Dyeing Hemp

Dyeing hemp is not as easy as dyeing wool. For example, Kool-Aid will not work because hemp is natural plant fiber and Kool-Aid seems to work best on animal fibers, like wool.

So, what will work?

Dharma Trading Procion Dyes which will work on all natural plant fibers.


New Yarns

100% undyed, unbleached, natural 8.5/1, 10/2 hemp. The vendor’s sample was persuasive but the price grumbleworthy.

They are now trying to entice us into yarn over-reach by sending a sample of 20/1 undyed cotton.

Why so much undyed yarns? When you’re not big enough to buy the range of colors, you buy the one color that customers can dye for themselves.

The hemp yarn, it’s not rope, will be available in small and large amounts. Buyers can pre-order by email.

I’m Back!

The week after I gave up hope of accessing the blog on a regular basis, I found a program that can help me do exactly that. So, I will post on both sites, Grapson! and here at WP.

I won’t re-up the loom manuals here because that will take too much energy. This site will be limited to blog posts only.

It’s good to be back on WP!

Finally migrated

As of today, Grapson! has moved. It’s been a long time coming, and I thank the WordPress community for support. Had it been possible to access the blog from within China without needing some kind of VPN or other firewall scaling program, we would have been content to remain a WP blog. As it is, we must prepare for the day when our devices and stratagems can no longer scale the Great Firewall.

Please continue to follow us, and change your bookmark. Thanks.

I’m looking for a used LeClerc Penelope II. If it doesn’t have those long flat shuttle sticks, no problem. I don’t use those anyway.

The seller has to be willing to ship the loom to me here in China. That’s not difficult to do. Box it up, take it to the post office, get it weighed, and get the shipping rate for both surface and air. I’d be eternally grateful.

As for payment, it can be however you wish: PayPal, pearls (black or white, single or multi strand, strung or unstrung), or Burmese jade. Whatever the payment choice, it will be a fair exchange.

New Shannock Loom Manual

Someone very kindly sent along a couple of Shannock loom manuals. There was no problem loading the manual for the two foot tapestry loom, but the other manual won’t load. WordPress (or the tunnel I’m using) is throwing fits loading up a 12.1 MB file and says it’s too large!

UPDATE: Now it’s an HTTP error.

Back in China

I left the USA 5:30 AM on Friday and arrived at the apartment 8:03 PM (8:03 AM EST) on Sunday.

Why so long a journey?

Fly to Atlanta. Five hours wait for a flight to Tokyo. At Tokyo, three or four hours wait for a flight to Hong Kong. Land in Hong Kong around 10:30 PM on Saturday, HKT. EST is 10:30 AM. No flight to where I want to go until 4:35 PM Sunday from Hong Kong.

Next morning, I try for an earlier departure. A 7:00 bus to Shenzhen with the usual exit and entry delays at the border, and another delay finding the SUV to take me to the Shenzhen airport. By the time I get there, it’s too late to make the 10:10 AM flight, and, contrary to what the Chinese airfare websites say, there are no hourly flights from Shenzhen to my destination. So, I sit and wait in Shenzhen’s no-free-wifi, moldy-smelling, fast-moving-roaches roach-infested airport, which looks like its ceilings need cleaning, until boarding time at 3:35 PM.

The plane lifts off somewhere around 4:35 PM and lands around 6:00 PM. There’s a short wait for luggage, then a 20 RMB ride on the airport bus into the city. Upon disembarkation, there is a long wait for a 15 minute taxi ride to the apartment. When I enter the front door, it is Sunday, 8:03 PM. I know because my iPhone was in my hand and lit up.

My body can’t and doesn’t want to do this anymore. This is my last year in China.