Virtual Live Show

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For anyone interested in using fibers or shopping for things made from fibers check out this 4-day show https://issuu.com/terramiakat/docs/holidaymarket.ver11?fr=sOTZhMDIyMTEzMzM&fbclid=IwAR1tDHvMCzE968S2JWjgV3wB9UgNqvaxix4jnqYVt_8uIIGYnVfF0i4B1ys

I am privileged to be in this month’s show on November 27th from 4:00 – 4:30 pm EST ! I with be showing hand dyed fiber and yarn, hand spun yarn, as well as felted hats and knit shawls. This is only a portion of the things I make, but it feels so good to finally be doing a show. Stop by, this is the year for remote shopping and I’ve been very happy to have been able to shop some of the wonderful vendors who participate in this Facebook group. https://www.facebook.com/groups/wafalive

Now I have to get back to practicing the video part of the new things I’m learning.

Have a Happy Thanksgiving All.

dyed and spun!

2020

This has turned out to be a very unusual year!

With Craft Shows cancelled we have still been creating new inventory and looking forward to shows resuming next year. Meanwhile I am in the process of starting a Facebook page for business and would like to invite everyone to come take a look https://www.facebook.com/Mulch-and-More-Crafts-227360258455219/

Our two cats (Stanley and Sheldon) are still actively supervising all our activities and approve of most of them. It’s been so long since I’ve posted here that I can’t even insert a picture but will have to go find one!

Stay Safe and Busy!

Happy New Year

As we begin a new year I’m wishing everyone happiness!

In our family happiness comes from keeping in touch with family and friends, and playing with color! What brings you happiness?

New Year’s Day my husband added the finishing touches to his newest painting and signed it as complete. He has now started on his next one. The 9″ of new snow which fell the night before tempted me to snow dye two more silk scarves.

Sometimes instead of resolutions and even goals, just doing things that make us happy is much more productive and satisfying. (although the goal of finishing things once started does lurk in the background.)

The following picture is of my “happiness projects” of the last few days.

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The black in the center is warp wound on a small loom-still waiting to be threaded through the heddles and reed, then tied to the cloth beam to weave.

The two silk scarves are signed and await a final wash and ironing.

The yarn and fiber were yesterday’s projects. Now they need labeling and maybe some coordinating skeins dyed.

A new dye and more silks arrived this morning so besides projects to finish I have a new (fluorescent) color to play with.

What plans have you made for this new year?

Silk Scarves – Part 2

I have been hand dyeing and painting silk scarves for several years now. The exact techniques that I use are hard to describe and will vary depending on how I want to “play with color” on that particular day :). The results range from pastel to very bright, from structured to random.

Then comes the challenge of taking pictures that accurately represent the colors that we see in real life.Dealing with silk, changes in the light will reflect differently, not to mention the differences in peoples monitors. Of the following pictures scarf #17    is a good example, the purple on the bottom part is actually much deeper/brighter and gradually lightens in shade towards the middle  (the name sign is white in all of these pictures.) But even the color of the table is different than the realistic color in the other pictures. Think I need a light box?

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57″ x 10″ priced at $20

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57″ x 10″ priced at $20

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57″ x 10″ priced at $20

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72″ x 9″ priced at $25

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78″ x 9.5″ priced at $25

Now to try to move the picture below into this space…I need a refresher course on picture sizing and placement!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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76″ x 9.5″ priced at $25

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68″ x 14″ priced at $25

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71″ x 14.5″ priced at $25

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68″ x 14″ priced at $25

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58″ x 10.5″ priced at $30

These (and more) will be going to the craft shows with us in the Spring unless they find homes before then. (You can contact me to check on availability)

I’ve ordered more scarves to dye so I’d appreciate your comments, to learn which styles and colors you might prefer to see.

Wishing Everyone a Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year!

Snow Dyed Silk Scarves

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snow dyeing

Snow dyeing is the process of placing dyes on top of snow with the article to be dyed encased in two layers of snow. As the snow melts the dyes are carried onto the fabric, making beautiful and unique patterns. In the following  I used silk scarves and acid dyes, which I then heat set to ensure color fastness. Care instructions; Hand wash in mild soap and cool water. Iron while still damp using lowest temperature iron setting. Wear and enjoy!

After teaching a workshop in silk painting at a November Fiber Show I had to keep inspiration going, so the snow came just in time to use this different technique when I returned home.

