“Faux” Hand-Painted Yarn

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Faux Hand Painted Yarn

I love the look of hand-painted yarn but while I’ve begun to experiment with dying, I lack the confidence to risk sacrificing my handspun to the dye pot. So, I’ve come up with faux hand-painted yarn.

Louet LollipopsI used Louet Lollipops space dyed roving.

I divided the roving by pulling it apart, the length of the roving. I then hand balled the roving being careful to start at the same end for each ball. (That way, the sequence of the color striping is consistent.)

Louet Lollipops 2

Next I spun one length of roving and then the other. When I plied the two singles, I began with one length at the start of the repeat color sequence and the other at the mid-point of the color sequence.

Calliope of Color

The resulting yarn is a calliope of color which appears random and doesn’t repeat on itself. If you favor softer colors, you can use the same technique with softer colored roving and achieve more subtle color nuances.

Spinning is joy. I love lots of color and texture. You’ll see I’m not a purist. I mix commercial yarn with handspun, Easter egg dye and cake frosting coloring with natural plant dye. For me, it’s both the journey and the destination but not so much the mode of transport.

Upcoming blog entries will include Two Looks with the Same Yarn. Come back and visit often, SeabreezeSpinners.com.


2 Responses to ““Faux” Hand-Painted Yarn”

  1. Sue Kaufman says, August 5th, 2008 at 6:32 pm

    Hi Linda,

    I am floored by your spun yarns, and your use of color! And your weaving! I’m so happy to have found your blog, and I’ll be back again soon for more inspiration :)

    Thank you!


  2. Tropical Twister says, August 5th, 2008 at 8:39 pm

    Thank you for the encouragement. I wondered if anyone would be interested in my musings and my projects. You’ve made my day!
    AKA Tropical Twister

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