Chair Seats – Cats Who’ve Owned Me Series – 3

This chair seat is called “Rori Shows Her Belly” and shows Rori on a rug in a typical “scratch my belly” pose.  The design is based on one of my photos of her.

I used my homespun and millspun hand dyed yarns, all of which are wool/ mohair blends (details).  The backing is 100% cotton 13×13 epi Monk’s Cloth.

The rug Rori is laying on is made of 4 different green millspun yarns.

Back of Chair Seat

Rori and Sandy

Front of Chair Seat
Before Finishing

 Learnings

Details came out better with the more enlarged size of the cat.  Also, contrast is key to making small details visible.  The 13×13 epi Monk’s cloth worked much better than the looser version designed for embroidery.

Yarns Used

Info on the yarns used is given below.  The picture links to the full description and creation details for the yarn where available.

Rug: Pearl Green kettle hand dyed (before carding) millspun.
Forest Dreams hand dyed (before carding) millspun. Designed to look like a forest at a distance for use in weaving and rug hooking.
Aquatics hand dyed (before carding) millspun. Designed to look like pond water for use in weaving and rug hooking.
Green with Envy hand dyed (before carding) millspun.
 Rori:   Since natural black isn’t readily available in mohair (black mohair is  dark grey at best) I bought a skein of  Brown Sheep’s Lamb’s Pride Worsted Onyx from Alpaca Direct as they had the best price when I was shopping.  It is a USA made 15% mohair/ 85% wool single ply yarn.
Yarn Sport White Millspun 2 Ply 59% Mohair 31% Shetland Wool - Sold by the Pound I also used mill spun natural DWF white mohair/ wool yarn for Rori’s tummy patches. Sport White Millspun 2 Ply 59% Mohair 31% Shetland Wool.
Coreopsis Yarn Eyes: Coreopsis hand dyed (after spinning) millspun. This yarn is shades of yellow with sections of yellow and white designed to stripe. I used a small amount from a section of yellows.
Yarn Dark Grey DK 2Ply Millspun 68% Mohair 32% Shetland, Blue Faced Leciester Wool - By the Pound A small amount of  Natural Dark Grey DK 2Ply Millspun 68% Mohair 32% Shetland, Blue Faced Leicester Wool was used to create depth around the chin line and between the toes.
  Edging: Iris Millspun Yarn Iris – Hand Dyed (After Spinning) Millspun
 Lettering:  Ooops!  Forgot it on this one so  embroidered on the back.

 

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Chair Seats – Cats Who’ve Owned Me Series – 2

This chair seat is called “Nap Time” and features Sandy and Rori napping against the night sky.  The design is based on my photos of the two napping on my bed.  I’m experimenting with different colors and textures of yarn to find the best for picturing the cats.

I used my homespun and millspun hand dyed yarns, all of which are wool/ mohair blends (details).  The backing is 100% cotton Monk’s Cloth.  I used 8×8 epi cloth since I’d already washed the fabric and drawn the design on this cloth found in my stash.  The next chair seat will use the new 13 epi cloth I ordered as it is designed for rug hooking and should make the hooking go more quickly and efficiently.

I designed Starry Nights roving with various blues, purple and black with bits of yellow to look like the night sky in weaving and rug hooking.  This “rug” used a lot of it as I went with a fairly simple background so the one skein I had spun was not enough!  Had to stop and spin another skein when I was nearly finished.  Oh well, it means I’ll have some ready for another fiber project.

Nap Time - Chair Seat

“Nap Time” in progress. Moon, sky and part of Sandy shown.

 

Starry Nights Roving

Starry Nights roving and 1 ply on bobbin.

 

“Nap Time” Completed

Back Side Showing Closeup of Modified Cat Faces

Sandy and Rori

Sandy and Rori – the cats being depicted

Closeup of Cat Faces on Right Side Before Re-hooking

Learnings

For this size “rug” (roughly 16″ x 14″), the subjects need to fill the space as much as possible for any detail to show and look right.  I’m trying to find an easier way to enlarge my drawings than redrawing from scratch based on a grid.  I looked at buying on overhead projector or enlarger but they are fairly expensive and my scanner/ copier doesn’t enlarge.  Still working on this.

