Chronicles of a yarn farmer, shepherdess, and fiber geek!

Chronicles of a yarn farmer, shepherdess, and fiber geek!

February 1, 2009

There's no end to the blend!

This weekend's class at the Spinning Loft in Howell was fantastic! Lorraine Smith from Toronta was a wealth of knowledge as she guided us through the world of blending fibers on hand carders. Blending colors and fibers give you endless possibilities...a true testament to my tagline "there's no end to the blend."
Lorraine kicked off Friday night's class with "Blending Unique Rovings Using Hand Cards". She taught us some very useful hand carding techniques and how to make roving from our batts (which was very neat and helpful). Then back to The Spinning Loft on Saturday for the "Spinning With Blended Fibers class.
We loaded our carders all day with an array of colors and different fibers. Wool was complemented with silk, angora, bamboo, tencel, mohair, cotton, and other fibers that I probably forgot about. Once we completed our beautiful blends, we exchanged samples and spun them up. Very neat!
We thought about a finished product and what type of blend would get us there. I got a chance to chat with fellow fiber enthusiasts (or fiberholics...however you look at it), shop at Beth's shop, and learn more about fiber...always a good thing :-).

1 comment:

Claire said...

Wow, that looks like a LOT of fun. Wish I lived close to somewhere that did workshops like that!