Friday, August 10, 2007

Natural Dyes: Stocking the Verb Store

Hello! I have been working away on the Fall 2007 color palette. Here, is a sneak peak.

The line-up from left to right:
1. madder, cutch, cochineal, and fustic
2. fustic and logwood grey
3. cutch, logwood grey, cochineal, and an iron dip

Check back for more to come. Tomorrow, we are going to heat up the indigo pot.

I can not believe the impact my mini-vacation to the River had on me. It's amazing what a little time away does. I feel completely invigorated.

Last night was my last spinning class at Deep Color Studio, my teacher Claudia is retiring. On one hand it is sad, i have spent alot of time there and Claudia taught me to spin, which obviously has changed my life. On the other hand, I am always interested to see what may rise in its place. Maybe we'll have to start a spinning studio in Oakland.... hmmmmm.

Back to work! I have not knit a single stitch today!

Monday, August 6, 2007

Speed Weaving

Silly Cleo! You can't be a Shetland sheep!

Adrienne had to have her art piece to the SFMOMA by today. So, instead of relaxing like I wanted to after my river adventure, Adrienne and I maniacally wove a wall hanging. Every now and then I was bitter. Sorry, Adrienne. We did manage to finish it and it looks great. The warp is a 2 ply Shetland from Harrisville. The weft is the NY Times and the guard hairs from 2 fleeces: Shetland and Icelandic. Oh, and we also threw in a little bit of Habu cotton paper yarn. Wonderful stuff. Next time, I want to weave an entire wrap out of it.

Of course, the minute we took it off of the loom (at 7 AM this morning), I thought of a hundred more things we could have done -- or do in the future. Like make a bag out of the yardage. Weave the entire NY Times Sunday edition. Paint on it with Sumo ink. Add felt.

Sunday, August 5, 2007

Rested & Ready for a Fiber-ful Week

This is the Yuba River. I just arrived home and am absolutely dazed from its beauty. For the past 4 days, my main activites have been swimming, analyzing which rock looks best for an all around tan, and what to eat. Extremely simple and absolutely satisfying.

I stayed at my friend Patty's. One morning, I woke up early and walked around her acreage. I found this madrone forest.

Pans and Hands Only! No pick-axs or expolsives when mining for gold!

As you can see, I did not get alot of knitting or spinning done. If you look closely, you can see roving and Last Minute Knitted Gifts.

I did see some weaving this weekend. A naked woman at the beach was weaving a water bottle holder out of reeds. I thought taking a photo might be a little invasive...