Tag Archives: Commissions

Life on the Outside

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Life on the Outside

Background:

These skeins were commissioned as a gift. They are what I call a Companion Set: two different, but harmonious, skeins with one deliberately simple in design, and one towards the art yarn end of the spectrum.

Here the plainer skein is inspired by dew drops on grass. It is spun from a mixture of mallard-green merino fibre blended with rainbow-dyed trilobal nylon. It was spun as a slim single and plied with a green glitter-thread. The companion skein is an art yarn. The blended fibre was spun as a gently-textured thick-and-thin single. I spun the butterfly charms straight into the fibre for stability, and the colourful flower buttons were threaded onto the same green glitter-thread before plying.

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Story:

A cosmos in every sphere. Whole worlds, as far as the eye can see. Dew drops cling to every blade, flexing in the breeze, splitting the light that crosses its path, capturing its colour. Looking further afield, there the colours come into view. Less ephemeral there, though hardly permanent. The borders are home to delicate hues, flashes of bold colours. Life in many forms. Garden creatures flash by: circling, darting, diving through air. The fauna visits the flora, life cycles uniting to allow each to continue. Today’s dance promises the future.

Information:

1. Title: Dew Drops

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Composition: Fibre: 70% merino 30% rainbow trilobal with a synthetic glitter-thread ply.

Weight: 104g / 20 WPI / sockweight

Length: 463m / 506yd

Care: Hand wash only. Dry flat.

Details:

Date:  November 2016

Skein code: 0094a

Fibre: Merino, trilobal nylon

Source: World of Wool

 

2. Title: Flora and Fauna

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Composition: Carded blend of cashmere, tussah silk, merino and trilobal nylon with a synthetic glitter-thread ply, metal charms and plastic buttons.

Weight: 133g /11 WPI / Irregular, worsted weight to DK average.

Length: 320m / 350yd

Care: Hand wash only. Dry flat. Hand wind only.

Details:

Date: November 2016

Skein code: 0094b

Fibre: Cashmere, Tussah silk, Merino and Trilobal nylon

Source: The Rainbow Fibre Fairy

Status: Sold

Orchid Ripples

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Orchid Ripples

Background:

I was commissioned to make some thick ‘n’ thin yarn in hot pink, lime green and white. I decided to spin a long-striping yarn in these three colours. The fibre was split into 5g sections and an irregular single was spun in a repeating colour pattern. I then used navajo plying to create this thick and thin textured yarn.

Story:

There’s a slice of paradise that I choose not to share.

Where the wild orchids grow, immodest in their radient pinks, standing proud against verdant greens.

I approach – request an audience. Their bobbing flowers acquiesce.

The lake appears as I crest the brow of the hillock. At the lakeside I dip my toe, and the water answers with ripples.

The orchids’ reflection is broken, like the turn of a kaleidoscope. Rippling pinks, whites, and greens. The world responds to my presence, and yet I am at peace.

 

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Information:

Title: Orchid Ripples

Composition: 67% Merino, 33% Whitefaced Woodland

Weight: 100g / 12 WPI av. / Irregular DK

Length: 187m / 205yd approx.

Care: Hand wash only. Dry flat.

Details:

Date: February 2016

Skein code: 0089

Fibre: 21 micron dyed merino and natural whitefaced woodland

Source: World of Wool

Status: Sold

Champagne and Bouncy Castles

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Champagne and Bouncy Castles

Background:

This is “Champagne & Bouncy Castles”, so called because as I was spinning it all I could think of was parties. The fibre was unlabelled, but I suspect it is a merino/silk/angelina mix. There were so many beautiful colours blended together, I wanted to preserve that in the yarn and not over-complicate it. This is a lovely singles yarn, and the colours remain as clearly defined swirls in the twist.

Story:

Time to let our hair down

Time to have some fun.

Time to let our worries go now that the work is done.

Time to be a kid again,

Responsibility-free!

Time to do the things we do when nobody can see:

Rule the bouncy castle,

Dance like no-one’s there.

Realise what life is like without a single care.

Soon we’ll don the mantles

Once more of adult roles.

