What a fascinating fibre

So, following on from my last post I have now seen and touched some lotus fibre!  Here’s a pic:

Brown and white woven lotus fibre scarf

It is definitely a lot like linen in feel, but has a sheen that’s really silky. The cloth had a great drape and that surprised me because it had a… stiffness? density? I’m not sure what the word is, but it was like I could imagine linen of a similar ply feeling like.

The muted colours of this scarf are lovely too, don’t you think? And the pattern is part colour and part different ply yarns which made for a very attractive scarf!

Lotus flower fibre

Someone I work with, who is a keen traveler, has found out that I weave. As a result I’ve been shown a range of wonderful photos of the workshops he visited in Myanmar where they make cloth from lotus flower fibre!

The locals harvest and process the lotus plants and then spin it and weave the yarn into cloth.

With any luck he will remember to bring in the scarf he bought for his wife and I will be able to report back on what this interesting fabric feels like! Having a look online it gets described as a cross between silk and linen in feel, which sounds fascinating.

My family has too many hobbies!

I’ve been resisting the urge to dye yarn for a long time, mostly because I don’t get on well with chemicals, but the urge to do some simple dye work has been growing. Finally I thought I’d try a small project and that meant getting a small amount of a mordant . Not always easy to do.

But I had a hunch that if I asked my family if anyone had some alum there’d be a ‘yes’. There was!

This is the thing about my family; we have far too many hobbies. Guaranteed someone will have the random chemical etc that I need when I launch into my own new random interest!

Stay tuned for more posts on my mini-dyeing attempt.

The yarn-y bits of my brain

At work the other day they’d been running a team-building activity that involved building a tower so they had all of these materials sitting in a box. Wire. Yarn. Sticks. I have to admit I kept staring at it thinking if I took the wire and used it to make a frame with the sticks I could use the yarn to make this… or that… or that!

I resisted the urge to make anything (they might want to use those materials in future), but the yarn-y, craft-y bits of my brain were firing all day.