Many of the featured items this month involve using handspun together with commercial yarn. It's an opportunity to show off your handspun in a larger project without spinning a jumper-quantity or to contrast the unique texture and colours of your handspun against consistent and even millspun.
We know that making garments by hand is slow fashion but this month's gallery features a jumper that was six years in the making.
Read on for this month's round-up of news, views and reviews for spinners, knitters, crocheters, dyers and weavers.
A disaster that closes a business can trigger innovation.
In the aftermath of the Fukushima disaster, artisan weaver Ohazama Kenichi began drawing cherry blossoms and when he was able to return to his studio he began weaving a new type of fabric which appears embroidered.
Sarah's very poetic blog post explains that she has been weaving one monosyllabic word at a time according to what happens to be inspiring her. She uses such materials as milkweed and indigo-dyed coffee filters
This little lovely is Ouessant and The Spinning Shepherd gives us some in-depth information about the breed's colours and genetics.
At birth all Ouessants are very black but over time they divide into two types, the less common type which remains an intense black as it doesn't sun-bleach and the more common type which becomes brownish-black.
I'm linking to the trailer. I was able to find copies on DVD and Blu-Ray but not for rent digitally.
The original (which relates to the trailer) is subtitled. There is an English-language remake starring Sam Neil which is available for rent. It has a different feel. Kristin says " I can't imagine it could be as poignant as the original version". So take your pick.
Huge potential for electronic textiles made with new cellulose thread
Wearable tech has so far relied on rare or toxic elements. There is a need for organic, renewable materials for use in electronic textiles.
Sozan Darabi has been working on this problem for several years, with a focus on silk. But now cellulose is showing potential. (deliberate pun for the electronics enthusiasts.)
The swatch pictured uses traditional silver thread and the new cellulose thread. They are sewn in such a way that a difference in heat (eg body heat on one side) generates a small amount of electricity.
If you like Yvonne, click the image to find her page, you can use next and previous to explore more cartoons.
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