maple leaf image from eco print on silk dyed with cochineal

Eco-printing with Cochineal: A Spectacular Combination

Eco-printing is a journey, more than a destination. It is a perfect project for the Infinitely Curious Person and a really frustrating project for The Perfectionist Person who wants standardized results every time. I’m the first one– the Infinitely Curious Person. It’s just that part of my curiosity involves wondering if I can standardize …

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You Can Buy Fiber Through Amazon!

People are always asking, “Where can I buy wool roving?” on posts in the fiber-related Facebook groups. One of them exclaimed a …

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Waste Wool Felt Experiment

I don’t even like the term “waste wool.” If I paid for a fleece I want to use all the fleece! But …

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Merino Wool Dyed and Dried

I love washing Merino Wool. I love the shine of it. I love the softness of it. I love to spin it …

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Welcome to the SlowYarn.com Blog! Handspinning, dyeing, eco-printing, being an artist in a crafting world, wool allergies… if it has to do …

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How to Shibori With Natural Dyes

  I’ve been playing. Obsessing, really. I broke out the Indigo and started to experiment this week. I wanted to try the …

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Dog Hair Yarn

Have you ever been curious to know if you can spin dog hair into yarn? When people hear that someone has been spinning …

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Summer Dyeing

The Colorado summer has kept me from the computer for awhile! But I have been busy natural dyeing silk fabric.  My idea …

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Art vs. Craft

As an artist who works in a variety of media traditionally relegated to craftsmen, I have a vested interest in the debate …

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Drum Carder Trick

I recently posted on Facebook asking friends for plastic netting that wrapped a ham or turkey.  I use them with my drum …

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Handpainted Warps

  I remember being shocked at the price tag on a set of room dividers at a Handweavers Guild sale. It was …

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Blue Dye in History

The color blue has long been associated with royalty and riches. Any plant yielding blue dye was considered a valuable commodity, and …

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Recycled vs. Reused Wool

It’s easy to assume that anything “recycled” must be good for the environment. In the case of recycled wool, there is a …

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Are You Allergic to Wool?

  Are you allergic to wool?  A lot of people can’t wear wool, because it makes them feel itchy and uncomfortable.  Nobody …

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