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« on: March 24, 2007 06:26:52 AM »

This is the result of my first attempts at spinning from the fold. The top was merino (from Wingham Woolwork, a UK supplier) which had it's colours arranged vertically. The colours included blues and teals, pink, burgundy and a pale green. I don't think the colours show up too well in the picture. I'm trying out new settings on my camera.

The colours IRL remind me of a Monet painting:




I found that spinning from the fold did help to retain colour separation. I did end up with small clumps left in my palm after spinning each length. I then spun that clump but the colours were more mixed.

I Navajo plied the singles, again to keep the colours separate.

I thought that spinning from the fold would be a very slow method but it wnet surprisingly quickly. It's still not as fast as spinning from the end of the top though.

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« Reply #1 on: March 24, 2007 01:23:58 PM »

Pretty. I haven't quite gotten spinning from the fold down so I'm really impressed. I can't do it as evenly as you did. Beautiful!
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« Reply #2 on: March 24, 2007 05:39:10 PM »

It's so interesting to hear spinners talk about trying new techniques- I'm right there with you!  It's intimidating sometimes when people seem to know it all. These look great!
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« Reply #3 on: March 24, 2007 07:15:45 PM »

I wish I could do that! its beautiful!
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« Reply #4 on: March 27, 2007 07:34:14 AM »

Your yarn is fabulous, Lloer!  It looks nice and even.

What I like about spinning from the fold is that you don't have to prepare the roving in any way, unless it's starting to felt together a bit, then I spread the fibers apart a little.  I just pull off six to eight inches of roving just as it comes from my LFS, fold it over my index finger and spin away!  No splitting the roving or pre-drafting!  Yay!

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« Reply #5 on: March 27, 2007 08:50:29 AM »

Thanks for all the comments. The single wasn't really that consistent - I think some of that is due to being new to the method and some of it is because it's merino and I'm not used to spinning merino.

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« Reply #6 on: April 17, 2007 09:25:21 PM »

Wow - these are ALL my fav colors, this is FABULOUS!

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« Reply #7 on: April 17, 2007 10:20:13 PM »

It looks great!!! I just read about spinning from the fold today and the article didn't really explain why you would want to do it. After seeing your pictures I understand!!! Wink
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