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red and green

October 22, 2013

after a problematic start

linen gives the towels a crisp feel and a nice sheen

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warp floats on one side of the lace and weft floats on the other make slight colour variations

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 I’ve finished spinning cotton on the Turkish spindle

plied it with a very fine, natural white,  Japanese reeled silk

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after test washing a small skein I’m very pleased

top – the singles yarn

then – simmered in washing soda to change the pH and it magically turns green

rinse it well in a pH neutral soap (I use synthrapol ) and a final rinse with a splash of vinegar ( for the silk )

next – the full skein ready for the same treatment

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cotton fibre that was mistakenly mixed produced a “space dyed” skein

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the ball beside it is natural honey coloured cotton – no green there

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6 Comments leave one →
  1. October 22, 2013 2:30 pm

    So interesting! The linen towels are beautiful!

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  2. October 22, 2013 5:28 pm

    These towel are super classy. What a joy to dry the dishes!

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  3. October 24, 2013 9:53 pm

    Oh the spinning is lovely! The magic of the turning colors is fascinating.

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