Sunday, 30 April 2017
Hand painting fleece and yarn.
First I put my skeins and fleece in some warm soapy water to soak, while I prepared small pots of dye to paint with.
I used the dyes to paint my yarn, letting the colours bleed into each other, over colouring and mixing to give me subtle toned shades.
Thursday, 30 March 2017
A time to relax and be inspired, grow and nurture our own ideas for this year's projects.
We visited Arts and Craft centres and explored Dartmoor, walked up to Haytor and did some coastal hopping all along the South coast on our way home -Teignmouth, Exmouth, Sidmouth, Bridport and West Bay.
Spin A Yarn
Tuesday, 28 February 2017
One day perhaps I'll have the space to take one on...
I'm looking forward to visiting the other mills next time and seeing the Dyers garden in bloom.
Wednesday, 25 January 2017
January finds me searching for colour. With foggy cold days here on the Island I yearn for the sunshine and blue skies and a little warmth in the air. I am a sunshine girl at heart and I’m looking forward to any signs of Spring
This month we are busy doing some painting and decorating around the home, certain rooms are in need of a lift and so it seems a good time to get on with the chores. I do enjoy choosing and planning room colours, textures and re designing a space. A lovely new carpet is being fitted as I write, so once it is down I will be able to style the room. Of course it is a very good opportunity to do a de- clutter and sort through what needs to stay and what needs to go!
I’m working on some small knitting projects at present but will be warping up my loom once I have my work space organised again.
This year I shall be experimenting, discovering and developing my skills with dyeing my own yarn. I have been doing this for a number of years but I really want to delve into this discipline of wool creativity with gusto!!
Taking a fleece , preparing it for spinning; dyeing the yarn to my own colours either before or after spinning it. Then knitting and weaving with it, is so thrilling and the sense of achievement is immeasurable.
So I’m in search of colour, colour in my garden to grow some plants this year that will add to my natural dye pot stock, colour for my wools to lift the spirits, cheer the heart and lots of colour, texture with design to add individuality to my weaving and knitting projects.
I create my hand knitting and hand weaving, using combinations of colour and yarn types producing unique cushions, bags, table runners, throws and small rugs.
I also make hats, scarves, warmers and socks; which are colourful, soft and practical. This year I shall be adding my hand spun, hand dyed yarns to my online shops along with a small collection of woven clothing.
Casting on and casting off is going to be lots of fun this year, hope you will pop in to see how my colourful creations work out.
Wednesday, 21 December 2016
It's been a busy 2016, there has been so much I didn't get around to blogging about! Rather than some festive photos I thought I would share these three pictures with you:
Picture one - some Black Welsh Mountain sheep under a huge tree at Woodchester Park near Stroud. A super place to visit for a good walk there's a lovely flock of Jacob sheep in the grounds too.
Beautiful wool and wood.
Thank you for reading my blog.
I will be Casting On and Casting Off in 2017
Hope you will pop back to read more of my woolly tales in spinning, weaving, knitting, natural dyes and salty sea tales of sailing days.
Merry Christmas and very Happy and Peaceful New Year.
Sending Good Wishes to you all,
Thursday, 17 November 2016
Sunday, 23 October 2016
With our sailing season drawing to a close, we start to explore our Island on foot. We have so many different places to visit here from Downs, woodlands to coastlines and countryside.