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I have a passion for ethnic handmade fabrics whether they are woven, knit, embroidered or hand-dyed. When I was in college, I learned an intricate dye technique called Ikat Dyeing. For those not familiar with Ikat, the warp is wound for the loom and then the threads are dyed in a particular pattern. The warp is then used to dress the loom and the threads are woven into a beautiful fabric. It is rather painstaking, to say the least. After I dyed and wove a few pieces of ikat fabric, I realized the skill it takes to produce the incredible patterning of these fabrics.
Above is a photo from the Author Susan Meller's website and newish book Silk and Cotton (which I'm asking for as a birthday gift M & J!) of hand-dyed IKAT fabric on a loom. Isn't it incredible? If you have time and the interest, check out Susan's website full of gorgeous fabrics. There are some beautiful hand-dyed and woven ikat fabrics here.
When Regia asked me to design another collection of colors for sock yarn, we began with the idea of ikat fabric. Although this sock yarn is spun and dyed in a factory, it has the shifted, mottled look of ikat. There are 6 colors in this line and you can see them knit into socks below.
Here is a photo of how the yarn looks in a ball. As you knit, an ikat inspired pattern will appear on your knit fabric. How very cool. Below you can see the 6 colors without the balls bands. I have included the names and numbers too in case you would like to order them.
Check your local yarn store for the new colors. They have been shipping in the US since August.
To celebrate the world-wide launch of these 6 new shades, I am hosting a giveaway. SIX lucky readers will win 2 skeins of the new Kristin Nicholas Design Line - enough yarn for a pair of socks.
Here's how to enter the contest....
Answer the following question in the comments...... Facebook readers, please go to my blog, don't comment on Facebook. Type in getting-stitched-on-the-farm.blogspot.com on your browser to get to the blog to comment. Thanks!
What are your upcoming crafting, stitching, knitting or creative plans for this fall?
Contest ends at 11:59 p.m. Monday September 15th.
US and Canadian addresses only.
Please leave an easy way to get a hold of you - Rav id, blogger id, or email. Thanks for entering everyone. Good luck
Don't forget to check out the new Regia Kristin Nicholas Design Line colors at your local yarn store.