The guild of which I am a member (The Oxford Guild of Weavers, Spinners, and Dyers) is running a context, and naturally, I had to enter it. (Longtime readers will remember that the last contest I entered resulted in this.)
The theme of the contest was to create something based on Wordsworth's poem Daffoldils, so I chose to base my work on these lines:
A host, of golden daffodils;
Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.
Continuous as the stars that shine
And twinkle on the Milky Way,
They stretch'd in never-ending line
My never-ending line being handspun yarn!
So I got to work, first dying the wool (using food dyes and tea), felting daffodil heads, and spinning green "stem" yarn.
I then sewed together the trumpets and petals of the daffodils using vintage embroidery thread (that's a whole 'nother post), and plied - three plies of spindle-spun and one of embroidery thread bearing the daffodil heads - four plies altogether.
Here's the result, of which I'm fantastically proud!
And other of it all piled up: