27 May 2013

OHS Master Spinner year 3

Well, I just came back from year 3 of the OHS Master Spinner's education, and this year will for sure be the most work.  Hard to grasp because the previous years were also quite a bit of work.  I've so busy dyeing fibre and carding so that I could sell up there, and it went well! I only came home with a few rovings and two batt sets.  However, I did spin one of my own, and I also ended up trading most of it or buying supply up there from other students!  haha...  I was able though to figure out a few different ideas, so I'm preparing new stock to open up the etsy shop with.

Since I've been back from haliburton, I've mainly been washing fleece.  I picked up some great cormo from my friend Stella who's with my year, and another cross from my friend Bridget who's also in my year.  I've also been getting going on my year 3 exotic natural dye homework.  I chose logwood and used three afterbaths to alter the ph and colour.  I'm not looking forward to doing all the lightfast and washfast tests though, ***sigh***.

Here's the logwood skeins drying.  from left to right it's logwood, logwood plus acid afterbath, logwood plus alkaline afterbath, and logwood with copper afterbath.
Logwood natural dyes

I enjoy the darkness and deepness since with natural dyes, you usually end up with orange browns or yellows.  I still prefer acid dyes because it's really no worse environmentally and you get much more colour selection, which is my interest!

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