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Graduated Jacob Wool Batts

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Category Spinning
Style Classic, Traditional
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What inspired your spinning project? Online Photo or Website
Name of website or photo Spinning Jacob Wool one fleece, many colors

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What materials did you use? Jacob Sheep wool

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What are you most proud of? I lay strips of light to dark on the carding cloth of a drum carder. For producing a 2-ply yarn, I need 2 batts for each resulting color-graduated skein of yarn. I make each batt as identical as possible in both total amount of fiber and amount of each color.

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What advice would you give someone starting this project? I spin a singles from end-to-end of one of the rolled batts, then spin another as-identical-as-possible singles from the other rolled batt. It doesnt really matter whether you spin light to dark, or dark to light just do the same for both batts. Now, ply the 2 singles together so that the colors basically align.

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Hi Jackie - great work. I have some merino fleece with similar gradation in colour (light to dark) so will give your carding process a try - I have only ever spun unwashed combed merino staples, so your process will be an interesting endeavour. I have just finished carding (with drum carder) some wool and silk fibre that I dyed for this course - while I am happy with the carded batts I am now trying to figure out the best way to spin the fibre without losing colour definition - I am going to try the 'fractual striping' plying method once I work out the spinning method. ;-)

08/09/2012 Flag

Wonderful. Have fun creating your unique color gradations.

08/09/2012 Flag