Sunday, March 29, 2009

Handspun Aeolian Shawl


Aeolian Shawl, originally uploaded by minstrel spinner.

Here's the beginning of my shawl. I love how it is coming out! There's a slight variefation in the yarn, but it makes a rich knitted lace. Come back often to see my progress.

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Handspun Wool


Handspun_1, originally uploaded by minstrel spinner.

I have also been spinning some yarn to knit the Aeolian Shawl, found in the current issue of Knitty.com. I have 540 yards to use for the smaller shoulderette version. Check back soon to se the progress on my shawl.

Color Blending sample


Color Blending sample, originally uploaded by minstrel spinner.

Color blending was one fo the lessons in my workshop that really resonated with me. I love taking two diferent colors of wool and then blending them using my hand carders, to make a gradation from color A to color B. In this sample, I used rust and purple wool to make a narrow background, then I laid down the same gradation in the opposite directions, felting those little squares to the ground. The center squares best show a thin dark border, which was applied ny needle felting, to add detail.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Felting - color blending


Felting - color blending, originally uploaded by minstrel spinner.

For this sample, I used my hand carders and blended a gradation using white to black Merino top. I then felted my sample with the lighter colors at the top, working to the darker values on the bottom. This produced a really rich piece, which I then did some free-motion embroidery on, thinking about interpreting tree back in felt.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Laminted Silk on Wool


Laminted Silk on Wool, originally uploaded by minstrel spinner.

I recently took a workshop, at North Country Studio Workshops, with one of my favorite artists, Lisa Klakulak, whose work in felt is absiloutely incredible. I am going to post my samples over the next few days.

After a lecture on color theory, I worked on blending gradations of wool, from color A to color B. Then, in this sample, I laminted some of my dyed silk/wool fiber to the surface. I love the texture that it created!

Sunday, March 01, 2009

2009 Spa-Knit-Spin

Well, once again I have let a long time lapse in between my posts. However, I will report today on my first experience at Spa-Knit-Spin, held in Freeport, Maine. My sister, Sue, joined me for this relaxing weekend. We started out by having a pedicure, manicure and eyebrow waxing at Salon Freeport. I highly recommend their services if you are in the area!

After some fun shopping at L.L.Bean, among other shops in Downtown Freeport, we spent some time shopping at the vendors area. WOW! So much beautiful fiber to spin, knit and felt with!!!




I got these two dyed rovings from Sereknity. One is 60% Superwash Merino, 30% Bamboo and 10% Nylon. I love how the bamboo fiber does not pick up the dyes for wool and adds some contrast to the fiber. I also got the same colorway, "Vineyard" in 100% Superwash Blue Faced Leicester to ply with the other.

I bought both of these from Spunky Eclectic. The roving on the left is 100% Blue Faced Leicester, which I absolutely love to spin. On the right are some silk hankies that I want to explore spinning and using in some felt.

This is Anne Hanson's new neckwarmer pattern called Hoarfrost and a skein of 50/50 Merino Silk dyed by Kim at The Woolen Rabbit. This pretty purple yarn is dyed in the Chocolate Chambord colorway.