Thursday, 29 September 2011

So Far This Week

I've finished spinning up the superwash Merino, Sari Silk, Icicle blend.  I'm quite happy with it.  The large skein has 220 yds, while the small one has another 60 yds.  That's the yardage based on the niddy noddy count.  I've no idea what to do with this pretty yarn though.

I cut and sewed up 2 tote bags.   They are a little fussy because they are fully lined and have pockets.  I will say though, that these are the 3rd and 4th bags I've made, and they have gotten a fair bit faster to make than the first one.  It's nice that they are completely machine sewn.  I make them out of sturdy material, although the one with hearts is just a plain quilting cotton, interlined with Pellon interfacing to give it the needed umph to make a good tote bag.  It's a nice size bag, so having an extra one around is useful.  One is for me and the second is for a gift.

The first dye vat for the embroidery wools was Coreopsis Tinctoria.  With only an alum mordant, in the pot at that, not pre-mordanting like I would normally do, yielded this lovely soft orange.  How pretty is that?  I'm thrilled with the colour and will definitely plant this variety of Coreopsis again.

1 comment:

Woolly Bits said...

the finished yarn looks so much darker! pity, that there are no "feel" pix available:))
the coreopsis died on my this year, but your orange nearly looks like the colour I usually get from dahlia flowers... I must buy new tubers for next spring!!