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January 18, 2015

Fiona Duthie was the guest speaker at the Victoria Guild

I was so busy listening I didn’t get a picture

she is a felt maker from Salt Spring Island

her work is breath-taking

P1060337it was difficult to get pictures

P1060336as the work was surrounded by people

P1060340a blue jacket with hand stitching and a white bag

P1060341lots of texture – little pointy bits – in this piece

P1060338layers of silk and felt with more handstitching

you can see more of her work here  http://www.fionaduthie.com

show and tell was also good

P1060343Arlene, one of my students, talking about her silk scarves

almost finished spinning cotton for a weaving project

P1060360Knotty by Nature sells cotton sliver in plastic drink cups

the hole in the lid is convenient

a small  spindle will fit inside and be safe when travelling

P1060362when washing soda (an alkaline) is added to the wash water this particular cotton colour turns green

it’s magic!

now all I have to do is finish weaving the hairy hemp

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  1. velma bolyard permalink
    January 18, 2015 4:58 pm

    yep, i have some of that cotton roving from kristin…oh, i’m so busy, but lovely to see your doings!

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    • January 18, 2015 5:02 pm

      Velma – cotton isn’t the easiest stuff to spin but it is lovely. can’t wait to get weaving with it.

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  2. Renee' permalink
    January 18, 2015 11:32 pm

    Felt is showing up all over my radar recently. These are beautiful. And I haven’t tried spinning cotton in a very long time. I will have to go look for my cotton now. You are using a mini/tiny turkish right, instead of a supported spindle? Awesome.

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    • January 19, 2015 7:26 am

      Renee’ – the spindle is a rim weighted Turkish from IST Crafts http://www.woodemporium.co.uk on the Isle of Wight – it is my all time favorite. I also have an Akha, made for cotton spinning. Have fun.

      Neki – she was a fashion designer/maker before discovering felt. She uses Merino wool and very fine silk fabric, it is as light as a feather and feels wonderful.

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  3. January 19, 2015 1:47 am

    thank you for the link to fiona duthie. impressive work!

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  4. January 19, 2015 10:55 am

    Oh yummy! Such lovely felt garments. Thanks for sharing!

    I’ve spun cotton, preferring my little book charkha but a brass tahkli is my second choice. Ease of spinning depends a lot on how smoothly the cotton drafts. If it’s too compacted or you start from the wrong end it’ll be jerky and lumpy. I adore how the green deepens and shifts when you boil it in an alkaline bath! It also makes the colour more stable and permanent. Fun. Never thought of the bubble tea cups for storage. Great idea!

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    • January 19, 2015 12:36 pm

      Louisa – the natural coloured cotton spun like silk, the coloured took a little more attention. the bubble cups are Ryan’s idea at KbN, I return mine for a refill.

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