Sunday, 1 March 2015

Fashion Knitwear: Spring Summer 2015 Trends.

image www.pantone.co.uk
Colour this season is slightly more muted than last Spring Summer, but are used in a mix that makes them feel fresh and light.
Source trendcouncil.com
Trends in stitch pattern are about interesting textural details, from tassels and fringing, to openwork, intarsia and ribbing. Stripes seem to take more of a front seat than last Spring Summer, with a heavy mix of working several styles together...

Jordana Warmflash image from style.com
Shapes are causal and play a back seat to pattern this season... my favourite collection examples for this are;

Source https://www.pinterest.com/sarastexturecr/ss-15-knitwear-trends/
I'm looking forward to Spring already... are you?
Have a wonderful day... Sara x

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Saturday, 28 February 2015

What Fibre Do You Dye at Sara's Texture Crafts?


Hand Dyed Tops

I have a number of bases available, but please note that not every dye technique is available on every base. So make sure to ­check the drop down box at the top of each colour listing to know which bases you can select. I will give you a rough guide below…

 
Base NameSpinning HandleFelting HandleColour Take UpSize of bumpDye Technique Options

BFL
(Blue Faced Leicester)


This is a sleek fibre that drafts easily… so great for beginners.

It is the most ‘next-to-skin’ soft.

Once spun it has a soft and delicate feel, making it a good choice for anything from socks (you may wish to blend nylon in for sturdy wear), to hats to full garments.

BFL is the most like Merino that I offer… so although the staple is longer and has a slight sheen, it does felt well.

It is great for wet or dry techniques.

The colour take up is good and the sheen to the fibre gives slightly muted shades.

100g

Semi Solid/Tonal (50g lots)

Variegated

Gradients

Colour sets (see listings for specifics)

BFL/Silk (70/30)

The addition of silk makes this the luxury spin.

It would be perfect for shawls, and garment you want to show off.

The silk blend will be great for luxury projects.

As Above

100g

Variegated

Gradients

BFL/Sparkle (70/30)

The addition of Sparkle is delicate… it’s just a hint.

Again it is perfect for shawls, and garment you want to show off.

The sparkle will be visible, but as a hint.

As Above

100g

Variegated

Gradients

Exmoor Blueface

This is the surprise spin (easy for beginners)… whilst the fibre has a crunch in the hand, the finished yarn becomes much more sleek and soft, as it takes on the BFL characteristics of the cross.

It’s a good choice for anything from socks (you may wish to blend nylon in for sturdy wear), to hats to full garments.

This is a harder wearing version of BFL, so great for those types of projects.

As Above

100g

Variegated

Gradients

Falkland

This feels sturdier than BFL and again is easy for beginners. It has a soft but ‘springy’ handle in the yarn.

It is great for most garments.


Much like a Shetland Falkland is a harder wearing felt… great for boots, hats and ornaments.

The colour take up is very good and appears bright.

100g

Variegated

Gradients

Polwarth

Polwarth is soft, but full of bounce and will create wonderful lofty yarns.

It is great for most garments worn next to skin.

Polwarth will behave like a slightly denser version of Merino and is good for all projects.

As above

100g

Variegated

Gradients

Superfine Alpaca/BFL (70/30)

This is a luxury spin. The Alpaca has a wonderfully soft handle blended with the BFL.

Yarns will have a halo (furry appearance) and be sleek and slightly elastic when knitting. The BFL does help to stabilise your knits.

I would use this for luxury knits.

I tend not to use Alpaca in higher percentages for felt.

The colour take up is good and the fibre gives muted shades.

100g

Variegated

Gradients
  
Due to the high number of colour to base options I now dye to order. These usually take no more than 1 week to process, however in busier times I estimate 1-3 weeks. Having said this if I have dyed the same combination up for someone else I may have a spare in stock for immediate shipping… please email me if you are in urgent need of anything.

For my current dye times check out the home page News Section at the top of the screen.

Have a wonderful day... Sara x

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