This past weekend I held a dyeing workshop for the mavens of the fiber forest. Talented spinner Heather who sells her hand spun skiens to shops here in central/ northern california, showed me some awesome yarn she spun. The photo shows a core spun elastic with hand dyed wool. You can see the relaxed skein, and then it stretched to it's full length. This is a talented woman and I want to spin some of this amazing"elastic stretchy" yarn and weave with it on my SAORI loom. Heather dyed some kid mohair locks with acid dyes in jewel tones as well. Heather and her talented mom are both spinners dyers and "fiber artists" How nice is that? Talent for the fiber arts defiantly run in her family.
Candance applied her "free form" SAORI philosophy weaving techniques to her cellulose fibers hand painted skein by dying intuitively . she wants to use the hand painted cotton for saori weaving warps. Not getting hung up on thinking to much and worrying she painted 5 or 6 skeins with procion dyes . Her skeins are still waiting to be rinsed, more photos to follow in a few days, they were beautiful.
MY SKEINS AFTER RINSING STILL BRIGHT NOT DARK OR MUDDIED
This was a first time to try dyeing a hand paint cotton skein with out steaming to set, it works beautifully with procion dyes. usually i have used silk or wool etc and acid dyes. only wash the cotton skeins in cold water though the life of the finished artical or project too, that way if the colors bleed they will not set. Thank you heather and Candance for a great mavens dye day. AND to my husband Lee for setting up the heavy tables, tanks pots and preparing the areas too.
My finished cotton dyed skeins of 5/2 and textured yarnsdried dyed mega cotton skeins and clean up towel