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Seattle Weaving Guild-Wow!

Yesterday, 23 Feb 2017, I had the privilege of going to a Seattle Weavers Guild meeting in Seattle. Wow! I was wowed by the amount of people attending; by the beautifully woven garments worn by attendees; the “Hot of the Loom” show and tell on display and discussed; the friendly people I met and the program. The Speaker was Kathrin Weber of Blazing Shuttles and she was very, very good. She dyes her warps and weaves the most colorful pieces I have ever seen.

I have waited for a year to begin getting involved with different groups here in the area that I live in. I didn’t wait to find a yarn store! I go to an awesome yarn store in Edmonds, WA called, “All Wound Up”. It is run by a mother-daughter dynamic duo that aim to please and educate. It has the nicest yarn, best prices and sweetest people ever. I spend at least a couple of days a week there knitting and chatting with the friendly customers and staff, oh, and petting the yarn!

My trek to the Seattle Weavers Guild was so wonderful. I had been reading  their web site and meeting individuals that are members off and on for the last year, while we got settled into our life in the PNW. So, I finally had the 4th Thursday of the month free from other appointments and drove to Seattle for the whole day. The meeting hall is huge and was filled with  people and beauty and color!

I met so many wonderully nice people, especially ones that wanted to help you get going forward in your weaving. Or Spinning. I met a lot of Spinners too! Fun place.

I mailed my SWG application for Membership today and hope by March I will have an offical “nametag” and be a “real” member, not just a virtual one!


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Another Hot Day in the Hills and a Challenge

Wow, another hot day here in the 90’s. Yesterday was in the 100’s. We aren’t used to heat like this here. I heard someone say that 99 or 101 was not “hot” that Arizona or Texas’s temps of 110 to 120 was HOT! I agree, but I still like my Air Conditioning!!!

The wool that I dyed with the RIT came out ok. It bled a lot after the dyeing, like I expected and because of the lanolin in the wool, it didn’t dye real evenly which I desired, so all in all it worked out fine! I spun it up and then plied it with some bright yellow that I dyed with “real wool dye”. The skein is tiny, but looks interesting.

I also finished my “challenge” from the C R Yarn shop. Rita said that she had some yarn that she wanted a “sample” of for the shop. She challenged any of us to buy one skein and knit, crochet or weave this ribbon type yarn into a sample for her to hang in her shop. I did it and decided to weave a small bag. Ahhhh, the best laid plans of older women and their looms. (forgive me Mr. Steinbeck) I was weaving along thinking I had a lovely long piece of fabric to fold into a cute little purse. I had a lovely short piece of fabric to fold into a smaller purse. Anyway, I finished it and had to take a photo of it and blog about it before I took it to the LYS.

Inside of Small Purse

The Outside of Small Purse


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I’m Dyeing again!!

Went out to the Thrift store the other day to purchase a bamboo blind, the kind that goes outside the house. Didn’t find it. Found lots of yarn for warp, a spoon holder for my spoon collection and a crock pot for dyeing!!

I decided I couldn’t wait to get “real” dye for my wool, so I used the purple RIT I had in the house. We will see what happens!

I dyed outside so as not to make is smelly in here. I used vinegar with the dye and the hot water. I am letting it cool overnight.

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Dartmoor Dyeing, not Dartmore Dyeing!

I failed to spell the yarn dyeing process correctly and figured that someone might want to know what Dartmoor Dyeing is! This post is from “Weaving Yarnz”and she explains it quite well. Read some more of her posts by clicking on the Weaving Yarnz link above!

Tuesday, 25 March 2008
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Each summer our Guild holds a retreat and about 25 women abandon home and family for an uninterrupted weekend where they can play with fibre to their heart’s content. This year the theme of the retreat was ‘Dyeing with a Difference’, and one of the ‘different’ things we did was Dartmoor Dyeing.Dartmoor Dyeing is a little easier to do than explain, but briefly, it involves a full greasy fleece and 4 dyepots of red, blue, yellow and jade, or a mix of blue and green of some description. The greasy fleece is divided into 3 equal parts; the first of these 3 divisions is further divided into 4. Each of the 4 pieces put into a different dyepot and after simmering for about 30 minutes the fibre is removed from the pots, rinsed well, divided into 4 again. One piece of each colour is set aside as a control colour and the remaining pieces returned to the dyepots but this time to a different coloured pot to the one they originally came from; ie. one piece each of red, blue and yellow goes into the jade pot, one piece of blue, yellow and jade into the red pot, and so on. (I did say it was easier to do than explain!). They’re all simmered again for 20 minutes or so, removed from the pots, rinsed and put out to dry.

