Spinning Dyed Fibers »
Type of item: Accessory
Style: Whimsical, Casual
Hand dyed top from Etsy seller jstforewe.
What was your inspiration?
Spinning Dyed Fibers class was very inspiring!
What are you most proud of?
The finished product came out great!
I opened the braid and split it vertically. I think I had about 12 strips. I pre-drafted each strip. I pretty much have to pre-draft anything I spin unless it's very airy. But also the colors were in small areas and the staple length was relatively long, so I figured the colors would be blending together. The pre-drafting stretched each spot of color out to a longer area. I tried spinning some without pre-drafting and the colors mixed and I got some barber polling and the colors got muddy, so the pre-drafting actually helped me preserve the colors.
Since it was a small amount (2.5oz) I didn't want to ply it on itself and end up with less than 100 yards. I was able to purchase some plain white fiber from the same seller, from her Romney/Border Leicester cross. I spun that and plied the dyed fiber with the plain white fiber. It made the colors a little more subtle but the finished product is really pretty. The fiber is very springy and soft. It was a joy to spin.
What advice would you give someone starting this project?
Just give it a go. Some of the terminology and techniques seemed overwhelming to me, but as I started spinning with the dyed fiber I saw exactly what Felicia was talking about. Her guidance helped me understand what was going on and why I was getting the results I was getting. There's a lot to learn but it's very fun and rewarding.