Sunday, May 17, 2015

Creative News From My House

A short time ago I was in the store browsing through fabric for a quilt for our bed and I came across a lovely collection by Moda that is called Whitewashed Cottage. The soft colors range from mellow yellows to soft peaches along with light grays. As soon as I saw the collection I knew that these would be the perfect serene fabrics for a quilt for our bedroom.

Happily, they came home with me! For the past few weeks I've been thinking about what pattern/block I wanted to use and I've gone back and forth on what I wanted. Then yesterday I realized that I wanted to go with a simple log cabin block that would showcase the fabrics and that would be fun to hand quilt. So today or tomorrow, I'll start cutting out the strips to start my new quilt. *Happiness*

Do you remember the BFL top that I had been spinning? Well, I finished knitting the socks and I wore them for the first time. Yeah, I know, I'm seriously addicted to sock knitting.

I finished weaving the cottolin/hemp washcloths on my vintage Harrisville loom, cut them off the loom, and then I sewed the hems by hand. I washed them on hot in my washing machine and dried them on hot to shrink them. So they went from an open sett/look

to a handwoven fabric that has a lovely hand/feel to it. I love it when a weaving project turns out just the way that I had hoped!

The past few mornings I've been spinning a silk hankie or mawata silk square that was dyed by Frabjous Fibers and this is the colorway called "Daffodil".

I've never spun a silk hankie before, so I did a YouTube search for it, and watched how someone else spun theirs. Isn't it awesome to be able to do that? You pull one thin layer off the stack, like this.

Then you put a hole in the center and gently pull the silk until it makes a larger and larger ring. I've found that I like to predraft the silk to the size that I want before I start spinning.

This is predrafted and ready for me to spin-such fun!

In a rather serendipitous turn, I found a cone of tencel in just the perfect shade of burnt orange in my weaving hutch to go with this silk, so my plan is to weave a summer silk scarf with this silk yarn that I just finished. I've never woven anything like this before, so I'm looking forward to the challenge.

One day this past week, a friend and I had a dyeing day on my back patio where I had set up my dye solutions, a microwave and a camp stove. The night before I had weighed out fiber and placed it in bags so that my fiber would be ready to go.

For this batch, I just started pulling colors as I thought of them, so I used turquoise, tangerine, bright blue, a soft rose, and a medium brown at 1/4 strength. This is 4 ounces (114 g) of superwash BFL from Paradise Fibers.

I liked it so much that I started spinning with it as soon as it was dry :-)

Another batch was dyed using black cherry, a soft rose, and a light pink.

For this batch, I pulled colors that appealed to me (I'm trying to use different color combinations to push myself out of my comfort zone), so I went with: a strong, sunny yellow; a medium violet; turquoise; and bright blue. I painted the dyes using long strips of color for a different effect on this wool top.

I left my dyeing supplies out, so one day this week I thought that I'd dye four or five more batches of wool. So for the past few days, I've been thinking about color combinations, and when one comes to mind, I make a note of it. I daydream about color, do you?

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