Creative Time

I thought that I had my heart set on making a log cabin quilt up until it came time to start cutting the fabrics. Then at that point I realized that I wanted to keep the flowered fabrics in larger pieces so that I could see the lovely flowers, so I switched to a different quilt design, Pandora's Box, from the book Jelly Roll Quilts by Pam and Nicky Lintott. I have to make 225 blocks for the bed sized quilt that I want and I have 110 done, so the quilt is coming along nicely! I'm happily sewing on this while listening to an audio book, so it seems like the blocks are stacking up rather quickly.


On my knitting needles, (I bet you can't guess what I'm knitting!), I'm knitting socks from BFL wool that I dyed a few weeks ago. For this project I had used dye solutions in crimson, dark gray, and brilliant blue to dye this top in long lengths of color. I then spun it on my Rose wheel, alternating the size of the strips that I pulled off the top as I wanted the colors to blend, softening the striped effect. It worked!

Speaking of color, I've been having dyeing days-dyeing BFL, Cormo, Rambouillet, Corriedale, and Merino wool for future projects. I brush the dyes on with foam brushes, wrap up the wool with plastic wrap, and then I steam it to set the dyes, using a canning pot with a rack set in the bottom.
 I've been trying different color combinations and my old favorites, so I now have a nice assortment of dyed fibers just waiting for me to spin. Ah, bliss.

For one of the BFL tops I decided to go with a new color combination-a light violet, a soft rose, tan, dark plum, and an olive green. When I was finished dyeing this batch, I really wasn't sure about it, but it was the first one I decided to spin. Each morning I've been sitting on our back patio, listening to the many birds, and spinning on my quiet Rose wheel while gazing over our flowers.




I've signed up to participate in another postcard swap sponsored by Sheila, so while I'm pedaling or working in my garden, I've been puzzling over what I want to make for the summer theme. I've come up with a couple of possibilities, so this week I'll be focused on that. Thanks for being patient, Lin!

Here's hoping that you have time for fiber/fabric today,

Judy


Comments

  1. Du hast wieder eine so schöne Farbkombination gefärbt und gesponnen. Es wurde ein ganz toller Strang. Am Spinnrad sitzen und den Vögeln zuhören, das klingt so gemütlich, das sollte ich auch wieder einmal machen :-).

    Herzliche Grüsse nach Idaho
    Brigitte

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  2. Your pretty quilt blocks say "spring" to me! And your yarn dyeing is so interesting, the spun wool and knitted is very different to how it looks when first dyed. Must say too - your 'Wordless Wednesday' posts have been lovely!

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  3. Your new quilt is going to be lovely. Beautiful fabric with a simple but nice pattern.
    I like your spinned yarn, as always.
    Have a great day.

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  4. Well look at you! All that beauty concentrated in one place! Love the new yarn you've spun. Great color way. The quilt is going to be absolutely lovely. I am sure you'll come up with a great summer theme of your postcard swap. Maybe just birds and bees! When I think of summer I think of all the beautiful things flitting through my garden.

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  5. Your quilt is going to be gorgeous, I love the fabrics you're working with. Your socks look so good - I tried socks once, it didn't go so well and I've never tried them since. I love the dye's and what they spin into. You are so talented and creative. Hugs!!

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  6. It all looks so much like you are having so much fun. Lovely.

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  7. There you go, using your lovely handspun for socks, again. How do you spin for socks? Is there more twist? I haven't been brave enough to try it, yet.

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  8. I like what I can see of your Pandoras box quilt and more beautiful sock wool! xx

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  9. I really like your coloring! BFL I appreciate for dyeing and spinning. It is exciting to see how the colors change when twisting.
    The past few weeks have been very stressful. Our son had been injured seriously with the router, but everything will be fine again. A little rest is now doing well, and if I see your beautiful nature scenes, I get wanderlust ....

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  10. Oh. Pandora box will be just beautiful ! Your dying experiments sure prod used some lovely fibres . Can't wait to see what you came up with for your postcards . I just finished mine last night .

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  11. You dyed in wonderful colours. And after spinning....great, i love it. The Colours have character now, which i couldn't see before. Perfect.
    Sadly, there is no place at my home to dye. I have to buy handdyed yarn.

    Greetings from Iris

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  12. that is amazing to see the roving become that skein of yarn. wonderful colors.

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