2009

I promised in my previous post to tell you more about the scarf I am wearing and it has got something to do with carding. I bought a drum carder when I started to dye with natural dyes. Since the wool has to sit in the water for much longer than when dyeing with synthetic dyes it felted more and I had to card it to make it usable. But then I learned to dye without the wool getting felted (just watching the temperature carefully and increasing it very slowly…), I stoped using the carder. I knew I could use it to blend fibres or colours, but thought I can achieve similar results just by pulling tufts of several colors/different fibres at the same time.

I got very inspired when I saw this picture  on Flickr by  Julie from JSchubertDesigns. Only then I started to understand full potential of a carder. So I dusted mine and started blending. First in white for texture (merino with silks – nepps, cocoons, silk tops…) and then colours.

carding b1

 

carding b2

I found a bag of merino full of small bits of all possible colours which I used when felting with children. I thought what if I just card all this colours together. So I did and then used some of the fibre for making this scarf. Such sublte variations in colours I would never achieve had I just pulled these fibres at the same time. I am quiet excited about new possibilities (although I must admit rather time consuming as  carding is).

mamkin b

And yes, Mitsy, Marian and Penny – you are right in your comments to the last post, thanks to blogging/posting pics we sparkle each other’s creativity and venture into directions we might have never thought of (oh, that sounds very book-like :), I just wanted to say I will give the blogging another go :). Have a good and creative week!

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