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Spring cleaning

February 15, 2015

the sun is shining


Spring cleaning is in the air

handspun and luxury yarns – hidden from the moths

P1060451sorted and re-packaged

P1060454too much stuff – I’ll never use all of this in my lifetime!

P1060464and I found this big stash of cotton

years old, from my beginning spinning days when I couldn’t spin cotton

it is very rough, short fibre

used for caulking wooden boats – that was in my sailing days

it will keep me busy spinning until next winter

P1060468and 2 pounds of mohair – yikes!

P1060472but the hairy hemp is finished

P1060463alternating blocks in both the warp and weft are plain weave and pattern

because there are an odd number of colours the blocks also alternate after one full colour repeat

in a four harness threading this gives an amazing variety of shades

P1060467what’s next?

tea towels for the Studio Tour in April

P1060455I’m going to have to move as quickly as the humming-bird

11 Comments leave one →
  1. Renee' permalink
    February 17, 2015 11:17 am

    the hemp is amazing with all those colors. Pre-Spring Spring Cleaning … interesting!


    • February 17, 2015 11:22 am

      Renee’ – it is difficult to get really strong colours on hemp with natural dyes, indigo is the exception. Spring is here in Victoria although the weather is very changeable.


  2. February 17, 2015 5:04 am

    the hemp piece is gorgeous, jean. the stash? well, you use yours… also i think all that cotton, if not useful…could become wonderful paper. another thing to do…


  3. February 16, 2015 3:44 pm

    I’ve probably said this before but you are like the energizer bunny. You just keep going! Even willing to spin rough old cotton! I’ve put myself on a fiber diet and not the kind you eat. The hairy hemp looks really nice.


    • February 16, 2015 3:51 pm

      Kristin – think I need my batteries re-charged! I need to put myself on a hoarding/collecting diet so I don’t fill up the small spaces created by getting rid of STUFF.


  4. February 15, 2015 4:14 pm

    The hairy hemp is my favourite ! I adore the colours.


  5. Lis permalink
    February 15, 2015 12:52 pm

    The hairy hemp glows, it’s beautiful.


    • February 15, 2015 1:19 pm

      Lis – thanks, I planned to use it for lining a vest but it is too heavy, now it will go into the stash of woven yardage!
      Heather – that’s the best laugh of the weekend, I’m not sure National Stash Champion is a good thing.


  6. February 15, 2015 12:46 pm

    You do remind me of a hummingbird, Jean, if only they were blue! The hemp cloth is beautiful, and that stash of precious yarn could win some awards, I am sure. Just think: Jean Betts, National Stash Champion (Precious and Handspun Division)!


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