Lichen is everywhere around here. I can collect it off the ground in my backyard. But I’d rather use collecting as an excuse to get to the swamp.
There wasn’t as much lying on the ground as I remember from past visits. But with more time spent scouring the ground for fallen bits and encrusted dead branches, two loosely filled 1 gallon bags were eventually collected.
On returning home, all the fresh lichen was dumped into a large pot of water and simmered for a few hours then strained.
Handfuls of wetted locks are added over time to get some color variation.
Not only does the lichen dye the fiber a lovely color, it also imparts a very pleasant scent, sweet and earthy and it doesn’t dissipate.
Shades of purple from lavender to violet to deep aubergine, corespun on mohair then spiral plied with commercial silk.
Thanks for stopping by. Navigate the various menus above to see the current stock of handspun and hand dyed yarns. Most of the yarns are spun from Kid Mohair, either 100% or blended with one of the softer longwools like Teeswater or Wensleydale or maybe Blue Faced Leceister. Tussah silk is another addition to many of the prespun fibers.
Currently available are singles spun from locks, singles spun from combed or carded locks and a few 2-ply yarns.
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