Friday, July 8, 2011

Grape Ape

On Monday I was cooking something up.  

You guessed it...yarn.  Not just any yarn, but some of the first handspun I did on a combination of drop spindle and a wheel in the spinning class I took.

Here it is before:

I had a little over 10 oz. of fiber and used just over 1/2 tsp of Violet and mixed in about 1/4 tsp of Black (no taste black, of course!)--Wilton Icing Colors.

Things were perking right along with the whole dye job, but I couldn't figure out why it was seeming to take forever for the dye to exhaust and why it appeared as if the blue in the Violet was pulling out and only the red portion was attaching to the fiber.  After about an hour of cooking, the light bulb in my tired little brain went off.  VINEGAR, yep I forgot to add it.  Amazing what happens when you add  a little acid to the mix.  

Can you say Grape Ape?

The Super Bowl Scarf is done and has been turned in to the powers that be.  No picture as, well, it looks the same, just longer!

Over the weekend, another FO flew off the needles...sewing machine needles that is.  For some time, I had been stalking some fabric I liked, waiting for it to go on sale with the intention of making a tablecloth.  Finally, it did.  There is still enough left with the remnants to possibly make a small table topper for the table on the back porch.  With any luck, it will get done this summer.  

If you look closely on the right side of the bottom picture, you can catch a glimpse of Minerva


  1. Lovely table cloth. Glad the light bulb went off, your purple turned out very pretty.

  2. You did a great job with your first spinning. Wilton Icing colors do have a habit splitting up, violet and the teal are the two I remember doing that most. I love how the Wilton sky blue turns out, if you like a nice turquoise color.

    Even with the vinegar, blue dyes exhaust more slowly than the red. When dyes take awhile to exhaust, I always add more vinegar and turn up the heat a little bit.

  3. Lovely tablecloth and fabulous purple yarn! Your wheel is beautiful.

  4. I have to tell you again how impressed I am with the yarn you've made when it doesn't seem like you've been spinning that long! The tablecloth looks fabulous too.

  5. The purple yarn is so vibrant. Wilton produces really deep colors. Very pretty tablecloth!

  6. I've never tried Wilton's...the purple is lovely and your table cloth is just beautiful.

    Happy Fiber Arts Friday!!

  7. Love the purple yarn its my fav!

  8. The yarn is gorgeous. The color turned out beautifully. I really love the tablecloth. I really am envious of people who sew.

  9. Oh I love the yarn, and the piano that it is draped over!

    I like that fabric ... I love stripey fabrics.

  10. Totally impressed with your skills! As for your back splash could you like mod podge some funky fabric to it? Then seal it with gloss or something?

  11. Everything's gorgeous! Spinning plus dyeing -- your yarn stash is going to continue growing, it just shifts to be fiber.



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