Gasp! I ran out of colored fluff this week.
How did I do that?! I don't even know…But, I was watching a spinning video on Craftsy that happened to be on sale at the time that I had downloaded it called Spinning Colored Fibers by Felicia Lo of SweetGeorgia Yarns.
Let me just say that she is a teacher after my own heart! Once she started talking about the color wheel, I almost kissed my iPad screen! I love how all of the various art forms “talk” to each other. 🙂
As the title suggests, the discussion centers around multiple ways of organizing color in your spun yarn. At one point during the video she shows this GORGEOUS pair of leg warmers where the yarn had been spun in gradations that flowed from one block of color to the next, in a graduated value scale (light to dark with all the steps in between). They weren't made from a fractal spin which also tends to do this in the sense that one color melts into the next in an FO. This handspun was accomplished by the spinner breaking the fiber supply (I believe it was top in that instance) into blocks of separate colors and then spinning it in the order desired-something I have yet to try. 🙂 The difference is YOU as the spinner get to order the color in the yarn rather than the order of the fiber supply dictating how it will be spun. Methinks that kind of control can come in handy…And the legwarmers? WANT! I felt those legwarmers needed to be on Girl Child this year. So, I immediately went to my stash to try that technique, and lo and behold, no more colored braids! What the??? I immediately dismissed the idea that someone had raided my stash since nobody else in this house spins. Nevertheless, I was shocked beyond belief.
What I did next, I can only say came out of desperation. I painted on my own fluff! (screams in horror!)
This I say knowing full well I still have walnut hulls soaking to dye more wool this week, lol. Thankfully, I had two choices of undyed fiber in my stash. I had better re-up that for these kinds of emergencies…
I can't say what is so scary about painting on fluff. Well, aside from the fact that I man-handle things and I am always sure it's going to felt like crazy. But, I love painting on just about everything else. I suppose I usually like to leave the dyeing to the dyers. 🙂 But, I can see the beauty in both.
Take this braid, for instance, results in dyeing for me tend to be unexpected. That is fun in its own right. On the other hand, when I select something dyed from a fiber artist, I know what I'm getting, and I can get right to the spinning (like in the cabled yarns). Case in point, I don't necessarily know I can use this for the legwarmers. But, I can use it just for the joy of spinning something colored until I find something else to order.
I have dyed using Kool-Aid (plus some turmeric here) before on commercial yarns and as my friend from Greenbank Mill, Laurel told me, I could dye my own fluff at home with it in a snap just the same way. It's a good quick fix and I probably should learn more about the dyeing processes available because the ladies of the mill tend to all know how to do it, lol.
Meh. I figure, if I'm going to try out a new technique, I definitely don't have to use my good stuff! 🙂 But, man! I have got to get some color in that stash!