.... Tips & Ideas ....
The Workspace: Begin by
totaling the cubic feet of your sewing room, garage & basement. How long until the kids reach
Building a Yarn Stash:
I live in a relatively small town in SE
Colorado. I have learned to be creative in finding yarns that are more varied
than knitting yarns and cotton floss. I use lots of wool--tapestry and 3-ply
crewel--also a great variety of weaving wool. When I am somewhere that gives me
the opportunity to buy, I invest heavily! I also buy textures in white/off-white
to dye. I keep a few weaver friends for "thrums"--the loom warp ends which they
cut off--they are about 3' long and marvelous! Check weaving shops. I almost
never by via mail...I like to see it up close.
Thousands of people buy kits--few
finish them! Often these poor orphans contain very good quality wool. If you do
the "seconds" market for fun, check out the possibilites. Also look for beads,
trinkets, possibilites.Learn to "Ply" Sometimes you
can manufacture your own unique yarns by adding a glint of metallic or over-dyed
yarn, or both. I usually make up about 25 yards in 3-4 shorter skeins of a
mixture. To avoid a "tweedy" appearance, they should have the same grey-scale
value.Yarn Dying and Yarn
Painting --messy, fun, worth doing!
1) I save buying "mistakes" and
overstock for over-dying. You throw it all in a single pot of dye and get
related colors. 2) I purchase white/light yarns in a variety of textures and
dye or paint with any number of techniques. 3) For over-dying, I use numerous
tall thermal cups. 4) Natural dying produces wonderful colors that mellow out
over the years, but do not mix with commercially dyed yarns.They do not
"mellow". 5) Read all cautions when selecting a dye product and follow all
handling directions--many ingredients are very strong or toxic. I like to
use a hot dyepot with a simple "set" to the dye. I also choose one that will dye
a range of fibers. Although synthetics do not dye well, they will usually
dye in a much paler shade than animal fibers--handy!