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Hemp, is making a comeback in Canada.
Hemp and Leno Lace
A project using hemp yarns, woven in leno and huck lace.

Hemp Rep Weave
A free weaving pattern for making rep weave placemats with hemp and cotton chenille.

Hemp Tea Towels
Hemp tea towels woven with natural and bleached hemp.
Twill and Tabby Towels
A weaving project for tea towels using cotton warp and hemp weft.

Visit to a Hemp Farm
I was fortunate to be able to visit one of the first hemp crops grown in Canada.

Hemp Tapestry Pillows

CryptoMeria: Time & Devotion Korean Women & The Sacred Hemp
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Bioregional Development Group – Hemp Textiles
Experimental growing of hemp for use as a textile fibre in the UK.

Canadian Hemp Corp
CHC is part of a consortium of hemp growers and manufacturers who are committed to promoting the education and use of this important textile resource.

Golden Troll
Hemp yarns and twine for weaving, macrame, jewellery making, knitting or crochet.

Hemp Active
Hemp Active is an Australian wholesale supplier of hemp yarns, fibres and fabrics.

Hemp in Cumbria
A history of flax and hemp in Cumbria.

Hempline
Hempline has 60/40 hemp/polyester and 40/40/20 hemp/wool/polyester blends or yarn suitable for upholstery weaving.

Hemp Textiles Int.
Hemp Textiles Int. is a wholesale supplier of hemp spinning fibres and yarns. They have recently developed a 50% hemp/50% wool blend of yarn.

Lanaknits
Lanaknits has some wonderful knitting kits using hemp yarns.

Paivatar

Hemp and cotton blend handwovens.

Hemp Traders
Hemp Traders provides the public with information pertaining to hemp textiles, including properties of hemp and wash and care instructions.

Louet
Louet has a selection of bast fibres for handspinning, water or dew-retted flax, ramie and Chinese hemp.

The Mannings
The Mannings has hemp in 2 ply: fine at 1200 ypp and medium at 2400 ypp.

Mendel’s Hemp
Mendel’s believes in the greatness of hemp and have a selection of hemp products including dyed yarns and twine.

Textiles from Hemp Fibers
The growing of hemp was legalized in Germany in 1996. This article explains the state of hemp textiles at the current time stating that “the weaving of hemp textiles still is more an art than a science.”

Textura Trading
Textura Trading has a light honey-coloured hemp imported from Europe.

Weaving Books: Handwoven Lace

Handwoven Laces
Hand weavers can use a loom to quickly produce lovely lacy fabrics.

A Joy Forever: Latvian Weaving
Historic Latvian household textiles along with contemporary projects.

Huck Lace
All about Huck lace weave structure.

Lace and Lacey Weaves
86 Lace & Lacey Weave projects.

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Kimono: blkimono

Japanese Kimono on exhibit at Canadian Museum of Textiles
kimono

Textile Museum of Canada

Obi Sash

Kimono Patterns

Textiles of Japan
A travel tour of Japanese crafts and weaving.

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Japanese Kimono weaving: aa020698

Kimonos date back to 300 A.D. (the Jomon period) and were were made of hemp. The Chinese introduced the raising of silk worms to Japan in the Yamato period (300 – 550 A.D.) kimono clipart Dyes and sewing techniques improved in the Asuka and Nara periods ( 550 – 792 A.D). The kimono became longer and more elaborate with added jackets and back and front skirts.

In the Heian period (792 – 1192A.D.) the colours changed with the seasons. In the Muromachi period (1192 – 1573) there was a decline in the aristocracy as the Samurai gained power. With the more active lifestyle, the clothing became simpler. During the Edo period (1601 – 1867) Yuuzen resist dye techniques were developed. Complex patterns such as flower and bird motifs became popular. In resist dyeing, a rice-past resist is used. As the dye is brushed on, the resist protects other areas of the fabric, keeping the dye inside its border. Several layers of colour can be applied using this technique.

Kimonos Japan’s Versatile Tradition

Kyoto is known as the heart of Japan’s silk weaving. both plain weaves and complex patterns and monochrome textiles lend themselves to opulent decoration. Vat dyeing, painting, shaped resist shibori, embroidery and applied metallic leaf and paste resists create textiles of stunning complexity.

