In August, the Guild held a dyeing and spinning workshop for newer spinners to experience dyeing with different plying techniques. There were 6 participants, along with leaders Jody Atkinson and Lyndsay Topham.
Day 1 – at Jody's menagerie, we admired the lambs (now sheep), alpaca's, dogs and chickens! It was a lovely warm day, ideal for dyeing outside. We used 3 methods – stovetop in a pot, slow oven in a roaster, and steaming. Falkland (merino blend) was the wool used.
Day 2 – In the RCA. We divided the wool sliver into 7 portions. 6 x 15gms for samples, balance for a project of choice. We started spinning following the guide in 'Unbraided' - a new book in our Guild Library. The samples were: 2 ply traditional, 3 ply traditional, 2 ply fractional, 3 ply fractional, centre pull ball, and chain ply.
Fractional is splitting the sliver into 2, then spinning 1 portion in one length, the 2nd bobbin fleece is split into 4, then spun one length after the other so the colour is distributed in a different way to traditional, then plied. With 3 ply fractional, it's a 3 way split – 1 trad. Bobbin , 2nd bobbin fleece is split into 4, 3rd bobbin fleece is split into 6 -8., then plied.
Centre pull is split into 2 pieces, spun 1 piece after the other on one bobbin, wound on a ballwinder, then plied using the centre end plus the outside end together.
Day 3 – Was at the regular spinning Thursday so we could all admire the knitted samples and the different in the colour applications.