Beautiful Bulkies!

Beautiful Bulkies!

I love them! Big bouncy beautiful yarns.. and I especially love to make giant yarns that at first look like traditional two ply, but when you start to see the perspectives you realise they are actually mega sized monolithic yarns! SO much fun to spin and use 🙂  I started spinning these yarns years ago, experimenting with different fibres to find the ones that would give me the best results; staple lengths, crimp, and then what plying methods I could use. If you have been following my page for a while you may have already seen the Newsletter and video I sent out (December 2012 – where does the time go!) all about spinning bulky, but it was clearly time for an update and major expansion! Luckily for me, Arlene also loves these giant yarns, so between us we created this new course that we think is informative, fun, and unique! So last year Arlene (my Fiberygoodness partner in fibercrime) and I, developed an entire course, totally focussed on not just spinning thick, but spinning super bulky AND lofty. The goal is not to create rope, but to spin a smooshy soft and useable yarn in giant proportions! From there its easy to go backwards and spin thinner, but achieving those huge yarns is actually much harder than it seems once you have learned to spin thin. We have made all three videos available to enrolled students via their own (permanent access) area on the website, so even though what we had in mind was one video per week with your practice in between, you might want to settle in with your food coffee and fibre supplies and work through them much faster (or much slower!), it is self paced because everyone learns in their own way and in their own time – you can’t push creativity! But I will be available to students for feedback, advice, and tips at any time after enrolment, and we have our lovely Facebook Group for sharing in! I am excited about the possibility of seeing people spinning up some of these luscious yarns 🙂 And I am thrilled to have the opportunity to share everything I know about spinning them. Arlene devised the super exercises for a very practical hands on course, and I think between us we have created something truly helpful and unique! More information is on our website HERE...

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Yarn Recipe!

Yarn Recipe!

I realise that my posts here are becoming a little more sparse than they used to, the simple reason being that I am more regularly blogging over our on Fiberygoodness.com website, I find it difficult to blog in two places! However apparently I have no trouble spinning on two wheels, although I havent yet figured the trick for doing that all at the same time.. yet.. Anyway I am just going to repost here the same thing as I posted last week on the Fiberygoodness blog, just because I would like everyone to share this fun yarn recipe I made up 🙂 Heres the post..! This week we would like to share something with you! Perhaps you already know about our Fiberygoodness Yarn Recipe series (for sale in our shop), these are spin techniques largely developed by myself (Woolwench/Suzy) and Arlene (the awesome SpinArtiste). They have included quite a variety of spin recipes and one of my favourites has been Arlenes ‘Helix’ yarn, a method of integrating locks into a ply. I love including the concept and activity of weaving into everything I do 🙂 Well I carried on playing with this technique, and not too long ago was lucky enough to be up to my elbows in the most amazing Teeswater locks at the farm of Virginia Scholomiti (The Yellow Farm) USA. I was teaching, and it seemed logical to focus the weekend on… locks! And now was my chance to do some more Helix spinning, this time adding locks into an Nply weave. I used some of the colours we had been dyeing that weekend and a neutral single I had spun earlier and made this:Up till now, the only people I have shared this technique with were the ones at the workshop 🙂 And I say up till now because.. today we would like to share the yarn recipe with YOU! It has morphed a little since I did that one, but mostly in the colours I have chosen, I have been busy with a lot of rainbows recently (for reasons that will be revealed in the next couple of months) and so I wanted to see what this one would look like in rainbow colours. I had a stash of rainbow locks that Arlene and I had dyed together in the US, and this rainbow batt just calling my name, and this is what i came up with 🙂   You can get your free download  with instructions to spin this yarn by clicking the image right here: I also made a video to go with the recipe card, in which you can see each step of the construction of the yarn pictured. I hope you...

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Majacraft Fusion Engine Drum Carder

Majacraft Fusion Engine Drum Carder

  A couple of weeks ago I wrote a review on the Majacraft Fusion Engine Drum Carder, and I thought it might be a good idea to follow that up with a video showing some of the cool features it has. One of these features is a special favourite of mine, partly because I had a role in its development! When I was out in NZ in 2013 I was able to use the prototype carder that Majacraft had developed at that stage. It was pretty much as you see it now (although there have been invisible changes and ‘tweaks’ since then), and there has since been one addition that I am very proud of, the Direct Injection Tray. This is an accessory for the carder that allows you to make super textured batts for creative yarns. It came about as I was playing around with the carder, Andy had asked me to put it through its paces, (he also told me to try and break it because they needed to know it would handle anything that was thrown at it.) I had made some lovely smooth and blended batts on it, and then wanted to make some really textured ones, with lots of locks and add ins. I figured if it was going to break, it would happen if it got jammed up with lots of fibre. I found that the carder was actually so very efficient, it was difficult to get it to ‘stop’ opening up the texture in the locks I was feeding in, as it beautifully spreads them out over the big drum in even a single pass. I looked at the clever design with the feedtray placed up high and how it increased the time fiber spends on the licker by feeding it in at the top. So I bypassed that tray and held the fiber at the bottom of the licker-in to see what would happen. And there it was! From that position the fiber gets whacked directly onto the main drum, retaining most of its textured locky glory! I told Andy about this and suggested that it was an ideal position for feeding in ‘fiber sandwiches’, stacks of fiber that effectively stash the textured stuff between two smooth layers. In no time Andy had created the Direct Injection feedtray that allows this feed position to be used with no danger to fingers or fiber. And it works brilliantly! This feature gives me the option of creating any kind of batt I want on the one machine. Using the standard 72tpi cloth I can create beautiful smooth blended batts AND crazy, highly textured fiber batts suitable for all kinds of creative yarn spinning. There is one...

