Archive for October, 2007

Color Blending on Handcarders

Okay, It’s been awhile, but I’ve been putting together some information for some classes.  I have yet to link to this blog from my main site (which I desperately need to do), but I think it is now linked from Ravelry.   Anyway, here is a short article

Blending Fiber on Hand Carders
Glenna Chumbley

One of my favorite techniques for getting a variegated color way is by using hand carders to blend the colors.  This gives the fiber a painted look that can create really interesting yarn colorways.  The important thing to remember with this is that you need to look at your hand carders symmetrically because fiber will blend symmetrically from the center out.

Divide your hand carders into 3-6 color zones where you will put color, such as the following (using more than 6 zones becomes difficult to manage):

Three Zones


Four Zones


Five Zones 


Six Zones



Color zones marked A will blend with other zones marked A.  Color zones marked B will blend with other color zones marked B.  Color zones marked C will blend with other color zones marked C.  If the colors are similar or neighboring colors in those zones, they will blend nicely and maintain their vibrancy.  The more different the colors are in these zones, the muddier the resulting blended color will be.  It doesn’t matter so much if zones marked A and B are completely different, but two zones marked A need to be similar in order to maintain the vibrancy of color.  This is because when you transfer fiber from one hand card to another, it will generally transfer to exactly the opposite side of the other carder, for example, in a 6 zone layout, from zone 1 to zone 6.  So if you divide the carder in half, the fiber will stay in the same relative position, but on the opposite side of the carder. 

This would be more clear if I could figure out how to get my pictures bigger without distorting them.