04.20.21

The Impetuous Weaver Makes Good Use of Sunlight

Oh, that delightful time of year when we can shed our layers of woolens and wiggle our toes in the grass! These first sunny days can make us feel a little giddy here in the beautiful Pacific Northwest, as though anything is possible (and we also know that "june-uary" could be just around the corner, so Carpe that sunny Diem!).

 

a lacy maple tree with early green leaves is viewed from below with blue sky behind

 

The big, giddy plan when the sun came out last weekend was to dye a Giant Tub of yarn and fibers outdoors, using the heat of the sun.

 

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04.05.21

The Impetuous Weaver Spins Silk Hankies

 You know that moment when a new skill you have been struggling with suddenly makes sense and becomes a whole lot more fun? I recently received a bit of advice that led to this AHA! moment for me, regarding spinning silk hankies.

 

a skein of handspun silk yarn and a wooden drop spindle lay on a silk hankie dyed in strips of purple, red, and orange, matching the yarn

 

Their name can be deceptive: silk hankies are not fabric, but rather a filmy square of stretched silk cocoon fiber. Naturally a glowing pearly white, they also take dye beautifully, and can contribute to beautiful nuno-felted pieces, or be spun into yarn.

 

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