Hi guys :)
i've just realised it's been rather a while since i did an update on what i've been doing with my Woolfest bargains :)
So settle in, there are rather a few photo's haha :)
This is my cushion, it's kind of a showcase of how my spinning has progressed, ranging from thick and lumpy to extremely fine, with emphasis on natural colours, either from the sheep or or nature dyes, the rather bright orange was actually from red onion skins! They were solar dyed, i boiled them up, strained them and just plomked them in a jar with the wool and left them to sit for 3 weeks.
How i'm going to turn it into a cushion i do not know! it's shrinking haha :)
A smallholder at our textiles group gave me some of her lovely Blue Faced Leicester last Saturday and ooh my goodness the difference between this and the Shetland i bought at Woolfest is amazing! It is sooooo soft! i can't begin to describe it. It is a delight to spin with, so i'm very much a Blue Face Leicester fan now :)
I also had a play with blending the two, darks from the Shetland and lights from the BFL to make a delicious grey :)
I had a go at making some green dye from nettle
(the neighbours probably thought i was a complete kook sat on the back door step picking off nettle leaves, no surprise there mind you)
I also foraged some blackberries and made the most lovely lilcacy-pink wool from the dye.
Even though the picture looks really dark, it's much lighter, like in the next picture, even though this one looks too light!
Technology *sigh* :)
Me and some friends went on a 6-7mile walk yesterday and oh my, the views were stunning!
It was definitely worth it!
In garden news, the rosemary is growing nicely, still a bit skinny, but i did harvest quite a bit to dry
it looks rather mutant-like with a few large stems sticking out
Believe it or not this is my potato harvest... to be fair though, i grew them from scraps and they were in a wicker basket and were generally rather left to their own devices the poor things haha
good job i'm not relying on the yet!
What have you guys been up to this week? :)