I cannot believe that my Spring and Summer Classes are only about a month away! I am still running a few experiments on how to dye my fiber to the best advantage and teach at the same time. It occurred to me this morning I can look at St. Vincent De Paul’s to see if they have any cheap crock-pots, I’m hoping for under $5 and 6 crocks. If not, well I have enough pans for the pan dyeing and can use my stockpots for the pot dyeing. If I manage to get what I want then I can do the pot dyeing right in the room, so I’ll keep my fingers crossed and hope.
As for what I am doing for my own crafting, I have my loom over half warped so I hope to be threading the heddles sometime in the next week or so. I have a guild meeting this Friday, so I have to pay my dues and sign up for the lace weaving project. Then purchase supplies for the lace weaving project, lol. My spinning is going well, right now I have spun a sample of the Perendale that I bought from Camaj Fiber Arts. It was a bit rough spinning, the unfinished sample was a very sturdy and shiny yarn. I have a 45 yard skein washed and drying. It will be very interesting to see how it looks when knitted and crocheted. I almost plied it as a 3 ply, but decided to be more consistent with my sampling. I have also spun up my sample of “The Oncoming Storm” given to me by Hipstrings when I bought my spindle and their Dr. Who Merino Pack. I really like how the yarn turned out it is about 15 yards of a 3 ply yarn that is currently washed and drying. I cannot wait to see how that will turn out! On a slightly different note, while most of my samples are spun up on my Schacht Ladybug with my Bulky Woolee Winder I have decided to give spinning some of the ‘Vegan’ Fibers, bought from Camaj Fiber Arts a year ago, a try on the drop spindles I have for my students. Right now I have some TriLobal Nylon on my spindle and I cannot wait to finish this sample and ply it, it is so thin and sparkly.
On a related, but slightly different note, the Akerworks Company has decided to create a bobbin for the Bulky Flyer WooleeWinder for the Schacht Brand wheels and they are looking for test spinners. I have put my hat in the ring, and I have my fingers crossed. At heart I am a bargain hound, so I have been coveting some of the items from Akerworks, in addition to a couple more bobbins for my WooleeWinder. Whichever one has a good deal first is where I am probably going to put my money. Admittedly, if I get a couple grand and already have my 16 shaft loom, then I will probably get the electric wheel from WooleeWinder. Oh well, so many more crafts to play with before I worry about that. Besides, I have an electric eel wheel on the way from the kickstarter! Admittedly, I think I was 500 or 700 in line so it will be a little while but he did send out an update that the first 100 were being assembled and ready to go out in a week or so! Very exciting!
I cannot, for the life of me, believe that summer is OVER! It seems like summer just began and here I am looking at my last Wooly Wednesday Class Tomorrow! We are starting up “Fall Crafting” next Monday during the afternoon but this still seems like the end of an era.
Wooly Wednesday’s could not have gone better if I had tried. I do have some plans for how to modify these classes for the spring and summer in 2018 so that they are more comprehensive, don’t rush my students as much, and cover more students and class time for the same amount of supplies (my boss will like that one).
LOOK AT ALL OF THE COOL STUFF MY LADIES CREATED THIS SUMMER!!!!!
This summer of Crafting ROCKED, so did my Wooly Wednesday Ladies. I hope to see you this fall, I miss you already!
My First Dyeing class was a runaway success. The techniques and materials were simple enough that the students had no problems following along. Everyone’s wool turned out bright and beautiful, the results were phenomenal. I hope that every class is as enthusiastic, cheerful, and helpful. The questions being asked proved that the patrons were there to learn. I am so excited for the rest of the Classes. Dyeing Wool Handout contains the methods that I taught to dye fibers easily using materials found in a kitchen. There are a million other ways to dye fiber, so do not take this as gospel.
For the first class I am teaching in June, 2 hours long, I hope to mention how eco-friendly wool is (sheep are not harmed in shearing); and cover some aspects of color theory while emphasizing that this is only the beginning of our wool journey not the end by any stretch of the imagination. Since I am also planning on the students dyeing some wool and having a blast this is a lot to cover in just 2 hours. A lot of preparation has gone into this class, so wish me luck!
I, very happily, carded a couple of batts from the fiber I dyed. I have named the Pink Batt ‘Stormy day in a rose garden’ while the other batt is ‘Sunrise’. Both batts are entirely compromised of wool. Stormy Day was carded once while Sunrise was carded twice. I love the look of each batt. I am planning on spinning the batts and wet felting small portions of each. I will show off my progress as they are completed.
I had an absolute blast with my leftover Easter Egg Dye! Since there was so much color left over in the cups I decided to use that water to dye some fiber. My black turned out phenomenal and the others gave me such beautiful marbled effects. I am very pleased with how everything turned out. The eggs turned out well too, you can see the black one next to its corresponding fiber. I had such a blast, Happy Easter!
I am having so much fun with dying techniques! These are my first 4 attempts at dyeing with depth, using more than one color before putting in my main color so that the main color stands out more than it would have. The first two braids, that I think of as Crows and Ravens are red & blue with black as the main color. The reds and blues struck the fiber more than I thought they would leaving little room for the black to attach, I think I will have to use less of the first two and perhaps a professional black if I want to try this again. The yellow is a light yellow overdyed with a stronger golden yellow. I like the effect, it gives the yellows some depth without muddying things up too much. The reds were an interesting experiment, between my cake frosting dyes, and my regular dyes I had about 3-4 shades of red/pink. So I used all of them, the end result was supposed to be a strong red with pink undertones/depth. Things didn’t seem to be working too well until I remembered a piece of advice where they said to use a contrasting color to emphasize the main color, so with a hope and a prayer I put in a drop of blue. Much to my shock the red started to pop and the overall effect is that the colors deepened quite a bit.
I am very happy with these results and look forward to my next dyeing day!