Friday, September 23, 2011

Fiber Arts Friday- What to Dye..What to Dye

This week found me running from this and that. I was completely unorganized and all over the map. Part of the reason is that I am finally losing that exhausted feeling from the virus. I actually have energy and just don't know where to start! I should be in my paddocks cleaning up....but my fiber stash beckons.

With several fiber fests coming up I am trying to work my through my stash. I over dyed some fawn alpaca that I washed/picked a while ago. I used ruby red. I really love Greener Shades Dyes. The colors are clear and soft on white fiber. I am finding that the ruby red does over dye on fawn or light/medium rose gray nicely.

Amethyst purple dyes beautifully over medium or dark silver gray.

But I am not getting a darker color from Greener Shades and some colors of alpaca do not like to be over dyed. Do any of you have experience with Greener Shades? Or any thoughts?

Besides dyeing I spent some time spinning. I just need to ply the skein with the beads from last week. I still have my Indian bling skein which I am still spinning. And I started another bobbin of toffee colored alpaca.

This weekend I am headed Tealwater Ranch for National Alpaca Days. I will be setting up a fiber booth and if you are in the area stop by and see us. Cora has a lovely farm with beautiful alpacas! On Sunday I will be natural dyeing with a friend here on my farm. We are going to be using goldenrod, pokeberry, sumac and indigo. I cannot wait! If I can find another large pot I might sneak in dogwood berries.
That is all from Via Ver1de for the week. Enjoy your FAF and head on over to Andrea's blog to check out more fiber fun!

Friday, September 16, 2011

Fiber Arts Friday-Spinning, Dyeing, Carding, Photography and Salsa!

Fiber Arts Friday this week found me busy. I just couldn't decide what to do so I tried it all. I have been sick for about 3 1/2 weeks now. Before that I was on vacation for 2 weeks. In between I dropped my daughter off at college and my other two started their busy schedules at school. As I was feeling better and everyone is off at school I hit the pavement running. Here is what I did this week:

First I thought I would spin 2 skeins. I did not quite meet the challenge. One is done and the other is on the bobbin. I still need to dye the fawn skein. The pink/brown skein has purple beads incorporated into it.

Don't look too closely at my uneven bobbin. I was talking to my daughter and got distracted!

Next I wanted to dye some fawn alpaca. I used Greener Shades Dyes in Ruby Red. Got a nice variegated look. I also dyed in purple, but it is currently on the drum carder.

Then I wanted to card a bit of Nightengale, my dark silver gray paca. I have about 2 oz and am seriously thinking of recarding it with some black angelina. We will see.

Finally I needed to take pictures for my Phat Fiber sample. Sometimes I find taking photos a pain. There are days when the light is just right, the battery is charged, the card is not full and I have inspiration. Others, as in today, I couldn't get it together. I had to postpone while I charged the battery. Finally I managed a few shots.

What I did not finish:

1. I still have several, actually more, fleeces that I need to skirt. I really, really need to finish them. Just not too excited I guess. I get bored. So yesterday I popped over to the library and check out Orhan Pamuk's book Red. I am going to try to listen to that while I skirt away!

2. Salsa that has taken me 3 days so far because I keep stopping to work on fiber. One day it will canned in jars.

I think I about covered my week. I hope you all had a good one. Head on over to Andrea's blog to read about what all the amazing fiber artists have been up to this week.