Tuesday, 20 September 2016

A Monster Week of Spinning - Spinzilla 2016

Once again I am joining hand spinners around the world in a monster week of spinning! Spinzilla 2016 will commence on the 3rd October - 9th October for a friendly competition to see who can spin the most yarn in a week!

I am spinning as a Rogue Spinner as I did last year, where I managed to spin 7,008 yards so this year I am going for double that!

If you are spinning Rogue too I would love to hear from you! If you are a hand spinner and would like to join in the fun sign-up closes on the 30th September just click here for details. There is a $10 sign-up fee and your spinner registration fees are donated to the NeedleArts Mentoring Program to create the spinners of tomorrow!

Below are some of the hand dyed and undyed fibres I will be spinning during my Spinzilla week!

Hand dyed super wash Merino and Nylon

Hand dyed Kent Romney

Wensleydale Locks

Merino Wool, Teeswater, Whiteface Woodland, White Devon

Jacobs, Zwartbles, Herdwick, Swaledale and Bluefaced Leicester

Monday, 19 September 2016

New Weaving Projects

I can't believe we are part way through September already! Since we relocated to Cornwall I have not been out of my flip-flops and I'm still clinging onto summer even though there is a slight chill in the air now. I am currently working on making myself some flip-flop socks so that I can continue to wear them for a few more weeks at least lol. I am writing my own pattern for handspun yarn, so if it works out I will share it on my blog if anyone is interested.

Over the last few weeks I have been busy working away on some new weaving projects. After I finished my last woven scarves in handspun yarn I wanted to work on some two colour plain weave patterns and they have turned out really well. The first scarf below is made in handspun Wensleydale which I spun awhile back. I left one skein it's natural cream colour and hand-dyed the second skein in a lovely purple shade. I'm really happy with the result.

Handspun, Hand-dyed, Handwoven Wensleydale Scarf
The second scarf is handwoven in a commercial yarn, cream and grey 100% British wool. I wanted to try out warping the loom with two colours and trying a houndstooth pattern. I thought it would be a bit fiddly to warp in a two by two colour method but it was quite easy! I'm planning on producing a few scarves in different colour ways for my Etsy shop.

Houndstooth Handwoven Scarf in 100% British Wool
The third is a long fringed wrap I wove in a royal blue and sky blue acrylic yarn. I just wanted again to experiment warping up my larger loom in blocks of colour. I haven't taken a finished picture of the whole wrap yet but the shot on the loom really shows how it was warped. Again I am planning on adding a collection of handwoven wraps to my Etsy shop soon.

Colour Block Handwoven Wrap
If anyone is interested in having a handwoven scarf or wrap made to order in either handspun yarn or commercial yarn, I am available for custom orders. Scarves start at £42 and Wraps £84 email: sarah@artyfibres.co.uk for further details.