The subject of muddy colours comes up multiple times this month. Deb Gerish says that fibre is not paint and continues her 'carding for colour' tutorial. Sara Bixler says that size matters and looks at the way that smaller threads mix optically in woven fabric and craftmehappy talks about the way our eyes can blend balanced colours into grey or brown at a distance, and does a thorough job of finding out which drafting methods can keep bright colours separate.
A number of popular events have announced dates and are listed in the UK events, including Buxton, Bakewell, Perth, Leeds. Shetland Wool Week will be back as an in-person event this year but in a reduced form.
Read on for this month's round-up of news, views and reviews for spinners, knitters, crocheters, dyers and weavers. This is the full edition for April 2022.
Cover photo: April Edwards / Alamy Stock Photo.
In the media
Alpaca - more prized than gold by the Incas, wool parade on the Champs-Elysées, wool used to repair Isle of Skye path
Custom wheel, carding for colour, avoid spinning mud, using singles, emerald green to dye for, safely storing your woolen clothes, Christmas exchange, Frida Hansen, Yan Zhang, Li textile warrior
Tips and tutorials
Spinning basics: minicombs, colour theory basics, thread plying, colour formulas for blending boards, twist Direction and handedness, cross-lace your flier, wavy weaving, crewel embroidery, cast-ons you should know, diz and blending board, spin wool from an Icelandic sheep
Alpaca - more prized than gold by the Incas, still scorned by the west
If you're new to spinning and have yet to try spinning alpaca, then this is a good introduction.
In inhospitable regions, as with sheep, alpaca can help turn inedible vegetation into food and clothing.
Veronica Kassatly writes that alpaca is expensive, but alpaca is also cheap, depending how you look at it. In this first part of a series, she introduces the animal. In parts two and three she looks at the claims about welfare made by PETA.
The British soldier's standard battle uniforms for the first world war were made of thick woolen tunic colored in khaki.
Wool is a wonderful fibre, but maybe not suitable for the conditions that these men found themselves in. It gets heavy when wet and is susceptible to lice and other pests. Those experiences led to the development of the modern uniforms seen today.
MIT researchers have woven a piezoelectric fibre into fabric to make a garment that acts as a microphone. It can capture sounds ranging from the characteristics of the wearer's heartbeat to heavy traffic. It can detect the direction of sounds and even act as a speaker.
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The exmoor sock yarn recommended by this pattern is also available as top from John Arbon. It contains a blend of strong and soft wools plus a touch of nylon. As I write this, they have stock of a light natural colour which you could dye at home.
This is Kat's Lakeway Tam, which she knitted as a test knit (pattern is now available). She likes the way a 'tam' fits and doesn't give you 'hat hair'!
It has fair-isle patterning, which looks great in natural shades. It's graded using gauge differences. The designer says that it's great for using up stash. it uses 300 - 350 yards of Fingering / 4 ply (14 wpi) yarn.
23-24 April 2022, Royal Welsh Showground, Builth Wells
First held in 2006 to promote the market for Welsh wool and add value to product for small wool & fibre producers in Wales, the festival celebrates the green credentials of Welsh wool and its versatility as a material for creative crafts, designer clothes, home furnishings and more.
Wonderwool Wales has grown year on year. It covers everything from the start to the end of the creative process.
A list of accommodation and camping in the surrounding area is available on the Wonderwool website.
10 and 11 September 2022. Dewars Centre, Glover St, Perth PH2 0TH
Bringing together independent dyers, farmers, knitters, spinners, felters and weavers. In 2018 nominated for the best yarn festival in the UK. Vendors' gallery marketplace, over 80 vendors, keynote event, social events and classes run over the weekend.
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