Cats aren’t brown, but orange isn’t right either.  I may have to design a roving or yarn that will give me the greyed orange with cream stripes that says tiger cat to me. In the first chair seat I used tweed yarn and it gave a nice random tan and white color to the cat.  In this one I used a hand spun with random brown and white color changes.  The way the colors fell gave a stripe to Sandy’s back and mostly brown elsewhere.  With some planning I could create stripes where they are wanted but it would take a bit of work.

Black is also tough to re-create as mohair isn’t really black except in new born kids, it turns to grey, so it would have to be dyed to get that color.  Additionally, shades of black would be needed to allow any details of the cat to be seen.  The size of the rug makes the addition of whiskers pointless – they would either not be visible or take up a disproportional amount of space versus the rest of the body.  The eyes were an issue too because of their proper size in relation to the entire body.  Since the smallest object that can be hooked is 3 punches with the needle, that fixes the eye size in relation to the rest of the design.  In this case the eyes seem too big for the body.

On to Chair Seat number 3!

Yarns Used

Info on the yarns used is given below.  The picture links to the full description and creation details for the yarn where available.

Sky: Starry Nights Roving Starry Nights hand dyed (before carding) roving. Designed to look like the night sky (variegated blues, purples, black and bits of yellow) for use in weaving and rug hooking.
 Moon: Coreopsis Yarn  Coreopsis hand dyed (after spinning) millspun.  This yarn is shades of yellow with sections of yellow and white designed to stripe.  I used a small amount from a section of yellows.
 Cats: Brown and white random color hand spun skein from a (stash) roving grab bag for Sandy.

Since natural black isn’t readily available in mohair, I bought a skein of  Brown Sheep’s Lamb’s Pride Worsted Onyx from Alpaca Direct as they had the best price when I was shopping.  It is a USA made 15% mohair/ 85% wool single ply yarn.  I used this yarn for the black cat (Rori).

Yarn Sport White Millspun 2 Ply 59% Mohair 31% Shetland Wool - Sold by the Pound I also used a mall amount hand spun natural DWF white mohair/ wool yarn for Rori’s white paws and stomach patches. Sport White Millspun 2 Ply 59% Mohair 31% Shetland Wool.
Yarn Dark Grey DK 2Ply Millspun 68% Mohair 32% Shetland, Blue Faced Leciester Wool - By the Pound A small amount of  Natural Dark Grey DK 2Ply Millspun 68% Mohair 32% Shetland, Blue Faced Leicester Wool was used to create depth in Rori, around the chin line and the inside of the ears.
  Edging: Iris Millspun Yarn Iris – Hand Dyed (After Spinning) Millspun
 Lettering:  A small amount of hand spun, turkey baster hand dyed roving (white with small amounts of orange and blue) was used.

A ball of roving was soaked in water for an hour, then injected with colors using a turkey baster, heated to boiling for 30 minutes to set the colors, then washed before hand spinning.

 

 

 

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Chair Seats – Cats Who’ve Owned Me Series – 1

Since I can’t take the afternoon heat lately, I’ve been working (finally) on a set of chair seats in honor of cats who have owned me.  The first one (described in this post) is Sandy and Rori looking out the window.  I used my homespun and millspun hand dyed yarns, all of which are wool/ mohair blends (details).  The backing is 100% cotton Monk’s Cloth.

I designed Blue Skies yarn with variegated blues and a bit of white here and there to look like the sky in weaving and rug hooking.  Similarly I designed Forest Dreams with primarily greens and a bit of blue to be used in weaving and rug hooking for broad expanses of trees or a forest with just a hint of sky poking through.  Here it is used for carpeting or a reflection of the outside grass.

 

View from the House Chair Seat

“View from the House” Chair Seat

View From the House Chair Seat - Closeup of Sky, Clouds and Bird

Closeup of Sky, Clouds and Bird

View from the House Chair Seat - Closeup of Grass and Edging

Closeup of Grass and Edging

 Learnings

For this size “rug” (roughly 16″ x 14″), not much detail will show.  Next in the series will  be designed with less detail and the lettering will be made larger to show more clearly.

