Yarn trials

As we head into quiet winter months here in NZ, I’ve been taking time to weave some new things. These beautiful yarns come from a local farm (The Woolshed, on Takaka Hill) which is run by a friend and her family.  The natural silver and charcoal greys are from friendly Gotland Sheep. The off-white wool is from Perendale sheep. All are un-dyed and have been mill spun here in NZ.

It feels great to weave with and I am really happy with the fabrics that have been coming off the loom. Here are some cosy pillows finished this week. These are a combination of mostly cotton and wool – plus a tiny bit of added man made yarn for sparkle.

Gotland is lightweight and very warm. It also has really good drape and a subtle natural sheen, so it’s calling me to weave a blanket soon.

Another of Gotland wool’s natural properties is that it makes great felt. I’m trialing this on a different loom.  Once woven, I firstly washed these samples by hand in hot water and soap; but then I got a bit braver and put them all into the washing machine, followed by a tumble dry. Once felted, it is possible to cut the fabric without too much fraying – which could lead into all sorts of fun projects. I’m beginning a few useful drinks coasters – just got to decide whether to keep the blanket stitch edging or not.