Category Archives: Dyeing

Review: “Making Life More Beautiful: A Maker’s Handbook”

For several years I’ve been following Kate Davies’s blog, “Fabrickated.”  London-based Kate has a “real” job, but among other talents, she is a skilled and creative clothing designer/maker with a keen eye for assessing fashion.  Kate’s mission always seemed to … Continue reading

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Fun with Fibers …

Thanks to my friend K’s enthusiasm for learning anything and all things fiber, I am returning to my fiber work with the most interest I’ve felt since the November 2016 U.S. presidential election. Most recently, K wanted to try dyeing.  … Continue reading

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Tweed Lopi

I have long loved Lopi yarns.  Lopi yarn is a single ply yarn spun from the dual-coated fleece of the Icelandic sheep (a descendant of the Norwegian Spælsau, which, by the way, provided the yarn used to weave the Viking ship … Continue reading

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Die drei Männlein im Walde/The Three Little Men in the Woods

A professor of German language and literature at a well-known U.S. university recently contacted me with some fiber-related questions. Preparing reading selections for a class, the professor read through stories by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm.  Her specific questions arose from … Continue reading

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Smelly Silk & Soda Ash (Not Smelly)

Going through my stash, I discovered two cones (each weighing over 1 lb.) of tussah silk spun at 1800 yards per pound/1646 meters per .45 kilograms.  Tussah silk, sometimes called “wild silk,” is produced by the uncultivated silk worm and … Continue reading

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Reaching for the Cotton …

Do you want mercerized or unmercerized cotton?  What’s a “pearl” or “pearle” cotton?  What is “mercerization” and how does it affect the cotton?  Simply, mercerization alters the chemical structure of a cellulose fiber, and “pearl” or “pearle” cottons have been … Continue reading

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An Explosion of Small Project Knitting

I, like so many knitaholics, knit year round.  When the mercury rises in the middle of the summer, I start to knit accessories (and a few sweaters that I can knit quickly) slated for autumn and winter family birthdays and as … Continue reading

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