Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Plying With Beads

  Although stringing the beads was a bit challenging, and manipulating my single fiber strand without getting it tangled in the strung beads during the playing process could have made me crazy, I was very pleased with the end results!

 These are the hand-dyed Suri Locks that I started with. 

 I spun carelessly from uncarded locks not worrying about any kind of uniformity.  I felt like a kid going out to recess, playtime!

 Once I got a rhythm going and coordinated pushing a bead forward when  I was ready for one, the plying flowed smoothly.

I used my Louet Spinning Wheel, versus my little electric spinner, because I needed to stop and start frequently.  My Louet gave me the control I needed without having to turn it off and on.

 I named it, as I do all my yarns, "Pretty As A Princess".

Stefanie Berganini has written some good instructions on spinning this kind of artyarn- click Plying With Beads
on the Spin-Off Magazine website.

Get Spun: The Step-by-Step Guide to Spinning Art Yarns 
This looks like a book I ought to have!


  1. I love it! I never thought of just spinning the raw Suri locks. I was going to spin singles then ply the locks in but then playing with beads would be harder...guess what I'm going to try now. Thanks a billion for sharing your beautiful creation!

  2. That is absolutely gorgeous!!!! Good job!

  3. Thank you, this was fun! Good-luck WonderWhyGal! Thank you both for your comments. It's going to be hot, hot, hot here in Ohio today. Hope you're staying cool where you are!