Anyone else doing Tour de Fleece this year? I'd love to see what you are working on!
I just recently started coming out of a very long creative slump, and I decided to commit to doing a lot of spinning during the Tour.
Here are my first yarns: Day 1 Romney lamb locks. This is my first attempt at coreless core spinning, and I'm hooked. One is a single, one is plied with a skinny wool single.
Day 2 THis is some Suffolk that I kettle dyed, and I'm just flicking it a bit, and spinning it from the locks. I tried making batts out of some of this fleece last year, and made a hot mess of it. I think I like just flicking it better. This will be for Saori weaving, so it's okay if it's a bit rustic. When I have been running into nepps, I'm just letting them contribute themselves to the yarn. It's fun and relaxing to spin this way.
I've been playing around with textured spinning. Still under a lot of stress, and playing with crazy yarns helps. This first one is called Banana Berry Taffy, because it reminds me of the saltwater taffy you can buy by the pound at candy shops. The rest of these aren't named, at least not yet.
I have a bunch more yarns that are finished and skeined. I just need to get more batteries for my camera.
I'm working on another shredded sweater yarn now that I have a bulky wheel. I just need to decide what I want to ply it with.
I just learned of this method this afternoon. It is called "Wrap and Roll". The originator is Sarah Anderson, and there was an article about it in Spin Off Magazine in Spring 2008. It looks brilliant! Have you ever tried it? I would love any tips, insights you may have. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CsrTrzWK7Ek
Hi everyone. Finally have had some time to get back to my wheel, so I'll start us off.
I'm working on low-twist singles on my new Babe bulky wheel. The last several weeks have been very stressful, and I have found spinning these yarns to be calming, once I remember to slow my treadling way, way down. The lilac purple yarn and the blue green yarn were dyed by me, and the bottom one is Sheep Shed fiber from the "Funky Bag o' Crap" I bought from her shop.
I tried auto-wrapping on the blue-green, but I used some variegated sewing thread, and I'm kind of "meh" about how it turned out. I bought some white lace weight wool to dye for making some more visually interesting auto wraps.
I think we skipped a week. Can't wait to see what you have been working on.
I guess I'll start us off this week. I don't have any new spinning to show this week, but I'm really happy with this hat that I made from myself yesterday. I was hoping I'd have enough of the Laughing Water soft spun yarn to do the whole thing, but I ended up grabbing two more skeins of wool that was spun in similar colors, but spun worsted. I'm fired up to spin lots of soft yarn on my new bulky wheel now. It's amazing how much yarn a project can gobble up. This was fun to make!
I've just recently discovered that I love spinning on a high whorl spindle. I wanted to have a larger one, and I am totally broke right now. I thought maybe I could try cutting our some discs of cardboard and glue gunning them together to make a whorl. Couldn't hurt to see if it would work...
I ended up gluing six of them together. I used a thin corrugated cardboard from a toy package I was about to throw away. Next, I poked holes in the center with a pen before I glued them. I did this in a hurry, just to test out the idea, so it is not as neat as it could be. Then I put on a quick coat of acrylic paint. Once the paint was dry, I glue-gunned some buttons around the edge to add weight at the outside edge, so my spindle would spin longer. Added a small cup hook to my dowel and I was done!
I would love to make other spindles this way, in other sizes. I'm thinking to neaten them up around the outer edge by using a layer of papier mache, sanding them, then painting and decorating them.
Just think, all the spindle sizes we want for the cost of the dowels (97 cents for an assorted bag), and some cup hooks!
I guess I'll start us off this week. I've been working on some singles that I will be using as weft on my rigid heddle loom. The bright one is the batts my four year old and I made together a couple of weeks ago.
And this one is also going to be weft for a scarf. Planning out my Christmas gift weaving projects. There is a bunch of angelina in this one, but my camera does not like to show the sparkle.
I joined a challenge on Facebook for making an anti-yarn handspun. Not sure what I'll do yet, but it can't be fabric or any regular spinning fiber, and wool can be only used as needed to "glue" the yarn together, and preferably no wool or traditional fibers at all. I might show up here with a wacky yarn next week, if I get my idea by then...
I'm thinking a leather yarn. We are supposed to use no more than five dollars worth of stuff from the thrift shop for our yarn, or use stuff that is in our home. I have to get my head around how to make a leather yarn that is also an art yarn. I might end up going off on a totally different tangent. I haven't had time to run to the thrift shop yet this week.
Since I'm up early, I'll start us off again this week.
Made from some colorful wool junk that I held together with black roving with a touch of white in it. The batts reminded me of a seventies black light poster, so this yarn is named "Seventies Black Velvet Poster". I put it up in my shop the swap yesterday on Craftster, and it leaves for Canada today.
Happy Fiber Friday! I will try to add some other yarns later, if I can. Busy day ahead.