Kimono
Pictures of Kimonos on display at the Museum for Textiles

Obi Jacquard Silk
Obi silk sashes are part of the display at the Museum of Textiles exhibit.<

Kimono Patterns

Japanese Kimono Pattern: Folkwear 113
Unlined informal kimono (yukata) can be worn in various lengths, as a dress, coat, or robe.
Pattern includes instructions for shibori dyeing, sashiko embroidery, and for making an informal obi or sash.
UK: Japanese Kimono Pattern

Make Your Own Japanese Clothes: Patterns and Ideas for Modern Wear
Step-by-step instructions for making 14 select traditional garments, from the luxurious wedding rove and the classic kimono to the informal hanten jacket and practical field pants.
UK: Make your own Japanese Clothes

..more Kimono pattern books

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Knitting Patterns: knitting

Knitting Patterns
Links to free knitting patterns and projects.

Knitted Socks

Knit Hats

Knitted Motifs

Knitted Scarfs

Knitted Slippers

Knitted Vests

Knitting Software
Software for both hand and machine knitters.

Dolly’s Sweater
The sweater knit from Dolly, the cloned sheep.

Crochet and Knitting at AllCrafts.net.htm
Free crochet projects and free knitting projects! We’ve also found the best tips and techniques to help you with your crochet patterns and knitting patterns! New free projects added weekly.

How-to Knit Tutorials

Adriafil – Knitting Instructions
From Adriafil in Italy, illustrated instructions for some knitting techniques.

Basic Knit Instructions
Illustrations for casting on, knitting the first row, binding off.

Cables, Eyelets and Bobbles

Vogue Knitting
shows clearly illustrated techniques for knitting cables and eyelets.

Convert a Pullover to a Cardigan
Borealis Sweaterscapes shows how to change a pullover design to a cardigan.

Craftown – How to Knit
Illustrations for Casting on, Knitting, Purling, Increasing and decreasing stitches, Yarn over, Slip stitch and binding off.

Drop Stitches
TheVogue Knitting site has patterns for knitting dropped stitches.

Gauge
Vogue Knitting explains how to determine your knitting gauge.

Invisible Seams
From Borealis Sweaterscapes, how to finish your knitted project with invisible seams.

I-Cord
Knit I-Cord to finish an edge.

Intarsia
Learn to knit Intarsia with these illustrated instructions.

Knitters Glossary and Abbreviations
Knitting techniques, terms and abbreviations from theVogue Knittingsite.

Learn to Knit
From theVogue Knittingwebsite, an illustrated tutorial for the beginner knitter.

Pickup Up Stitches
An easy way to pick up stitches.

Ribs in Focus
From the Vogue Knitting site, a tutorial on knitting ribs.

Short Row Shaping
Instructions for shaping a neck opening.

Shoulder SeamsHow to bind off front and back shoulder seams together.

WiseNeedle
A great site filled with yarn reviews and other resources for the knitter.

SweaterBabe.com Knitting and Crochet Patterns from Hollywood
Exclusive knitting and crochet patterns and free Knitting Tips newsletter from top LA designer.

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Dye Information: dyeinfo

Color Test
Take this short test and see why you are drawn to a certain color.

Crock Pot Dyes
How to dye yarn in a slow cooker.

Rya Yarns

Make a Dye Box
Instructions for how to make a dye box in order to stay safe when working with chemicals.

Lichen Dyed Slippers
A workshop on lichen dyes and a free pattern for knitted slippers.

Rainbow Dyeing
Creating a multitude of unique rainbow shades is quite easy.

Handspun Silk Top
A demonstration of Rainbow-dyed silk dyeing.
Mirror Warp Throw Project
This mirror warp throw project demonstrates the technique of overdyeing unmatched wool yarns to
create harmonious colors.

Urine, Fleece and Natural Dyes
Did you know that urine has been used as a mordant for natural dyes?

3 to 120
A color dye study to create 120 rainbow shades from 3 prime colors.

Solar Oven
Make a solar oven for dyeing yarns using a cardboard box.

About Batik
The Big on Batik site gives information about this resist dye technique.

Association of Textile Dyers, Printers and Finishers of Southern California
The ATDPF has a selection of photos illustrating how greige goods are dyed and finished to
create wearable fabrics.

Batik
Dyeing

Paula Birch has a wonderful site about dyeing, including instructions on batik, tie-dye, and
hand-dyeing.

Chemical Safety Information
The Physical and Theoretical Chemistry Laboratory has info on chemical safety, lists of
incompatible chemicals and other important information to be aware of if you are working with
dyes and chemicals.

Dye History from 2600 BC to the 20th Century
An impressive historical list of natural dyeing through the ages.

The Art and Science
of Dyeing
The Rivendell Educational Archive gives a history of natural dyes and a natural dye colour
chart.

Cozy’s Making Shibori Fabric
Tutorial
Step by step instructions for shibori, wrapping, scrunching, dyeing, unravelling.

