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 different … Continue reading “Spin Flora Dot Com”
Pisolithus arhizus Fungi can make brown and gold coloured natural dye colours.
Phaeolus schweinitzii fungi produces Yellow, gold natural dyed yarns
Boletopsis grisea Mushroom Dye FI – Sudenkaapa SW -tallgraticka 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 into the cool mordant bath and bring it … Continue reading “Fungi Dye: Boletopsis Grisea”
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 Michel … Continue reading “Indigo Fructose Dye Vat”
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. I have spun bamboo staple fibre before and the fibers … Continue reading “Spin Flora – Bamboo Staple”
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 to … Continue reading “Spin Flora – Rose Fibre”
The banana plant has been cultivated in Japan since the 13th Century for use in making fabrics and textiles. The tender shoots of the banana plant were harvested and boiled in lye to soften them. The banana fibre was spun into yarn and woven for making kimono and kamishimo. In Nepal, the trunk of the … Continue reading “Spin Flora – Banana Fibre”