Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Indigo Dyeing

Finally trying out an indigo dyeing kit I bought at a craft show a couple of years ago.  I  can't remember who I bought it from but you can get the same brand ingredients from 
You dip your fabric in the dyepot and when you bring it out it is green.  It turns blue as it oxidises.  You  keep dipping the fabric until it is as dark as you want. The colour fades a bit when you wash it after dyeing and obviously the colour looks darker when the fabric is wet so it is a bit hard to tell how dark the finished product will be.

 I thought the first batch of fabric looked quite dark but after washing it and drying the colour was lighter than I'd hoped for.  The instructions with the dye kit said to soak the fabric in the dyepot for one to several minutes before removing it so I left it in there for about 5 minutes max.

 The second batch I let the fabric soak for 30 minutes at a time and it came out a darker blue, more the colour I was hoping for.

Now I just need to do something with all this fabric!


Sunday, January 4, 2015

More Weaving.

Another bag, this one used handspun and commercial yarn in the warp and weft. 

 And my first weaving project for 2015, a blanket made in two pieces. I got a new rigid heddle loom for Christmas, an Ashford 60cm, so now it's time to practice.

Waihi, December 2015

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Camino Bubbles

Yarn: Kauni  Wool 8/2 Effektgarn EKS (Spring Violets) 160g

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Triangle / Origami / Azuma Bukoro Bag #2

Remember the little bag I made a few weeks ago, well here is its big sister.  This piece of fabric was woven using white Moda Vera pure wool yarn as the  warp and  several brown handspun woollen yarns for the weft.  I used a variety of patterns, trying out simple weft and warp floats from "The Weaver's Idea Book" by Jane Patrick.  I'm a beginner weaver and my selvedges aren't that great, and some of the weaving patterns draw the fabric in more than plain weave so the width of the fabric varied a little along its length but on average the finished width after washing was 36 cm. The finished bag is a good size for a shoulder bag and my current knitting project fits nicely in it.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014


A walk on Union Hill, Waihi. Lots of fun climbing over the ruins left from mining & processing operations in the area.

More information about the site can be found here:

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Azuma bukuro bag

I had a piece of hand-woven fabric that was too scratchy to use as a scarf and I remembered a pattern for a bag made from folding a rectangle into triangles so went searching on the internet.  So it turns out there is a Japanese name for these bags, azuma bukuro bags and once you know that it is easy to find  images and tutorials.  Here are three I found:
Back to my bag, it is quite small so not very practical, but it was fun  making it.