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Dyeing Crafts looks at Carding

Previously I have talked about skirting and scouring (June 2013). So what is the next step? Once your fleece is completely dry it’s time to tease and card it. Teasing is simply opening up the fleece which you can easily do by hand by pulling the fleece apart and fluffing it up. Carding can be  Continue Reading »

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Woad Week

Several people have asked how to grow, process and dye with woad. Woad is a hardy biennial plant, native to northern Europe and the British Isles. It is the source of the blue dye chemical – indigotin. It is very easy to grow. It is the first year’s leaves which are harvested for dyeing.    Continue Reading »

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Skirting and Scouring

It has been a hectic few days sorting through the alpaca fleeces and putting them into some sort of order.                   The next stage will be to skirt them ready for scouring. Our alpacas are very beautiful – but they are very dusty as they love to  Continue Reading »

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INDIGO DYEING

The indigo vats have finally come to order and I am keen to dye some lovely silk I have had for some time now. I want to try the Arashi Shibori method as I have never attempted it before. Shibori is a Japanese term for several different methods of resist dyeing cloth to make patterns,  Continue Reading »

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Alpaca Shearing Day!

This is the big day for the alpacas – haircut, pedicure and if necessary tooth trim! We shear our alpacas once a year in early summer. Whilst some of the herd enter the shearing area fairly calmly but cautiously, others resist and are positively rebellious! They lie down refusing to move, they kick, scream and  Continue Reading »

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Making an Indigo Fermentation Vat

Last year’s woad is now in flower and looking lovely and my bees are really enjoying them. But his year’s woad plants are still too small to cut and I would think it will be a few more weeks yet before I can make my woad pigment. In the meantime – now the weather is  Continue Reading »

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KID’S CLUB FELTED WALL HANGING

The Kid’s club have been having great fun working on several different craft activities over the past few weeks including felting a lovely wall hanging. After some discussion it was decided to make a felted picture showing some of our lovely alpacas – especially as we were going to use their fibre to make the  Continue Reading »

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Kid’s Club – More wet felting

I’m sorry it has been so long since I kept in touch with our various activities. We have not been idle – but I have had two eye operations and have a permanant eye problem which has made things a little difficult. However, this week some of the Kid’s Club children had a fun time  Continue Reading »

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FELTING FUN

The Kid’s Club had another really enjoyable afternoon wet felting their own flat pieces from Merino fleece and then creating their own design. Some of the comments made whilst they were “working” were :- “This is sooooo much fun!” “I’m really proud of this!” “I can’t wait to show my friends!” “Can we do this  Continue Reading »

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WELD, WELD,WELD!

Change of plan regarding dyeing with woad! I have been doing a project linked to my spinners and dyers guild which has involved dyeing with weld – so I thought I would share that with you for this blog. I grow weld each year and either use it fresh from mid summer through to early  Continue Reading »

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