Painting a wool batt

Mixing colours and making wool batts is creative and can be fun. You need to master the carding skills and then you can use colours and your imagination to come up with original and interesting wool batts. painting them adds hints of colour which creates a richness and colour depth. it is also a good way to use up odd bits of carded fleece which would otherwise go to waste. Hints of colour are what make colourways interesting!

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Make art yarn

There’s been considerable interest in the magical art yarn post we put up the other day. People are excited about colour and colour blending. Great way to start the year. We love making our own art yarn. We like sharing ideas about colourways and how to spin something which looks both original and attractive. Colour and texture are always important. Art yarns can use up your bits and pieces of dyed or leftover fibre. You just need the ideas. The UrbanGypZ video does just that for you. Shows you a way of getting an interesting yarn together.

All the spinning

We love spinning and it’s good to see all the colours and then yarns which are produces. It is then even better when we get to see what happens to all these lovely yarns. Marina plied some colourful tops and then she plied a blue wool batt from Alexis with some silk. Cathy had learned to use a carder better and was spinning a wool batt she had carded. Margaret was spinning one of Suzie Horn’s lovely greens. Janette had spun¬† camel hair and silk and plied it with llama fleece. Karin likes to use merino and alpaca to make her woven scarves. She has trimmed this one with her own spun wool. Such lovely colours and textures and all so original.

Have we got hats!

We love making hats. They can be a good way to use up oddments or smaller amounts of spun yarn. They can encourage us to think creatively and then we can always think about style and colour. This week we had some really good hats.

Alexis had some flat topped knitted hats which she had made from her own dyed and spun wool. Lovely colours and a different sort of design for a hat which was a bit more stylish than a beret or beanie. The felt trims were a nice addition but the colours! The lavender one had such a lovely mix of other colours in it which were picking up the light.

Cathy made a fluffy , puffy child’s beanie from the acrylic yarn leftovers he had. Some acrylic art yarn gives an interesting effect. She mixed them, with some fawn linen yarn . Making a pompom from acrylic , fluffy yarn wasn’t so easy.

Christine had made 3 green hats from her spun wool. It’s a lovely green and the pastel buttons just go so nicely on these hats to break the colour and then add a cheerful visual lift.