Spinning for a Purpose Workshop

In March and April we held a longer (6 week) workshop led by Ann Fisher.

Ann's aim was to guide us through how to work back from your proposed project to spinning the appropriate yarn for it. We looked at the properties of the yarn required, the best fibre choices, sampling for appropriate twist, and plying methods if using plied yarn.

Right: A skein of plyed german merino by Juliana Gehry from Alsace,

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Marianne Mezger from Kanton Aargau, in Switzerland. Naturally coloured cotton, and the final woven piece washed at 60 degreesC,showing how the colours darken in the washing.

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Carol Marsh from the Surrey, England, spindle spun and chain plied some Wensleydale and then used the sample to crochet the first part of the bag base. She then found some merino silk rolags in a colour called magnolia, which she hopes to use spun finer for the lace flap.

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Cath Snape from East Yorkshire, England was planning a small woven blanket. She needed to match white and black commercial wool with handspun Ryeland, blended with either black Shetland or tawny Corriedale. The final project would be lightly fulled, so the different yarns needed behave the same way when washed.

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Janet English from Hertfordshire, England, hopes to match a skein spun last year with some newly spun yarn (from a different fleece) for a jumper.