But for tonight be wild and free – those are our only goals.

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Information:

Title: Champagne and Bouncy Castles

Composition: Fibre Supplied

Weight: 60g / 15 WPI average / gently thick and thin sports to DK weight

Length: 196m / 215yd approx.

Care: Hand wash only. Dry flat.

Details:

Date: December 2015

Skein code: 0083

Fibre: Supplied

Source: Gillian Gladrag

Status: Swapped

Arctic Equinox

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Arctic Equinox

Background:

Another chance to revel in the beauty of a Hilltop Cloud gradient pack, this yarn was commissioned as a gift for a new knitter.

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Story:

The fibre flows through my hands. Rippled and vivid, depths of colour for senses to dive into.

Clear turquoises and deep blues, like a river cutting the landscape, meandering to and fro.

Looking up from the landscape to the broad horizon. Sun dipping down, glowing deep, burnished gold. Soon to give way to the rich, dark night.

This equality happens but twice a year; time giving equal attention to its day and night children. Winter is on its way. And the arctic landscape embraces it.

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Information:

Title: Arctic Equinox

Composition: 50% Merino, 37.5% Shetland, 12.5% Mulberry Silk.

Weight: 140g / 16 WPI / Sports weight

Length: 523m / 572yd approx.

Care: Hand wash only. Dry flat.

Details:

Date: November 2015

Skein code: 0078

Fibre: Handblended Merino, Shetland and Mulberry Silk

Source: Hilltop Cloud

Status: Sold

The Oldest Question

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The Oldest Question

Background:

I was asked to make a yarn based on Doctor Who, using lots of blue and colours inspired by the picture provided.

Story:

The oldest question.

Hidden in plain sight.

Doctor Who.

A time traveller.

With me through childhood, then not seen for decades.

Reappearing for my own children, and for me! The child who never grew up (well … not unless absolutely necessary.)

Twelve different faces so far.

It reminds me of the faces I’ve worn throughout the years.

The fresh-faced child, rosy and cheeky. The growing girl, the burgeoning adult, the finally independent woman.

The student, the mother, the partner, the explorer.

The friend, the mentor, the maker, the fighter.

Different roles, different faces, all the same.

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Information:

Title: The Oldest Question

Composition: Merino with a touch of silk.

Weight: 100g / 13 WPI / irregular DK

Length: 233m / 255yd approx.

Care: Hand wash only. Dry flat.

Details:

Date: October 2015

Skein code: 0074

Fibre: 21 micron merino and a little mulberry silk.

Source: Wingham Wool Work

Status: Swapped

Bouquet

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Bouquet

Background:

This was another of those projects where a customer asks me to spin their fibre, and when the fibre arrives it is stunning and plays so nicely whilst you draft and spin it. I loved the bright colours in this braid, and they got me thinking of the old meanings of flowers. I wondered if the colours would lead to a description of what if feels like when amazing yarn arrives and begs to be shaped into a new creation.

Story:

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They say there was once a language of flowers.

A secret code; a subversion of social restrictions.

A bouquet could be made of wild, or cultivated, or exotic blooms.

Magenta-pink orchids stood for beauty and luxury.

The exclusive orange saffron meant mirth!

What about lime-green? Maybe gooseberry fruits or leaves. They stood for anticipation.

Beautiful blue cornflowers would mean delicacy.

And for purple? Violets: love, and faithfulness.

Anticipation, delicacy, mirth, beauty and love.

I think that’s a perfect description.

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Information:

Title: Bouquet

Composition: 80/20 superwash merino/silk

Weight: 125g / 20 WPI / sock weight

Length: 681m / 745yd approx.

Care: Hand wash only. Dry flat.

Details:

Date: October 2015

Skein code: 0072

Fibre: 80% superwash merino, 20% silk

Source: Fibre supplied.

Status: Sold

Glorious Technicolor Part II

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Glorious Technicolor Part II

Background:

This was a repeat order of some beautiful thick and thin yarn. What I particularly love about this is the way my creations were sent out into the world and inspired more creativity.

