Under the label YMK handmade exclusives, Roos spent the past year developing a start to finish crafts project.
A combination of the waste wool from the ‘Friesche melkschaap’ (a dutch sheep) is used as material, in combination with animal-friendly silk. This is a silk where the silkworm can grow completely into a butterfly, and find its way out through a small incision in the cocoon.
The coats of 5 Frisian dairy sheep, are first washed by hand, and then carded (this is the loosening of the locks). After this it was spun into yarn after which it soaked at least 2 nights in green soap and than dyed with natural indigo, the wool was dipped 5 times in indigo, and the silk 8 times. Finally, with a part of the threads, the warp was set up and the weaving could begin.
The tapestry is the first project of the collaboration between Soetekouw and Blue Print Amsterdam. Celia Geraedts, founder of Blue Print Amsterdam is a specialist when it comes to natural dyeing with Indigo. Celia in Japan deeply immersed in the magic of indigo by learning from an indigo master there, the magic of the color indigo grabbed her, and especially the stories and characteristics and history that the indigo blue color brings.
Fascinated by the resonant indigo blue, Celia dived deeper and deeper into the art of dying with this natural dye. Roos’s beautifully hand-spun yarns are layered over layer, dipped over dip in the dye bath, and intentively rinsed after the last dip. After rinsing, all the yarns were put in a vinegar after-treatment bath, which “encapsulates” the beautiful deep indigo blue color as it were.
Tapestry of wool and silk
Washing the wool: 21h
Carding the wool: 54 hours
Spinning of the wool: 75 hours
Spinning of the silk: 13h
Dyeing the wool: 34 hours (so far)
Dyeing the silk: 15 hours (so far)
Weaving: work in progress