I have these marvelous locks of Wensleydale…
They’re long, lustrious and from a friendly home (Hai Elly!). They have a beautifull shine and they really deserve a stage to shine on. I’ve been scared to use them for a long time now… but this week I feel brave!
Back in February I added them to the plum dye pot in a try to forge treasure out of that disastrous muddle when I shrunk my Kelmscott cardigan while overdyeing it.
I was left with a cardigan the size of a place mat and a pot full of a beautiful plum dye bath which colour I could never repeat. I added silk chiffon, a silk-bfl roving, a piece of Wensleydale fleece and these long locks. Now I’d have enough material to combine with each other and perhaps reuse that cardigan.
When it came out I put it all in a box untill the thought of that shrunken cardigan no longer hurt. Which was yesterday morning.
Now I have everything spread out in my living room. I look at it. I pet it. Ideas are flowing.
There are so many colours in there! And such luxury materials! I want to make something gorgeous!
a shawl? a dress? a vest? a skirt? a cushion cover? wrist warmers? a hat?
list of materials:
There’s the cardigan, it’s a nice sturdy fabric. Still some elasticity left in it.(it fits around my hip. The back could be a back panel.)
I have 2,5 m x 90 cm chiffon (enough for a long dress!)
100 grams silk/bfl roving (for felting. spinning)
this is part of the fleece: sorted locks and locks that are attached to each other:
The fleece was sold to me by a man who breeds and buys fleeces from rare sheep breeds. This was one of his top fleeces 2 years ago. It’s a very fine and soft Wensleydale. Unfortunately the sheep must have been ill during the year it grew this fleece. Each lock has a breakage halfway. This means that if I were to felt these locks to the chiffon, the locks would tear easily with wear.
So I spend last night plucking these locks, breaking them at their weak spot so I’d only use a lock that’s solid. This is a lot of work and it leaves me with about half the length of locks I thought I bought. With the residue part I could spin I guess…
It also means I now have a lót of loose little locks that all need to be laid out carefully and secured with wool if I want to use them in a felting project. Again time consuming…
Spinning them in a yarn is another option: tail lock spinning. You let the yarn grab the tail of the lock and the lock dangles from the yarn like a festive bunting. Very slow spinning…
These locks are soft enough for wearing next to the skin. I’d love a shawl around my face. Like a lions mane!
Yes, I could use a shawl like that.
I could also use some sort of ‘tool belt’, using the knitted fabric. Most of my skirts don’t have pockets so some sort of belt-wit-pockets that you can throw around your waist would be very welcome.
Also, there’s everything here to felt a long princess dress…
What to do? what to do?
At the moment I can think of nothing else than sitting amidst this treasure and petting it, petting it.
(I look ridiculous in a lions mane from plum Wensleydale. So that idea is out.)