I have tried many different media in which to express my creativity. I think the fact that I have an urge to do this is a given. Even when working with something like metal. I’m using this as an example, because it isn’t a medium that I have a natural feel for. But if you put the tools in metal in the same room as me, sooner or later I will gravitate in that direction and start making something.
I think buying a spinning wheel and learning how to use it has been an absolute catalyst in my life, and it has changed how I look at my life. Yes, that is quite a bold statement! Absolutely true though, because I now live according to my creativity. When I create yarns, or when I help to make a new spinner in my classes. I am living by what I love doing, and that is a blessed place to be.
Auto ply super chunky thick and thin merino
Hyper texture. A huge array of wool, silk, fabric scraps, thread, to make a crazy batt to spin just how it presents itself.
Pastel coils resembling little seed pearls.
Bulky squishy super coils with all the colour
Loose and wild Masham locks in a tailspun yarn. Currently being woven into a scarf.
Inspired by Laburnum trees in bloom. Silk rods, yellow silk, shetland and felt inclusions. Textural joy.
Beautiful Teeswater tailspun on a Corriedale Core. Wisteria now lives somewhere in Maine with a happy new owner.
Just a quick note, too much mayhem for photo’s and long diatribes, but my excitement cannot wait: I have my first spinning silkworm. More later.
My little silkworms are not so little anymore, and I am looking forward to these hungry little creatures to start spinning lovely silk. Most silk is produced when the cocoons are boiled, whilst containing the chrysalis. This seems rather cruel to me, and after much research, I found a method that will allow me to harvest the silk whilst keeping the chrysalis alive and unharmed. I can’t wait for my first batch of peace silk, although I am yet to discover how much, or how little silk I will get from about 350 worms. Although, by the time the next cycle of worms come about, there will be thousands!