Slow Art & a Grandmother’s Advice

Quiet times in the studio offer a balance to romping around at The Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival last weekend…

I’ve been enjoying spinning yarn from a soft blue/grey/purple Corriedale natural plant-dyed top that has subtle copper silk fibers already  in it.  As I spin I’ve been embedding LOTS of lustrous kid mohair curly locks in bright copper and berry tones that look like tiny flames.  I’ll lightly felt this yarn when done, to retain a lot of twist and to make sure it’ll look as lovely after many hand-washings as it will look when it’s newly completed.    This yarn’s future will be as a long, thin scarf, and I want it to have random, looping — “blown around” — twists here and there.

“When you create something it should look like it was blown together by the wind.”  This quote was creative advice to fiber artist Janice Rosema from her Grandmother that Janice shared in a recent online interview written by “Spin Artiste” publisher Arlene Ciroula.  Janice’s Grandmother’s words have been a welcome companion to my recent studio days.

The little “Troll Hat” is coming along.   After adding some embroidered details to the felted part of the hat, I made three felted “fiddleheads” from yardage trimmed from the bottom of the hat, and stitched these securely to the top of the hat, first attaching them with wool embroidery floss and then sewing them on with Irish waxed linen thread.  Next I’ll pierce the bottom of the hat, and through these holes attach my  handspun yarn and crochet the soft cap portion of the hat.  Finally I’ll plait some handspun and attach these two braids to finish the hat — and post this Troll Hat when completed…

Published in: on May 14, 2011 at 5:20 pm  Leave a Comment  

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