Royal School of Needlework journey

My journey started in Bristol for day 1 on the Certificate in Technical embroidery. Today I learned how to create a design for Jacobean embroidery, my teacher being Debs Wilding, she was brilliant. Debs is a tutor with the Royal School of needlework and she sure knows her stuff. So this is my design:

crewel 1st design

Three craft pots

Been busy this last week working with rug wool. I wanted to try making storage pots and there aren't many yarns you can use that will hold their shape. Then I thought of rug wool so I bought some berber wool from Airedale Yarns just the job. The pattern for making different size pots is available on yarn designs website. They crochet up real quick, you can make one in a few hours and they are great for your crafting bits and bobs


Weaving and dyeing a scarf

So I had a go at dyeing a woven scarf, loved it. I got the wool dye from Wingham wool in red, blue and green (Ashford dyes). They are safe to use and comply with Oeko-Tex Standard 100, however always wear a mask if using powders and wear gloves so that your hands don't get dyed.

I bought the merino wool from the Chester wool company in hanks - 2 hanks (200 gms)

Dyed scarf

This is how I did it.
1. Soak your yarn hank/s in warm water and a spot of washing up liquid for half hour
2. I then filled 3 plastic containers with 10 gms of each colour, 150ml of white vinegar (the mordant) and 850ml of water
3. I dyed the yarn in the 3 colours by dipping one end in red, the middle in the blue and the end in the green
4. Wrap the yarn in cling film and microwave on high for 1 minute, check the yarn is not burning then pop on for another 30 to 60 seconds if OK. Ashford suggest placing a cup of water in the centre of the microwave too.
5. Remove from microwave and when cool, remove the cling film.
6. Rinse in warm water then in cooler water and when happy leave to dry on a towel somewhere airy
7. When dry, wind into balls with the wool winder ready to use on the loom

wool winder

8. You can use your rigid heddle or 4/8 shaft table loom to make the scarf. I warped the loom with the dyed yarn doing a plain weave. For the weft I used undyed merino yarn from Chester wool. In all I used 200 grams of yarn (2 hanks).
9. I make the blanket scarf 12 inches wide by 102" long
10. When finished I hemstitched the fringe