Three Hours of Peace and Fleece

This is the title of the hand spun and woven shawl pictured here. A group of women from CT (Anne, Myra, Fran, Peg & Sonya) were part of the Fleece to Shawl Competition at The NY State Sheep and Wool Festival also known as Rhinebeck. This shawl came in 3rd place! Anne, Fran, Peg and Sonya were the spinners, Myra was the weaver. Myra had contacted me initially as she was in charge of dyeing the raw fleece, a Border Leceister, with indigo, which would be the weft for the shawl. Myra hadn’t dyed with indigo before and so I put together the dye and assists she would need for the project and through a couple of emails and telephone calls she had great success the first time through. Dyeing with indigo is truly magical as you see the fiber change color right before your eyes! It’s one of the most freestyle dyeing excursions you’ll ever have. The other picture shows the raw fleece dyed with indigo, prior to the competition. A stunning finished product; congratulations Indigo Gals!