Hasn’t it been hot. Here in the UK we are brakeing records. But sadly with such hot weather comes upset, and currently my thoughts are going out to people just outside Manchester who are close to the moor fire. Hopefully we just have a little bit of rain just to help you guys out abit. Such a sad event.
But today I’m talking solar dye.
So earlier on in the year I took on snow dyeing useing the water to help the dye, and now I’m asking the elements again to help me to set the dye by useing the heat from the sun.
These are my little jars of dye. Here I am working with blue faced Leicester fleace from a farm in Pembrokeshire. So very much locally sourced fleace.
I have washed it and separated it in to smaller peices, made up the soultion in the jars placed the fleace in and now going to let the sun do all the work in setting the dye.
These are just a few I had done earlier on in the week and are currently drying nicely. The locks are on these are beautiful. I have done a selection of different colours. But definitely looking forward to the results from the current solar dye. I have some purples and blues going on. So I bet they are going to look stunning when they have finished.
This picture was taken earlier on in the week. There are some parts of the fleace that I have left natural locks and some that I have carded up on the drum carder as well ready to make art batts. Some of the locks were really stuck together, I found I had to open the locks up first with he hand carders to then be able to use the drum carder. So there are many options.
So this is just a small snippet of what I have been up to lately.
I do hope your all having a wonderful time in the sun shine, and not in to much discomfort. Also a little bit of rain please. Just to dampen the ground alittle. That would be great.
So browsing the world of Fbook as you do and this beautiful flash of colours appear. I’m currently trying to save for wonderwool Wales. But this just sang to me. Fractal spinning with out the weighing. Now that’s my cup of tea. Check this out.
A magpie took my money!
So when it arrived, Tinkerbell (my Ashford joy) and I set about spinning this and it was a dream. The purpose of the rolags and the batt is fiber that has been split up in to equal weight. You spin the batt for a long colour change, then spin the rolags for a quicker colour change then you set out to ply the two together. This works up at being a fractal spin.
I always cake my spun yarns before I ply them. I find that this is a great way of using all the yarn even if one of the cakes runs out before the other one. I will show why, further down.
I find that this is difficult to do when the yarn is still on the bobbin.
So I have plyed the yarns and one had finished before the other. Then I’m left with this little ball of excess yarn. So what I do I take the other end of the cake and attach it to where it’s finished and start to ply that small amount back on its self. So then no yarn is left behind.
long change of colours mixed with a the short colour changes are just a dream.
Also all the neps of silk added in this combination just makes it even more magical.
So quick recap, the fiber mixture in this is a mouth watering, raw silk, tussah silk, bfl, and merino and if you like the look of this and or want to have a go at fractal spinning with out all the fuss of having to weigh it out the crew at magpie and goblin have got that covered.
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