Saturday, February 26, 2011

Spinning Fibres

River's Edge Billie Jean and Walking Stick (more green in real life)
River's Edge River Wide (more green in life) and Grand Canyon

River's Edge Stone Path (this photo is totally off colour - it actually has a lot more green and grey in it than shows here)

River's Edge Winterhaven Dark (shows more rose) and Blueberry Grape
River's Edge Olivine and Peachie Keen

River's Edge Winterhaven Light and Mountain Mist (Mountain Mist is more green and less turqouise than shows here)

River's Edge Polworth in three colours

In spite of heavy overcast and not using a flash, all of these photos are showing much more pale than the fibre is in life.

There is also one braid of a dark purple/blue - I took one of the two braids to try spinning so I could see how it was to work with.

The first 6 photos are a merino/silk, the last photo is of the 3 Polworth braids I have.

An email from Carol this morning informs me that she is bringing back a fine merino, silk, banana and Tencel blend. Since I've not heard of banana fibre before, I'm assuming it is regenerated cellulose but will check with her on that.

One of the reasons I was interested in Jacey Bogg's class was that it was about core spinning. She pointed out that core spinning was a great way to work with these hand painted tops because you get the majority of the fibre on the surface of the yarn.

Now I'm anxiously awaiting the arrival of my new Joy wheel so that I can experiment with the technique!

If you are in the Lower Mainland area (or Seattle?) Doug and I will be at Fibres West March 18/19 at the Abbottsford Ag-Rec centre selling these and Ashland Bay fibres for spinning/felting, and yarns for weaving/knitting etc. Hope to see you there! (And for PG spinners, I can bring these to the guild room Tuesday night drop in if you are interested.)


Laura said...

Carol informs me the banana fibre is regenerated cellulose. :)

Thanks for the clarification.


Sandra Rude said...

Aren't those gorgeous! It's a good thing (for my credit card's sake) that I'm not in the market for more spinning fiber. Still trying to reduce the small stash I do have, but don't have much time to spin these days.

Laura said...

They are even prettier in real life. :) Understand totally about no time to spin - I haven't had much time for years but it looks like I will this year.


Jude Pilote said...

They are Gorgeous! I will have to get some if there is any left by Fibres West!

Ulrike said...

although you already got your answer on your banana fibres, I'd like to add that much as with bamboo fibres there are two different fibre types on the market. One is the natural fibre, usually processed similar to hemp or nettle and the other is viscose.
Personally, I don't really care what cellulose fibre viscose is made from, I care about the process and except for Tencel, I haven't found any other producer who is eco conscious enough (yet). (I include soy fibre in this as well, since I really don't like the process). But there also is the real stuff. Natural bamboo fibre (very similar to natural ramie) and banana silk, which is a very interesting fibre but more for mixed fibre batts. If you're interested, I can try and find out which seller deals in natural banana silk. We had a workshop some years ago in the online guild abou excotic fibres and I still have the workshop notes.

Peg Cherre said...

Your dyed bats are REALLY beautiful! I can't wait to watch through the process - spinning and ultimately weaving. YUM!

Benita said...

I love River's Edge fibers. I just finished spinning some of their Polworth in a colorway called New Blue Jeans. It's a nice, rich blue with the darker parts leaning toward purple. You got some nice selections from them.