Weaving for an exhibition in 2016 is finally underway! 16 months in the planning, with 8 months left to go. It might sound a lot, but there is still so much to do. My handspun, Navajo-plied silk and merino (primaries by Fibre2Go, a gorgeous fibre to spin) features in the weft as a surface weft, along with 4 fine alpaca and silk colours in plain weave – a total of 5 shuttles to juggle in the weaving – not an easy feat.
Off the loom after a period of non-activity. It was worth the wait however – light weight with beautiful drape, rich colours and gorgeous texture due to handspun weft. Just need to take it to the next level in time for festival exhibition entry. Juggled 4 shuttles using a combination of plain weave (fine alpaca/silk) and 1/3 twill for the handspun yarns (1 a 2-ply, the other Navajo plied) so very slow weaving, but well worth it.
Spun a merino colourway by Lyn Walsh of Fibre2Go last weekend at our Area Retreat near Turangi on the shores of Lake Taupo. Weather was pretty rubbish, but a great weekend for spinning, natural dyeing and just catching up with like-minded creative types, both new and old. Navajo plied it and washed it yesterday. Very pleased with the result – now what to do with it?
The spinning of this gorgeous colourway by Lyn Walsh of Fibre2Go is complete – 2 x 100g skeins, a total of 384 yards – 1 plied on itself and the other navajo plied to keep the colours separate. Very pleased with them both. The initial intention was to knit a cardy, but given that my main love is weaving, I have decided to use them both in a weaving piece – possibly a cocoon – research needs to get underway for that now!