It was only a matter of time before the Weave Spin Dye Guild got me on the last craft – weaving. It’s something I’d been interested in trying for a while, but I got some news which gave me a push to learn. My grandmother’s 80 year old hand made loom has been dug out of my uncles and assembled, and donated to the local museum. But no one there knows how to work it, so when I go there for a visit, I’m supposed to help them figure it out. A daunting task, but it gave me a push to rent the guild loom for a month.
The first step is the warping board. Round and round the yarn goes, 170 times in my case.
Then setting up the warp on the loom took quite a while, but I followed the directions and googled occasionally for tips, and got it done.Once the loom is properly warped, the weaving part goes pretty quick.
I’m still getting the hang of it, but I’m pretty happy with it so far. I’m doing the stripes a bit random, since I’m not sure how far my yarn will go.
Check out the guild rental page if you’d like to give it a try!
On Sunday I ran a dye workshop for the Irish Guild of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers. I think a good time was had by all, certainly some beautiful yarn was painted… I almost asked a few people to write down what they’d done so I could repeat it for the shop 🙂
The wonderful Jenny at Crafty Tails declared herself dye photographer, and kindly let me use her photos since I took none of my own.
Everyone got two skeins of yarn each, one the Swing Sock base (75% merino, 25% nylon) and the other Merino DK. They had a selection of primaries to mix and play with, and come up with whatever colour they could think of. I helped where needed but mostly they played with colour and yarn. And they came up with some beautiful colours, don’t you think?
They all went home happy with yarn dyed by their own hands, I can’t wait to see what they look like knit up!
And since today is cyber Monday (and I’m feeling a bit of pre-Christmas cheer) I’ve put FREE SHIPPING on everything in the Etsy shop. Just for 24 hours!