First Post / A Little Introduction
First and foremost, thank you so much for taking a few moments to check out my first post!
I wanted to give a little introduction and show the purpose of this blog. The idea from this blog is to show more behind the scene look into Moon & Yarn. More information about what materials I use, updates on progress with different weavings, show what DIY projects I am trying, to show my journey with spinning and dyeing yarn, interviews with other makers, and to basically share my thoughts. And soon I would love to have some tutorials on weaving and other arts! There are so many ideas floating around my head, so we will see what happens!
The Beginning of the Spinning Journey
Over the past few months that I have been weaving, I have really fallen in love with handspun yarn. I absolutely love the way it works in woven tapestries and knitting. When it comes to handspun yarn, I am ultimately a fan of art yarn!
But when it comes to buying art yarn it can be hard to find exactly what you want. Therefore I decided that I wanted to learn how to make my own! Spinning is an investment to get into; you will have to purchase a wheel and fiber. I highly recommend talk to someone who is very familiar with spinning before you go and buy whatever you want. Once I knew I wanted to learn, I almost was set on buying a wheel and different fibers to teach myself. I am SO glad that I ended up not doing that!
I decided to take my class at Hipstrings in Allison Park, PA. If you are ever in the area and you are obsessed with beautiful unique spinning materials, check it out! Jill, who is an amazing crafter and the owner, was the person who was patient enough to give me my first lesson. I quickly learned that I was not going to catch onto this art as fast as I thought I would. And I also gained A LOT more respect for all spinners! As soon as I started I realized that I am going to have to build some muscle memory for this, and also I am not very coordinated. You know that gesture where you tap your head, rub your stomach, and jump up and down on one leg? That’s how learning to spin felt for me, you have to do so much at once and give it a lot of concentration. Of course no one instantly becomes an expert after their first time. Toward the end of this lesson I eventually started to get the hang of keeping my peddling steady, drafting the fiber, and keeping the twist fine.
Here are two photos I took from my class. The bobbin on the right is how my yarn was supposed to turn out, super fine. The bobbin on the left is how my yarn actually turned out, very wavy.
Confused? I was too. Here is the down low: Basically anything fiber like can be spun. Although the most commonly used fibers are sheep’s wool, cotton, silk, alpaca, mohair, and angora. Every spinner has their personal favorites and which they think is easiest. To start you need one of those materials to be washed and carded to make roving. And then you spin roving into finished yarn. Of course the more I learn, the more I will share. At the end of my lesson I ended up buying my own wheel. I felt that I need to really practice to build the memory muscle to feel comfortable with the practice!
The photo on the right is a examples of roving and the photo on the left ia a example of handspun yarn.
I just finished a new hand woven tapestry this past weekend. This weaving was made with recycled sari silk ribbon from Darn Good Yarn and some bulky yarn scraps I had lying around. The weaving is 22 inches long X 12 inches wide and filled with vibrant colors! Lately I have been obsessed with using sari silk ribbon in my weavings, the details it adds is absolutely beautiful!