My finished cotton hankie from the indigo dyeing class
You might recall that in a previous post I mentioned ‘tie dyeing’ with indigo natural dyes, and that at a class I had another chance to try this out. This class took place at Harvest Feast, an SCA event in September as part of the Shire of Bitter End.
This post will share photos and some information from that class… though some of the insights from our instructor I also shared in the previous indigo-related posts!
Lucet cord making
I’ll be teaching a class at Snoweaters 2017, October 14, on how to make cord with a lucet fork. (Click the link to find out more about the event if you’re in Southern Alberta.)
At Avacal September Crown event in early September I took a class on how to process hemp for fibre. The same techniques work for flax (linen) and nettle. The class was taught by Mistress Kataryna Tkach (her SCA name), who in her mundane life works with legal, licenced hemp for scientific study. Luckily, she has access to the “waste” plant material for fibre production and experimentation!
Dressing a cone-shaped distaff with flax
While at Avacal September Crown (a SCA event) I took a class on using a distaff for suspended spinning. I didn’t quite get the idea behind suspended spinning (it kind of made my hand hurt pretty quickly) but I did enjoy using the distaff to control the fibre for spinning.
Brian working hard making one of his items
Back in September I published a post about a class I was helping to organize (but not teach!) on Egyptian faience – an early glass product that sort of is the meeting place between clay and glass.