Thursday, May 31, 2012
I've wanted to do a striped warp with ikat-like patterns. I love Bonnie's beautiful weaving. I took a few skeins of my hand dyed alpaca and played with wrapping some of them circularly on the warping board to make the colours stack a bit. I'd have liked to have had even more colours and its quite hard to warp totally random stripes as I subconsciously kept trying to repeat widths.
Now to try some different wefts tomorrow.
But for now the bed is made.
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
Alpaca nuts always brings everyone running.
Other news - After the abrupt closing of Qualityarns at the Milton Mill it looks like production is going to be underway very soon on our next batch of alpaca yarns. I believe the mill is going back to its original name - Bruce Mill.
Andy has delivered several hundred kilos of his white fibre to be spun into 8ply, 4ply and blends. I am very low on stocks in the shop and his website is looking equally empty, but the yarn drought looks like ending fairly soon.
I bought merino and perendale top to dye plus a few finer coned yarns which I'm weaving with.
However, I'm looking forward to dyeing up more skeins of the alpaca which is my favorite yarn. The 4ply weaves beautifully too. I'm planning some new colourways but will repeat some of the most popular ones too when the new batch of yarn arrives. Can't wait..
I also wish the new Milton mill owners and shareholders a good spinning future. It is the only yarn spinning option for small producers and companies here in the South Island. It has a long history with the area as both a spinning and weaving mill. There are so few NZ grown and spun knitting yarns despite all our sheep.
I have toured the mill on several occasions and find the process of turning fleece into yarn fascinating.
So keep buying and wearing NZ wool and Alpaca (or possum,mohair, angora etc) and help keep these mills alive. In fact stick wool carpet on your floors too. Oamaru wool mill (spinning carpet yarns) is also feeling the effects of the recession too with more job lay-offs this week. Although my son's job is safe for the time being the mill's future is by no means secure.
Monday, May 14, 2012
The pattern is an eight shaft twill which reminds me of feathers. I love the chunky twisted fringing.
Friday, May 4, 2012
India Flint's 'Eco-colour' book.