I was asked by a customer a while ago about using silk fibres from my shop in soap making. 'Let me see if I can find out how to do that', I said. Fortunately YouTube is a wonderful resource and here I found an answer...
I have blogged about Valery before, but following her work I thought it would be nice to do a follow up post about what inspires her... and of course mention her CHRISTMAS SALE!
So I hand the reins of this post over to Valery...
I started spinning and weaving a couple of years ago and
opened my Etsy shop last May specialising in small wall hangings using wool
that I spin myself. I like using merino tops to spin with as I find them easy
to spin, but I also use natural wools such as Shetland, Jacobs, Cheviot and
Gotland.Each type of fleece presents
its own challenge, all part of the fun of spinning.
I get my inspiration
from nature either by the sea, out in the countryside or in my own garden.This hanging was inspired by the various
shades of green in the pots of herbs I have growing in my garden hence the
title of the hanging ‘Herb Garden’.
I have used dyed merino wool tops for the weft and
incorporated some tapestry weaving techniques in my design.Half way through the hanging I inverted the
colours and patterning to create a mirror effect.
In complete contrast I wove ‘Seaweed’ in simple horizontal
stripes using the colours of the merino tops to create the effect rather than
using tapestry weaving techniques.This
hanging was inspired by a photo I took when on holiday on Islay.
I was standing on a beach staring at the seaweed and
realised that there were a lot more colours than just the greys or greens that
we would normally associate with seaweed.And if you don’t believe me have a look at my Etsy shop at the ‘Seaweed’
hanging as I have also posted a copy of the photo!
The seaside, is where I feel happy… the sun on my face and sand between my toes. It is the place where I choose to explore for hidden treasures, like shells and pebbles. It is the place where I feel at peace. This Shawlette is a simple knit pattern made from art yarn to remember my day… a postcard in garment form… a memory shawl.
Spin and Knit project to showcase simple beaded ply techniques in spinning. You could choose to use commercial yarn that has beads too.