Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Spinning Au Natural and Dyeing for More Blue

The past week I have been spinning a little bit almost every night, and this is the result.

"Au Natural"
150 yards Polwarth Fleece

I also did more dying on Monday. The following 2 batts are from the shetland fleece that I bought on Etsy a few months ago.

Adding a bit of blue

2.25 oz Shetland Fleece

The second batt:The blue was the left over dye from the green batt

You can never have enough blue...

2.5 oz Shetland Fleece

The lovely couple:
The colors are a bit darker in real life.

I really enjoy the method that I used for these batts. I just soak the batt in water and vinegar before it goes into the pot and then just drop the color on the fleece once it's in the pot and let it work it's way through. I really enjoy the color variations that I've been getting.

Also,I haven't come up with any names yet, so if you have any suggestions, please post them in the comments section!

Monday, May 25, 2009

I dyed last week...

but then I was brought back to life to share this with you ;) hehe

"Mossy Oak"
61 yards - 2ply Shetland Fleece dyed with Food Coloring

It's hard to believe that the first picture of the Shetland fleece in the pot turned into the last yarn picture. It started out so bright, hahaha.

"Rainbow Cotton Candy"
Approx. 5 oz. Wensleydale Fleece dyed with Food Coloring

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Finally finished!

I have finally finished warping up my loom! This has been a long and arduous process because when the loom was brought to my house the warp strings were still on the back beam. Being a novice weaver (at this point I have never woven in my life, at least not on a loom, but definitely when I was a kid, with paper, to make a place mat) I just unrolled the back beam, and this created a big mess of yarn tangled amongst itself.
(This is only a fraction of the warp mess)

But, I finally stopped procrastinating and finished warping up! I am sooo happy that it is finally over and I have learned that unrolling the back beam with all that yarn on it was a bad idea.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Update: Inspiration...?

I have been working a lot lately. I'm sure you have noticed with the lack of posts. hehe... With working so much, I have lost a lot of my inspiration. I didn't realize how lucky I was to have so many great people around me at school to inspire me. Now, I have turned to the internet, as I'm sure some artists/designers do. I have pulled a few pictures that I have found, to share with you, dear readers, in hopes that it will inspire you as well.

Sources: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9

This is an amazing painting by an artist named Benini. I stumbled across it while I was looking up Rococo art on Google.

As I dive deeper in to my Textile Arts Program, I learn more about myself. Especially what I find esthetically pleasing. I didn't realize I liked floral prints and Rococo furniture SO much! lol

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Inspirational Website

I stumbled across this website when I was searching for medieval textiles. It has some beautiful pictures

Side Note: Sorry I haven't posted in awhile, I've been super busy with work. My textile arts have suffered unfortunately.


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