The season continues and now I am using the fibers I recently dyed, so that i can make room for more..it's getting a little thick around here with fiber, vars, dryers and spinning and felting...or like i prefer to call it "high fiber diet":))
Saturday, November 2, 2013
Friday, November 1, 2013
It's my best guess so far and giving wonderful colours...very generous with giving up colour, the silver grey is on alum mordanted mohair, no additives, and the bronze green is on alum mordanted wensleydale locks and mohair, with ammonia....loving both colours and the exhaipust was a soft beige
Monday, October 7, 2013
Mushrooms, polypores, and more...the season continues to give up a bounty of dyeing supplies, love mother nature and her generosity. I have been processing the bounty of last week for the past three days, and now the fibres are being labeled and trying to keep them all straight ..which is not an easy job when you have about ten different vats on the go... But. Think I have them all sorted and really appreciate having premordanted fibers to test with. I mordanted some commercially spun wool with, alum, another with iron and one undpmordanted. I keep the three yarns in separate bags and when I want to test a dye bath I put one knot in the end of one six inch piece of alum mordanted wool, two knots in a similar length of iron mordant, and no knots in the unmordanted and then I just tie the three together and put in the pot as a tester, the. I can cut pieces of this to put in an after mordant bath or akaline and acid, and that way I can see the results without using a whole skein of fiber...it is a traditional way of testing and one which I so like having on hand.
Now the fibers are all put to rest I shall post pics of the results..
Wednesday, October 2, 2013
Friday, September 27, 2013
Well back from a two four day trip to Salt Spring Island, where
The first international Canadian event was held, with workshops, art shows, fashion shows and amazing teachers and students all magically put together by Fiona Duthie of Salt Spring, who did an amazing job for us all. I so appreciate whAt she has done, and the energy and vitality she brought to the event. I got a chance to meet and tLk to many felters I have admired over the years and followed their work and their process and to meet them in person was a treat. I went for a two day workshop with Marjolein Dallinga, which was a wonderful experience in itself.
I have been a big fan of her work for many years and this was the first affordable opportunity to work under her and work we did. the class was composed of ten folks who all were felters of varying experience and she worked us hard and thoroughly...and long days with great results. It was a great all round experience and a pleasure to be a small of it all...apparently I went for only really sunny days and now home with a fire and rain, and a head full of new ideas and new techniques. I was so pleased to meet Fiona in person, as she is an incredibly sweet open woman with great energy and it was an amazing feat to pull this off with such grace and humour, we could hear her laughing and teaching and
I was so impressed.
I hadn't been to Salt Spring since 1974 so many changes, much busier and still a beautiful island...and I managed to gather dyeing mushrooms while there, and eucalyptus of many varities
Below isa piece by Marjolein, and the owl was done by a man who lives on Salt Spring and I am sorry but I don't remember his name, but it was. Wonderful life size piece....all in all I had a great time and learned a lot about teaching felting and many new felt tricks....a humbling and gratifying adventure!
Wednesday, September 4, 2013
Just fell in love with the smoke from the smoke bush....did try this earlier but did not get these results, and now am thrilled with their crackling effect. summer is winding down and the mArkets arts are one day a week so feel I have lots of time to harvest and work....of course, that is a myth...I seem to have si o many things I want to do and never enough time....sleep certainly cuts into my work play time!,,lol
dyed with goldenrod and with walnut and am gathering for the next blanket.....did more coreopsis and read a great post on fb about working with the naturals macrobiotic-ally, those found in your own backyard, as too many of the other sought after dyes are wracking havoc on their eco systems, not news really but brazilwood is a good example, as it is harvested from the heartwood of the tree thus being heartless it can't survive....not sustainable at all....so waiting for the shrooms to show and I know they are waiting to spring forth...