4th Quarter Challenge – Twists

When Zed announced the 4th quarter challenge, I immediately thought of a bit of wool yarn that I spun by hand with a drop spindle ages ago. It has been sitting in my studio for years now and I have never done anything with it. So I hunted around for it, finally finding it on a shelf with some other yarn.

Then I made up some twists using my hand carders and a skewer. I found a batt of natural fiber that I had lying about and was able to make something for the challenge with very little preparation. I’m going by that motto “use stuff up”.

Here’s the layout. There are 5 twists which are fairly fat and the rest is hand spun yarn. My spinning skills are minimal so the yarn is very thick/thin.

And here it is after felting. I think that the twists kind of look like orthoceras fossils. So I am considering adding either hand or machine stitching or both to bring out the fossil appearance more. What would you add to it?

Once I have done some stitching, I will show it to you again.

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8 Responses to 4th Quarter Challenge – Twists

  1. It’s an interesting piece Ruth. The colours peeping through are gorgeous against the darker background – perhaps stitching would enhance them?

  2. Marilyn aka Pandagirl says:

    It’s great you were able to use up some of your extras. It’s an interesting piece with the color and texture combinations. I’m sure you’ll enhance it with stitching.

    • ruthlane says:

      Thanks Marilyn, after looking at the photos, I definitely need to move some of that yellow orange around since it now all seems to be in the middle of the composition.

  3. zedster66 says:

    That looks really cool, Ruth 🙂 Some of the grey tubes I made with fibres to try to get a silver birch effect looked more like fossils to me, too 🙂

  4. Flextiles says:

    These look great. I’ve felted with yarn that varies in thickness and is quite expensive to buy – obviously I need to get a drop spindle and make my own! 🙂 I look forward to seeing the effect of stitching.

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