Wolf at the Door

Look what came across my desk this morning… if you are in the Vancouver Lower Mainland, you might be interested in this theatre company, Otherwise Productions, that is putting up a play about artisan wool weavers! Set in 1812 in England, ‘Wolf at the Door’ tells the story of Matthias, an artisan weaver, and the…

Handpainted Skeins for Warp

This past Tuesday, I was invited to speak at the Richmond Weavers’ & Spinners’ Guild meeting. The Richmond Guild is a wonderfully friendly group of weavers and spinners who have the ultimate in facilities. Their meetings and activities are housed upstairs in the Fibre Arts room of the Richmond Cultural Centre where they have five…

Everyone, but me.

There is much weaving progress going on at the studio… among all the students and weavers, except me! Fortunately, or unfortunately, depending on how you look at it, I’ve been so busy with dyeing and writing the never-ending cardigan pattern that I haven’t had time to touch my loom. So instead, Carina is making good…

Woven Shibori on a Rigid Heddle Loom

It’s the end of the work day on a Friday and I’ve been busy winding, packaging and labelling yarn. It’s a never-ending task. I’m kind of beat, but just saw this in my mailbox and got pretty excited… It’s woven shibori on a humble rigid heddle loom. Fantastic, extensive post with complete details and step-by-step…

Gumdrops and sugar highs

Now that we’re pretty much at the end of March, I think it’s safe to post about the recent Fibre Club installment… Gumdrops dyed up on Corriedale. Corriedale was the very first fibre I ever dyed. Done up with Koolaid dyes, the fibre poofed up in candy colours and I was immediately smitten with the…

Using your handspun

Bluefaced Leicester handspun used for a warp… this is ready to put on the loom now. Sometimes when I’ve spent a zillion hours dyeing the fibre, spinning fine singles yarn, then plying the yarn (ending up with half or even a third of the original yardage) and then soaking and setting the yarn… I feel…

Second Chances

A while back, there were a couple girls who emailed me requesting special orders of some handpainted yarn. They wanted the “Kill Bill” colourway on some non-superwash wool yarn. Now, “Kill Bill” is a pretty high contrast colourway… it’s deep heavy blacks sharply painted on a bright clear yellow backdrop with distinct blood red droplets….

Mixed warp scarves come to life…

Yesterday, I had a chance in the afternoon to warp both the looms with mixed warp scarves. I managed to use up all my handspun laceweight merino/silk singles as weft for this scarf… and so I’ll have to go back and spin more in order to finish weaving this. So here it is for now:…

From wallace+sewell to Textile Futures

Travelling to London has kept my interest partly because their designers, artists and craftsmen are so well supported and encouraged by the local councils that they appear to be able to innovate and create more. So for me, it’s not just yarn tourism… it’s the search for signs of future growth and the pushing forward…