Dyeing with Kool-Aid,
Easter Egg Dyes and Food Colors

A project you can do with your kids, to make yummy coloured yarn.

Dyeing Fibers
The Wool Works Craft site has a discussion about dyeing with Easter egg dye.

Dyes and Dating Caucasian
Weavings

An article by Steven Price, describing how dyes help determine when a rug was woven.

Fashion Color
Forecast 2002

The Spin2Knit site predicts that blue will maintain its position as the most important color of
the decade.

Health &
Safety: Hazard Communication–Your ‘Right to Know’
When working with hazardous materials, such as dyes, bleaches, ammonia, there are some safety
concerns you should be aware of.

Information Sheets
G & S Dye has informative instruction sheets on Procion and Acid dyes, immersion and direct
application, silk painting, microwave dyeing, marbling and other ways to use dye.

Natural Dyes and
Medicine
Rosemary Jacobs explains the connection between vegetable dyes and the pharmaceutical
industry.

Synthetic
Dye Collection
From the labs at Florida State University, synthetic dyes are viewed under a microscope.
Beautiful colours!

Color Games

Kent Trust – Color Mixer
An on-line game that teaches how to mix colours.

More about Dyes and Colour

Make a Dye Box
Instructions for how to make a dye box in order to stay safe when working with chemicals.

Natural Dyes

Natural Dyes
Information and dye recipes for using natural and vegetable dyes and mordants.

Dyes and Mordants
A table of recipes for natural dyes and mordants.

Dye Lessons
Dye lessons and projects for the classroom.

Mushroom Dyes
Information about dyeing with fungi.

Synthetic Dyes
Information about working with synthetic dyes.

Books about Dyeing

The Dyer’s Garden
This comprehensive guide walks readers through a garden season from design to planting to harvesting for the dyepot.
UK: Dyer’s Garden

Eco Colour: Botanical Dyes for Beautiful Textiles
Using dyes of the leaves, roots, and flowers to color your cloth and yarn can be an amazing journey into botanical alchemy. In Eco Colour, artistic dyer and colorist India Flint teaches you how to cull and use this gentle and ecologically sustainable alternative to synthetic dyes.
UK: Eco Colour

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Ikat Weaving: aa100397

What is Ikat? Ikat is a precision dye technique that can create elaborate patterns in woven cloth. In ikat weaving, the design is done by careful dyeing of the warp and weft. First a design is drawn and the warp and weft threads are carefully measured, tied and placed in the dye solution. For fabric of different colours, the ties are removed and the warp is retied and dyed again to create layers of colour.

Ikat
Ikat dyeing can be a very labourious process. Here are some other examples and photos of this method of creating patterns.
In India, sari fabric is woven of silk on frameless looms, taking as long as seven months to complete a sari. The ikat dye process is elaborate, taking up to a month to dye a warp.

The Khemara House in Cambodia trains women to run their own small business. Master weavers are passing on their traditional skills and teaching these women to spin and weave. In Cambodia, traditional dyes were used in the silk weaving. Yellow from the bror hut tree, red for an insect nest called Leak Khmer, black from ebony fruit and blue from indigo. Today chemical dyes are used instead.

In Indonesia both warp and weft Ikat have been developed to create complex textiles of ceremonial significance.

The International Ikat Weaving Forum 1999 brought together scholars and weavers internationally to exchange information about historical, cultural and artistic aspect of Ikat textiles. The impact of modernization on weaving culture is a concern. A revival in the use of natural dyes is being encouraged, training young weavers in the production of “eco-textiles”.

More about Ikat

Weft-faced Ikat

Natural Dyes
Natural Dye Books
Harvesting Color: How to Find Plants and Make Natural Dyes
Harvesting Color: How to Find Plants and Make Natural Dyes
Natural Dyes
Botanical Colour at your Fingertips
A Weaver’s Garden: Growing Plants for Natural Dyes and Fibers
Eco Colour: Botanical Dyes for Beautiful Textiles
Wild Color, Revised and Updated Edition: The Complete Guide to Making and Using Natural Dyes

more Natural dye books..

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Angora Scarf: aa091897

My angora rabbits have produced some lovely fur that I have spun into singles yarn. I used a core spinning technique for this yarn. For the core, I used a fine silk singles that I attached to the leader.

core spun angora yarn

Holding a small amount of the angora fiber, I spun the silk singles through the angora in my hand. As the silk spun onto the bobbin, the angora spun around the silk yarn creating a lightweight but strong yarn. For this project I plan to use this yarn in the weft and make some scarves.

