Wednesday, 26 February 2014
Wednesday, 24 July 2013
Wednesday, 17 April 2013
What you need:
- Whole, undyed silk cocoons Oh, and that rattle you hear? That’s the silkworm.
- Sharp exacto knife or scissors
- Toothpicks or bamboo skewers
- Craft painting brushes. Japanese calligraphy brushes are ideal
- Silk paints
- Paper towels
- Styrofoam block
- Steamer or double boiler (non-food use only)
- Rubber gloves
- Old towel
- Craft flower stamens
- Handspun yarn plies. One thick and thin ply is great. The other ply needs to be thin or a commercial thread/fine yarn also is awesome.
- Tiny crochet hook (0.75mm)
2. Setting up to paint, cover your surface well and set out your paints/dyes. I use steam set silk dyes. Poke a skewer or toothpick through the bottom of each cocoon half and stick the other end into the block of styrofoam.
4. Catch your thin coordinating ply and pull it through the hole into the inside of the flower.
Thursday, 4 April 2013
Sunday, 3 March 2013
As I spin my fiber, I have thoroughly enjoyed researching each breed for a deeper understanding and even respect for them , along with the people and organizations that protect and breed each one. Whilst I find snippets of information all over the place, I found this website on the commercial cleaning of Zwartbles Fleece just amazing.
Monday, 18 February 2013
Friday, 15 February 2013
The original Steinschaf was a dual-coated, small, and wiry high mountain sheep, characteristics making it ideal for the high mountains in the Eastern Alpine regions. The modern Steinschaf is now a robust, small to medium-sized sheep with dual coated fleece with pithy, long coarse hair and fine wavy and short under coat