Fibre from Chile

I bought a bag of fibre in assorted colours  from the Añañuca stand at Woolfest in June. I had a long chat with Liz (who I bumped into in the showers of the campsite we were staying in!) and I sincerely respect their philosophy and ethos in “all of our products are handmade, and traded fairly, showing due respect for the skills of the artisan and their need to make a dignified livelihood.”

I love the softness of these colours and, after re-carding to make drawing out easier, I spun the fibres in a random order partly on my tibetan support spindle (my favourite at the moment,  http://www.michael-williams-wood.co.uk/sitefiles/tibetan.jpg ) and partly on the wheel. The spindle spinning was a lot finer than the wheel spinning and I ended up plying some of it straight 2 ply and some navaho ply. I am aiming to weave with it soon.

Re-carded the fibre to open it out more

Re-carded the fibre to open it out more

Two spun and plied hanks

Two spun and plied hanks

Showing the difference between the 2 ply and the navaho ply

Showing the difference between the 2 ply and the navaho ply

 

 

 

New Discoveries under Bangor

Work is continuing apace on the renovation of the old Bishop’s Palace into the new venue for the Bangor Museum Art Gallery that is to be renamed “Storiel” (‘Stori and Galeri). Work on the grounds revealed a cobbled path leading from the front of the Palace to the Cathedral. More was found underneath the cobbles and they have now discovered the remains of a bakery.

I am really looking forward to learning more about these new finds that will add to the fascinating story of the City of Bangor already shown in the museum. Also the new gallery will be open longer hours and have more activities to involve the community. Hooray for Bangor!

Follow this link for more information http://www.amgueddfagwyneddmuseum.org/bishops-palace-development/

The cobbles revealed from the front of the Bishop's Palace to the Cathedral

The cobbles revealed from the front of the Bishop’s Palace to the Cathedral

Uncovering the site of a bakery

Uncovering the site of a bakery

Renovating the new site for "Storiel"

Renovating the new site for “Storiel”

Continuation of the path from the Bishop's Palace to the Cathedral

Continuation of the path from the Bishop’s Palace to the Cathedral

Guild Dyeing Day

The Gwynedd Guild of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers dyeing day was on 5th september in one of the greenhouses at the Treborth Botanical Gardens. A perfect warm and sunny day. Great friendship and cooperation, sharing at its best. And some very interesting results.

Dyed yarns in the sun

Dyed yarns in the sun

Woad vat

Woad vat

Hollyhock petals

Hollyhock petals

Kool aid for vibrant colour

Kool aid for vibrant colour

Chopping roots

Chopping roots

Treborth Botanical Gardens provide the most fabulous venue.

Treborth Botanical Gardens provide the most fabulous venue.

The results of my dippings

The results of my dippings