To keep angora from flying around and getting all over my clothes as I’m working with it, I place a small linen towel on my lap. If I need to get up in the middle of the project, the angora fiber can be wrapped up in the towel easily.

I am using a standard twill pattern for this project as the angora yarn will provide sufficient texture and interest. The scarves can be woven in the twill treadling as shown in the draft or in tabby ( 1-3, 2-4)

twill draft

Weft:

Handspun singles angora yarn

If angora is not available, try using mohair or another soft fine yarn such as merino wool or alpaca.

Weave in twill for a length of 60 inches and leave a space of 12 inches for fringe (6 inches per scarft), before starting the next one.

Finishing:

Cut between each scarf length and twist or braid the ends prior to washing. Wash the scarves in hot, soapy water. Rinse in cool water. The angora fiber will full and fluff out with this treatment.

I generally do not dye angora prior to spinning as I find that the angora matts quite easily and then is much more difficult to handle. As these scarves are small, they will be fairly easy to dye even as a finished project. After washing, I place the scarf in the hot dye solution and let it simmer for about 20 minutes. This method of dyeing will not give an even colour because the fiber absorbs the dye at different rates at different temperatures. The dye solution in the bottom of the pot is hotter than that at the top of the pot. My rabbits are also multi-coloured so when dyeing the wool, a lovely variegated colour will result.

Spinning Wheel Pictures
How Your Spinning Wheel Spins
Angora Rabbits
Spinning Curds and Whey

Angora Rabbit Books

Angora: A Handbook for Spinners

The Nervous New Owners Guide to Angora Rabbits

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Alpaca and Llama Fibre: alpacaandllama

Hand Dyed Alpaca Fiber
Hand Dyed Alpaca Fiber

Llama Spinning
Karen spins llama fibre in our Forum.

Mudchute Farm
A city farm in central London has llamas, sheep, goats and other farm critters.

Alpaca
Alpaca was treasured by the Inca royalty.

alpaca

Andean Camelids
The domestication of camelids began about 6000 years ago in the Central Andes. Vicente Goyzueta, provides information on the llama, alpaca, vicuna, and guanaco.

Australian Alpaca Association
Alpacas were first imported to Australia in 1988. The Australian Alpaca Association now has over 1400 members.

Southern Alpacas
Southern Alpacas in New Zealnd offer their quality fibre to handspinners. Their website includes helpful information for spinning and blending alpaca with other fibres to create special yarns.

Beartooth Spinning Ewe
Trudy and Rey Shunk breed llamas and tell a story about the birth of Armond. They also offer processed llama fiber and spun yarns.

Blackmoor Vale Alpacas
Blackmoor Vale in South West of England, breeds alpacas and offers clients with all the services required to set up their own successful alpaca enterprise.

Cottonwood Farm Alpacas
A rainbow of coloured alpaca clouds await the handspinner. Fawn, cinnamon, rose grey, white brown and black provide fibre for those who insist on quality.

You Tube – Alpaca Preparation

DD Llamas
Llama wool is soft and warm and has no lanolin, perfect for handspinning.

Designingfibers
Designingfibers has both raw and clean llama fiber for handspinners, their own handspun yarns, and other supplies for the weaver or knitter.

Heartland Country Store
Alpaca fiber was called the “Fiber of the Gods” by the ancient Inca civilization. Heartland Ranch has a wide variety of alpaca fiber, yarn and other products.

Llama Question & Answer Page
Mountain Lehman Llamas, answers various questions like: What are their feet like? Do they spit? and Could I have one as a pet?

Lone Juniper Ranch Alpacas
Lone Juniper Ranch has a web cam located in one of their barns and the photo is updated every 5 minutes.

Misty Hill Farm
Both millspun and handspun alpaca yarns, in a rainbow of colours.

Northwest Alpacas
One of the oldest alpaca ranches in the U.S has lovely alpaca yarns, sweaters and other products.

Odyssey Llamas’ Fiber Corner
Odyssey Llamas have both raw and washed fleece and roving, in a wide range of natural colours.

Pacific Northwest Alpaca Association
Washington, Oregon, Montana and Idaho breeders provide information about alpacas and work together to improve the breeding and marketing of alpaca products.

Quacky Alpacky
Alpaca is blended with silk, mohair and merino wool to create luxurious yarns .

Rocky Bay Alpacas
Rocky Bay Alpacas is situated on the NE coast of the North Island of New Zealand. This site provides a wealth of information on raising alpaca as a cottage industry.

Snow Drift Farm
Take a llama trek in Cape Breton, NS. They also offer mohair and llama fibre processing services.

Wool-N-Wings
Wool-n-Wings goal is to breed llamas to preserve the pure llama line.
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