August 22, 2016

Spinning Crocus Colors

In 2013, I was painting some silk hankies (aka mawata, a preparation of silk for spinning in which one stretches single entire cocoons over a square frame to form incredibly thin layers), and I did one ounce in peacock shades, which I eventually sent to a friend who was learning to spin, and another in purple, green, yellow and white, for spring crocuses. A few months ago, I finally got around to starting to spin the crocus colors, and even wrote a poem about them to submit to an upcoming anthology in honor of Flora. (I still owe that anthology a piece on Hekate and lavender.) I was in a lot of pain at the time, and I used the spinning to catch some of it up and pull it out of me, one of the things that can be done with spinning magic, and one for which sticky, grabby silk preparations like hankies are particularly good for.

I've been working on it in bits and pieces, using it to capture pain, worry, depression, anxiety. I finally finished it! One ounce of thick-and-thin energized-single silk yarn.

The colors got rather more blue in the drafting and spinning than I had meant them to be. Next time I try this, I'll add some other colors to get a better balance. Some red to the violet, some yellow to the green. But it's pretty anyway.

I hope to use it as warp and weave it into a narrow scarf. The thick-and-thin and the extra twist should give it some interesting texture. It may take a while to get that done, though. The RH Cricket loom is missing a length of dowel, and I'd have to replace that before I could weave.