Tōri-iru

Meaning: “Pass through and enter” Artist: Vicky Taylor-Hood Medium: textile Dimensions: 33″ x 31″ Inspiration: In the days following the earthquake and nuclear disaster, in which tens of thousands of people were killed and hundreds of thousands deprived of home and security, I was struck by the bittersweet irony of the legendary Japanese cherry blossoms…

Daniel’s Sweater

A few weeks ago I made a small sweater for the son of a friend. I took a whack of photos, wrote up this blog post and then realized that I couldn’t post it without spoiling the surprise. After dropping off the sweater, I forgot entirely about the post! So here is Daniel’s sweater ,…

The Brother Drumcarder: a video

I’ve gotten a few requests for a video of my Brother drumcarder in action, so here it is. I did not tidy the studio before doing this video. Mea culpa. It’s 11 min 43 sec long, but if you’re one of the folks who are wondering what it’s like before you buy, it just might…

Spin, span, spun

I just have a few pictures for you to start out the day. I have a report to finish up, some revisions on a document to work through and a tonne of actual production and design work to get cracking with, so I’d best get to it. Here’s some Shetland wool that I dyed in…

Bits and bytes

The past few days have been jam-packed. I hardly know where to start! So, in no particular order…. On Saturday we meandered out to Linda Lewis’ place in Chapel Cove to visit the sheep and pick up a spinning wheel part. I ordered a jumbo flyer for my wheel because having to stop part-way through…

A Book

I finished the first of two (or possibly three) books I’m working on while reviewing Live & Learn: Real Life Journals by Gwen Diehn and thus far I’m really enjoying the bookmaking process, the design process as laid out in Real Life Journals and the results! Here are a few photos of Book Number One….

Shop Update

Here’s a quick photo-rich post of items now in the shop! Now I’m off again to the design table!    

The wool over my eyes

The shop has been updated with a few new skeins of handspun! Go have a look! Then come back and read some more….. 😉 Someone asked me the other day what wool spun from the lock looks like.  I suppose it can differ quite a bit, since the fibres (their staple length and quality) and…

Yesterday’s results

As promised, here are the photos of yesterday’s spinning. The brightly-coloured piece is N-plied or Navajo-plyed, which preserves the colour singularity nicely. I quite enjoy the rhythm of N-plying, once I get going on it. It makes a slightly weaker yarn in theory, but I’ve never found this to be a real difficulty if there’s…

Spinnin’ yarns a bit

I spent much of today alternating between the wheel and paperwork. I’ve been getting papers ready for finishing up the income tax (yay!) and have been writing up my dye formulae and inserting photos along with to make a sort of a personal catalogue of results and the like. It makes it the heck of…

Sea Monsters and Mermaids – quick shop update

Katherine helped me dye some more fibre yesterday. She thinks it looks like water dragons; I see mermaids as well as monsters in it. I really like the Merino/Seacell blend. It’s light and shimmery and I think it’ll have a really nice drape to it.