Friday, March 18, 2011

WHOOPI!


I hope everyone had a fabulous St Patrick's Day, and you have had the time to recover from the festivities, tricky to do coming so closely on the heals of day light savings time! I'm sharing pictures of batts I carded this week, tone on tone greens with little kicks of color here and there. The one above is listed in my shop.


These I carded up for myself, I needed a huge dose of color and I put together these scrumptious greens I'd been dying up in multiple fibers.


I needed a color fix, because for a few days I was working on this brown and it took a long time to spin, at least it seemed like a long time. To tell the truth, there were times when I'm sure I was sleep spinning! This is chiengora, aka dog fiber, and it spun up very nicely. The fiber is from Whoopi, a Newfoundland/Wolf/Husky mix, it was a custom request. It turned out very soft, and there's a lot of it, so Whoopi's mom will be able to make a little something as a remembrance. It's nearly dry, then I can ship it out.


Here's another little incentive I carded up while I was taking a break from spinning miles of brown dog fiber. This set of Blossom batts uses alpaca, angora, finn, bamboo, silk, and coopworth. Look for some of these to be added to the shop as well.

I felted these Jumbo beads to go with the Blossom batts, that's a quarter resting on top of one of the beads, I'm really excited to get going on this project, just a few loose ends to tie up and I can dig into a colorful spin!!! (I'm going to list some of these too...if I can part with them!)

Lots of fibery goodness this week, I'm off to check out the wonderful posts at Fiber Friday and Creative Friday, I always find plenty of inspiration, take a peek see what you think.

Have a wonderful spring weekend! Blessings Friends!
Melissa

19 comments:

  1. Gorgeous colors! I love the beads. I am still hesitant about dog hair but...the yarn is beautiful.

    Happy Fiber Arts Friday!

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  2. The doggy yarn turned out beautifully! You should be proud of your hard work. :) I see what you mean about color. The green batt is scrumptious! I cannot wait to see the yarn. Post will you? Tamara Not Sam.

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  3. I have just one word for this post...YUM!

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  4. Love the Puppy yarn ...I spin puppy fiber too...it's fun but alot of the same color can seem like ages....
    those batts & beads are awesome!! love the colors & textures.

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  5. Love that green batt! (I've been needing color, too, but I think it's because of the still-drab weather rather than other fiber-work being neutral.

    Spinning my pup's hair is on my to-do-in-2011 list (she's an Old English Sheepdog).

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  6. That very first green batt (with hits of brown and blue and other colors) would make a great painting. Really.

    Happy fiber arts Friday!

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  7. I really like how you get a little sparkle into your yarn. The colors and textures really are so nice. I'm also really fond of your jumbo beads. You've been busy, huh? Love it!

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  8. The green makes me happy!
    I think it's lovely to have something made from a beloved pet's hair...it's kind of like the idea of gaining strength from wearing a defeated animal's teeth.

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  9. Chiengora!! I love it. It's beautiful.

    I'm actually going to look at some Tibetan Mastiff hair our breeder has been saving in a couple of weeks.

    The green batt is luscious. I think I might just want to wrap it around me. :-)

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  10. The shiny white batts look like they belong on a wedding party table! They're gorgeous!

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  11. I love the look and texture of raw yarns, but unfortunately there is something in wool that makes my hands crack and bleed - all I can use work with is cottons and acrylics.

    So pretty though! Thanks for posting - you do good work. I wish I could use it :-)

    ~Val

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  12. Could you spin wolf? I ask because I have a wolf and her combed stuff is so soft! It would make good water-proof "yarn" because wolf hair sheds water. Also, I can touch it without damaging my hands!

    ~Val

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  13. I love that green. Super inspiring. Your felted beads are great. I'd like to see them in person.

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  14. Hello Val, I'm not sure about wolf, it sounds like the undercoat is soft and fluffy, you can email me if you have any more questions about that. I'm wondering if it could be a chemical used in commercially prepared wool that is bothering you? Have you tried working with hand spun wool? How about alpaca? There is also milk protein fiber which is hypoallergenic and it supper soft and shiny to boot!

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  15. Greens, how can you go wrong with green?

    Lovely, fun batts.

    Happy Fiber Arts Friday!

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  16. I love the greens! Very Spring-like.

    Those beads are wonderful too!

    Happy Crafty Friday.

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  17. Wow. the greens are beautiful especially the ones you did for you.
    Green another favorite of mine, a healing color. The dog hair looks great, nice job girl. Tell Val wolf can be spun! I did some for a fair entry (took first) in unusual fiber category. Love the pastel blends too. The beads are great maybe I can get you to make some that would fit on the fringe of my woven pouch for demos.

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