Saturday, 6 February 2021

THE BEAUTY OF HANDSPUN YARNS

 

Yarns spun with Polwarth, Silk and Alpaca, plied with a fine boucle then dyed

These skeins of Merino, Silk and Alpaca were spun, then plied and hand painted


Here area  variety of handspun yarns, mostly using Wool or Merino and Alpaca, Silk etc
Ball of Hand dyed handspun Singles yarns ready to make Fingerless Gloves

These yarns are similar to those above and would make a lovely Fade Shawl

You have seen this beautiful handspun yarn, but hesitate to buy it because you are not sure how to use it ... how will it knit up, what size needles etc?
Handspun yarns are one of a kind, all the colours of the rainbow. They have variety, are colourful, thick and thin, art yarns, fine, thick, variety of fibres (Alpaca, Silk, Mohair, Soyabean fibre, Cotton), singles, 2 ply, 3 ply, etc
Handspun yarn has life.  It can be uneven and sometimes even a bit unpredictable. It doesn't look or behave like commercially produced yarn. It can be smooth or textured. Every skein is unique because it has been made by hand - it has it's own individual quirks and story to tell.  It is made with love because the person making it loves what they are doing.  They take a long time to make
You just can’t find the same amazing texture or handle from commercially spun yarn. So much of the character of the particular fiber really stands out in handspun because of the gentle handling when processing the wool and spinning it
They are wonderful to work with and mostly are made from natural products.  they make your knitting, crochet and weaving unique.  Using handspun yarns is a great experience.

Some tips for using handspun yarns:
Use a larger size needle than you would expect
Knit a swatch to see how your yarn looks
There will be some variation in the yarn as it is hand made
Check the yarn for twist - is it tightly twisted or very loosely twisted.  A tighter twist will give better wear whereas a loose twist yarn will be best used for a scarf or shawl
Hand wash swatch and see the yarn bloom.  Do the same with your finished project
Test for prickle - some yarns are made with strong wools and are only suitable for outerwear or bags and slippers

Begin with a small project so that you get the feel of using your unique yarn

Wednesday, 2 December 2020

What is Teddy Thinking?


 At the Southland Embroiderers' Guild each year there is a challenge.  The title this year was "Through a Window".  This was my project, inspired by all of the teddies in windows during lockdown and the rejuvenation of our city centre.  Here teddy is looking out to the Southland Times Building and further down Esk Street.  The Times Building facade will be kept in the rejuvenation.  Maybe he is wondering where all the people are....

It was stitched in stranded cottons.  The buildings were printed on silk and highlighted.  Teddy and the window were drawn separately on calico.  Teddy was stitched with Turkey stitch and then trimmed to make his fur..  This part was cut out and stitched over the background picture with plastic used for the window

Wednesday, 23 September 2020

 3 Year old Girls Cardigan.  A great colour for Spring


More colours and sizes (1 year old to 3 year old) available in this style


Thursday, 19 December 2019

Possum Products

I have been busy making hats, gloves, scarves & booties from Possum Fur mixed with wool for the adults and Polwarth/Merino for the children.
I have enjoyed working with the possum in various ways and have carded, spun, dyed and knitted these products. I shall be experimenting more in the future.

Friday, 6 September 2019

Ponytail hats and Fingerless Gloves



These Fingerless Gloves and Ponytail hats are handspun, using NZ wool, Alpaca and Soyabean Fibre. The combination of fibres and colours make each set unique and they are warm. The buttons on the back of the hat are able to be opened to make room for your ponytail. Both the gloves and hat are finished with crochet flowers. These ones have been sold, but there are more to come. What could be better for a gift for a special person. My email is jangibb@outlook.co.nz for more information.



Saturday, 30 June 2018

COLOURFUL WEAVING YARNS



PHOTOS OF SOME OF THE WEAVING YARNS AVAILABLE

FINE RAYON BOUCLE, Hand Dyed yarns. Great teXture and colours for scarves  etc
Approx 100 gms $20/100gms


                                      5/2 MERCERISED COTTON - hand dyed

Some boucles and Hand dyed Mercerised Cottons
UNMERCERISED COTTONS
A SELECTION OF 8/2 SILKS, both plain and random colours, plus one silk boucle 
$30/100gm





 A few Hand Dyed Tencel skeins

Monday, 4 June 2018

Pink & Purple for Little Girls

Any little girl would love this set of matching Socks and Fingerless Gloves - hand dyed and hand knitted in machine washable wool, they will keep them warm on the cold days.