Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Baa Baa Black Sheep

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.

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