Dear Spinning Circle,
“Corespinning creates an amazing yarn that can replace a conventional-spun yarn.“ -Crystal Hesser
I have something special to share with you this month! As part of our conversation in August, Crystal and I talked about bringing the community together with a textured-yarn spin-along to finish the year. Share your photos, your favourite corespun projects you’ve made and just HAVE FUN! Let’s make a bunch of corespun yarn to celebrate all things textured yarns! Use the tag #corespinalong for sharing your projects.
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To share your spinning, we have a couple of places to share:
Slack Channel: #texturedyarn
Ravelry Group: CoreSpin Along here
To help ground you in what Corespun yarns are, look like and might be used for, here are some photos to help! First, basic corespun:
Here is an example of plied corespun yarn:
Rebecca talks about her corespun sweater, Nebula, at length in the episode:
Rebecca’s Project Page here and FREE Ravelry pattern here. Rebecca also mentions the technique autowrapping, which is another way of wrapping fibre onto a core. This is an example of a corespun yarn that I also autowrapped thread around, then plied:
Crystal shared her idea of corespinning her bird’s nest that became an amazing fascinator:
Corespun yarn then supercoiled:
Finally, weaving with corespun yarns with fulling to make a project bag:
We have talked about corespinning in the community previously:
- 51 Yarns SpinAlong: Corespun, Coils & Supercoils Vlog
- 51 Yarns SpinAlong: Corespun, Coils & Supercoils PDF
- How I Spin: Corespinning & Autowrapping
Tips to Get Started:
- Don’t give up
- Good, strong core
- Add twist to the core prior to starting
- Even tension so that the core is being moved onto the bobbin steadily (this keeps the twist from building up beforehand)
- Steam to finish
- Have FUN!
Glow & Yellow by Scott Buckley (@ScottBuckley) – released under CC-BY 4.0. scottbuckley.com.au
I hope you enjoy this ALONG with us – even if you just spin a little bit to give the technique a try, I encourage you to do so!