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Spin and Weave Flora

When I was asked by the AGWSD to teach a workshop on spinning flax this coming summer at their Summer School, I started to do some research on spinning with plant fibres. Never did I expect to fall down such a large rabbit hole! I started by ordering a few small sample packs of […]

Fungi Dye: Phaeolus schweinitzii

Phaeolus schweinitzii – Mushroom Dyes Karhunkaapa (FI)

Phaeolus schweinitzii – Yellow, gold

Alum Mordant

3 litres water 25 grams alum 10 grams cream of Tartar Bring to boil and then let cool 100 gram wool yarn tied in skeins Rinse the clean washed yarn in cool water Add the yarn […]

Fungi Dye: Hapolopilus Rutilans

Hapilopilus rutilans Mushroom Dye Hapalopilus rutilans FI: Okrakaapa SW: lysticka

Alum Mordant

3 litres water 25 grams alum 10 grams cream of Tartar Bring to boil and then let cool 100 gram wool yarn tied in skein Rinse the clean washed yarn in cool water Add the yarn into the cool mordant […]

HTTPS Secure Server Migration

In this age of cyber hacking and concerns about security, I have decided to move all of this website to a secure server – Https not http. Although no personal financial information is collected at this site and I provide information only, you can’t be too careful. This has been done now. You will […]

Indigo Fructose Dye Vat

Indigo Fructose Dye Vat

There are many ways to prepare an indigo vat, some use soda ash and spectralite, some use some use sulphuric acid, some use iron and some urine. For this indigo vat, I am using a fructose base. You can also use ageing fruit instead of fructose sugar.

The fructose indigo vat was developed by […]

Spin Flora not Fauna - Bamboo Staple

Handspun Bamboo Staple and Merino

Bamboo Staple

Bamboo staple fibre is produced mechanically via a retting process, similar to flax production. The woody bamboo stems are crushed and natural enzymes break down the stems so the fibres can be combed out and spun. This is a very labour intensive process.

Bamboo Staple Fibre

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Spin Flora not Fauna - Bamboo

Handspun Bamboo dyed with Ivy Sample

Bamboo fibre for handspinning is now available in 2 forms – one is a smoothly combed viscose top and the other is a rougher staple fibre. These require different methods of spinning.

Bamboo Viscose Top

Bamboo Viscose top is produced from Bamboo pulp (like other viscose pulp fibres). The bamboo is crushed and made […]

Spin Flora not Fauna - Rose Fibre

Rose Yarn Spinning Sample

For my next Spin Flora not Fauna project, I thought I would spin a bit of rose top. Rose fibre is another one of the ‘new’ vegan handspinning fibres, made from roses. The rose fibre has been extracted from the natural waste of rose bushes and stems. The fibre has been stripped and processed […]

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