Story:

Glorious celebrations of colour:

Lapis – an Afghan midnight

Onyx – dark and mysterious

Ruby – blood-red gem

Indigo – brought to life by the sun

Opal – beauty from scattering of light

Ultramarine – deep blues of the sea

Silver – pure, white elegance.

Teal – delicious blends of blue and green

Ecru – earthy white

Cyan – a colour primary! One of the ABCs of inks

Hazel – autumnal shades

Navy – uniform blue

Ivory – creamy white and musical

Coral – delicate pink of the sea creature

Ochre – ancient dye. A link to the past

Lilac – pale purple of the garden

Olive – deep, dark, savoury green

Rainbows – nature’s paint box

Video by Forest Valley Designs. Shared with permission.

Information:

Title: Glorious Technicolor part II

Composition: 100% merino

Weight: 200g / 9 WPI average / Worsted or Aran thick’n’thin

Length: 187m / 204yd approx.

Care: Hand wash only. Dry flat.

Details:

Date: June 2015

Skein code: 0048

Fibre: 21 micron 70s merino

Source: Wingham Wool Work’s Yorkshire Range – Fangfoss

Status: Sold

Adventures in Space & Time

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Adventures in Space & Time

Background:

This was such a fun commission! By the time the yarn was made I could just imagine a little tardis whizzing through the scene.

Story:

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Space.

The vast, empty void. The vacuum of space.

Empty.

Apart from the stars.

But the rest of space is empty.

Except for the planets and moons and comets and asteroids.

But there’s nothing else.

Apart from the nebulae, showing off, all blues, pinks, reds and greens.

And apart from the galaxies, some spiral-armed and twisting together with the inky blackness.

But aside from all that … empty.

If you don’t count the neutrinos and photons and muons and …

But otherwise, nothing there.

(Except, maybe, dark matter?)

Even black holes are thought to emit radiation.

So really, what is there to explore?

What adventures could you possibly have?

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Information:

Title: Adventures in Space & Time

Composition: Merino, silk, sequins and seed beads

Weight: 120g (fibre weight) / 14 WPI / DK to sports weight.

Length: 360m / 394 yd approx.

Care: Hand wash only. Dry flat.

Details:

Date: July 2015

Skein code: 0049

Fibre: 21 micron dyed merino, 70/30 merino silk blend

Source: Supplied by Wingham Wool Work. Blended by Story Skeins

Status: Sold

Popping Candy

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Popping Candy

Background:

A fun commission. I loved the way this yarn turned out.

Story:

Do you remember Wham Bars? They were a favourite when I was a little girl. Occasionally they’d come as a free gift, stuck to the front of my Beano!

They were my first taste of popping candy. The slick, pink background was scattered with fizzy rocks that exploded on your tongue, sending showers of stars over your taste buds.

Pops, crackles, crunches and sizzles unleashed sensory overload! The candy treat dissolved, leaving just the sweetness of a memory.

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Information:

Title: Popping Candy

Composition: Merino / silk / polyamide thread / sequins

Weight: 100g / 13 WPI / DK

Length: 259m / 284yd approx.

Care: Hand wash only. Dry flat.

Details:

Date: July 2015

Skein code: 0050

Fibre: 70/30 merino/silk mix.

Source: Wingham Wool Work

Status: Sold

Tapestry

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Tapestry

Background:

I think this is one of my favourite yarns so far. The colours were so rich and the way they played together with the navajo ply was immensely pleasing to the eye.

Story:

The story’s in the fabric.

Covering the stone walls,

Cushioning the room from cold,

Warming the space.

Woven by artisan:

A cottage industry creates, so the wealthy can flaunt.

The richness of the colours – burgundy, forest, ultramarine – mirrors the richness of the owners.

And the characters, the lady and the unicorn, give silent witness to the ostentatious splendour before their unblinking eyes.

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Information:

Title: Tapestry

Composition: 100% merino

Weight: 200g / 13 WPI / DK

Length: 535m / 586yd approx.

Care: Hand wash only. Dry flat.

Details:

Date: July 2015

Skein code: 0019

Fibre: 21 micron merino

Source: Wingham Wool Work sample day

Status: Sold