Saturday, July 12, 2008

Spinning Workshop Day 1

I took the most awesome spinning workshop today! It's a two day class taught my the fabulous Jacey Boggs of Insubordiknit.

The class was held in Baltimore and it was so much fun to see old friends and meet some new ones.

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Jacey did an amazing job teaching us the different techniques. She had us come up and watch her 5 at a time - there were a lot of us!

Jacey Spins!

It was so much to see how everyone's yarn turned out. We just had to model:

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Here's my pal Michael showing his "ball" of coils. You know coils are going to be the next big thing once Michael gets designing with them!

Michael's "ball" of coils

This overspun messy looking (not yet soaked) skein is my first attempt - we learned how to make thick and thin yarn which we then turned into coils and knots and loops and twists.


Here's a closeup of some of the twisty goodness.
Coils, Knots and Swirls

Next on the list were "Racing Stipes" and "Tornadoes".
Racing Stripes

This is not a plied yarn even though it looks like it is. The lace weight "stripe" is applied while you are drafting! Creating thick and thin yarn helps give it definition and variety. The tornadoes were made with mohair and lace weight heavily wrapped over the wool core.

Racing stripes

And finally we learned to spin with "foreign objects". We actually learned two ways to incorporate foreigh objects - one with stringing them on some lace weight yarn and the other by capturing the object within the wraps of the laceweight. Both were very cool. Here's my mini skein:

Strung objects

I learned so much today and I am just so excited for tomorrow!


Larissa said...

Wow, Looks like it was a ton of fun!
You made some groovy yarn girl!

Zonda said...

Looks like a lot of fun!! Cool looking yarns there too!

mrspao said...

What a great spinning class.

byronicwoman said...

i'm so jealous. spinning is on the list to become my next obsession!

turtlegirl76 said...

What a cool class!

bySarah said...

The class, and your yarn, look like such fun!

Anonymous said...

Hey Jody! It was great meeting you this weekend, and your yarns look awesome - can't wait to see Day 2's results.

Nancy (officially out of lurkdom!)

Stacey said...

wow - those are interesting!!! any ideas what you may make with the yarn??

Ruth's Place said...

Looks like a fabulous class!! Love your pictures from the previous post.

Noelle Noodle said...

How fun to work with Jacey!! I love the yarn you made!