Tuesday, June 11, 2013

New colorways

In anticipation of the summer Renegade Craft Fair in Los Angeles on July 20 and 21, I have been dyeing many new yarn and roving colorways for my booth.  My previous color wheel experiments have certainly influenced these new colors, and I can't wait to start spinning and swatching.

A couple of weeks ago, my friend Lori of Capistrano Fiber Arts Studio and I spent the day handpainting rovings in her studio.  It was such a fun and creative day, and I have many lovely rovings to show for it.

I have also been dyeing a new fine wool singles worsted-weight yarn, which takes the color beautifully and is quite soft.  Colors 91711 in Claremont, California is stocking this yarn, and I will have some brand new colorways at Renegade Craft Fair next month.

Friday, June 7, 2013

Experiments with Dye

I have been telling myself for several years now that I should dye the color wheel, and I am delighted to report that I have done just that.  And what fun it was!  My intention was to combine my set of primary colors to create all of the secondary colors possible.  Below are the lovely primary colors shown on chopsticks.

Once I was finished I had over 100 blended colors on BFL roving.  I cut up the rovings to make small samples of each individual color.  I have since organized these colors swatches into color wheel order and assembled them in a notebook for future reference.  

The most difficult part of the entire project was waiting for the rovings to dry.  I am looking forward to spinning up these test rovings and plying them together to create a variety of lovely handspun yarns.  I am thinking that I will use these handspun yarns to weave a color gamp.