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Hand Spun contains a collection of never-before-published spinning techniques along with interesting, creative, hip projects. The essential momentum behind this book is to satisfy fans of the author's first two books in their desire for new materials to learn. As Intertwined becomes more well-known, these handspun styles are flooding the internet craft community. Hand Spun offers fresh, new, and exciting material for these spinners to move on to. Where Handspun Revolution, the author's first book, was the ...
Hand Spun contains a collection of never-before-published spinning techniques along with interesting, creative, hip projects. The essential momentum behind this book is to satisfy fans of the author's first two books in their desire for new materials to learn. As Intertwined becomes more well-known, these handspun styles are flooding the internet craft community. Hand Spun offers fresh, new, and exciting material for these spinners to move on to. Where Handspun Revolution, the author's first book, was the spark that ignited the genre of Art-yarn, and Intertwined is considered the bible of creative spinning, Handspun builds upon the now common knowledge of novelty spinning, digging deeper into the traditional underbelly of spinning, not as a means to teach traditional techniques, but rather as a way of turning very traditional forms inside out: Using time-tested techniques to deliver cutting-edge forms. This book also covers fiber-preparation processes, from scouring raw fleece to several carding techniques.
Crazy carding is the perfect way for spinners, including novice spinners, to make highly unusual and creative yarns easily. The concept is to put as many different colors, textures, and materials as possible into one batt, then spin it into a simple thick-and-thin single. Very little skill is needed on the spinning end, and creating the batt is a fun and liberating exercise.
Crazy carding integrates absolutely any fiber or material that will fit through the carder’s drums, including silk waste, felted wool, tinsel, sequins, fabric bits, plant fibers, yarn, sparkle, silk noil, cotton, or anything else you could imagine. Be prepared to push your carder’s capabilities to the limit. It is normal for the machine to card very clumpy at first, and it will be hard to crank.
Make a sandwich!
The basic process for crazy carding is to combine several different ingredients at a time and send them through the carder in a thick clump. This will cause the materials to be minimally blended together and will preserve many heavy textures.
Short-fiber materials tend to get caught up in the teeth of the small drum and usually do not make it into the batt. To avoid this, sandwich all the short fibers, or other unusual materials, between layers of longer-stapled fibers such as mohair or processed roving. Visualize making a sandwich: spread a flat layer of mohair or roving out first as the bread, add uncarded locks (lettuce), semifelted wool (tomatoes), sparkle and silk noil (salt and pepper), top with another layer of mohair/roving (bread), and send it through the carder!
Repeat this process adding different fixings in each sandwich. Sandwiches should be about 3" to 4" [7.5 to 10 cm] thick. Card until the large drum is full.
Remove the crazy-carded batt from the carder. Starting from the outside edge, pull off spinnable strips and spin a simple thick-and-thin single; do not overdraft. Allow the lumps, bumps, tangles, and textures to remain.
Tip: Card the batt only once. Overcarded batts tend to lose their interesting textures.
Chapter 1 - Fiber Preparation: Dyed in the Wool
From the Ground Up
Farm Profile: Natalie Redding Namaste Farms
How to Wash (or Not) Raw Fleece
Artitst Profile: Stephanie Gorin, Loop Fiber
Chapter 2 - Spinning Techniques: Learning vs. Discovery
Twist on “Twists”
Extreme Tail Spin
Chapter 3 - New Twists: Expanding Traditional Techniques
Core Spinning: Basic
Core Spinning: Fluffy!
Core Spinning: Mohairy
Core Spinning: Coreless
Core Spinning: Core Spots
Core Spinning: Wrapped Yarn
Core Spinning: Sari Silk Core
Core Spinning: Aura
Navaho Ply: Thick and Thin
Spinning Raw Fiber
Spinning Large: Semifelted Dope Rope
Spinning Large: Semifelted Roving Rope
Spinning Large: Navaho Multi-Ply Dope Rope
Chapter 4 - Permutations Gallery: Putting It All Together
Chapter 5 - Projects: Keeping It Simple
Easy Felted Fleece Rug
Artist Profile: Janice Rosema
Vintage Coat Cuff
Throwing Snowballs Neck Cozy
The One-Pound Three-Hour Scarf
Finger Crochet Table Runner
Namaste Farms Boa
BFF! (Best Friends Fingerless Gloves)
Notes from the Artist: Val Pascall
New Weave Belt
Whole Fleece Scarf with Lanolin
Appendix - Interview You!
About the Author