It was a glorious Fall day. Joanie, the current president of the Guild, had us out to her farm to set up. An AMAZING place. A big beautiful old house with gorgeous grounds. And animals!
|Lot's of hard work.....|
|.....and waiting and talking...|
I prepared for the day by measuring out a warp of alpaca in sections to be dyed in different colors. This will become a scarf.
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Walnut, indigo, tumeric, hibiscus overdyed with a weak indigo, and annato.
My colors did not turn out as vivid as some. But natural dyes can be amazingly bright.
While at Fall Fiber Festival I managed to slip away to peek at some of the other vendors. When I saw the glorious colors of Black Twig Farm I was amazed! And knew I had to make a purchase. Generally I try to avoid buying yarn (since I spin and don't knit much!) unless I plan on weaving with it. But I couldn't walk away from her beautiful examples without taking some home with me.
These yarns are mill spun of Churro, a navajo sheep raised on Rachel's farm outside Crozet, right here in Virginia!
The colors were created with natural elements with a "mordant" added to modify the color:
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cochineal (a dried beetle that is ground up) with tin, coreopsis with tin, osage orange with alum, madder root with alum and black walnut with iron
Back home I have 25 bookmarks on my loom! Nearly half way finished.
(Blogger is driving me CRAZY today. Pictures everywhere, that frame line showing up where I dont' want it. This post took WAY more time then it should have. GRRRRRRRRR.)
This weekend it's Shearing at Juniper Moon Farm and Greg will be home for 5 days!