Posts Tagged 'fairy'

Gradient colourway and spring greetings

Jean Aycock of FoxtrotFibers is a very lovely customer of mine. She purchased one of my handpainted merino rovings, handspun it into a plied yarn with a gradient colourway and used it for a weaving project. Have a look, the shifting colours are fantastic:

A space painted roving, like Jean´s lot, can be spun in many different ways, resulting in either a variegated, self striping or colour shifting (gradient) colourway, there really are no limits.
For example, the roving can be split lengthwise into as many thin and very long strands as necessary and then worsted spun that way, creating e.g. a single self striping yarn, or a variegated plied yarn (plied with 2 separate threads), or a self striping navajo plied yarn (3-plied) where the colours shift in short sequences.
For a controlled gradient colourway the roving can be pulled apart into short single colour chunks and then spun using the inch worm technique. This is a technique I personally prefer if I want certain colours to meet for a greater length within the yarn, once it has been plied. I usually place the colour chunks for two single threads in line next to each other and then wool spin them one by one, holding the short strand horizontally. Wool spinning makes the yarn fluffier and bouncier than worsted spinning. I like gradient yarns very much, though they require a bit more fiber preparation and a balanced spinning technique for a plied version. But they are so worth it and great fun indeed!!

Okay, since last month (sorry, no February blog due to a very bad cold…) I have been restocking my wool curls, thick and thin yarns and drum carded batts. There is also a new yarn and a new merino-silk batt available in my etsy store – I can´t resist the combination of purples and greens, they are perfect “fairy” colours. I just have to do them on a regular basis. ;o)

 

Speaking of fairies, Easter is drawing nearer, and there is no Easter without a spring fairy soap made of pure natural plant oils, cocoa butter, and a perfect scent of honey and spring blossoms:

These soap babies are currently curing but will be ready towards the end of the month.
Everybody have a wonderful and creative spring season!

Fairy Dust and Royal Baby Alpaca

Time flies, almost a month has passed since my last blog, and I have been a very busy bee, I can tell you. :o) I received my first 2012 bulk of clipped German royal baby alpaca white fleece of the finest quality, a mere 17 micron, silky soft and a true beauty! Half of it is already washed and sorted, and I will prepare a listing for some of the fleece in my etsy store soon. I want to take more photos because the current picture was taken with the sun shining directly on the fleece turning its original snow white colour into buttery yellow….yep, need to take some better photos:

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I also handpainted 1.2kg (2.6lb) of extra soft Bluefaced Leicester roving, 70/30 super fine merino/silk roving and super fine merino roving, already listed in my etsy store, my ebayUK store and my DaWanda store:

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I have also been planning 2 new knitting projects for my ongoing online exhibition . The knitting will be done by Usch from the Netherlands, a wonderful and very talented person indeed. She has helped me many times before with the online exhibition, and her knitwork is really beautiful. For one of these projects I painted and spun a 50/50 blend of Australian merino and polwarth fibre from New Zealand. It was the first time I used these two fibres together, and the yarns have come out very beautifully, close to the skin soft and bouncy – ME VEEEEERY PLEASED! :o)

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And what would my blog be without a new batch of natural soap!? Tataaaa – here comes my latest creation of the finest soap ever – filled with lots of unsaponified jojoba oil for extra skin care and a very sensual and enchanting scent of white orchid, rose and peach. I have called the soap “Fairy Dust”, a very well fitting name:

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I love my new soap babes. They are now displayed in my DaWanda store. :o)

2 more batches of natural soap are currently curing and will be listed around the 10th of May. One batch comes with a gorgeous lilac scent and the second one is my “Orange Blossom”, with a sweet and flowery orange scent. Very yummy indeed!

Okay, that’s all for today’s blog. I have to get back to the dyepot, another 2.6lb of rovings need painting today, and another bulk of unwashed royal baby alpaca fleece is waiting to be soaked.

Everyone have a very good weekend and HAPPY FIBRE CRAFTING!

Gothic soap and more yarn

Here comes my new batch of handmade natural soap called “Gothic Nirvana”. The scent is one of my favourites, it is a very beautiful and warm blend of patchouli, vanilla, cinnamon and some rose – very enchanting and soothing indeed, with an oriental touch. Perfect for both, women and men. I also included my fairy and nymph designs made with the same scent – they will come in a giftbox,  and the bars will be packed in natural cotton string bags. The soaps are displayed in my DaWanda store :

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and I finally finished the first 2.2lbs of the grey and white custom yarn – the skeins are not washed and set yet,  they will become fluffier and more even after their first wash. ….only 6.5lbs of carded fibre left to spin now.. ;o)

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There are also several bags of handpainted wensleydale curly fleece in blues/purples/pinks packed and displayed in my DaWanda store, and the very last batch of fleece locks in the same colourway is listed in my ebayUK store, until August/September when my new bulk of freshly clipped fleeces will arrive:

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EVERYONE HAVE A VERY GOOD WEEKEND AND ENJOY YOUR CRAFT PROJECT!! :o)


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