Open Studios 2016

We had a lovely time at Cambridge Open Studios at Harlton. We had lots of visitors and lots of great discussions about the creation of the garments and the photography on display.

Here’s a look at the Crafty Fibres stand from the first day:

setup

While we were open I was able to do some spinning. I ended up spinning a Navajo-plied yarn with an additional thread carrying beads (It was rather a complicated spin to be doing in public!)

spinning

Inspiration

As part of the preparations for Open Studios, I was asked on Sunday what inspires me. At the time I answered “Colour” and “Nature”, but since then I’ve been thinking more about this, and realise I get inspiration from many places.

I’ve recently finished a skein of yarn. I started it in April with the desire to use some stunning blue Teeswater locks. Lots of playing around with different colours eventually resulted in a pile of wool, bamboo, trilobal-nylon and some seacell.

fibre-pile

I blended the chosen fibres on the blending board:

board

To produce light airy batts of blended fibre.

blended

Spinning the first single:

single

I spun a second single without the locks and then plied them together. The yarn isn’t finished until it’s been washed (this sets the twist). This is it drying on the line yesterday afternoon:

finished(2)

finished(1)

The yarn reminds me of piercing blue seas, with crashing waves, golden sands, seaweed and white horses; and so I’m calling it Seascape. My inspiration for this yarn was the locks I wanted to use, in a way that showed off their colour and texture to their best. However, despite my starting point, the finished yarn brings me back to nature!

You will be able to see the yarn at Open Studios. We are opening as a working studio – so I may be working it into a garment during the show!