Deflected doubleweave in 10/2 tencel and 74/2 merino. The first metre woven of 10.6 metres as the first of my fabric lengths I intend weaving for my final degree year.
If all my calculations and sampling are correct, this odd-looking flat piece of cloth will magically transform into:
THIS! well, not quite like this because there are 2 different threadings and 4 different liftings on the sample. All going well the finished length will be a little like brains: organic with a lovely balance of lustre from the tencel and felted, matt wool.
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 colours aren’t as bright as in real life, but I had fun blending a number of Ashford’s bright merino slivers on my Majacraft blending board, then spinning a single and slightly felting it in the fulling process. I think it will make a fun pair of handwarmers now the cool weather has arrived.
Finally managed to spin my blue merino graduation which I achieved by carding on my lovely wide Ashford carder. Very pleased with the finished result – a very smooth graduation from pale sky blue through to a rich dark blue. Amazing what can be accomplished with a couple of extra days at home.
Experimenting with colour blending on my new Ashford wide carder using Ashford merino alongside baby rolags using the same colourways blended on my Majacraft blending board at Creative Fibre Karakariki Area Retreat November 2013. Can’t wait to spin it! Such fun:)