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December 16, 2010

The wool is dry–I don’t mind the smell but it gets a bit much hanging in the shower, over the laundry tub, off the skein winder and at night on the clothes rack in front of the fire.

 I almost always spin fine 2 ply yarn to use in weaving. It takes some sampling and concentration to spin a soft, medium weight knitting yarn. This looks like it will work. And I like how the colours are only lightly blended.

The dye from the rhodo leaves is another matter. Not worth the effort in my opinion. The fabric samples are silk, the yarn cotton and the fibre is wool. Alum was used as a mordant. The fibre might make a good green top dyed with indigo but yellow is available from many sources.

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  1. December 16, 2010 3:24 pm

    i used rhododendron to try some ecoprinting (sort of pretending i was using eucalyptus) and got something ok, with the lovely leaf shape on the fabric. of course i didn’t keep records… looks like lovely lofty yarn.


    • December 16, 2010 3:59 pm

      oh goodie–in the eco print “sausage” that I’m resisting opening there are lots of rhodo leaves. Maybe there will be some nice leaf shapes.


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