Well, I’ve finally finished spinning up my experimental madder dyed roving and thought you might like to see…
I’m pleased with how it’s turned out – I wanted a sort of semi-solid effect with subtle colour shifts and I think that’s pretty much what I got.
In between ‘play dates’, cake baking (it’s someone special’s birthday party tomorrow) and jam-making, I also squeezed in a spot more dyeing. This time I used sanderswood and oak galls and ended up with this….
Again, a subtle colour but really rather lovely. One of the things I love about natural dyeing is how all the colours seem to compliment each other so well. See:
Some of these you’ve seen before but, in case you need a reminder, from left to right we have:
nettle, oak galls plus sanderswood, acacia gum first dyebath, acacia gum exhaust, experimental madder, madder.
I love this picture – it makes me feel immensely proud. As well as being dyed by me, all the skeins except the sanderswood one were handspun by me. It makes me realise how far I’ve come with the whole spininng and dyeing lark…. which brings me on to an Annoucement …… drumroll please….. I’ve just booked a place at a craft fair – my first as a spinner/dyer/crocheter – so I’m excited and nervous in equal measure. The fair I’ve booked isn’t until the autumn so that should give me plenty of time to build up some stock. Although rather apprehensive as to whether my stuff is good enough to sell, I’m really keen to get back into the whole craft fair ‘scene’. I did a few fairs pre-baby (selling papercrafts) and I really loved getting to meet customers face-to-face – online selling certainly has it’s advantages but I get a real buzz from chatting to people about my items, explaining how they were made and being able to share my enthusiasm. Craft fairs are also great as you get to meet other craftspeople who are exhibiting, have a chin-wag and admire their work. I must admit though, I often ended up spending more than I earned as I found it impossible to resist all the lovely items on offer! Anyhow, enough gushing about all that…on to gushing about something else. Take a look at what landed on my doorstep today….
It’s some lovely raw Zwartbles fleece, sent by a fellow blogger, Colour it Green. I’m really touched by her generosity and am looking forward to having a go at spinning it. One more breed to cross off my list of fleeces to try….. and yes, I really do have such a list……..