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I have tried for so long to dye combed top with plants.

I get frustrated dyeing with a combed top. My issues have been felting and the dye not penetrating the colour deep enough. I end up returning to dyeing yarn with natural dyes…My heart is so with an undyed combed top as I am a spinner. I love to spin with a supported spindle.

These past few days, I have been dyeing Cheviot with some fresh hibiscus flowers, marigolds, tango cosmos, and some sunflower seeds, all from my garden.

Tango Cosmo
Hopi Sunflower

Here is a video of my fibre soaking in the dye from the flowers. https://youtube.com/shorts/k0lrNySFgeA?feature=share I used alum and cream of tartar for my mordants. I kept most of the smaller flowers and seeds separate from the fibre.

I have to say I’m pleased with the results. I created a Fade fit Fall. From orange to pink to spots of violet, I can’t wait for this to dry so I can start spinning on my wheel.

Today I have to dye Day 11 of my Advent Fibre Bits Club. Hello Autumn Fibre Bits club is complete, and I’ll start packaging and sending them out next week. 😊

Well time to get my morning coffee as it’s 6:12am and everyone is still fast asleep in my house; best tome for me to write.

Cheers

Keli

Hello Autumn!

OAQFF FIBRE BITS CLUB

It’s time for my autumn fibre bits club event.

  • First week of October, you will receive five packages of little fibre bits in various fall colourways; each package will contain 20 grams of hand-dyed combed top.
  • Total weight of the fibre in shipment is 100 grams.
  • You get to pick from an assortment of Bluefaced Leicester, Polwarth, or Cheviot combed top.
  • Included in the Fibre Bits Club shipment is a ORANGE and BLACK Turkish/support spindle; this is my design and it will have you creating turtles in no time.
    *Zoom meeting on October 14th at 5pm (pacific time) so we can meet each other and see how others are creating their yarn.
    Spin-a-long will start Oct 11th and run till the 15th, right after Thanksgiving in Canada. Use hashtag #helloautumn with a picture of your advent kit and spindle to have a chance of your name being drawn in a drawing on October 16th. The prize will be a custom dyed 112g braid of combed top.
    If you don’t know how to use a support spindle, let me know, and I’d be happy to teach you.

These fibre bits will allow you to spin up a colourful yarn that will be fantastic for mittens, hats, scarves and cowls. You can make some pretty coloured yarn by arranging the Bits the way you want them; so much fun!

Here is a picture of my spindle design. You can spin supported and wind on Turkish, allowing you to create beautiful turtles.

Cheers,

Keli

Here’s a Pumpkin Patch Colour Way that you’ll love.

Hand dyed by me with flowers and plants from my garden.

Pumpkin Patch Botanical Yarn

I used marigolds, St. John’s Wart, Madder, and Japanese indigo. All but the madder root was from my garden as I have some growing, but it takes two to three years to mature.

You can find these mini skein sets at my Etsy shop. I only have three available (one set has four mini skeins). The rest have three.

Cheers,

Keli

I Couldn’t Help It.

I had tried to dye combed top last summer with plants and plant extracts but found it too labour intensive for the amount of fibre I needed to sell and decided to end my experiments.

However, all that rational thought process disappeared when I saw Robin from sitsnspins on Instagram solar dyeing fibre yesterday. I had some combed top and plenty of dyers coreopsis, so I decided to solar dye some superwash merino/bamboo/nylon. Here is a video I created.

Solar Dyeing

I put an elastic band around to create a resistance as I will also overdye the combed top. Not sure with what yet. Here is picture of what the glass jars looked like this afternoon.

The bottom jar had a mixture of ground cochineal and nasturtiums. The top jar had fresh coreopsis on the bottom only.

Check back tomorrow night and see what they look like. I can’t wait either.

-Keli