Wednesday, 21 August 2013
dye, spin, weave
This summer I have shared with you my new drawing and painting - but I have also been busy with craftier ideas too..... Above are some of the small weaving projects that have been created in recent weeks.
As you may know I have had a long interest in natural dyes. It seems they are very popular at the moment and I am pleased to see this. I started to experiment with plant-based dyes about fifteen years ago. My first experiments involved onion skins and plants from the garden that I owned at that time. It was a big learning curve and my knowledge has increased, but the delightful thing about natural dyes is there is always something new to try and results are rarely uniform.
Several years ago I taught myself to spin using a spindle - again a journey of trial and error and now I can spin yarn that is good for knitting or weaving. I particularly enjoy weaving with my handspun yarn as I tend to make smaller skeins. And a little yarn can make an interesting stripe or three.
I have also used my handspun yarn for making pom-poms and tassles and for different kinds of embroidery. It's useful and I love the warm, sweet shades.
My smaller weaving projects have become little lavender-filled pillows. They are keepsakes and practical too.
The little pillows are not for sale. However, in the future I may offer small skeins of my handspun yarn, perhaps in sample packs of different colours - so that you can also have a go at making your own small project. I might also write up some instructions on how to make a very simple loom using an old picture frame....