Monday, August 17, 2015

Three new Saori weavers at the studio, More solar fiber dyeing, plying yarns just got easier the Louet lazy kate

 Triple digit temps this past  week so I prepped  fibers then solar dyed  lots of yarn and spinning fibers.
 Finished and rinsed fibers and yarns drying in the sun

 fiber hand painted  with dyes Getting ready to solar bake for three days

all covered up for three days left to cook in the sun

 Yes I got very messy!
  Very little water used because I  used  acid dyes which exhaust when raised to a certain temp and the fiber soak water was all that was needed to be used to rinse  just one time. The extracted dyes from the  laundry spinner went   into  the tubs and the  left over soak water I then carried to shrubs, and trees to give them a drink and so  no water was wasted .

The autum shades for my  silk cocoons 


 Pam came to the studio for a full day of weaving , she had never wove before. but  lets take look at how she took to Saori weaving !

  Pam using the comb reed to create interest  More about the Saori comb reed here

 and  she learned other fun techniques too THE SAORI WX60 WOOD FOLDING LOOM HERE

 Antoinette  is weaving  beautiful yardage for a bag on the 15 lb Saori little portable piccolo loom !

A very cool  first time ever weaving piece!  Pam  loved her first weaving, but it is not  just any weaving  it is a  SAORI WEAVING !!! !


I love my LOUET S10C double treadle spinning wheel I have 3 or 4 different lazy kates for plying yarns from my bobbins but decided to try the new Louet stand alone kate. ONE SIDE 3 BULKY BOBBINS  FLIP it over and it holds 4 regular louet standard bobbin. add  to this a brilliant tensioning system. too  I just had to share this Lazy kate with you, I was surprised and totally impressed!
This has the same great feel as my out of production louet s90 built in lazy kate but I can use  it for my louet victoria wheel, my s10 regular bobbins, and my large  bulky bobbins .

A disk is added to slow down the louet bobbins just  enough so you do not get bobbin back spin. no springs or cords just a simple design, brilliant.  Still easy to pull  from the bobbins .The made in Holland Louet wheels  have been brilliantly made  for 40 years .They just keep getting better, isn't that refreshing ! read more about the Louet Lazy Kate here

 From the clay studio Lee just  opened a bisque firing  I love to peek in the students work were from  all ages.

 The lower teaching deck is ALL READY for a couple of students for a try it class!


Meet Donna and Dee

   THEY ARE BUSY I  am introducing them  to  all kinds of new Saori weaving fun!

  They will be back for more maybe a scarf class ?  SAORI SANTA CRUZ TO SCHEDULE A TRY IT CLASS HERE

but before they left they came into the studio to view  hangings and clothing in my gallery and tried on a few pieces.

the "artist Poet vest" cotton warp silk weft


Peaceful weaving  , spinning, and dyeing in the redwoods

Jill Nickolene Sanders


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