Saturday, March 9, 2013

Now that spring is right around the corner I'm feeling so much more energetic these days.  Finally finished tying some lace weight hand dyed pygora yarn to what was left of the merino / silk warp from my last scarf, the white one.  I miss my pygora goats very much, but they would call to us so early in the morning.  It is nice and peaceful these days without them.  But their fiber is beautiful and soft, much like cashmere. 

For once, I've remembered to take pictures as I progress with the weaving process.  Here's a picture of what is involved in tying a new warp to an old one.  I don't believe I will do this again as it seems so much more work than just putting on a new warp.  Since the old warp was just plain weave, I may be incorrect about that if it was an intricately designed project.

Also did more silk scarves this week with a friend.  Here is her scarf.  It always seems like an experiment when trying a new technique.  This was her first time painting silk.  She is the go-to person if you want to do any tie dye, but she was anxious to give the silk a try.  These scarves are hand painted, not hand dyed.  There's a huge difference.

Its about a two day process and you don't need to cook the paint like is done with dye.  Just a little drying in between to give the paint a chance to adhere well to the silk fibers.  Then iron to really set the paint, wash, iron again.  They are so soft and beautiful.

Got a shipment of some new interesting yarns today.  I'm thinking of doing some woven scarves of a plain color and using a few strands of one of these for an accent.  It will be a while before I do this as I'm still working on getting the merino / silk / pygora warp on my loom.  I'm not very fast but love doing it.


Sue W. said...

I'm so glad you are feeling more energetic with the coming of Spring! All your projects sound wonderful - I'd love to try the painting on silk (wearable art is great!) but I'd never be able to deal with the clean up! Hope you aren't suffering through the mud-season like we are - showers bring flowers but they also bring MUD! Be well and God Bless...Sue

Sheryl at WovenDreamsFarm said...

Sue, its so easy and not much cleanup. Send me your email address and I will give you some links on this. Truly, it is easy!
And we haven't suffered with much mud as we've had no rain, but the w-man says it starts tonight and rains until Monday next week. Really?? All week? Hope you're feeling well. Or at least feeling better.