Northern California Angora Guild

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Over-dyeing Angora Yarn

I experimented by dyeing a skein of variegated lumpy Angora yarn in strawberry pink; after setting the color, I dropped blue food color on top of the yarn in various places then cooked it again. The entire hat is made from this yarn.

The same yarn is used in making this hat by combining it with tort natural color yarn.

I dyed the variegated Angora yarn in blue first; after setting the color, I dropped pink on top of the blue yarn in various places. The colors are the same but the order reversed; it gives a different look from the yarn in the top picture.

The same yarn is used in conjunction with tort natural colored Angora lumpy yarn to make this hat.

Betty says,

"My hats are very popular; I am always looking for different ways to change the designs while keeping the same characteristics.

Normally I dye the yarns in one color then combine that yarn with natural color such as white, fawn or tort. Or if I want more than one color, I'd put the yarn in a container than drop different color dye on different spots.

To make things more interesting, I decided to dye one color over another dyed color. The resulting yarns are bold and loud. Some may like them, some may not. So far these hats have proven to be quite popular in sales.

These four hats are available for purchase. Contact me if interested."

Pretty Orchids

Betty says,

"We have an orchid plant at our front door. When the flowers bloom, they stay for months. Just want to share their beauty."

Friday, October 16, 2009

Dominique's Robot Bunny

Gabrielle says,

"Dominique came to me the other day with her latest creation: a rabbit! Hmm, a harlequin? It even has a tail."

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Angelababy And Her Brothers

Chu's Angelababy.

Chu's Wylie

Chu's Jayden.

Angelababy has appeared on blog for many times due to her role as Vincent the dustbunny in bestseller Jayne Castle's book Obsidian Prey. She competes quite well in shows; though not yet a Best In Show winner, she won more than enough to achieve the Grand Champion status.

Angelababy also has two very handsome littermate brothers who are also Grand Champions: white buck Wylie and tort buck Jayden. They are here to share today's post with Angelababy.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Fall Festival At Old Sturbridge Village In MA

Bountiful harvest.

Salsify is a diverse and healthy plant that can be used in a variety of ways.

Black Spanish Radish.

West Indian Gherkin Cucumber, an heirloom vegetable grown since at least the 1790's and used mainly for pickling.

An oink.

This year's calf

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Dyeing Wool The Old Fashion Way

A costumed interpreter at Old Sturbridge Village dyeing wool yarn made from sheep raised and shorn at the Village and the wool carded and spun there.

As in the village period, she is dyeing in kettles outside over an open fire. These pictures were taken outside the Fenno House.

The "fruits of her labors," naturally dyed yarn.

Old Sturbridge Village outdoor history museum is located in Sturbridge, Massachusetts.

In early fall, the Center Meetinghouse is transformed into an exhibit hall as it would have looked in the 1830s, and in addition to harvest from the gardens, visitors can see items from the tinman, the printer and bookbinder, the shoemaker, the blacksmith, the cooper, and others. Submissions of butter, cheese, pickles and preserves, plus yarn (spun and/or dyed), knitted and woven goods, strawbraid, quilts, lace, bonnets, and more fill out the display.

Our MA member Chris O. went to the exhibit and share some of the photos with us. The three photos on this page show the outdoor open fire dyeing of wool yarns.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Allen At Harvest Festival In Auberry

It is a rare weekend of not judging rabbits, Allen does drop spindle demo at his booth at the Harvest Festival in Auberry. Auberry is a town not too far from Allen's home in Tollhouse, CA.

Allen and Randy's booth for "Eureka! Mohair Farm".

Allen's Billy Goat felted creation.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Tami Is A Harley Riding Grandma

Tami is a very proud grandma; she shows off the picture and said, "I just love my grand kid and especially this picture."

Tami has an album full of cute pictures of her grand kid. And the inscription of the album is "Harley Riding Grandma"; her t-shirt certainly proves that.