Carding and spinning magical shells


This is lovely … and fun. Just watching how Nicole Frost cards the fibre to get the magical effect is worth it.  She is very good at explaining the process and showing you what you need to do. Margaret had spun some wool with beads through it and it looked lovely and very special. This magical fibre is guaranteed to put a sparkle into your life .


Show and tell


A warm thank you to Maria for bringing a belated birthday cake which was a beautiful Black Forest, which we all enjoyed very much, also thanks to Wendy, Marina & Jan for also supplying cakes for us to enjoy.

Sonya brought in some Yarn mags to give away to any members who would like to take them.

Marina crocheted a pink cotton shrug, 2 beanies and a ball of spun ball of alpaca plied with linen.

Cathy  shared a beanie with a woven thread from her first core spinning effort, & a much loved upcycled alpaca jumper in blue beautifully re-crafted & re-spun from her own wool. Also a ball of her latest green/brown core spun wool. 

Wendy mastered the art of Navajo plying & produced a beautiful ball of autumn colours.

Janette found a lady who takes white wool socks & tie dyes them in very interesting patterns & colours.

Marjorie crocheted a long beanie in many colours mostly from homespun wool & finished spinning a large skein of dark brown corriedale X wool

Alexis knitted a very special gossamer shawl for her future daughter-in-law – a  traditional ring shawl in fine white wool.

Core spun yarn

As with everything else you do with spinning, core spun yarn is a technique you need to practice and learn. If you can spin, you can make core spun yarn. The video shows you the basic technique. The is another lovely video by sewsable  , a New Zealander, who shows you her first attempts at core spinning. It’s a technique for getting a different type of yarn but also one where you can spin art yarn. You use a main (core) yarn which is handspun or commercial. Choosing this is important. it needs to be strong or it will break as you core spin. The core yarn will determine the pliability of the finished core spun yarn as will whether you spin tightly or not. You can play around with it a lot and get shapes, lumps, bumps, fluffy bits, coils. There are lots of You Tube videos to help you and then you just need to put in the time. It’s a good way to use up yarn you have no plans to knit or crochet with. You can use up odd bits of fleece as you practise. Core spun yard can be used for shawls, cowls, hats, blankets and bags. it is strong and durable. Some use it for felting because of texture and effect.

core spun yarn

Cathy’s first attempts at core spinning haven’t turned out too badly. The top one is her first where she used acrylic so she wouldn’t ruin good wool with her first attempts in learning. The others are dyed bits from Susie Horn’s bag of bits and corriedale/finn. romney fleece from Marie Pfeiffer.  She hasn’t mastered coils yet but she’s good at lumps and bumps! Christine had issued her with a bit of a challenge for the Christmas break as her Christmas present. Discovery learning is the best gift!



Art yarn

Christine is our doyenne of art yarn because she has the knowledge of spinning wheels, colour, dyeing and fibre. She can custom make yarns because that is what knowledge and experience allow you to do. One of her influences is Jaycee Boggs  and her Spin Art book. The 10 minute interview is interesting time spent with a very creative person. Art yarn relies on colour and spinning control. Core and coil spinning are at the heart of much of it. There is a little video on cloud coil spinning    by Wool Wench which will help you to understand what it is about. We’ll have a little look at coil and core spinning in some future posts.