Spinning to Weave with The Inquisitve Weaver

A couple of posts back I blogged about my Navajo plied Nimbus fibre, which after spinning extremely thinly, I had a major rebellion, shoved it in a basket and moved on to something less, well, tightly pinched. The photos of the Navajo plied Nimbus are just a couple of posts down.

I’d planned to spin for Yarndale, starting with this Juniper yarn, but then, I was asked by Heather of The Inquisitive Weaver to take part in her Rigid Heddle Weaving class. The class is being held here at my house in Ormskirk on the 24th of May but Ginny( my Lazykate partner and also my mum) and I are taking part in a trial run day on the 7th.

Heather weaves these wonderful bears and rabbits called Loomies. I love her weaving and hope some of her talent will somehow drift over to my end of the table.

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I can’t tell you how excited I am to be doing this. I’ve longed to weave my own handspun yarn, I have a loom, albeit an ancient specimen, I’ve done a little bit of preparation. I even have the Craftsy class on weaving. Somehow though, life and spinning takes over and I forget what I’ve learnt.

So the Juniper Yarn, well that’s going to be my first weaving yarn.

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Thinking if which fibre to compliment it, I spun the rest of the Nimbus fibre, not with Navajo plying, just plain plying which I loved doing because I didn’t have to think so much, and not thinking is fine with me. I think they go together well.

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So, what to add a bit of zing? Well I love Spin to Weave by Sara Lamb, the colours she uses in her weaving bring the garments to life.

I would definitely recommend her book if this is something that has even mildly interested you, you will be hooked.

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So, I dyed this fibre with the intention of zinging up the other shades. It’s certainly bright enough, perhaps a little to shocking, but only time will tell. I’m spinning it up over Easter so I’ll post the progress….

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Super zingy – no filter, just pure sunlight.

If you’d like to come to Heathers Rigid Heddles Loom classes, they’re purely for beginners, go to her facebook page to find out more. <

The Inquisitive Weaver

Back soon.

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