Wild About Colour: Spinning Handpainted Braids
Do you have braids of hand painted top in your stash that you are afraid to spin? Or have you spun up a hand painted braid but then were disappointed with the yarn because the colours blended in a way you didn’t want, striped where you didn’t want stripes, pooled where you didn’t want pooling and it ended up muted? Learn how to make a series of decisions that will help you get the yarn and effect you want from the colours in your painted braids. In this full-day workshop you will learn some basic and advanced techniques for working with hand painted top. Colour theory will be discussed and practically applied throughout the day. We will start with basic 2-ply techniques and move into the wondrous world of fractal spinning. After making several fractal samples, you will be introduced to combination plying, combination drafting and also learn how to make ombre yarn. Along the way you will learn and practice skills such as hand carding and chain plying. At the end of this workshop you will be wild about colour and never again hesitant about working with hand painted top.
Required Skills: Must be able to spin a continuous thread and be comfortable with plying. You will be taught how to ply from a centre pull ball and to make chain plied yarn.
Instructor: Diana Twiss
Supplies Student Should Bring to Class: Spinning wheel in excellent operating order, 6 empty toilet paper rolls (for making center-pull balls), lazy kate, extra bobbins, hand carders, tapestry needle, small scissors. Optional – hand painted top from your stash you want to discuss and get some ideas about how to spin.
Supplies Provided by Instructor: Sections of hand painted top for making samples (8 x 10-15g), Corriedale roving in 12 different colours, small ziplock bags and labels for extra fibre, colour wheel handout, handouts.
Day/Time: Sunday, Oct. 21, 9:00 to 4:00 with 1-hour lunch
Sale Price: $140 (includes $45 materials fee) - for registration received no later than August 31.
Regular Price: $150 (includes $45 materials fee) - for registration received Sept. 1 or later.