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Project

Graduated Jacob Wool Batts

Project Description

What inspired your spinning project? Online Photo or Website Name of website or photo Spinning Jacob Wool – one fleece, many colors Link to website or photo jackie-es.com/spinning/spinning-jacob-wool-one-fleece-many-colors.php 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. 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.

What you will need

  • Jacob Sheep wool

Q&A with JackieES

Dianne.Sallee asked:
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. ;-)
JackieES answered:
Wonderful. Have fun creating your unique color gradations.