At the beginning of June, Cheryl and Tim took a fiber filled fantasy tour through the heart of Peru, an adventure they will share with you in a 10 part series containing texts and photo essays.
Snippets and out takes will appear in the blog, but the entire piece is too large, so we will be posting it in the author section as Cheryl finishes it. In addition to purchasing a large amount of yarn for Cherry Tree Hill, Cheryl also visited a fair trade co-op, taught a workshop at Andes Yarn and toured a cultural center specializing in handwoven rugs, one of which you see here.
Look for her articles in Knit Edge, Shannon Okey’s new online magazine starting with the next issue, this September.
All these beautiful colors do not simply appear on these fibers. The Peruvian locals that create these works of art have many techniques for creating and dying these fibers, one of which Cheryl got to try. The shells and various parts of dead Cochineal bugs were ground up with various liquids and spices to create a wide range of colors. Take a look at the three colors Cheryl was able to create below.