Thin Felt and Spinning

Last week at the well-being centre I made a sample of felt that would be suitable for a lampshade cover. We’ve spoken about it there before, and samples usually explain things a lot better than words. I used a blended batt which was mostly Merino, but had some other fibres blended in too. I did two fine layers, then teased out some dyed locks to add, then did another two fine layers, and added embellishments. It was a lot duskier in colour than I expected:

Some of the embellishments I added were from a box listed as ‘silk threads’, I didn’t think they were, so burnt a piece when I got home, and it smelled like cellulose, so I’m going to guess they’re Viscose/Rayon. They’re really nice, whatever. I also used some throwster’s waste, nylon and viscose fibre:

I love holding thin pieces up to the window:

On this one you can see the losks between the layers a bit more clearly:

I mentioned not so long ago, I’d been writing a tutorial about how to make soft wispy felt, and I’ve finally nished it. Funnily enough, it’s called Learn to Make Soft Wispy Felt 🙂 I did a blog post about it the other day, and you can find all the info on the ‘Soft Wispy Felt’ page 🙂
I got my spinning wheel back out this week, I thought I’d finish off the batts I’d made with the ‘superwash’ type yarn to finish off the weaving. Apparently I hadn’t made any more purple, just a purple/blue blend and a multi batt. I span the multi batt first. It’s alright, but looks quite dull in places where there are too many colours:

I unwound some from the bobbin to see how it was looser, I liked how it looked in this photo when it twiddled itself together:

I was reading something for Ruth’s Fauvism challenge which got me thinking, so I made a thinner yarn with the purple/blue batt, really thin in places:

And I wanted something even thinner, so after a bit of a poor start with some green, got what I was after with some turquoise:

Then for some reason, yesterday, everything I tried was ‘bobbins’ as we say up here! (rubbish, from rhyming slang–bobbins of cotton=rotten). I must have put my tension spring thingie back on wrong!

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13 Responses to Thin Felt and Spinning

  1. nvukadinovic@gmail.com says:

    Zed, congratulations on your new tutorial. As always, very good photos and should be easy to follow. I love all the yarn that you have spun. I’m still learning how to ue my drop spindle and hoping I’ll achieve something like yours one day.

    • zedster66 says:

      Thanks, Nada 🙂
      I hope I can be half as good with the wheel as the spindle, that’s a lot easier to control!

  2. koffipot says:

    Nice clear visuals on your tut. 🙂 I was wondering how your spinning was coming along. Like the multi yarn. Are you going to ply and set it or is it for curly embellishment? 🙂

    • zedster66 says:

      Thanks, Judith 🙂
      I’m not sure yet, even a lot of the multi-batt had some of the superwash stuff in, so I might need to do some experimenting. I might knit with some.

  3. ruthlane says:

    The lampshade sample is cool. I always like how those look up against the light and the locks add so much texture. Hope your new tutorial sells well and is the yarn for the Fauvist challenge?? 🙂

    • zedster66 says:

      Thanks, Ruth 🙂
      I’m not sure if that yarn will be for the Fauvism challenge, but I wanted to practise getting thin yarn for it. It’s still at the ideas stage so I might mix techniques.

  4. Marilyn aka Pandagirl says:

    Congrats on finishing the tut. The pictures look great as always. I like the see thru lampshade sample. You made the yarns from batts? I guess I know nothing about spinning. But I do like the yarns especially the blue/ purple. And I love thick and thin yarn so much personality. Can you do something with the turquoise to fix it?

    • zedster66 says:

      Thanks, Marilyn 🙂
      I didn’t spin straight from the whole batt, I split it first, but they’re ones I carded so are more like wide roving sheets. I found the less neat batts easier than roving though, that seems to require a lot more concentration. Does the Turquoise look that bad?! That was the ‘success’! 🙂 It was some of that weird superwash purple that I tried, it feels weird and just kept pulling away, maybe the staple length was just different so I was letting it out too much (don’t know technical terms!) to catch the twist before pulling away. It’s in weavable size lengths though so that’s alright.

    • Marilyn aka Pandagirl says:

      I didn’t think the turquoise looked that bad, but it sounded like you did. Alll this spinning is totally foreign to me, but glad you’re enjoying it.

  5. Lyn says:

    Love the yarns and the ‘see-through’ felt Zed!

  6. Leonor says:

    Spinning, yay! Very happy you’re back into it. I like how the multi batt came out, I don’t feel it’s dull at all! And if it feels nice and springy when you ply it against itself, it means there’s enough tension for later, when you ply it 😀 You can do a centre-pull ball and ply that yarn against itself and keep all the colours together…
    Now I feel like taking my wheel out for a spin!

  7. great piece of felt. I always love light thru those long locks. The spinning is coming along great. The wheel is a lot faster then the spindle. Must be why I like my spindle best.

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