Wednesday, December 29, 2010
It is damp and grey here and I have a bad cough. So I am using this time to learn to spin on my new spinning wheel. I am reminded of learning to bake bread. As a young woman, I was determined to make all the bread for my family. When I brought some to my Mother (the master bread maker)to try, it was a bit heavy and she said, "Never mind. It will make good toast." While reading up on spinning wool, I read that your mistakes can always be used as "Art" yarn. So that is what I feel like I have been doing--making bread for "toast".
I am grateful to my Mother and Father who taught me that all things are possible. They made materials available to me and encouraged me to try things. So, I grew up knowing that I could do anything if I wanted to bad enough. Well I might not be a Master, but I could certainly learn to do it. Practise makes perfect.
So I will keep spinning and learning and having a good time. Maybe eventually, I will make bread that doesn't have to be toasted!
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
Friday, December 10, 2010
Isn't this cool.
I am so pleased.
This is a piece of cotton,
solar dyed in a jar of bright colored Bradford Pear leaves.
The fabric was in there a couple of weeks.
Most days the sun shown in,
but not all.
I can hardly wait to sink another piece of fabric in the jar.
Tuesday, December 7, 2010
Friday, December 3, 2010
Wednesday, December 1, 2010
Playing with indigo again.I was surprised that the dye in my ice bucket "vat" was still good. The yarn was aqua to begin with and I dipped some of it the indigo. I am anxious to roll it into balls but it is not completely dry yet. I also dropped a ball of white pearl cotton into the vat. It is definitely not dry yet.
The fabrics are both cottons.On the blue and white one, I used a "school" glue resist. The other was folded, dyed, dried, folded and dyed again and then stamped.