Use a plastic jar, marbles, wool and a bit of hot water. Tie the wool into a ball shape, put it into the jar and shake until partially felted, or felted to the amount you want it to be. I am going to set this up as my second felting project along with landscape felting (needle felting scenes onto wool sheets).
This is a fantastic article that explores how fiber ‘mistakes’ can be easily fixed with a drum carder. Everything from a splotch of too bright color to a bit of felting in the dye pot can be fixed with a drum carder. The too bright color can be mellowed out with a few passes through the drum carder and carding the fiber can fix some of the felting by reintroducing air. Admittedly if the fiber is too felted all you will be doing is breaking apart the fibers and introducing ‘nepps’ into your batt. But really those can also be called ‘texture’ and creating an ‘art batt’. This is also a great reminder for me that dimension can be added at other points in the creation process other than the dye bath. *Don’t forget the sparkle*
How to dye yarn so full of color and life that it glows
Three tips to dyeing yarn with depth and dimension
By Brenda Lavell
This is written by the creator of Phydeaux Designs & Fiber; she is releasing a course on fiber dyeing that I recommend.
The first tip involves mixing colors of the same family or layering them imperfectly to create dimension to the project you are working on.
Shadows create dimension, and so using a gray can do the same for your yarn/fiber. (remember you can add but taking away is much harder).
*The entire article is fascinating and has a lot more tips and tricks than I put here. These are just my notes*
This author begins by exploring why a particular scene in a show has remained on her mind for an entire day, the scene is a woman being told that her bobbin lace in antiquated.
“Skills like knitting, sewing, cooking from scratch, canning, gardening and, yes, making bobbin lace seems to belong to a bygone era”
From there this author begins to explore how education began, at the mother’s knee with the children involved in all aspects of everyday life to one extent or another. Food preparation has fallen by the wayside, including canning, baking bread from scratch, etc. Sewing, knitting, crochet, embroidery, etc. this author laments not learning these skills when she was younger at her grandmother’s knee. Gardening gets a mention also.
“BUT! I see a revival!!! Homeschoolers. Backyard Farmers. Crafters. Survivalists.
Homesteaders. These movements are growing and beginning to cross paths. They are cool, hipsters, conservatives and hippies. This “vintage revivalism” is gaining momentum.”
As people get more involved in understanding the health impact, and economic impact, of their choices in life they begin to go back to what was old. I am really hoping that these skills are seen as valuable since Olean Public Library will be holding classes on them over the summer!
- Have all of the materials and tools you need on hand
- warping the loom
- adding the first row of beads
- making sure that the tension is accurate
- ending and adding threads
- weaving in tails
- removing the pieces
- finishing techniques
Essentially this article is just a list of things that will be taught in a beading loom class that will be offered through interweave.
These are fairly common sense ideas, until you try to put them into practice. 1, have what you need at hand (she then elaborates that you don’t want to stop in the middle of everything to prep more fiber) 2, do a warm up spin, this sounds much like all of the advice to sample, sample, sample, etc. If you are spinning for a project however, this is a good time to figure out how long it will take you to spin this fiber. 3, The last tip is to take frequent breaks. This sounds counter productive until you consider how quickly you can become fatigued or bored doing the same thing over and over. This would lead to inconsistency, which means that you have not only wasted your time but probably the fiber as well.
Very good tips to keep in mind when you are planning a project.
Okay, when I say I read this, I do admit I did not read every word of every glossary and index found in the back. There were several really neat knitting patterns in this book. I enjoyed reading the tips, the graphics were wonderful, I have a much better grasp of how to spin fine after reading this book. I also have a much better understanding of what I am looking for in a knitting yarn and why yarn is spun in a particular manner. I think that if you are a dedicated knitter hoping to get into spinning this is certainly a book for you. If you are a spinner that wants to spin knitting yarn then read this book and watch the video ‘Spinning for Lace’ they both have great tips.
If you are a spinner that spins for fun and knitting is a very far back burner hobby, then this is not the book for you.
All in all an interesting read!