Wednesday, February 23, 2011

WOYWW 90 - Out for a Spin

Hello, my name is Ohhh Snap, and I'm a craftoholic. I haven't been doing much in my craftroom this week, but I've been doing a bit of spindle spinning. And for the record, I am a spinster. I am not a spinner, there is no stationary bicycle in my home, and no lycra in my wardrobe. I am the only spinster in my spinning guild btw, everyone else shudders at the word spinster. The three spindles on the left are Journey Wheel Spindles and they are a engineering dream. The two on the right I made with wooden toy wheels and dowels. They are very portable and decorated for fun.

My two current favorites. On the left a Journey Wheel Spindle made of holly wood with, I believe, alpaca. On the right another Journey Wheel Spindle made of moose horn with natural flax tow roving being spun. There's a method to winding hurdy gurdy, if the thread breaks it's more difficult to find if you've wound your thread on in neat concentric rows :D.

Some of my mini-skeins. On the top is a single ply silk (spun on a Lendrum Spinning Wheel), a 2 ply tencel/wool blend that is dreamy, and on the bottom is a single ply linen (spun from bleached flax tow roving).

My little bag of embroidery thread experiments. I like to ply threads against themselves, white, gray and black and sometimes other colors to see how they work when sewn.

If you are wondering what is the WOYWW, or if you are interested in having a lovely snoop at other people's workdesks, or even better joining in, head over to Ms. Dunnit's Stamping Ground :D

25 comments:

Victoria said...

wow those spun wool colours are gorgeous x
vicky #59

Wipso said...

What gorgeous yarns.
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Sue said...

Hi ya
oh they look very tactile, great yarn, happy spinning,,have great day, happy WOYWW, sue,x(18)

karen said...

Very nice yarns you have there! I don't know anything about yarn/knitting etc but I know when I see something I like :) And these I like!
Your pictures are fabulous!
Happy WOYWW!
xoxo Karen (#44)

jude said...

Love the look of your yarns ,if youve not popped by to say hi please do as i have some candy up for grabs !
Happy creative wednesday
hugs judex 7

Caroline Hallett said...

what lovely yarns...

butlersabroad said...

How interesting is all that?! Love the old spinning implements, what do you do with the wool, once it's ready? Do you use it, or sell it perhaps?

Hugs
Brenda 103

Pam said...

This looks intersting. Hugs Pam

Carola Bartz said...

I love the yarn and the whole spinning thing. I wish I could spin wool - I once saw a friend of a friend in England do it and it was fascinating.

Sue from Oregon said...

oh your spools are heaven! I have boughten several antiquey type spools with thread on them from an antique store just because I love the wood of the spool and the look of the lovely thread! Yours are so pretty too!

Audrey Frelx said...

SPINDLE SPINNING!!! My god, girlfriend, what is it you don't do?!!! LOL!!!

BTW, the yarns are beautiful!

flowerdisco said...

hey sally....i really like these. very nice and that you take the time...wow! i bet is really therapeutic. they look lovely :)

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

Wow this is just fascinating Oh Snap! adore the spinning wheel and used my friends once there is something very therapeutic in it I think ah fancy using moose horn to make a spindle ..thanks for popping by my place..
Shaz in Oz.x

Susan said...

Love all the wool. What's on the agenda for this lot?
Susan xxox #16
http://stamponme.blogspot.com/

Julia Dunnit said...

How fascinating Miss Ooh Snap! Do you dye and weave too - or are you a spinster at heart? I've talked DH out of making a spinning wheel twice because he wants to see if he can and we have no use for one..as it is we have 3 huge rocking horses!

Minxy said...

Can't say i know alot about spinning but you have some super colours :D
Happy Thursday x
Hugs Minxy #2

oneoff said...

Lovely yarns, and how interesting to see this on WOYWW. I like those mixed threads in the embroidery threads too - would love to see how they turn out.

Bernie x

Susan Allan said...

I love your yarns...love the colours and what they are made from. I need a drop spindle so I can do something with the six sheep fleece I have stored in my garage.

Any idea where I can get one?
Sue xx

peggy aplSEEDS said...

how interesting! first time i've heard that bit of info about the method to winding

Neet said...

I don't know anything hardly about spinning but I do admire someone who does it when I see them in action. I love those spindles you have though - very tactile.
Would be great in miniature for a configuration box.

sandra de said...

What beautiful threads you have. It must be so satisfying spinning your own yarn. Will we get to see the finished project?

okienurse said...

Awesome! My daughter spins yarn also! I wonder what she would like to be titled! Thanks for sharing. Vickie #148

Nicky said...

Love all you spools with the yarn on ~ thanks for sharing ~ Nicky no.4

alexa said...

I've never met a spinner before and am inrigued! Those colours and textures are right up my street ... Thank-you for finding me, and enabling me to find you! :)

Ciara said...

How cool! Do you make stuff with the yarns you've spun?