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9.07.2016

How To: Low Immersion Hand Dying

I love weaving with yarn that has a handmade touch. Whether it's spun or dyed, it makes my weaves stand out! Fiberhuis.com reached out to ask if I would be interested in trying out their reactive dye kit and I was quick to jump on it. They include everything you need to try out different dying methods, but the best part is their easy to understand handbook. It explains everything so clearly. The easiest way to dye fibers like cotton and silk so that the color lasts is to use fiber reactive dye. Let me show you how much fun I had!
The first step is to soak the fiber in warm water with detergent. Fiberhuis even includes a great detergent in their kit. This cleans the yarn thoroughly so that the color can stick. Even though it may look clean, the water was a nasty yellow by the end. It made me want to wash all of my yarn!

I chose to try the low immersion method (this creates a variegated, speckled effect.) After the yarn was cleaned and rinsed I scrunched it up and stuffed it into a container so that there were no empty spaces between pieces. I poured 3 cups in the container with the fiber, just so that it filled up to where the yarn ended. There should be some pieces of yarn actually sticking out of the water. I mixed up the dye and poured it in stripes across the top of the yarn and let it sit. If you want, you could pour some other colors in the spaces that didn't get dyed for a rainbow effect.
My yarn was scrunched pretty tight so I had to use a paintbrush to poke some of the dye below the top layer. The longer you let the dye sit, the darker it gets. If you want to add another layer of depth mix up some soda ash in water and pour that in a few spots over the dye. This is supposed to darken the color.
I didn't take any photos of rinsing the yarn and hanging it to dry, but Fiberhuis made it so easy to experiment with hand dying. I got a pretty pale indigo color that I can't wait to weave with, and it happened in about an afternoon. If I had added more dye or let it sit longer the color would have darkened, but I ended up loving the hue and the variegation in color. Fiberhuis includes instructions for many more dying techniques - I can't wait to try them all! Thanks Brittany, for a pretty cool kit. Now I'm on the search for more things to dye, pronto!

8.29.2016

Clayton 5 Months

This boy is 5 months today. Each day it gets funner to be his mom as I watch him learn and grow. (And grow, and grow!) He started solids this week and now he thinks any type of food that we're eating should be fair game for his little grabby hands. He loves watching the dogs and being outside. He rolls and scoots across the house. He's got 2 teeth. There is constantly drool. He does this move that I like to call the 'skydiver' where he lifts his arms and legs up and balances on his belly. Go ahead and try it - talk about a workout!
We love this boy!
So, I haven't posted for a while, and my blog has never been super focused on our family. The name that I bought 6 years ago for a fun craft blog with a friend has since been transformed to my weaving business pseudonym and the blog has been almost forgotten. Since the start of my blog, our family has moved a number of times, started and ended different jobs and schools and gained 2 fluffy members , plus this bright eyed boy, I would like to see it focus more on our adventures together (with the occasional weaving tutorial here and there... because, ofcourse!)

8.06.2015

Woven Necklace Kit in Joanns

 So much fun! A couple months ago I designed a woven necklace kit for the line Crafternoon by Hazel and Ruby and this week it is in Joann's stores everywhere! I love the concept of Crafternoon because their kits come with everything you need to make a project in an afternoon. They are great if you want to host a craft party or just be creative on your own. All of the projects that are part of this line are great - I'm going to pick up a few others for myself!

One of the great things about this project is that you can make it completely unique by switching up the order of the leather or the beads. The kit comes complete with a loom, warp and weft string, a needle, beads, leather and an instructional video put together by yours truly. One of the great things about this project is that you can make it completely unique by switching up the order of the leather or the beads. Just pop into your nearest Joann's store and pick one up!
This product was based on a tutorial I shared last year. Remember the original woven necklace?? If you want to go one step further you can follow the instructions to add gold leaf as well.
1. Dab some craft glue onto the woven necklace and let it dry for a couple minutes until it is tacky.
2. Carefully lay some gold leaf flakes ontop of the tacky glue. Let dry completely and then spray liberally with hairspray so that it doesn't rub off from wear and tear.


Now go visit my friend Lucy over at Craftberry Bush where she is introducing her kit for Crepe Flowers!
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