Labels, Timing & Focus

9 Mar

Just a moment of thankfulness…that I am neurotic about marking my skeins with knots and making notes so I know which skein was submitted to what process. I also prep labels with the date mordanted and knots represented by dots so I may look at the label after the dye pot frenzy is done and add the dye process.  I usually have a plan written down so I don’t vear off in another direction while at the dye pot.

In November, between the holidays, I processed the last of my fresh indigo in a fructose and a traditional thio pot AND used my fresh cochineal AND tried to salvage my Hopi seeds AND mordanted some silk skeins. Skein craziness arises as one rinses and dries the skeins.  Wet skeins all look alike. Trust me, once you are done with the dye process you are happy to wash the pots, clean up the dye area for the winter season, rinse the skeins and walk away and let them dry.

It is March now…I am returning to the skeins and matching labels, pot notes and skeins. Yikes, confusion reigns until you match the dots on the labels to the skein knots and dye pot notes. How did I get this color?

Success!!  Now I need to reel some of this off and weave!  I worked on understanding lampas this Jan/Feb on my playcation with weaving friends so I do have focus and a goal.




7 Responses to “Labels, Timing & Focus”

  1. shiborigirl March 10, 2015 at 3:53 am #

    I admire you process.


  2. tazemoo March 10, 2015 at 10:52 am #

    what size silk are you using now? quite beautiful!


    • debmcclintock March 10, 2015 at 2:48 pm #

      Thanks Bettes, these silks are in the 60/2 and 50/2 range. I am going to combine them with some finer John Marshall silk for my lampas structure.


  3. Virginia March 10, 2015 at 1:59 pm #

    The colors in your skeins are exquisitely serene and lovely. Thank you for sharing. I’m not a weaver or a knitter but I’d buy skeins and hang them in a box frame as art. Do you sell them?


    • debmcclintock March 10, 2015 at 2:46 pm #

      Thank you for the complement. I am grateful you are enjoying the color journey. I will post to my blog if I ever decide to sell my skeins as meditation objects. One can look at them and envision what they could be without ever unwinding them!


  4. mazzaus March 16, 2015 at 3:23 am #

    Beautiful as ever!


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