Materials fee: $60
This two-day workshop is devoted to colour in spinning. On Day 1 you will learn and apply the principles of colour theory as you blend colours on hand carders and make some truly unique yarn. You will also add other delicious amendments to your fibre, like silk noil and pulled silk, to get that extra bit of colour and texture.
On Day 2, you will learn some basic and advanced techniques for working with hand painted top – those braids of hand painted top in your stash that you are afraid to spin, or that you have spun up but were disappointed with the yarn because the colours blended in a way you didn’t want and it ended up muted.
In the experiments and sampling, you will learn and make a series of decisions that will help you get the yarn and effect you want from the colours in your painted braids. Like Day 1, colour theory will be discussed and practically applied throughout the day.
At the end of this workshop, you will be wild about colour and won’t ever be intimidated by the task of making colour choices.
Students need to bring
• Spinning wheel in excellent working order
• 6 empty toilet paper rolls for temporarily storing singles yarn and making centre pull balls
• lazy kate
• extra bobbins
• hand carders
• small scissors
• Corriedale roving in 15 colours
• Sections of hand-painted top for making samples
• Dyed silk noil, pulled silk, silk hankies
• Colour wheel handout
• Ziplock bags and labels for extra fibre
Students must be able to spin a continuous thread and be comfortable with plying. You will be taught how to ply from a centre pull ball and to make chain plied yarn.