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Hand Spun Art Yarn with Hand Dyed Merino Roving and Teeswater Locks April 08 2015, 0 Comments

I have recently joined the Kalamalka Weavers and Spinners guild and attended my first spin in.  It was fabulous and I met some great woman and other vendors.  My friend Nikki from Nickerbockers http://www.nickerbockers.blogspot.ca/ was there spinning away and purchased some of my hand dyed BFL and some lovely hand dyed Teeswater locks http://www.nickelbeeart.com/collections/teeswater-locks/products/emerald-isle-hand-dyed-teeswater-locks.  I […]

Blending Board Tutorial for making Rolags for felting and spinning March 13 2015, 0 Comments

I first was introduced to a blending board sometime back and was instantly hooked.  Then I saw the price.  My jaw dropped and I said to myself “I can make that”.  So I did.  There are several companies that name blending boards and the prices can range from $100.00 to $200.00.  I made mine for […]

Is your wool causing you to be Itchy? January 19 2015, 0 Comments

If I had a quarter for every time I heard “I can’t wear that, I am allergic to wool”, I would be rich.  Most people don’t understand that only a very small percentage of the world, 6 % to be precise, are actually allergic to wool.  The others, just have a skin irritation to wool.  And […]

Ceramic Felting Stone October 08 2014, 0 Comments

These felting stones are great for wet felting any type of project. I use them when I make scarves, vessels and bags. They are great for detail felting where you may not want to felt the whole project but just sections. If I have a piece that I am working on that has lots of […]

Felted Pumpkin Class September 16 2014, 0 Comments

Come and enjoy some local cheeses and a glass of wine while learning how to needle felt.  In this class, students will learn how to needle felt a pumpkin (measures about 5 inches in diameter) using merino wool and other types of wool.  Students will also get the opportunity to use the drum carder and […]

Hand Painting Roving July 28 2014, 0 Comments

I actually had some time on the weekend to do some dying. The roving that I dyed was a Wool Mohair Blend. I don’t do a lot of hand painting of roving or yarn, but I think I am going to be doing a lot more after this go around. I have got smarter in […]

Hand Spun June 10 2014, 0 Comments

I was first introduced to spinning by my good friend Nikki Webber of Nickerbockers. She is an amazing spinner among other things! Check out her blog at http://nickerbockers.blogspot.ca/ Her great use of color and fibre makes her spinning so tantalizing to the eye. Here is a picture of some yarn Nikki sold at Creative Chaos […]

Felting with the kids May 26 2014, 0 Comments

I was very lucky to be asked to do some demos at Fibre Festival at A Twist of Yarn in Vernon. I did two kids felting workshops, a dying demo and a Nuno Felting demo. Camella had sheep there that were being sheered and then the fibre was washed, dried and carded. It was a […]

Fiber Festival May 20 2014, 0 Comments

I have been asked by A Twist of Yarn in Vernon, BC to do some demonstrations this weekend at their Fibre Festival on May 24th, 2014.  They will be having Sheep Shearing demonstrations through out the day and I will be doing a Nuno Felting, Kids Felting and Dying demonstrations which will include a Solar […]

20lbs of Natural Roving soon to be beautiful hand dyed roving May 13 2014, 0 Comments

I love dying roving of any kind.  Merino, merino/silk blend, corriedale……anything white must have color. lol!  I love experimenting and seeing what is going to come out.  Sometimes it works, and sometimes it does not.  Even the ones that don’t work out, somehow are still spinable.  And I do just that.   I use different ways […]

20lbs of Natural Roving soon to be beautiful hand dyed roving May 13 2014, 0 Comments

I love dying roving of any kind.  Merino, merino/silk blend, corriedale......anything white must have color. lol!  I love experimenting and seeing what is going to come out.  Sometimes it works, and sometimes it does not.  Even the ones that don't work out, somehow are still spinable.  And I do just that.

 

I use different ways to dye.  Solar dying which is using the sun light to heat your dye bath, dying in a dye pot on the stove and also dying using a crock pot.  I find that you get the most even heat with the crock pot.  Unless you are solar dying.  With crock pot dying, you will get a different look then if you were to hand paint your roving.  I also find it impossible to crock pot my yarn when I am dying with different colors.

 

I like to use Jacquard Acid dyes and althought they may be more expensive then others on the market, they are THE BEST.  The color is extremely brilliant and colorfast.  I find I get a great uniform color throughout the roving or yarn when submerging the whole thing.  Stay tuned for some step by steps on dying and some tricks that I use.     Image