Thursday, March 17, 2011

Spinning & Sharing

It was the third Tuesday of the month and time for spinners! Yes!! An always enjoyable day with sharing of thoughts, projects, techniques and along the way we discuss a way to achieve an unique yarn. Today we are talking core yarn--a designer yarn that uses a simple core thread like this crochet cotton.
And a colorful batt--some of these batts were made at the February meeting.
You begin (under the guidance of Penny) with the attachment of the core yarn--seen in her right hand. And the strip from the batting in her left hand.
The core yarn is held than tautly with your left hand as the right hand guides the loose fiber around the core--you are in control--loosely, bumpy, spiral, push up the yarn--whatever your hand wants to do.
And you get wonderful unique designer yarn, like this skein spun by Kate.
These were spun by newest spinner, Susan. She didn't use a core yarn but spun her batts--and being a new spinner--she gets those lumps and bumps without trying!! Spinners of years need to take workshop to learn how to put those 'designer' qualities back into the yarn.........
We move onto show and tell with Olga giving us a brief encounter with her weekend workshop with Kerr Grabowski on deconstructed silk screening. Olga has such enthusiasm with the technique and we can see she will take this into her world of felting for unusual results. Here are some of her samples.
The above is on silk fabric while the below piece is on cotton.
One of the highlights of the workshop was to interview a partner and then have that person do a portrait of the interviewee. Here is how Olga was seen through her interviewer's eyes........
Dottie showed her latest addiction--Victorian stitching using wool scraps on cotton batting.
The back shows off the stitching.
Antje was spinning mohair on her support spindle.
She showed a pair of sandals that her husband had made from fabric scraps--just a few tweeks and he'll have a wearable pair of shoes.
Antje has another interesting piece at hand--she combines a little felting with stitching.
And with the collaboration with her hubby, the design is evolving into another one of her works of art.
Kate is knitting away on her entrelac scarf--it's growing nicely. Entrelac Tutorial If you are so inclined.
A Happy Tuesday gets the creative juices boiling!

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