The dyepots are replenished with more dye and vinegar (using the same water) and the same process is repeated with the 2nd of the initial 3 divisions; more dye replenishment and the final of the 3 divisions is done the same way. What you end up with is a feast for the eyes – 48 piles of glorious colour …

The left column are the results from the red pot, the next from the blue, then yellow and jade.

And a close-up of 2 of the results which show the effect obtained by using a greasy fleece (in this instance, very greasy, having only been shorn the previous day). The left one was first dyed in the red pot, then in the yellow; the right one was red first, then jade. The variations in colour are the result of the greasy parts of the staple resisting the dye in the initial simmering but the drier tips taking it up well; then on the second run the grease has been boiled off and the second colour has been taken up.


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Where Have I Been! Visiting the Queen? Nope.

Been a while since I have posted. The Sewing Machine gathers dust in the corner. I finished another scarf with handwoven gray yarn for the weft, I think it is pretty. Went to Handcrafted in the Hills Fiber Retreat a couple of weeks ago. Our relatives came to visit last week and our son came home for 2 days this week. Busy. But good. Oh yeah, and then there was laundry, shopping, eating, sleeping, emails, facebook and work in-between!

The Local Yarn Shop (LYS) got a bunch of the recurring customers together and we fashioned a wonderful retreat from everyday life for 3 wonderful days. We found a lovely Guest Ranch (Sunrise Guest Ranch) in Edgemont, SD about 85 miles from Rapid City. The accommodations were perfect for a Fiber Retreat. There were over 20 ladies ranging in ages from 8 yrs old to 70 something. We had Scotch Eggs for Breakfast, sandwiches for lunch and a catered steak dinner all on Saturday. We got there on a Friday night, had a huge knitting/spinning/crocheting circle, ate snacks and laughed and got to know one another. Saturday after Breakfast we watched Rita (LYS shop owner) demonstrate Dartmore Dyeing. She had some lanoliny wool that she dyed in crock pots.

Dartmore Dyeing

Then we had a Tunisian Crochet class that Katy taught with a huge crochet hook so we could all see. We had lunch then Needle Felting class taught by Marti, and finally a Colorworks Knit class taught by Rita. All throughout the day we had quick demos of the dartmore dyeing process, very interesting. The sun was shining and some of the more adventurous souls trekked through the barnyard to see the bottle lambs, sheep, horses, and cattle that were at the Ranch.

I'm Cute!

I taught a Beginning Spinning class while the Colorworks class was going and it was fun to see the ladies catch on to the process of spinning. We had so much fun doing all of these things together that we hardly wanted to stop in order to be fed our supper!

View from Lodge at Sunrise Guest Ranch

Mark, Suzanne and Kylee, of Sunrise Guest Ranch, prepared and served a delicious supper of organically grown beef steak, baked potato, veggie and salad. They outdid themselves with dessert: home-made vanilla ice cream made with that day’s fresh cream! Wow, we felt like royalty.  Circle in Lodge

After supper we decided to play a silly game. The fiber that had been dyed during the day was all sitting in colorful piles on paper plates on a table in the main room. We all drew numbers and then when our number was called we proceeded to the table to choose a color of fiber that we liked. We carried the fiber, wet, on its paper plate to our place. Then the next number was called and if that lady liked your color more than any others on the table she could STEAL the fiber from you! We played this for a couple of hours because there were so many plates of fiber and so many ladies. We thought we would all break ourselves laughing so hard. Some of the quietest ladies stole the most fiber!! This silly game really cemented our friendships. We all declared at the end of the night that we had become a COMMUNITY of like minded fiberistas.

Sunday was a day to pay up our bills for the “Necessities Shop” that the LYS had brought along, most of us bought more yarn, fiber or needles. We cleaned up after ourselves, and then bought recently sheared fleeces from Mark and Suzanne’s Rambouillet sheep. NICE! After saying our teary goodbyes, we all decided to come back next year. Such a fun time.

It took us all about a week to get ourselves back to normal but it was worth it!

Then the week following the fiber retreat our son was scheduled to come home from Italy. He flew in on a Sunday afternoon and left again on Tuesday evening after seeing friends, getting financing, buying a truck, renting a trailer, loading his motorcycle into the trailer, and sleeping and eating. It was a whirlwind of a visit, but very worth it.

And now I am trying to get my self motivated to warp the Macomber again, so I can do an experiment with plastic bags. Will post more later about this project!

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