Sunday, August 14, 2016

It is all about my INDIGO Dyeing my Saori warp this week ! New students too!

Some of my past week as I Center With Fiber 
The latest  from my natural indigo pot I have  been using outside off the studio back deck.

 It started with winding a 14 yard cotton with silk  yarn warp 

 I used un mercerized  cotton and a few pale shades of silk, and silk cotton
here it is  soaking it with soap before the dye bath

  Going into the dye Indigo Vat

  After about 10 min soak it emerged green then oxidizing to the the gorgeous indigo BLUE!

   warp drying on the deck railing

  stayed up to the wee hours to thread and sleyed the reed using the  Saori cross holder and the heddles using the  Saori threading holder threading comfortably away from the loom on a table . no beams to reach over or back breaking hours at the loom.

  Carried  the   Saori inside set here to  my saori wx60 loom and started to beam on.

  Yes there is some crocking of the Indigo dye but I was touching  all the 14 yards of warp extensively for a few hours so really not to bad!

well what do you think? do you think the Natural indigo is amazing ?
Meera and Glen
It was a joy to meet them and share the joy of Saori weaving in a saori try it class

  How beautiful and textural there weavings are!
  Twisting fringes and tying  there woven pieces onto branches from the property love the  Battery fringe twister here.



  Vicki is loading her New Saori loom and weaving bench into  her vehicle . She will  be back for her threading class once she has the loom assembled.


Sandy and vicki both have new Saori looms they came for a threading class all set up with there threading stations.

  Peaceful and comfortably threading using the Saori threading holder and the SAORI READY MADE WARPS HERE They do not need to know how to wind a warp they can thread once and weave for 33 yards! When they are ready to learn warping they come come back for a  learn to wind a   warp class.

  All threaded now simply hang  the harness ,  place the reed and  slip the warp  on the the loom tension  and  weave! I can not wait to see the clothing and  other things from these two talented students!


  My student and freind Kori stopped by this week to buy 4 harness for her saori loom . She will  weave  a twill to sew here own organic california grown indigo ( she grew) and use Sally Fox's organically grown cotton yarn that she dyed to weave  her own denim jeans on Saori loom! You can READ  HER ECOTONETHREADS.COM BLOG ON GROW YOUR ONE JEANS HERE

  These are her hand woven and dyed twill samples she brought to show me!

  This plain weave is for the inside pocket of the jeans ! This is sooo amazing! GOOD JOB kORI!!!


Peace from the coastal redwoods
Jill Nickolene Sanders

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Natural Indigo dye vat started YEAY! Students and Saori weavings at Saori Santa Cruz

I love Indigo dyeing I have had a designated vat for 8 years but the drought was so bad here in California  I just haulted dyeing the last 4 years! My freind Maggie came over last week and we started my  new fresh indio vat ! All natural! using pickling lime, natural indigo, and sugar!

  From dinner linen  table napkins to a dress to a  hat a tote and ….


  I will do some "JILLBORI" (my version of shibori) next week and wind some warps too and dye those check back to see what I am up to with inigo nest week !


Sandi came for a try it class last week  and enjoyed it so much she came back for a zen weaving day monday  to create a scarf!
Antoinette  bought a Saori PICCOLO LOOM HERE and is threading a saori readymade warps here she chose a 200x300 and that will weave about 15" wide and 33 yarrds long so she threads once and weaves for 33 yards !!! no beaming on the loom thread hang tension weave!

  Vicki loved her ZEN WEAVING CLASS so much she came back for another one this week too! she is  weaving   some more pillow tops! Although her last weaving session resulted in one of the pillow tops being transformed into an amazing top at home! I love it!

  it is  always  fun to weave out side with the  fresh breezes. peaceful and relaxing  spening the day  weaveing on the lower teaching deck here at the studio.
  Sandi's scarf coming along she loved the bumble bee yarn here in my shop! I only have a couple left.

 Vicki loves the neutrals and textures for pillow tops!
  Sandi's scarf off the loom!

VICKI'S pillow top are great!!

time for twisted fringes

 love my Lacis fringe twister …...fringe twisters here in my Etsy shop
  and also   tying  the edges so that they do not unravel of the pillow tops too!

  SUCH A FANTASTIC SCARF! a very sucessful class!

 Antoinette finished threading and is weaving on her adorable PICCOLO loom!!!


   ORGANIC  Gotts certified popular 8/2 cottonlin or  cotton 15 cone set in my etsy shop HERE

 Almost 9 pounds of fiber I  spun for TOUR DE FLEECE this year here is the final haul, minus 3 skeins and some charkha spindles of cotton that for got put in the final photo!  enought to fit in a medium plastic kiddie pool!

 Wednesday  Sharon and Sam came for a mommy and me class and LOVED IT! they were at the Makers fair in April and wanted to come for a try it class!  Sam said," I loved it! I want to come back!

  Antoinette can start weaving !
 Sharron chose beautiful cool blues and greens  for yarns ..

  Antoinette is weaving ! she is so happy with her Piccolo loom. she has a SAORI WX60 WOOD FOLDING LOOM too but she wanted a portable loom to weave outside  here in northern California in her back yard!

  look who liked blue and greens too!

  Each has a branch from our property to hang there weaving on.

  A whole lot of creativity going on today!

  Fringe twisting the fringes if fast and fun and finished pieces so nicely..

 Peaceful weaving in the redwood mountains
Jill Nickolene Sanders

My Etsy shop