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,
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.
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.