On another note:
It’s a Heatwave here in Australia! It’s Hot! Very Hot…and it is going to stay hot for a bit longer so I have been told. “Normal”people would go to the beach, the pool, hang over the aircon or the fan. So what have I been doing? Yep, spinning, dyeing and blending, well not exactly in that order..lol..but you know what I mean. So, now it’s scientifically proven I am totally addicted to doing anything fibery and no heatwave can stop me…I have been taking advantage of the sun and have been solar dyeing…meaning using the heat of the sun, whih was quite substantial yesterday at an oozing 38C! and today it is even going to be hotter! Imagine that!..the indigo and walnut and mushroom dyeing wnet like a breeze ! and the effects are amazing.
I have been doing two types of dyeing effects: semi solids and gradient long repeat dyeing. That last one is new. You know, sometimes you just want a colour to gradually blend into a lighter tone or a different colour without it being interrupted by repeats. I have dyed my new IxCHeL blend called Angel Bunny Tops that way so you wont even have to resort to Navajo plyeing to make the colours stay together. Its great when spinning fine and it is a wonderful effect even when doing art yarns. It will make your yarn look like a gradient progression of tone and colour: MAGIC! Imagine that shawl you always wanted to make that goes from a gorgeous sunny yellow to a dark indigo blue, or that pair of socks you wanted starting with a lush green and morphing into a sensual purple? Can you see it? Just have a look at this weeks offering and you know what I mean.
Last year I have been experimenting lots with new blends and new fibres like Bison and yak in order to offer you wonderful new blends to make your fibre art even more magic. Discovering new fibres and ways of spinning them or felting and let’s face it: it is always so much fun to try something new. I wa especially enthusiastic by the Pure Luxury tops that were on offer and the new camelbunny silk blend that I have now added cashmere to just to make it even more irresistible. I am always looking to improve, invent new things and dream up new blends. That is why I van proudly say that today there is another new blend that is just amazing to touch and spin. That coupled with the new gradient dyeing I have been doing to it, makes for a fab new adventure to try out ! Start the year with a Bang!
The Angel Bunny Blend is a wonderful mix of blue faced Leicester tops with angora bunny, Cashmere and Tencel. Tencel is a plant fibre. It’s made out of wood pulp and it makes a wonderful fibre to spin and wear. It shines like silk, is soft, strong and very purlescent. It adds a wonderful element to the softness of the cashmere and bunny and strengthens the shine of the blue faced Leicester wool. All in all : it is another IxCHeL blend I am extremely over the moon about.
Better get on with the show ! Enjoy this weeks offerings !!!!
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Angel Bunny Tops
100grams+ for AU$24
Club Sign up time again !!!!
IxCHeL FIBRE CLUB January, February and March 2013
IxCHeL Yarn Club January, February and March 2013
IxCHeL Funky Bunny Batt Club January, February and March 2013
IxCHeL Mini skein Club January, february and March 2013
Bunny Spin in at the Ixchel Fibre Farm (11am-4pm)
Every Third Saturday and every fourth Thursday of the month!
Bunny food like cabbage, bok choi or broccoli is always welcome as well ! : the bunnies will cuddle you more for it !