Art Yarn Recipe

I start by gathering fibers… in this case, mostly bits and pieces that are leftover from other projects, and which I save in a large jar.  I’d call this a “destash” batt, and at first it looks like a mess.  There’s merino and lots of Cormo, and some silk and sparkly novelty fiber:

IMG_3034My initial idea is to work with mostly primary colors…

IMG_3035I organize the original selection of fibers, now it looks more orderly.

IMG_3036Layer by layer, I create a batt that will have texture and shimmer and interesting color combinations throughout.  I’ll use this batt to craft some art yarn for making notecard images, and I want the colors to be vibrant and the yarn to be thick and thin.  I’ll add curly locks and fabrics when I spin it.

IMG_3037To unify the many colors in the batt and to add more glow, I add some topaz-toned bamboo fiber generously along the top layer by placing the bamboo fiber directly on the large drum.

IMG_3038This is the underside of the batt, visible as I remove the batt from the drum carder.  Those bright warm tones are the basic color “theme” of the batt…

IMG_3041And this is the shimmering top of the batt.  I can’t wait to spin this, to see the uncontrollable ways these beautiful colors will dance together.

IMG_3043I carefully divide the large batt into 10 smaller batts, which I’ll further divide as I spin.  Very yummy.

IMG_3044I’ve selected a variety of curly, white wool locks and some white fleece — all from raw fiber that I washed, including some sweet Cotswold lamb curls and Finn lamb fleece and some fat long wool locks; and I’ve torn strips of fabrics that include remnants from sari silk and some hand-dyed habotai silk: this will all be spun into the yarn, using my favorite drop spindle, a turquoise ceramic one that’s just heavy enough to make yarns that are exquisitely thin or really chunky.

IMG_3045The resulting yarn is just what I need to craft cards that I hope will delight, comfort, inspire and please: some areas are over-spun and will be full of twists and coils; in some places the white curly locks will add whimsical softness; the silk fabrics will glow and some of the silk fabric threads will be left to extend beyond the yarn, adding more texture; other places are barely spun so they look pillow-soft.  Each of these different textures feeds the senses in different ways, and the senses are restored and nourished.

The cards I’ll craft from this yarn will express all of this; they’ll each touch each viewer in a different and personal way; my intention is to add beauty and gentleness to the world, and by my humble effort, make the world a more beautiful and gentle place.

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Published in: on October 16, 2018 at 4:17 pm  Comments (4)  

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  1. I enjoyed reading about this yarn-making process and seeing glimpses of the equipment used for it. Viewing the vibrant colors of the fiber added warmth to this chilly fall day.

  2. It was a pleasure meeting you at Webster’s today. Thank you for treating me to a glimpse of your art. It inspired me.

    • It was MY pleasure, Jann! Thank you for your kind comment! Enjoy your time in central PA, and safe travels back to NY!


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