Each of these are different styles of 100% silk, ranging in weight from 8mm (flat crepe and chiffon) to 12mm (crepe de chine  and silk satin) , to the heaviest at 19.5mm ( silk charmeuse.)

 

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58″ x 10.5″ priced at $25

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58″ x 10.5″  priced at $25

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58′ x 9.5′  priced at $25

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58″ x 11″ priced at $30                       

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56″ x 11″ priced at $30 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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64″ x  12.5″ priced at $30                   

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58″ x 11″ priced at $25

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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58″ x 11″ priced at $25                    

The preceding is to answer questions that friends of my daughter had, after seeing her early Christmas present of a flat crepe scarf. If anyone else is interested feel free to contact me. My next planned post will feature my hand dyed/painted inventory of scarves (more pictures to take 🙂 .

 

 

A Short Break…

What was meant to be a short break from blogging inexplicably grew into a long stretch of craft shows, life, and expanding inventory!   A tendency toward procrastination may have played a small part too 🙂 A new grand-baby and discovering the time suck of Facebook for keeping in touch with wide-spread family may have been a contributing factor also.

Did I mention hand dyeing?….I’ve expanded my dyeing to include yarns of different weights and fibers as well as a larger variety of silk scarves. More on that (with pictures) in my next post.

No, but I was Almost Ready!

I only forgot one “important” item at Saturday’s craft show! Since I sell my hand dyed wool by the ounce, it helps if I have my scale with me! I didn’t have, so I put out very little wool (thinking I wouldn’t sell any 🙂 The wool customers (spinners) that wanted some were very understanding and accepted my estimate of how much was in a ball. My scale now goes to the top of my list for the next show!

Here’s three skeins of yarn, fresh off my wheel.

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hand dyed merino wool hand spun.

 

And here is our show set-up.  Son and I shared one space while husband had a space across the aisle from us.

 

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Cliff’s corner

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candles and hats

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wool and yarn

Meanwhile we look forward to the next shows, more organized packing, and warmer weather. Have a nice week everyone.

Am I Ready?

“Am I ready?” is the question I ask myself every year as the craft shows start. I spend a week making lists, crossing off things as I get them ready, adding two more for every one crossed off and still have the feeling I’ve forgotten something. This process continues until I have the two inside shows under my belt, then starts again until after the first outside ones….adding tents, weights, camping gear to the already bulging trailer.

I can’t really say I’m stressed, I know I have the important things together. I think it’s more excitement to get back into the routine of things after not having a concrete schedule for the winter. I’ll report back after the first is done!

Blog Avoidance?

Don’t know why I haven’t been posting as regularly as I had planned? I don’t have writer’s block as I have many thoughts written down in notes. Maybe it’s the fact that there are only 24 hours in a day and I need a few of those for sleeping?

Craft shows are approaching! I have copies of our schedule printed for handing out to those interested in where we will be. I’ve revised my candle scent listing brochure, adding more scents (that will eventually be discontinued) to my sale column! This also meant relabeling all my inventory boxes and sorting through over 100 scents (does that explain why I am trying to cut back on my variety?)  Plus I’ve been making more candles, printing their labels etc. Hopefully I won’t have to make candles between some of the back-to-back shows.

And I’ve been dyeing!…lots and lots of wool fiber 🙂 Tonight I finally took the time to edit the many pictures I’ve been taking of the finished colors. And I’ve spun a few sample yarns, changing the look of the colors by plying them with different colors.

 

 

And I managed to achieve these each of these two-tone results in the same kettle of dye!

And for a visual hint of how this was done, the following two pictures are of the same roving;

 

And the latest two color-ways;

Most of the above fiber will be available at craft shows for $3.00 per ounce (both the Suffolk roving  and the Merino top is about 8oz per batch/colorway). If you would like to purchase some to spin, contact me and I can list it for you if it’s still here.

Hope everyone will continue to follow and realize, as I have, that I will probably always be a sporadic writer….too many irons in the fire…which reminds me, I need to plug in and do some new wood burning! Til next time, enjoy your lives, and hope you had a Happy Easter.

Another Tangled Web

This web at first looked as if a giant spider had invaded our downstairs!

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tangled around every leg in sight

But on second look it was just Stanley and Sheldon learning to play “cat’s cradle” with some string they found 🙂

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Now this is the next move!

Lucky for all that it wasn’t my hand spun!