Archive for November, 2007


Okay, more of getting ready for classes.  Here are some tips on plying.  Very short and sweet, on my handout I have some pictures, but I’m not sure of how to get them to work here.


Navajo Plying (aka Chain Plying)

1.  Form a loop with your yarn and pinch the end of the yarn to keep the loop stable.

2.  Pull another loop through this loop.

3.  Holding you loop open and holding the free end of the yarn add twist in the opposite direction of the twist of your singes.

4. Pull another loop through open loop.

5. Repeat steps 3-4 until you have plied all your yarn


Plying from Two Ends of a Center-Pull Ball

1.  Using a Ball Winder or Nostepinde (Nostepinne), wind your singles into a center-pull ball.

2.  Match up the inside strand and the outside strand and pull some yarn from both the inside and outside of the ball.

3.  Add twist in the opposite direction from your singles.

4.  Pull more yarn from the inside and outside of the ball.

5.  Repeat Steps 3-4 until you have plied all your yarn



This is a test…and working with striped fiber

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I am still organizing some thoughts for classes so this post is again for my working with color class.  Sometimes when you work with fiber you get a striped/color blended roving or batt where there are definite stripes of color that run the length of the roving or batt (think vertical, not horizontal).  There are a few ways you can deal with this that will result in different effects in your finished yarn.


1.  Predraft the roving or batt by pulling on the end, and pulling relatively straight.  What this does is blend the colors more throughout the length of your yarn.  It does not create a solid yarn, but it blends the colors so the color variations have short runs and are somewhat muted.  This also will create more random changes in color because you are not trying to control where your color changes occur.


2.  Predraft the roving by pulling at an angle and/or picking up strategic colors as you draft.  This creates longer lengths of color in the final yarn and also creates more distinct patches of color with more blended transitions between the colors.  You also have more control of the order of the colors and amount of variegation in your yarn.  This creates more of a variegated yarn but still maintains the blending of colors that pulling the roving straight does.


3.  Strip the roving along color bands.  This allows even more definition between colors and gives the spinner even more control over the variegation.  There is not the blended transitions like in the other two methods (unless you do strips that contain more than one color).  By breaking these strips into pieces and mixing the pieces up, the spinner can create their own unique color way or completly randomize the variegation of the yarn. 


All three methods work to create different effects.  A good experiment might be getting a color blended or striped roving or batt and sample all three methods to see which one you like the best.

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