The Monk’s Cloth used was found hiding in my fabric stash (price was right!), but since it was 8×8 epi it was difficult to use for rug hooking.  The design came out but it took more time and yarn than it should have because the yarn did not always stick into the fabric evenly.  It was also hard to get the tension correct.  After some searching I located 12-13 epi cotton Monk’s Cloth and ordered some for the rest of the series.  The best price I found was from Earth Guild at $14/ yard (60 inch wide).  The 8epi cloth was $4/ yard!  It was not easy to find the right epi cloth because most web sites don’t list epi in the description.

Yarns Used

Info on the yarns used is given below.  The picture links to the full description and creation details for the yarn where available.

Sky: Sky Blue Millspun Yarn  Sky Blue Hand Dyed (After Spinning) Millspun. Designed to look like sky with variegated blues for use in weaving and rug hooking.
 Grass:  Forest Dreams  Forest Dreams Hand Dyed (Before Spinning) Millspun. Designed to look like trees/ forest with variegated green and a touch of blue for use in weaving and rug hooking.
 Cats:  Yarn Worsted Tan White Tweed 2Ply Millspun 68% Mohair 32% Wool - Sold by the Pound Tan White Tweed (for Sandy) Natural Color Millspun.
Since natural black isn’t readily available in mohair (black mohair is  dark grey at best) I bought a skein of  Brown Sheep’s Lamb’s Pride Worsted Onyx from Alpaca Direct as they had the best price when I was shopping.  It is a USA made 15% mohair/ 85% wool single ply yarn.  I used this yarn for the black cat (Rori).
Clouds: Yarn Sport White Millspun 2 Ply 59% Mohair 31% Shetland Wool - Sold by the Pound Small amount hand spun natural DWF white mohair/ wool yarn. Sport White Millspun 2 Ply 59% Mohair 31% Shetland Wool.
 Edging: Iris Millspun Yarn  Iris – Hand Dyed (After Spinning) Millspun
 Birds: Yarn Dark Grey DK 2Ply Millspun 68% Mohair 32% Shetland, Blue Faced Leciester Wool - By the Pound  Natural Dark Grey DK 2Ply Millspun 68% Mohair 32% Shetland, Blue Faced Leicester Wool
 Lettering and Cloud Outlining:  Small amount of hand spun, turkey baster hand dyed roving (white with small amounts of orange and blue).  A ball of roving was soaked in water for an hour, then injected with colors using a turkey baster, heated to boiling for 30 minutes to set the colors, then washed before hand spinning.

 

 

 

 

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Yarn – Lichen – Millspun

Lichen 2Ply Sport 4 oz Skein Millspun Yarn

Lichen

 

 

 

Description: 50% mohair – 50% shetland wool, hand kettle dyed before spinning.
Color: Lichen (light green)
Fiber: Mohair: DWF’s Jessie, James, Ingrid
Wool: Shetland, Phoenix Farm (WI)
Type: Millspun Yarn (Spinderella, UT)
Yards/Skein (approx.): 250
Size (Plies): sport (2)
Wraps Per Inch (WPI): 15
Needle Size: 6-7 Knitting
Skein Weight (approx.) 4 Ounces or 118 grams
Quantity Available: 12 skeins
Price: $18/skein plus shipping. Flat Shipping provides discount above 4 skeins.
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Yarn – Lichen Lavender Twist – Millspun

Lichen Lavender Twist 2Ply Sport 4 oz Skein Millspun Yarn

Lichen Lavender Twist

 

 

 

Description: 50% mohair – 50% shetland wool, hand kettle dyed before spinning.
Color: 1ply Lichen (light green), 1ply Lavender
Fiber: Mohair: DWF’s Jessie, James, Ingrid
Wool: Shetland, Phoenix Farm (WI)
Type: Millspun Yarn (Spinderella, UT)
Yards/Skein (approx.): 250
Size (Plies): sport (2)
Wraps Per Inch (WPI): 15
Needle Size: 6-7 Knitting
Skein Weight (approx.) 4 Ounces or 118 grams
Quantity Available: 12 skeins
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Yarn – Fiji Lavendar Twist – Millspun

