This week we had a great program at Spinners on textured yarns. The presenter had many nice examples, showing her learning process. Like most of us, she is accustomed to making a smooth, fairly thin yarn. These yarns require time to learn because you need to work differently, moving slowly, and typically near the orifice to not add too much twist. She warned us to be sure to break frequently, especially since we will be working in unfamiliar positions. I really liked her sample of the thick and thin yarn; the reverse stockinette showed it off well (the stockinette side was a bit of a dud).
The following are the resources she has used (most of which are available in our local library):
- Anderson, Sarah. The Spinners Book of Yarn Designs. North Adams, MA : Storey Publishing, 2012. Comes with 64 reference cards. ISBN: 9781603427388 Public library owns.Guild members said it was very useful, but library copy lacks cards.
- Boeger, Lexi. Intertwined. Beverly, Mass. : Quarry Books, 2008. ISBN: 9781592533749 Public library owns. [I looked at this book and wow, it really isn’t for me.]
- Boggs, Jacey. “Coils: Adding to Your Art Yarn Repetoire” Spin-Off Winter 2009, p.44.
- Boggs, Jacey. Spin Art. Loveland, CO : Interweave Press, 2011. ISBN: 9781596683624. Comes with DVD.
- King, Amy. Spin Control. Loveland, CO : Interweave, 2009. ISBN: 9781596681057 Guild & public library owns.
- MacKenzie, Judith. The Intentional Spinner. Loveland, Colo. : Interweave Press, 2009. ISBN: 9781596680807 Guild & public library owns.
- North, Symeon. Get Spun. Loveland, CO : Interweave Press, 2010. ISBN: 9781596680647 Public library owns.
- Spin Artiste – a monthly publication focusing on making unusual and artisanal yarns
- Namaste Farms: Tailspinning a closer look – YouTube video
- Funhouse Fibers – Blog and videos
It might be fun to try some of these techniques in the future. I am always left with the basic question of what to do with textured yarns after they are spun, but gaining new skills is always useful.