Friday, May 30, 2008

Dyed Fleece

Dyed Fleece, originally uploaded by vickijensen.

I dyed 35 grams of my fleece today with three colors of Lanaset dyes - teal, blue and purple. I am sooooo pleased with the results and am anxiously awaiting for it to dry so I can spin it this weekend. It will be a subtle, but rich two ply yarn.

East Friesland wool

East Friesland wool, originally uploaded by vickijensen.

I washed my fleece using Orvus paste and what a diffrence, before and after, with the amount of lanolin that came out.

Today I am dyeing a small sample of it and will spin it this weekend, to see how well it spins in different weights.

Monday, May 26, 2008

Memorial Day Weekend

What a special day I had on Saturday. In my hometown , there was an annual open barn event at the old H.K. Davis farm, that my sister and I attended. This farm has sentimental memories of my great, great uncle, who used to own the land.

The picture below is the yearling ewe I chose from the group behind her, for the fleece that was being shorn by Kevin Ford. He shears by hand with no electricity.

This picture shows the fleece on the table being skirted to remove the dirty wool. Overall, my fleece was very clean and had little that had to be skirted.
My fleece weighs 5 pounds. I have plans this week to wash it with Orvus paste in preparation for dyeing and then spinning into yarn for a new Fall sweater. I think I am going to knit a shrug with the yarn, which I plan to dye a denim color. I will post the progress of this new and exciting project.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Wool roving for felting

Wool roving for felting, originally uploaded by vickijensen.

I had the urge to do some dyeing last weekend, so I worked on creating a palette of wool roving to do some felting with. I also dyed larger quantities of four different coordinating colors to use for the base . This wool roving came from R H Lindsay in Boston and is perfect for spinning or felting. It is a nice blend of wools with a springy loft, that would also be perfect for spinning a fine laceweight yarn.

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Completed Bead Embroidered Cuff

Completed Cuff, originally uploaded by vickijensen.

Here is my cuff, mounted on the Ultrasuede covered brass cuff. I made a few changes in composition, from the earlier posts. The picot edging was the perfect way to finish off my cuff.

Thursday, May 08, 2008

Bead Embroidered Cuff update

This is what I got done yesterday on my cuff. I am very pleased with the results so far and hope to complete it on Friday.

Embroidered Cuff - part 2

Cuff - detail

Cuff - detail 2

Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Embroidery - detail

Embroidery - detail, originally uploaded by vickijensen.

Here's .a detail of the beginning of my cuff

Bead Embroidered Cuff

Bead Embroidered Cuff, originally uploaded by vickijensen.

For a change of creativity from my knitting, I began this bead embroidered cuff in a one day workshop at my LBS. I really love working with beads in this manner. Come back to see the progess of my cuff.