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spinning to dye

September 15, 2015

mamma racoon was hiding behind the studio calling loudly

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while her three offspring were climbing the Japanese plum tree

in the off-chance they are looking for winter digs

I hung out a “no vacancy” sign

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the cushions are finished

they are nice with the larger rag cushions

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to reduce bulk on the heavy fabric I finished the ends with handmade cotton tape

and stitched them together

30 ++ years ago, in my early spinning days

I wanted to see if I could spin yarn to do needlepoint

a fine 2 ply wool

that’s it on the right, the only work ever completed

P1070603handspun 2 ply silk

dyed with a summers worth of dark purple hollyhock flowers

(saved in the freezer)

next, rose-pink hollyhock – not worth the effort

on the bottom, the walnut leaves, left to soak for three weeks

alum mordant used for all

P1070608from the same dye baths – silk, wool and cotton samples

P1070602now spinning to dye – tussah silk

P1070601and organic cotton  just for fun

11 Comments leave one →
  1. vdbolyard permalink
    September 20, 2015 9:37 am

    raccoons are best in the wild, not in the yard or the shed or the basement or the attic…the fiber is absolutely wonderful.

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    • September 20, 2015 10:14 am

      Velma – you are so-o right! they are destructive, aggressive, smelly little critters and have become a urban plague.

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  2. September 16, 2015 3:17 am

    There’s always so much to look at in your posts! I’m a fool for baby raccoons–we had them in our yard last year. Your spinning and dyeing all look rich and yummy.

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    • September 16, 2015 8:05 am

      Kerry – I’m not a fan of raccoons, they are destructive and if they ever move in you will find that their droppings smell like nothing you have ever smelt before!

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  3. September 16, 2015 1:01 am

    spinning the yarn and then dyeing double the fun! the pillows look great.

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  4. Alana permalink
    September 15, 2015 6:19 pm

    Beautiful yarns, I love the richness of the colours, especially the grey.

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  5. Judi Bushby permalink
    September 15, 2015 6:11 pm

    Always busy, busy. The cushions look wonderful.

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  6. September 15, 2015 10:31 am

    Love your honeycomb pillows!

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