In this video I show you a spinning technique that I learned from Judith MacKenzie's book Teach Yourself Visually Handspinning. This is a great book that covers a lot of topics, such as fiber prep, dyeing, washing fleece, and spinning techniques. I highly recommend it.
The Marled Yarn is a great way to blend fibers directly at your wheel. I like to use it when I have a luxury fiber that I want to stretch as far a possible, like cashmere.
Here are some of my finished marled yarns. The first is the one that I spun in the video and is a blend of BFL wool, silk, and alpaca.
You can really see the Marled effect in this close up.
Look at the individual plies and you can see how the black and white spiral together.
This second yarn is more subtle. It is one ply of an alpaca silk blend marled with black alpaca and then plied with another strand of alpaca and silk.
I have no idea what I'm going to make with this, but I have definitely called dibs.
So, without further ado, here's a link to the tutorial:
And a link to my Ravelry group:
Be sure to post your pictures to the group to be entered in the give away. The winner will get to choose one in stock item from my etsy shop! Each yarn that you spin will get you an entry, and you can get double the entries by double posting to Instagram.
Use the hashtag #sccmarledyarn.
The NWRSA conference was a blast. I am a new member and this was my first conference. This year it was in Lewiston, which is so close to home, I had to join and vend. Mom went with me to help out and had a great time.
I had a great space, just inside the door. The booth came out lovely, despite my concerns about the layout of the space. When I registered all of the usual 10 by 10 spaces were taken, so I got the last two 8 foot tables, 5 feet out from the wall.
This had me stumped for a bit, but I came up with a way to make a stunning display.
The ladies who put this event on did a great job and they organized some fun activities. First up, one guild was in charge of the nametags for the entire group. Instead of doing plain jane tags for everyone, they made wool necklaces that we then decorated with beads, flowers, buttons, and felting. All of the supplies were there and available to everyone. They also had show and class schedules printed on the inside of the name cards, which was a genius idea that I have never seen before. No confusion on what time to be there or when lunch was. Here's mine, which I will use at future shows.
There was even a fibery prize for the best one.
They also provided a charm bracelet to everyone who registered for the conference.
The vendors were all given a box of charms, some fibery related, others just cute, and all of the attendees had to hunt for their charms.
It was a fun idea and brought a lot of extra people into the booth.
They also organized a fiber exchange. I participated in that too, and got 8oz of very nice wool. I have until next year to process it into a finished item for the original owner and return it to her. Someone else got 5 of my art batts to do the same for me.
I can't wait to see what she comes up.
I made some new friends, saw some old, and came home with new fibers and treasures to play with, including some Camel down blended with Muga silk from Siren of the Skeins that I cannot wait to spin.
My next event will be Palouse Fiber Festival in Moscow, ID.
It is June 17th through the 19th with a great marketplace that is free to the public and offers many classes covering a variety of topics from weaving to selecting a fleece.
It's sure to be fun and there is still space in the classes. The website is here: http://www.palousefiberfestival.wordpress.com
There will be some amazing teachers, including the queen of texture and art yarn
You can check out her website here: http://www.jazzturtle.com
And of course I'll have lots of braids, batts, rolags, and skeins for all of your fiber needs.
And by the way, I spun that awesome yarn.