Michelle Stirling has been experimenting with eco dyeing for some time now, and has produced some very interesting fabrics and art work (see pictures below). She is involved in a project on Facebook called “earth signature bundle”, and invites anyone who wishes to join in. Send your results, or questions, to Michelle via Facebook, or through this web site. Here … Read More
Another good day, with 30 plus people attending, and a shared lunch. Most people were spinning; Sheila had brought along a book charka to spin cotton. Click on the pictures to see more detail. The focus of the day though was the Guild challenge. This started at the September meeting, when those participating had been asked to bring 100 gms … Read More
Aileen wove this on a 24 inch (60 cm) rigid heddle loom, stitched lengths together to get the width she needed, and backed it with hessian. The yarn is rug wool from Kincraig at Brora. As Aileen says, it just shows what can be achieved on the simplest small loom.
Last year Michelle made herself a Dealgan (scottish drop spindle). I wonder how she’s getting on with it.
Aileen sent this a wee while back… Sorry for the delay in posting it up Aileen. She writes “The length of cloth is ten foot long, wool. The weft is hand spun and hand dyed (not by me) all done on a 7.5 dent. I’m afraid it took ages!”
Inspired by an evening sky of dark purple clouds caught with the dying embers of the sun over the Cromarty firth, I decided to dye, spin and weave a new fabric. Scarf size is a nice sized project… long enough to be useful but not taking an age to work up. As I’m spinning my own yarn that is the … Read More
Michelle is finally back on t’internet and has pulled herself away from doing “hubble bubble” in the garden to send us a lovely shot of her newly dyed fibre. Who would have thought that cow parsley could be so vibrant (after an post dyeing alum modification). Michelle has also sent a picture of her Dealgan, which is something I’ve been … Read More
Here are Sarah Grant and Sue Varley displaying their creations. Sarah’s jacket is spun and woven and has extensions in matching felt. Sue’s jacket is spun from tops and knitted. Both are stunning!
Spring has sprung and, like the urge to eat fresh salads, I just had to do something lighter than my normal “dark and interesting” aubergine and plum colours. I bought a kilo of creamy white cotton chenille from ebay with the thought of being able to dye it but it’s so soft and velvety just as it is that I … Read More
Aileen writes: “This weave is 18 inches wide and 3 yards long. Done on my RH loom with a 7.5 dent reed and fulled to a nice skirt weight. The pale lilac is Rennies Shetland and the purple is Merino. It took a long time, and there is a mistake!”
Catherine has been putting her time spent ill to very good use ! “This is my project since the dark days of January. A 5 ” wide warp, using a threading for my four shafts that I saw Theo Wright using for his scarves. He’s a professional weaver who is also a lover of data and mathematics (like Cally Booker, … Read More
Mary Paren has been very busy and kindly sent in some photo’s of her recently completed projects. The jacket is “…spun from a Wingham Wool merino blend called Silsden and plied with some black thread for a core.” The weaving is an intriguing visual effect which Mary worked out by turning the design for a more complicated warp set up … Read More
It was lovely to have Aileen over last week. We tackled some over dyeing of “horrid” yarn, which was actually an ok Terracotta if that’s a colour you like, and some extra colours on some “string” as my husband called it. It was actually dishcloth cotton but let’s not split hairs! So the one dye covered two base colours and … Read More
These pictures are all of a dyeing day at Serena’s earlier this year. We were using madder and lichen; Serena’s special one. Mary Paren
I enjoy seeing what everyone has been up to and I think that you must too so, under a little pressure from Aileen (who wishes not to be the only one seeming to share anymore) I’m adding my scarf to our Members Projects. If anyone else would like to contribute (and I know there are wonderful things being made out … Read More
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