Chain or Navajo Plying - why to use it and how to do it
Fed up with those last little bits on the bobbins after plying? Want to keep those beautiful hand-dyed colours clear and separate? This workshop will look at chain plying: how to control the singles, how to use the wheel best, what sort of fibres suit the technique and why some don't. You will only be able to produce a small sample of chain-plied yarn in the workshop, but you will leave with an understanding of the technique.
Students will need to bring: Well-oiled spinning wheel which you are comfortable with. Lazy kate (tensioned if you have one), 3 bobbins, one of which should have some already-spun strong smooth wool singles on (no thicker than would make a dk yarn if plied on itself). Not a longwool such as Wensleydale or Teeswater; ideally something like Shetland or a down breed. Hand-dyed fibre would be an excellent example, so we can see how the colours are preserved. Information will be provided regarding arrangements to deliver and store spinning wheels at the Show.
The Tutor will be bringing various fibres/wools to explain which are good for chain plying and which are not quite as suitable. Students will be able to use some if they need to; please make a small donation to the Tutor for this.
Freyalyn has been spinning for well over ten years, knitting for as long as she can remember, dyeing furiously for a while, and dabbling in everything else textile.
She has taught spinning and related textile skills to guilds of the WSD, other groups, and individuals, won a spinning wheel in an international competition, and loves to see people learning and growing and enjoying themselves with fibre and yarn.
She teaches a wide range of workshops, from basic learning to spin to developing particular skills, dyeing to plan, and obscure knitting techniques.
Freyalyn attends various wool shows with her brilliantly-dyed (and mostly British) fibres and yarns.