Thursday, July 21, 2011

New Yarn!

There's only one thing better than reducing stash and that's adding to it!

My order of Fox Fibers arrived today and there were a couple of extras in the box - a cotton boll of the natural brown fibre and some labels that I can use to attach to my weaving.  Nice touch, Sally!

One of the features of this yarn is that the colours do not fade.  They are not dyed but are naturally coloured.  In fact the colours may deepen over time and exposure to alkalinity. 

As soon as I've finished weaving full sized sample #2 I'll weave a sample using the darkest of the browns (I think she gets her shades by adding white fibres as the lighter colours look a bit tweedy), and then I'll run half of the sample through the washing machine a half dozen or so times and see if there is any discernible difference in the colours.

Two more yards and a bit to finish weaving with the dark blue.  I'll see how tired I am after the next yard.  It may have to wait until tomorrow.


Sue said...

I've used these yarns, especially the greens, and love them! The 100% green changes color considerably with washing -- gets much darker. Great for towels!

Wonder what you'll weave with it, Laura!


Laura said...

That's good to know - I'll test the brown and let you know if it gets darker, too. :)

The reveal will happen in a couple of weeks - have to test drive the full sized samples.


Anonymous said...

Looking forward to seeing how much darker these yarns get. Love the cotton boll, nice touch on the seller's part. Think I need to go and look at their website....Laura, you are enabling me..thanks ;-)

Laura said...

I like the natural colors, too; however, I have had the brown fade when exposed to sunlight over time - just a heads up...

Laura said...

Good to know. Thanks.

Sharon Schulze said...

What I've heard (from people who have worked directly with Sally in her fields) is that the colors don't fade as much as they are not stable in their washing. Apparently the green is the hardest to stabilize in the darker colors and it can continue to change with washing over time.

Rhonda from Baddeck said...

Wow, that boll is a gorgeous brown. I had no idea that it was so dark in its natural state. They're all beautiful! Can't wait to see what you do with them.