Blending for spinning

As I plan for my course in a few weeks time, I have spent a lot of time blending and thinking about blending. This great list is based on one from Anne Schwartz via facebook spinners study group. – Thanks Anne

Why might you want to blend? 

For colour

            To produce the colour you want 

            To create variation in colour through your yarn 

For texture 

            Using different types of fibre or to add locks or neps or material

For shine or glitz

            Add lustre fibre, silk, Angelina, tencel, etc

To change properties of a fibre

            Adding drape to a crimpy fibre or Memory to a drapey fibre ( Eg  wool and alpaca)

            Cool a warm fibre (or visa versa) – add silk or bamboo to alpaca or angora

To make a fibre go further 

            If you only have a small amount of a luxury fibre

To make art yarn 

            With bling, texture, colour, the lot – can be combination of all the above

To resuscitate compacted fibre, unloved colours and discovered remnants  

Unless truly felted many hard-to-drafts tops respond beautifully to gentle carding or combing; that ugly duckling orange can be transformed to a swanlike elegance or those not-enough-for-anything scraps can just lift a batt. 

I am so looking forward to covering all these areas and sharing different equipment for blending. The course is sold out but I hope to run another one soon, let me know if you’re interested.

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