Spin Art: Mastering the Craft of Spinning Textured Yarn

Spin Art: Mastering the Craft of Spinning Textured Yarn

Jacey Boggs

Language: English

Pages: 144

ISBN: 1596683627

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

Jacey Boggs helps you bring textured and novelty yarns to the next level in Spin Art. Inside you'll learn all the secrets behind her exciting new fusion of traditional spinning and envelope-pushing creativity.

The yarn styles explored in this comprehensive spinning guide are as well made as they are inventive. Jacey walks you through each of her techniques, with a refreshing mixture of quirky, fanciful, and unexpected designs that are always skillfully constructed. Inside you'll discover:

  • How to create innovative, eye-catching single and plied yarn styles, including wraps, beehives, bumps, racing stripes, loops, bubblewrap, multiplied, and more.
  • Detailed technical instruction with step-by-step photos with finished yarn and swatch close-ups.
  • Jacey's bright personality and motivational tips to inspire all spinning enthusiasts to unleash their creative spirit.

Traditional spinners will love Jacey's adventurous spirit and attention to expert technique, while textured-yarn spinners will love Jacey's wild designs and solid construction.

As a bonus, the instructional DVD provides additional handspinning demonstration and commentary to complement the techniques in the book. Jacey has bottled the energy and expertise of her highly sought after workshops into a personal, at-home workshop experience for you.

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your drafting hand gently over the thick section (STEP 4), being careful not to take any of the fibers with you, and pinch right before it gets thin again (STEP 5). Continue and spin a length of thin by drawing your fiber-supply hand in a short backward draw while your front hand controls the twist (STEP 6). Pinch down with your thumb again, twist your wrist, and pull the fiber back to create another thick section. 2 3 4 5 6 With a short fiber, these thick sections do not

work. For the beehive fiber, short- or medium-staple fiber will give you the best results. In the learning stages, I recommend wool: it just makes things easier because of its natural grabbiness. Once you’ve got an understanding of the mechanics of this technique, try different materials for both components. Cotton makes especially fantastic beehives. It will save a smidge of time if you prepare the beehive fiber by making several mustache-like bundles. Also, take a moment to neaten up these

the twist from the coils you’re spinning escape into the thick-and-thin between your hand and the bobbin. The easy solution to this is called your pinkie finger. When I spin a coiled yarn, my pinkie finger is busy at all times, slightly holding the singles against my hand to keep any wayward twist from wandering. Your laceweight is getting kinked between your hand and its cone or bobbin. This is a job for your other pinkie finger. After all, one is hard at work; the other should be as well.

technique relies on twist, so you do have to keep treadling, but at least in the beginning, treadle as slowly as you can while still keeping your wheel going. You want enough twist to make a strong, stable singles yarn because that is where all your yarn structure comes from; but you don’t want so much twist that your singles is grossly overspun, or your tornado looks like a bundled corespun yarn. The tornado is slow going in the beginning, and even after you master it, it is still much slower

accumulate. This is to make sure that you’re well within the thin section when you start your cocoon. It is very important that the top and bottom of the cocoon be anchored in the thin section of the singles. Gently slide the index finger of your front/drafting hand up through the predrafted fibers, splitting them into two delicate halves (STEP 5). Now take the cocoon fiber you’ve set aside and insert the tip of one end into the split you’ve made, creating a tiny fiber sandwich (STEP 6). That is

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