Wednesday, 24 June 2009

Carding a rainbow

With a few spare hours to myself last night, I busied myself with this:

These aren't complete, but they're the beginnings of some colour experiments. I'd done the initial trials with hand carders and wasn't happy with the result. Having only used the drum carder to process raw fleeces rather than blending before, I've concluded that the drum carder really does make blending easier, faster and more effective.

I won't be continuing with this tonight, as I'll spend the evening travelling up to a hotel in preparation for a seminar up north tomorrow. So instead, I'll take my trusty Little Gem wheel, and this:

It looks grey in the photo, but this is coal black-dyed silk cap.

What else do you do with an evening alone in a hotel, other than spin?

No decisions on the further training ideas as yet. The ideas are still spinning in my head. I want to do something because I'm always keen to have a qualification in my interests, but I've not yet fopund something that's a firm fit.


  1. Sorry, sorry, sorry... the top pic looked like the case in a sorbet shop. I'm still thinking about my reaction to your last post, as I have been thinking of the same, but somewhere on these isles... Or perhaps by correspondence with an Australian school.

  2. It does, doesn't it?! I've been working very hard on making it look less like a sorbet shop, because sorbet is not a colour spectrum I really do.

    It's not entirely in the spirit of the challenge (take these three lurid colours and make something useable out of it), but I took some of the roving and dyed them a couple of dark colours. It made me much happier.

    I do know what you mean about the speculations, Meg - there's nothing like a form of guided study and a piece of paper at the end. I've also thought long and hard about the weavers/master weavers certificate, done through the Ontario Spinners and Weavers.