It is All in the Ply!
With Heavenly Bresser.
Dec 5, 2:00pm-4:10pm CST
Dec 6, 2:00pm-4:10pm CST
Dec 12, 2:00pm-4:10pm CST
Heavenly will show how important the ply stage is. It can ‘make’ or ‘break’ a beautifully spun singles yarn. Learn to sharpen your skills for plying traditional 2-ply, 3-ply, and even 4-ply yarns. Don’t let your spinning efforts become lost in the translation to a plied yarn!
In this workshop, we’ll focus on many ply techniques and various yarn structures as you create samples of 2-ply, 3-ply, center-pull, chain-ply, and (if you are feeling adventurous) an opposing ply or cable yarn.
After a quick refresher on plying, learn the most common ply structures and their uses. then go on to creating non-traditional yarns such as opposing-ply or cable yarns for both useful and interesting yarn structures.
Next, it is time to remove the guesswork: the proper setup lets the equipment ‘do the heavy lifting’ as you ply. It’s all hands on deck! Discover various ways to manage multiple strands for comfort, proper tension, and even distribution of ply twist for traditional 2-ply and 3-ply yarns. Ply from a center-pull ball with pro tips for fewer tangles and less stress. Learn a couple of variations of chain-plying, how to avoid excessive ply twist, and how to join yarn.
We’ll discuss the importance of twist angles, record keeping, and how to evaluate ply twist during a ply session.
Lastly, we’ll venture into the world of 4-ply yarns including nontraditional such as opposing plies and cable yarns. We’ll tie up all the loose ends by comparing and contrasting the various yarn structures for future projects.
Special skills or knowledge needed to take this workshop:
Must know how to spin a continuous singles yarn and have plied a basic 2-ply yarn.
__Spinning wheel or e-spinner in working order
__Recommended: 4 spare bobbins for plying (storage bobbins and/or cardboard tissue roll inserts will work).
__Manual or electric ball winder for center-pull ball
__Lazy Kate or equivalent
__4 ounces of fiber braid from stash in addition to fiber required for pre-workshop work