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Spinning Trials

Spinning Trials

Another short post today, just because I wanted to share a little video with you that I made last week. I was playing around with the idea of Nply (aka navajo Ply aka Chain Ply) and I figured out this way of doing it around a core yarn. Its a lot of fun to do this, and it makes really huge stacks that, because of the chaining, are relatively stable as well. The cool thing is the variations you can get with this, making smaller or larger stacks, using smooth or textured yarns, thick or thin or thick AND thin, even the possibility of adding in objects by threading them onto your loop as you ply… What else is super cool, is that since I shared the video on FB, some other people have been trying this too and sharing the result with me! I am looking at YOU Lisa Renee McKenzie! Check out this amazing yarn she did!   and I know she is making more, and had a great idea for adding in Beehive coils too! I love the snowball effect that ideas have 🙂 Lisa called these ‘Megastacks’ and I really like that name, lets stick with that one 🙂   So this is my quick post, here is the video! and some pics of the yarn I made like this, and there will be more to come.. This is a very simple technique in which you simply wrap your NPly around a core thread, taking the yarn from the opposite side of the core to form your chain. I also discovered its possible to alternate grabbing that yarn from over or under the core, so altering the texture of the stacks. There will be lots more experiments to come, Lisa and I already thought of: using a thick and thin yarn, addins, using a really overspun yarn to add in snarls, and of course, there are all kinds of colour possibilities too! If you try this one too, please tag me if you post pics to Facebook, I would LOVE to see what you dream up with it! and here are some images of the yarns I trialled with this...

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Presenting, the brand new first ever Louet Art Yarn Flyer!!

Presenting, the brand new first ever Louet Art Yarn Flyer!!

Some excitement, especially for those of you with Louet S10s or pretty much any S model Louet wheel!  As you may already know, we previewed the Louet Art Yarn Flyer prototype at a recent WoolWench Workshop, with great success, and it attracted much interest! Now I am proud to present to you the official Louet video, made with myself and Patty Poot (Netherlands Louet Dealer) to show you the brand new flyer in its final state! This video will soon be on the Louet website, but I wanted to give you a premier right here on my blog. (Scroll down for the video) I am really thrilled to be able to present this flyer to you for Louet, its been a while coming, but its going to transform all those trusty S10’s out there into bulky art yarn wheels instantly! It has a huge 3/4 inch orifice, a lovely smooth and rounded yarn guide that effortlessly directs your yarn to the equally smooth curved ring, and onto the big bulky size bobbin. I have spun quite a few different art yarns with this flyer, including the beehive coils that often, on other flyers, get slightly hung up on the guides and open up before they get to the bobbin. I like my coils to be tight and perfect! On this flyer I think I have spun my best ever beehive coils! They just slip through all the guides without a second thought so they arrive on the bobbin as compact as I spun them, I loved that! As with all the Louet products, this has a smooth clean, modern design, it is highly functional, and best of all, super easy to use. It has three ratios so you get a pretty good range of twist and tension adjustment, it spins smoothly and is well balanced, and the guide ring adjustment system works quickly and easily. It fits both standard and bulky sized bobbins. I think if you already have an S10 and want to use it to spin your art yarns, this is going to be an awesome addition to your equipment inventory! It will transform your wheel, you’ll be able to spin beads, bobbles, coils, all sorts of add-ins, that you wished you could do before and never could! If you are considering a new wheel, you now have the option of the amazing reliability of a standard Louet wheel, combined with the versatility of a bulky art yarn flyer, youre not going to ‘grow out’ of this wheel in a hurry thats for sure! This flyer will fit most standard S10 models and most of the S model range from Louet, some design elements have changed over...

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Louet Art Yarn Flyer for the S10?! Yes!!

Louet Art Yarn Flyer for the S10?! Yes!!

Firstly – I am also working on a Workshop post so I can share with you all the amazing yarns that were made right here in my living room on Saturday! What a wonderful bunch of women with wheels it was, and the creative energy was amazing! I am just waiting on some photos to give you a really nice visual impression, and then I will make the post later today or tomorrow morning, so watch this space for some serious eye candy! In the meantime however, I have something really REALLY exciting to share with you, and I cant tell you how thrilled to bits I am to be able to do it! There are some major advantages to being in the right place at the right time, and knowing the right people, and I am lucky enough to have gotten all those things happily together so that I can today, right here, share with you some exciting news from Louet! Yes! They have JUST released their brand spanking new, first ever, ART YARN FLYER  prototype for the Louet S10!! I know a wonderful woman who lives right here in the Netherlands, Patty Poot. She sold me my gorgeous Saori Loom, and she is also a Louet Dealer. She was kind enough to bring this totally new prototype along to the workshop I hosted for us to see and try out! She has spent some months following up the progress of this flyer with the Louet company, who  responded brilliantly to her suggestions in making this excellent addition to the very popular Louet S10 (and S17) wheel, they have clearly put a lot of thought and practical design into this flyer. And it all came together at just the right time for its very first ever world debut right here during my Inner Fiber Hero Workshop on Saturday!! And to add even more to the happy coincidences, one of the spinners attending our workshop had driven a long way to get here, with her Louet S10, and on arrival realised she had everything, except the flyer! SO of course, the prefect timing for the art yarn flyer to come out of its pristine box and set up on its first S10 experience outside of the factory or Pattys’ house, its first public showing, and filling in during a time of dire need. Guess what, it was awesome, and the other example Patty had brought along was soon installed on another S10 as well and was seriously flying in every sense of the word. Check out this really beautiful yarn spun by Peti on her now permanently art yarn flyer equipped wheel.  Yep, Patty sold both these flyers on...

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