Fiji LAvendar Twist 2Ply Sort 4 Oz Skein Yarn

Fiji Lavendar Twist

 

 

 

Description: 50% mohair – 50% shetland wool, hand kettle dyed before spinning.
Color: 1ply Fiji (electric blues), 1ply Lavender
Fiber: Mohair: DWF’s Jessie, James, Ingrid
Wool: Shetland, Phoenix Farm (WI)
Type: Millspun Yarn (Spinderella, UT)
Yards/Skein (approx.): 250
Size (Plies): sport (2)
Wraps Per Inch (WPI): 15
Needle Size: 6-7 Knitting
Skein Weight (approx.) 4 Ounces or 118 grams
Quantity Available: 12 skeins
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Yarn – Fiji – Millspun

Fiji 2Ply Sport Millspun Yarn

Fiji

 

 

 

Description: 50% mohair – 50% shetland wool, hand kettle dyed before spinning.
Color: Fiji – electric blues
Fiber: Mohair: DWF’s Jessie, James, Ingrid
Wool: Shetland, Phoenix Farm (WI)
Type: Millspun Yarn (Spinderella, UT)
Yards/Skein (approx.): 250
Size (Plies): sport (2)
Wraps Per Inch (WPI): 15
Needle Size: 6-7 Knitting
Skein Weight (approx.) 4 Ounces or 118 grams
Quantity Available: 12 skeins
Price: $18/skein plus shipping.  Flat Shipping  provides discount above 4 skeins.
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Fleeces – Coopworth

Coopworth Ewe Fleece 2007

Coopworth Ewe Fleece 2007

Description: This is a beautiful fleece in shades of medium brown/grey  with good lock structure. It has been washed and has almost no VM.  The Coopworth has a medium fleece, so does not have a super soft feel.  Would be great for weaving or for knitted outer garments.  The Coopworth is a relatively new breed (~1950-1960) created in New Zealand by crossing Border Leicesters and Romneys.
Color: Grey/Brown
Sheep/ Goat:  2007 Ewe
Breed: Coopworth
Weight (pounds):
Price: $1/ounce or $15/pound for full fleece plus shipping. $12/pound raw fleece is equivalent to $17/pound washed due to average 30% washing loss.
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Fleeces – Wensleydale x Romney

Wensleydale Romney Fleece

Wensleydale Romney Fleece

Description: This is a beautiful fleece in shades of medium to dark grey with good lock structure.  It has been washed and has almost no VM, with a nice sheen and curl typical of the Wensleydale breed.  The Locks are about 5 inches long. 
Color: Grey
Sheep/ Goat:
Breed: Wensleydale x Romeny
Weight (pounds):
Price: $1/ounce or $15/pound for full fleece plus shipping. $12/pound raw fleece is equivalent to $17/pound washed due to average 30% washing loss.
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Fleeces – Shetland

Constance Shetland Ewe S15 Fleece

Constance Shetland Ewe 2015 Fleece

Pershia S15 Shetland Ewe Fleece

Pershia 2015 Shetland Ewe Fleece

 

Veil S15 Shetland Ewe Fleece

Veil 2015 Shetland Ewe Fleece

 

Description: These are gorgeous hand spinner fleeces due to their softness and color variation. Spin direct from the fleece as carding would destroy the color changes within the fleece.  These are washed fleeces, that still contain a bit of lanolin and are ready to spin direct from the fleece.
Color: see details below.
Sheep: Constance – shades of medium brown and cream as well as white.  Beautiful crimp and lock structure.
1.94 pounds washed, small amount VM.


Pershia – shades of grey from nearly black to pale grey. Beautiful crimp and lock structure.
3.25 pounds washed, small amount of VM.


Veil – light to medium grey, very soft and crimpy.  Not much lock structure remains as the fleece was picked to remove most of the VM.
1.5 pounds washed, small amount VM.

Breed: Shetland
Weight (pounds):
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