I always love the challenges that each session of Experimental Spinning brings, this time lace was on the agenda, courtesy of an article in the latest edition of Ashford's magazine, 'The Wheel'. It described a method of add those odd bits of lace to your spinning in quite a wild way. Not being a lace girl, cutting up lace seemed like an appropriate thing to do!
We had plenty of lace with a donation from our craft outlet volunteer, and lots from all our stashes.
The first part involved cutting up lace, taking lengths of wool top and threading the top through the lace.
You end up with a pile of lace and tops, like this!
Spinning isn't difficult, or slow, though having my lovely poly wheel with big hooks certainly helps and even with that, there is some lace that is stiffer than others and does get caught. As I was going to ply this with a fine single, I hoped I could smooth those pieces of lace that had moved or were scrunched up too much, as I plyed.
That proved the case and the plying was done quite nicely and I ended up with yarn that is really quite sweet!
The lessons learnt....
I think that because the pieces of lace were quite short, when I plied they tended to keep sticking out rather than get wrapped. I think that the longer pieces would have been more twisted from the spinning, making the plying easier.
For further experimentation:
Trying to get the pieces of lace closer together, for that full-on lace look!
Dyeing would be interesting! All those different fibres!
I'm not sure what I'm going to do with this yarn, but it was fun! For such an over the top look, it's not difficult or particularly slow.