I really love collaborating. I believe that lending skills, sharing process and bolstering our fellow people up contributes to the good life. There is nothing we cannot accomplish with collaboration, community and support.
I had the privilege of working with Amy Seeburger, founder and chief textiles master at Aurelian Spun & Woven in Brookline, Massachusetts. Amy and I had the pleasure of connecting over instagram in 2015 and have kept in touch since, crafting a long distance friendship and much respect. I have much reverence for her as a woman taking charge, dedicating herself to high quality craftsmanship and her vision. Her hand spun yarns and handwoven wearables are a thing of beauty. Truly heritage craft made with a lot of heart and the best, locally and ethically sourced fibres. Her high caliber goods, extremely keen eye and commitment to exploitation free production make for some of the most beautiful textiles I’ve ever seen and had the honour of handling. Maybe I’m gushing… But it’s all true and I love giving credit where credit is due.
Amy hand spun Finn and Shetland wool for our collaboration and employed a couple of different spinning techniques. All are worsted spun in different weights. Showcasing her talent at the spinning wheel! I employ natural dye extracts as well as fresh or dried foraged plants from my fire tower home in my natural dye practice. As such, all of the yarns are dyed with extracts and fresh forage, dyed, washed and rinsed in rain water in my tiny off grid fire tower cabin in the north of Canada. The boreal forest. My place in the world. I am deeply inspired by life deep in the wood.
The Shetland fibre we worked with comes from Maine, dyed a warm purple-married-to-brown, is about a fingering weight and 16 WPI. I dyed each skein with logwood, cutch, iron and cochineal.
Each of the remaining colour ways are of Finn fibre from Wisconsin.
I dyed the strong red yarn with a combination of madder and lac. This yarn is a heavy aran or even light bulky yarn, WPI 7 - 8.
The blue, indigo and is about a heavy aran weight family, WPI - 8.
The gold, cutch, osage orange andthe first goldenrod (solidago canadensis) of the season. The gold yarn is a worsted weight, WPI 10.