Rya Rug Yarn Calculations

How much yarn do you need to weave the pile for a rya rug? To answer this question, you will need to know: 1 – How long do you want the pile of the rya rug to be? 2 – How many rya threads are you going to tie per knot? 3 – How wide … Continue reading “Rya Rug Yarn Calculations”

Rya Rug Stitching Instructions

The Finnish Rya is made of knotted wool(with about a 1 – 1.5 inch pile), tied to a handwoven fabric backing. The special rya backing is woven using linen warp and wool weft. The backing is woven with spacing to allow the rya knots to be tied or sewn in. Some shifting of the weft … Continue reading “Rya Rug Stitching Instructions”

How to Weave Rya Rug Backing

A Rya rug can be woven and knotted directly on a loom, or the backing can be woven separately on the loom and rya knots can be hand stitched afterwards onto the backing. Here is a weaving draft and instructions for how to weave the backing fabric. The rya rug canvas is generally woven using … Continue reading “How to Weave Rya Rug Backing”

Why Do I Spin Wool

“Because we are always only a week away from the tent.” I came across this article today as I was looking through one of my handspinning books. It was written by my dear friend, Judith MacKenzie – where she wrote about something I had said a long time ago to her, when she asked me … Continue reading “Why Do I Spin Wool”

Anti-microbial Effects of Natural Dyes

Anti-microbial Effects of Natural Dyes Natural dyes are a good thing. In my research, I came across numerous research studies that have been done in the past several years about dye plants and their effectiveness against harmful microbes such as: Escherichia coli Sarcina lutea Proteus vulgaris Bacillus subtilis Klebsiella pneumoniae Staphylocccus aures Enterococcus faecalis Saccharomyces … Continue reading “Anti-microbial Effects of Natural Dyes”

How to Sew a Face Mask – P2

How to Sew a Face Mask – Part 2 Hem Inside Pocket Edge I created a pocket for this mask so that I could add an additional filter inside for more protection. I used the fabric for the back of the mask and hemmed the outside edge. Face Mask Assembly Pin the Front and Back … Continue reading “How to Sew a Face Mask – P2”

How to Sew a Face Mask

Pleated Facemask Pattern Since I have developed asthma and had cancer awhile ago, I have found it necessary to wear a face mask when I work with fluffy fibre or with dyes. I have been using the thin paper style of mask and haven’t been entirely happy with how they fit. I find that masks … Continue reading “How to Sew a Face Mask”

How to Make Bias Tape

Hww to Make Bias Tape Binding Cut a few strips of fabric on the bias using a rotary cutter or scissors. For this mask, I am cutting the tape to approx. 5 cm width. Sew Bias Tape into Strips Place 2 ends of Bias Tape together at an angle, so that when you sew them, … Continue reading “How to Make Bias Tape”