What do you teach in Color Whirl?

California Coast - handspun merino nautilusColor Whirl is a fun, colorful class that will give you new tricks for your fiber paintbox!

Spinning can be on a wheel or spindle; to get the most out of the class, you should be able to spin a consistent single and ply.

Next session: at A Dropped Stitch in Sequim, February 2009.

Please bring: wheel or spindles, 3 empty bobbins, Lazy Kate, ball-winder or nostepinne, niddy-noddy. I'll provide handouts, fiber, and plenty of chit-chat ;-)

We cover:
  • Candystripe
  • Faux Cable
  • Self-striping ... singles, Navajo-ply and two-ply methods
  • Fractal plying
  • Neutral effects ... black, white, grey, brown, and the perfect neutral
  • Nub yarn
  • Color texture ... coils, snarls, beehives; great with nub singles

Along the way we'll talk about color selection, space-dyeing roving, carding, and more!

To read more on color in spinning, I most heartily recommend Color in Spinning by Deb Menz. And a new one, The Painted Skein, is in the works by Janel Laidman. Techniques from those, Intertwined by Lexi Boeger, Mabel Ross’ Essentials of Yarn Design for Handspinners (once again out of print, darn it!), and the video Spinning and Plying Textured Yarns by Patsy Zawitowski are featured in this class!

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