Flax and Hemp: these two bast fibers have been with us since the beginning of civilization. They shimmer like silver and gold. The history of the plants and fiber is both interesting and filled with folklore and romance. […]
Category: Tech : Fibre
Today, we’re here to discuss how to create a heathered yarn using a drum-carder or hand carders to blend different fibres and colours together. […]
I first learned about CVM/Romeldale sheep from an article written by Laurie Ball-Gisch for The Shepherd magazine in January 2002. I was raising a small flock of sheep but looking to commit to one breed with both preservation and fine wool in mind. And so began my instant fondness and affection for the rarest, most endangered breed of sheep in North America today.
The theme of the April 2011 issue of Ennea revolves around Celtic connections – cabled projects and natural wools. Immediately my brain went to Ireland, with all their Celtic cables carved in stone and sheep wandering the lush, green hills. I know this is a stereotype, but it is such a pretty image.
When I decided to design a traditional Fair Isle tam, I knew I wanted to use shetland wool. The unique “sticky” nature of this fiber makes it perfect to use for colorwork. I also knew that I wanted to match a yarn similar to Jamieson’s “jumper weight” Spindrift shetland yarn, as I’ve used that for colorwork before.
If you are spinner, you know that it’s great fun choosing a fiber to spin, and simply sitting down at your wheel and letting yourself enjoy the process of creating yarn. There’s nothing wrong with that at all, but what if you want to reverse the process, and have a commercial yarn in mind that you’d like to duplicate for a specific project or project type?