Not only have I started spinning I have also started to weave.
And my first scarf can now be found in my Folksy shop.
I am really looking forward in designing some lovely scarves and shawls, but also looking to using wool that I have spun myself.
My latest fleece arrived yesterday. It was exciting opening this small brown package that inflated into a large pile of wool. It is from Clun Forest sheep, so I am interested to see how I get on with it.
Hi in a previous blog I was telling you about making some dye from the outside skin of a walnut. Well I tried dying some Jacob's wool and I got this exciting black/brown colour.
I am very pleased with it.
I am really enjoying using the spinning wheel that I hired from the Guild of Spinner, Weavers and Dyers. Here is a short video clip of me in action.
I have been experimenting with mixing my wool and have found that my Lincoln Longwool is a devil and I have decided to put it to one side and use it in my needle felting.
My spun thread is lowly becoming more even.
Practice makes perfect.
I do not have a 'Niddy Noddy' yet so I am winding my wool up into balls.
I found my husband's Spear Weaving Loom that he had as a child in the back of the cupboard and thought I would have a play with it. I am very impressed with the result, considering how small the loom is. Being as I do not knit very well I am seriously thinking of getting myself a small Ashford loom.
As I sit writing this I can see fireworks lighting the sky with colour.
Quite a few were let off last night.
Our poor Jack Russell has been a bag of nerves.
I won't bore you with the details, but the Gunpowder Plot goes back to November 5th 1605 when there was a failed attempt by a group of Catholics led by Robert Catesby. Their intention was to blow up the House of Lords with King James I of England and IV of Scotland during the State opening of the Houses of Parliament in London. Guy Fawkes, who had 10 years military experience, was given charge of the explosives.
I have spent my day today sorting out my boxes of crafts in preparation of giving my Folksy site a Christmas lift.
Beetroot and me go back a long way. I have the knack at getting beetroot juice everywhere. So it was with much trepidation that I ventured to create a dye from beetroot!
It is that time of year when you begin to harvest from the garden so I took some beetroot and cooked them separately. Armed with rubber gloves and an apron I chopped them up small and simmered them for an hour. When soft I mashed them and let it cool, strained and bottled the dye ready for my next step.
I used Texel fleece. It had already been washed so I soaked it in warm water then simmered it for in an alum mordant for an hour. Then I transferred it into the dye and simmered for an hour. It was late so I decided to leave it overnight and wash it out in the morning.
It sat in the dye looking a rich red and I thought what a wonderful colour, but after rinsing the dye out I was left with a rich coppery red. I am not sure what everyone else gets, but I was impressed.
I think I will try it next time with a different wool and mordant.
I shall be hand carding it and look forward to spinning it.
And in case you wondered I managed to get beetroot up the tiled wall and the dishcloth looked a remarkable pink. At least the tiles are wipeable. The dishcloth I'm not sure about!!!!
Baa baa black sheep have you any wool? I have a love crafting, needle felting and wet felting and this weekend I had a stall at two local craft fairs.
On the Saturday I met a lady that had an old sock making machine. She prepared her own wool and made these beautiful socks. I was fascinated. We got talking and I managed to source myself through her a pair of wool carders. She told me that the local Guild of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers would be in Revesby Church on the Sunday as part of the Heritage Open Weekend.
On the Sunday I set up my stall in Revesby Hall and during a quiet moment I left my husband and walked along to the church, passed the early morning boot sale that was on the village green.
Here I met some ladies busy spinning. I talked to them about their beautiful display and I have to admit I was truly inspired. Today I have been experimenting with natural colour dyes made from plants in my garden using small batches of wool from both my washed fleeces of Texel and Lincoln Longwool. I used damsons, beetroot, eucalyptus bark, grass and nettles.
Using vinegar as a mordant I arrived with some interesting results. I used the damson on some Lincoln Longwool and I got a beautiful pink. I used beetroot on some Texel wool and got a lovely burnt orange, which somehow surprised me as I was expecting a red.. The eucalyptus bark created a lovely honey brown, but the grass & nettle was a disappointment. I don't know what went wrong because instead of a shade of green I ended up with a very nice shade of white!! I am looking for some walnuts to make a black, but the squirrels appear to have beaten me to them. So no Baa Baa Black Sheep! I have sent off for some Alum, which should arrive soon. They are now all out in the conservatory gently drying. I am hoping to get my carders this week. So do come back and see how I am getting on.
Last weekend the Boston Steam Weekend was held at Hubberts Bridge. We went on the Saturday afternoon and the sun was hot, having walked around the field looking at the machinery we sat and watched the traction engines in the arena with a well earned ice cream. There was a steam threshing machine and numerous miniature traction engines. All lovingly hand built by their owners to scale.
Further down the road there were the two big plough engines. They were magnificent as they drew the plough backwards and forwards across the field with ease. It is unbelievable that they were both over 100 years old.
Among the plough horses were this beautiful pair of Norwegian Fford ponies that are very strong and capable of pulling a plough.
Good morning as I am sitting in the sunshine cutting out and sewing the phrase 'All for one' came into my head. No I am not one of the three musketeers, but I was thinking of all the tasks that come together as one.
I recently was introduced to Thread Catcher and I thought what a wonderful idea to make matching ones to my selection of hobby/craft bags I have made. A handy little cloth bucket that collects your threads while sewing that twists down to keep them together. I am always using mine and it is ideal to take with me when I am doing craft shows etc.
My Footers are an extension of Katrina Krafts and therefore are one. They are lightweight, positional, versatile and if you have or know someone with a pressure problem. Why not give them a go.
I am proud to have designed and patented them and wouldn't be without mine.
Footers a specially designed positioning foot cushion, allowing you to position with ease and comfort, helping to alleviate pressure ulcers on the heels. Initially designed with feet in mind, but has been found useful for knees, elbows and other areas.
What a fabulous August Bank Holiday we have had this year. Lincolnshire was nearly as warm as Honalulu!
Ice creams, beach huts, sand castles, candy floss, funfairs will become memories as we look to that 'Back to School' mode.
New classroom and new teachers.
I for one had a wonderful day in Lincoln looking at the Knights and here are a couple of the many dotted around the city. The Doomsday Book, that has shared the summer at Lincoln Castle with the the Magna Carta, soon returns to London.