Add color to your spinning
Add color to your life
We just finished up the Spring 2014 issue of Spin-Off and are really excited about how it turned out. The theme of this issue is color, which lends itself easily to a gorgeous issue. There is a lot of great information about how to work with color—how to dye with natural and synthetic dyes, how to blend for color, and how to combine colors of yarn you already have on hand.
One of my favorite articles is by Katie Weston. In her article Katie shares her process as she creates a batt matching the colors of an inspiring photo. I love creating (and spinning) batts but have a tendency to go a little "mad scientist" when creating my own batts and don't always have the best results. I really like the idea of using a photo as a starting point and Katie has some really helpful tips about how to select the best colors from a photo to match and what effects you get by combining different fibers. She suggests adding natural colored fibers to add complexity and always having an accent color to add a spark to your batt.
I am also fascinated by Michelle Boyd's article about blending and spinning tweed yarns. She has really great tips for using the color wheel to blend solid-color rovings to create the deep complex colors traditionally used in tweed fabrics. She breaks tweed yarns into Harris style, dozens of different colors blended into rich colorways, and Donegal style, similar complex blends that include tiny flecks of contrasting color for added depth; I found this a helpful distinction. I really appreciate that she gives tips for blending colors on both handcards and the drumcarder. I have a weakness for tweed millspun yarns, especially the Donegal style with colored flecks, and might have to start spinning some of my own.
For this issue, we also interviewed a number of fiber artists whose work is notable because of how they work with color. The images are stunning, the work inspiring—if you've ever doubted your ability to work with color (and even if you haven't), you'll love their tips and ideas for breaking boundaries and overcoming fears. We think you will really love it.