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Project

Marmalaide

Project Description

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.

What you will need

  • Hand dyed top from Etsy seller jstforewe.

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Skill Level

Beginner