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Guest Blog: Diane from Eco-Stitch

Today sees the first in a number of upcoming guest blogs linked to the Cheshire Fibre Festival. Without further ado, I’ll hand you over to Diane
Hi,

My name is Diane and I’m the founder of Eco-stitch, based in Cheshire in the UK.

We source top-quality linen yarn from just across the Channel, where you can find the best flax-growing area in the world, which results from ideal climate conditions and centuries of know-how in flax cultivation and linen production.

We hand-dye this beautiful fibre using low-impact, non-toxic dyes and transform it from this:

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into this:
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Knitting has been my hobby for years, and I recently took up crochet again. I love natural fibres, but I only discovered linen about 18 months ago, and I just fell in love with this beautiful, ancient fibre with so many natural qualities. It is also a very eco-friendly yarn which can be used in many different crafts, hence the name “eco-stitch”. I felt that linen yarn was really quite under-represented in the UK and wanted to promote its wonderful natural qualities, which you can read about in more detail on our website, www.eco-stitch.co.uk.

I will be attending the Cheshire Fibre Festival on October 1st with our hand-dyed linen yarn. You will be able to see all the different colours and skeins in real life.

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In the meantime, you can take a look at what we have to offer on our website shop.

Hope to see you soon at the event,     Diane.

 

Thank Diane. I have to admit I have mainly used linen in weaving, where I love the fabric it creates. I can’t wait to see the line of products at CFF in October.

Cheshire Fibre Festival

Saturday 1st October 2016

10am-4pm

The Hall at Marthall

Sandlebridge Lane

Marthall

Knutsford

WA16 7SB

Free entry and parking

Refreshments available (proceeds to Bloodwise)

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Bubble, Bubble, Toil and Trouble…

I swear, when those dye pots start going, I cannot stop myself stooping over, wringing my hands and cackling like one of Macbeth’s witches. I just want to show you a peek here of some grey yarn.

Ok, so the picture isn’t that fantastic, but can you see the sparkles?! This is a new base, 96% Falkland merino and 4% Lurex, which is giving it the sparkle factor. It is a UK spun DK, with 240m approx. in 100g. I haven’t yet got a name for this little beauty, although some lovely people on Facebook have made suggestions. So this is your chance! All bar one of my yarn bases are names after Cheshire place names, so what should this one be? I’m thinking the sparkle suggests some glamour, so have at it people! make some suggestions!

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A Sneak Peek!

I’m planning on casting on a Hansel Hap by Shetland Trader to join in the Knit British Hap-a-long that starts tomorrow. I was originally going to use some Rowan Scottish Tweed that has been in my stash for a v.e.r.y. long time, but it is only in 3 colours and there is only enough for a Half Hansel.

What to do?

Well, doh! I could dye some yarn…

I have a new base, a toothsome North Ronaldsay 2ply, 550m for 100g, so I decided to have a play yesterday. Seems I went a little mad…

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Oops! This yarn will be ideal for colourwork where you need grippy yarn. It is rustic and ideal for out wear like the Hansel Hap. I am so looking forward to winding up a cornucopia of mini skeins and launching them in a few weeks. Keep a look out!

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Just a little something…

Ok, so I know it’s a bit quiet over here as we build everything (who am I trying to kid? As my web designer friend builds everything!) but I thought I would show you some yarn…

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Mobberley Aran in Bewitched

Last year I dyed a colourway, Bewitched, on my Mobberley 4ply base. Mobberley is a custom spun yarn, 70% Exmoor Blueface, 30% British Alpaca. It proved popular, but someone messaged me on Etsy to ask if I had it on any heavier bases. Not one to refuse a challenge, I picked up the gauntlet ad set to to dye it on both the DK and the Aran weight bases. I’ve had to change the technique slightly, as I heat set the original 4 ply in the microwave, and that has now bitten the dust, but I still love it! Both can be found in the shop.

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Inspiration

I’m often asked what inspires me, but I never have a simple answer. Sometimes I’m influenced by the seasons and the colours I see in the garden. Often in the autumn I find myself dyeing with rich oranges, russets and browns, as if I am trying to capture the very leaves in my dye pots.
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In the Spring I often end up dyeing lots of fresh greens and purples. It must be the crocuses!
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Sometimes I’m just in a particular mood and want to explore the limits of one particular colour or combination of colours. Lately, it’s been greens and blues:
Cheviot Blue and Green Music

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Wherever my mood takes me, though, it’s great fun exploring!

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