After a couple of planning meetings, the shawl pattern is planned, the warp is now on the loom (hand dyed handspun Romney wool), the Romney grey lamb fleece has been hand dyed in shades of fuchsia, turquoise and burgundy, and the jobs alotted to each member of the team. Our meeting last night was to see how the weft fibre would look after being carded and spun to make sure we are on the right track, but no weft fibre can be handspun ahead of the timed competition.
|We met at Sue Northcott's, setting up the equipment outside in her lovely back yard while being watched over by her llamas.|
This is our team plus me (taking the picture). Left to right - Sue Northcott, Jennifer Wallace (spinners), Sheila Grant (pattern designer and weaver), Sharon Philip (spinner) and Terry Prehara (spinner and plyer).
|This is the first batt being prepared on the Patrick Green carder.|
|This is me (Mary-Anne Smith) dizzing the batt off the carder.|
|And the dizzed batt was so lovely and soft, we thought it would make a good boa.|
|Teasing the dyed fibre.|
And finally, we got to spin the fibre to see how it is going to turn out for our project. Everyone was very pleased with our end results. Now that our strategy is decided, on to the competition! Should be a lot of fun.