Welcome To My blog--my name is Barb and I am a weaver in a small town in Wisconsin called Dell. Actually it is more of a place than a town but I love living in the middle of nowhere. I am a weaver and my studio name is"COULD HAVE BEEN A PIANO" I always said I was going to learn how to play the piano, but as luck would have it I met a wonderful group of women weavers and was hooked. I have been weaving for three years or so but have been addicted to fiber since I started knitting when I was about 10. I still love to knit and do some spinning and dying as well. I love natural fiber and texture. I like to use thrift store finds and use my imagination.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Marigolds and Indigo

I thought I would experiment with some natural dying, Harry has a great crop of marigolds so I thought I would give them a shot-

I had a lot of different fiber, some cotton, some of Denise's Shetland, and some cotton ribbon.  I dyed them all in the marigolds

Then I overdyed some of them in my indigo pot

Next I decided to dye a shawl/throw that I just finished out of Denise's Shetland

I first dyed it in the marigolds

Then I overdyed it in the indigo

I am pretty happy with how it turned out
The rest of the fibers I am going to use in some "skinny" scarfs--think I am done dying for a while--but there is a lot of goldenrod around, who knows?

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Summer Towels

I thought I would try and make some towels.  I had some really nice organic cotton, cotillion and tencel on hand as well as some really old bias tape from the Silver Palate in New York  that I couldn't bear to throw out so I recycled it for the hangers.  I threaded the red tencel in rosepath and did a different variation in each of the towels.