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February 18, 2013

more ombre


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February 5, 2013

ombre felt

Ombre Length
Merinoblend Width

Using Ashland Bay carbon, grey and blue faced leicester with tussah silk in an ombre blend. I'm hoping to make another zipper fold over clutch with this fabric. I started on a piece of scrim I'd dyed using elephant grey, one of the few dye projects that came out fine. I've had much better luck dying linen and cotton than silk and wool.

Ombre Prefelt

My favorite part is laying out the fluffy bits, they are so lovely, dreamy and relaxing. (the bending over the floor part hurts though!)

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February 4, 2013

twilight grey

It felt like a dye day. I've got 4 ounces of silk, I used 24 cups of water, plus extra when dissolving the 1 teaspoon of twilight grey which I added first and then the three heaping tablespoons of salt. I'm following the silk dyeing directions from here. I'm also totally insane and am adding in some left over roving, likely about 3 ounces. I figure what the hell the dye is cooking so go for it. Cooking for 10 min up to 200 degrees, adding 1 tbl citric acid cooking for 10 more.

Twilightgrey Silk
Dryingsilk Grey
Oye Felted
Greysilk Twilight

Well not such a good dye job yet again. It's all splotchy, too dark and too blueish purple not the neutral grey I was hoping for. I wonder if I should try a different order of dye events? I watched this you tube video on the subject and she just tossed in the fleece, sprinkled in dye, squirted in vinegar and she pushed and tossed and then added more dye and her roving didn't felt and come out all blotchy like mine. Dang! I'm going about this all wrong I guess. I also watched this video on dye solution recipes (1 tsp powder dye, 1tbl citric acid, 1 cup of water) think I'll give it try for next time. Also I think I need to let the dye simmer longer with the top on and then let it cool down naturally rather than dumping out the water and rinsing. Ok so new tips to try, experiment and experience will be my best method!

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February 2, 2013

pygora felt

Pygora Prefelt
Pygora Prefeltwidth
Length Pygoraprefelt

I started at 68" by 34", ended at 54" by 27". I used a white scrim layer, then lightly laid down ecru blue faced leicester, then the same but mixed with 30% sea cell which is shiny and gorgeous when mixed with the pygora locks which I sprinkled on top. Next time I will add a light layer of leicester over the locks to help them felt down. Many of the pygora clusters have locks sticking out which is ok, but wasn't what I was going for. I'm still on the hunt for a good source for pretty pygora locks and more information about felting with locks. It isn't as easy to wet felt locks. I think most people needle felt with them. I was also using a really mild soap, olive oil, and wonder if I could use something a touch stronger to really get the fibers to open.

Pygora Felt
Pygora Closeup

I love the result, so soft and pretty. More pillows to come I imagine. Though I think this fabric would make a nice detail or trim on a skirt, dress or bag.

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