This week I was digging around in the pictures on my phone and found this:
And, it dawned on me, I’m a bit of a Coil junkie and decided I would share with you some of my thoughts on spinning coils. For those of you who have not yet spun a coiled yarn, the concept is simple: you spin a single and then ply it over a core yarn, wrapping the single around the core.
Over the last couple of years, I have done a number of experiments with different fiber preparations, single thicknesses and other techniques and am going to share some of them here. As I was thinking about this little body of work I collected, it dawned on me that the “moral” of this story is that if you like a technique, it is wonderful to go “deep” into it by spinning it in as many ways as you can imagine.
So, let’s take a look at some of my coil experiments. All of my experiments start with a variation on this question: “what would happen if…?” First consider that the coiled yarn at the top of the post is our baseline yarn: a smooth batt and an even, medium weight single. Now, onto the variations:
“What would happen if I spun a coiled yarn made from a somewhat textured batt and spun the single a little unevenly?”
“What would happen if I spun a micro coil and then plyed it so that the coiled yarn twisted on itself in places?”
And, finally: “what happens if I ply a coil with a coil?”
These are just a few of the coil variations I have made over the past few years! I have a whole pile of fiber set aside for other ideas I have. I won’t pretend that these yarns aren’t a lot of work and sometimes slow going to get things to look the way I want, but I love them. Do you have some pretty coiled yarns to show me? I would love to see them…if you want them included in a follow up post, please email your images to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Until next time, all my fibery best, Arlene