|These are thoroughly FUN yarns! They make great design elements in just about anything you want to create. Some of them take a little time and effort, such as the boucles that take three passes through the wheel, but their uniqueness is SO worth it. |
HOMEWORK You will need to practice spinning a somewhat consistent ply that will wrap at 25 - 30 wpi for this class. Also practice spinning a soft thick single of soft twist.
Skills you will need to bring to the class:
1. Be able to spin a somewhat consistent medium and smaller ply effortlessly, with adequate twist, making consistent joins as needed. Treadling and spinning should be consistent.
2. Know the basics of 2 ply plying.
3. Be comfortable changing your bobbins, tying on a leader and tensioning your wheel.
4. Understand your whorls and how to make them work for the task at hand
5. Be familiar with both woolen and worsted spinning techniques
Supplies you will need to bring:
Spinning wheel, 3 bobbins, your fast and slow whorl, a lazy kate (preferably a horizontal tensioned lazy kate), a plastic bowl that is sized for your bobbins, wool cards, flicker, niddy noddy (a small sample size is best)...
● 2 ounces each of 3 different colored wool roving (natural or dyed)
● 2 ounces of multicolored wool roving
● 3 - 4 silk hankies (may be dyed)
● 1 oz kid mohair locks or roving (may be dyed)
● 1 oz cotton sliver (may be dyed)
● an ounce or so of any other fiber you wish to explore, such as alpaca, llama, angora, cashmere, etc.
Bring at least a dozen note cards, and notebook and pen or pencil. Bring two different colors of strong cotton sewing thread.
(we have a full line of fibers to purchase in the shop)
This is a FULL DAY of spinning!
I. CONTROL YARNS!
A. Things we can learn
B. Compromised yarns
C. Stabilizing yarns, making them stronger
II. CABLED YARNS
A. A lesson in making twist work for you
III. MAKING EXCITING SOFT TWIST YARNS
A. The single, drafting style, fiber prep
B. Marl yarns
C. Fuzzy yarns
D. Slub yarns
IV. MANY DIFFERENT SPIRAL YARNS
A. Making ply size and twist effects
B. Basic spirals
C. Wrapped yarns
V. GARNETTED YARN
A. Fiber prep effects
VI. ENCASED YARNS
VII. EFFECTS OF ENERGY IN MIXED TWIST YARNS
VIII. KNOT YARNS
IX. WONDERFUL BOUCLE
A. 3 pass boucle
B. 2 pass boucle
X. DESIGNING CONSIDERATIONS
A. Setting your goal
1. fiber choice
4. strength and body
XI. A TASTE FOR BEADS? (demonstration)
For some pictures, click <HERE>!