Lucky for us we can chase away those mid-winter blues in our studios. We can substitute bright coloured materials for those grey skies, take comfort in the rhythm of the spinning wheel and look forward to brighter days.
|Mabel's silk & Samoyed yarn|
February is shaping up to be a month for spinning. Beginner spinning lessons are under way at our studio space in the Train Station. For the more advanced, we had a demonstration of using a blending board to mix fibres prior to spinning them.
In the first photo, Sharon has laid a series of coloured hanks across a blending board then she combs them in order to blend the different colours. While the demonstration involves the same material dyed different colours you could use the same process to blend different materials such as the silk and dog hair that makes up Mabel's yarn.
The photo below shows how a blended fibre would look when spun then knitted.
|examples of blended fibres, yarns and knitted items|