The aims of this exercise are to:
- expand my knowledge and application of materials into yarn concepts
- interpret and experiment with different ideas to translate linear qualities into yarn outcomes.
The brief was to select one or two pieces of work where you feel the qualities of the lines and marks are exciting. I ended up picking three as I couldn’t decide between them and I had ideas for individual yarns that were inspired by more than one of the earlier works and so chose the following:
When I saw that this section was about creating yarns I knew that I wanted to learn to spin my own yarns and so invested in this gorgeous drop spindle made by Debbie Munro at The Lace Knittery which is an artwork in itself.
At this point I realised that there must be other ways I could use the drop spindle and so borrowed Spinning & Dyeing Yarn: The home spinner’s guide to creating traditional & art yarns by Ashley Martineau from the library. This book has excellent explanations and directions for different techniques and read about core spinning.
When it came to developing three further designs based on the above 30cm explorations I chose to focus on the following samples:
I created 1m long samples based on the yarns above however I wanted to take a bit more time to decide how to develop them and so will return to these samples and refine them later.
Martineau, A. (2013) Spinning & Dyeing Yarn: The home spinner’s guide to creating traditional & art yarns London: Jacqui Small