Painting a wool batt

Mixing colours and making wool batts is creative and can be fun. You need to master the carding skills and then you can use colours and your imagination to come up with original and interesting wool batts. painting them adds hints of colour which creates a richness and colour depth. it is also a good way to use up odd bits of carded fleece which would otherwise go to waste. Hints of colour are what make colourways interesting!

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Make art yarn

There’s been considerable interest in the magical art yarn post we put up the other day. People are excited about colour and colour blending. Great way to start the year. We love making our own art yarn. We like sharing ideas about colourways and how to spin something which looks both original and attractive. Colour and texture are always important. Art yarns can use up your bits and pieces of dyed or leftover fibre. You just need the ideas. The UrbanGypZ video does just that for you. Shows you a way of getting an interesting yarn together.

Carding and spinning magical shells

 

This is lovely … and fun. Just watching how Nicole Frost cards the fibre to get the magical effect is worth it.  She is very good at explaining the process and showing you what you need to do. Margaret had spun some wool with beads through it and it looked lovely and very special. This magical fibre is guaranteed to put a sparkle into your life .

Crochet blanket

crochet grannie squaresBig projects take a long time and so it’s hard to show and tell at times. You just have to wait! Cathy is making a crochet blanket which includes the naturally dyed wool she has been making and then the wool batts she learned to card at the dyeing workshop earlier this year. There are then yarns from the naturally dark Finn X fleece mixed with caramel alpaca and blue banana fibre silk or hand dyed  green or red Finn Cross with the naturally dark Finn X and some green or red banana fibre silk. She is still spinning the yarn to get the blanket to be big enough. It will be primarily  made of these two blocks . As a work in progress, how it turns out will be determined by choices along the way. When you spin, card and colour your own yarn you get something totally unique and original. One of the real advantages of building up your fibre skills set.