• Spinning Portland Dyed Fleece

    Posted on 4th May 2014 by Shelley in Spinning Weaving Fibre.

     

    Rare Breed Portland Sheep Fleece

    Hand Dyed Carded Fleece

    Hand Dyed Carded Fleece

     

    I decided I would make up carded batts’ that have just gone through the carder once and then choose what colours to dye them.  Normally I have an idea of what I’m going to make or have designed it already before I get to the dyeing fibre stage, but this time I’m not.

    Hand dyed red carded fleece

    Hand dyed red carded fleece

     

     I halved the batts’ evenly and dyed one lot red and the other bright green.  The green is VERY bright and I’m really pleased with the red, as I find it hard to get really good reds when dyeing.  My intension is to blend these 2 by putting them back through the carder, which will mean they’ve been carded twice.  I don’t know whether to keep it more organic or to go totally blended.  I’m going to wait and see how they look after being blended once.

    Dyed fibre drying

    Dyed fibre drying

     

    I’m still knitting & weaving my items from the Leicester Longwool/Mohair collection, and I’ve started spinning my Icelandic Collection.  I bought some dyed roving of Icelandic sheep when I was over there last year.  It is an Amazing place.                                                                                                                                                         

    Dyed fibre drying

    Dyed fibre drying

     

     

     

    My husband thinks I should work on one project at a time, but that doesn’t work for me, and it would actually be a lot slower.  It makes sense to prepare the next project while working on the current one, and is always good exercise for the brain… 

     

    I’ve asked other knitters and spinners and 99% of them work on more than one project at any given time, although some confess to not finishing all of them either.

    Icelandic singles ready for plying

    Icelandic singles ready for plying

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