I stole a beautiful hand bound book from the master bookbinder in Oamaru. In exchange I undertook to make him a length of tartan from handspun naturally dyed wool. I had to enlist the expert help of my friend Doe because I am no weaver. However, I expect to know more by the time this is finished.
For the wool I chose a fleece from one of last year's lambs, a Suffolk/Corriedale cross. The wool is quite fine and spongey with a shortish staple. It's been quite slow to spin.
We dyed it with madder, indigo, safflower and a mix of weld and onion skins. Getting the teal green was the most challenging colour for us but we were pretty happy with the way it turned out.
Dyeing with indigo
The completed colours with a sample of the tartan
Preparing the warp
Starting to warp up the loom