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Monday, June 21, 2010

The Art of Plying

I am just a novice when it comes to plying, but I have gotten a lot of inspiration from listening to Fiber Beat, and listening and watching my favorite spinners, Jacey Boggs and Judith McKenzie McCuin. May I suggest that you listen to the podcasts, you will get some inspirational ideas from it. I was gifted a DVD of Judith , “The Gentle Art of Plying” , and I say get it, it is a fantastic dvd that will help you understand plying or at least get you to listen to an experience spinner.  She has other books like The Intentional Spinner: A Holistic Approach to Making Yarn and  Teach Yourself Visually Handspinning (Teach Yourself Visually Consumer) , that I think are worth checking out.

As I go along in my creation of yarn on my wheel, I begin to understand this two ladies and their approach to plying or making yarn.  This approach to plying  or making yarn singles is exactly what I want to accomplish, but let me tell you, it requires practice, lots of practice and have patience.  I think one of the things that I learned from Judith is to pay attention to what I am doing intentionally and unintentional so that I can repeat my mistakes and my designs lol!
This is what my yarn is starting to look like , but it still needs a bit to go and then get set.  I am using some bordeleicester/mohair 50/50 blend, it is a 3ply with some pygora thrown in the mixed for the creation of some art yarn, by the time I looked at the wall clock last nite it was 1 AM, time to hit the rack.  I am hoping to finish my plying today and to get the yarn set and have some pictures for sharing in the next few days.  By the way I try the windows live blogging tool and did not care for it, too many log ins , maybe it will be better with time.  I am still enjoying coming to blogger and blog or like in Flicker blog about something with a picture at a time, as I have said before and using the old cliche "A picture is worth a million words without saying anything. Thanks for stopping by!