I'm continually working with and testing my fibres. I create samples that are displayed on my stand at shows. They're a really good way to get a feel for how my dyeing techniques work as spun yarn, and how to use them in finished objects.
On the Spice Market by Melanie Berg
Made using Silk Road Collection.
The denser nature of this blend means you need slightly more by weight than the pattern page indicates. I'd recomend buying 2 of the Sample Packs (40g of each shade), plus you'll need a 100g braid of the Tussah colourway.
This makes a large, generous sized shawl you can warp around yourself.
If you're happy with a smaller shawl it would be an easy pattern to adapt, and you could then get away with just 1 sample pack, plus the 100g braid of Tussah.
Sugar Maple by Carina Spencer
Made using 3 x 140g Gradient Packs
(Team Hilltop Cloud, Tour de Fleece 2016, limited edition colour way- Cobblestones)
2 packs were spun together in to a 2-ply yarn for the body.
1 pack was split in half to make matching skeins for the sleeves.
Total weight used 365g, to make size 38in.
For more detailed information see my Ravelry project, and stash entry.
Peerie Flooers Hat and Mittens by Kate Davies
Sample was made from one 140g Superfine Shetland Bach Pack in the Shale Colourway.
In order to not run out of yarn I swapped around the colours I used for motifs with each pattern repeat. In the end there was 25g of yarn leftover.
I made a minor alteration to the placement of the thumb, details are on my Ravelry project page.
Printed Patterns are available from my online shop.
Silk Hankies Woven
Used a plain cheap wool lace weight doubled for the warp.
Weft is un-spun silk hankies. I just pulled out to a strip, and then pushed through the shed using my fingers, overlapping to join hankies as I went.
Was slightly concerned about pilling, but the warp holds the long silk fibres really securely, and it’s made a lovely fabric.
50g of hankies will make just enough fabric for the fronts of 2 cushions