Spin a Tale

I loved this little spin! The fiber was soft and fluffy, with fun bits of aqua and deep pink.

I remembered that I had some old silk sewing thread in a pink I thought would work as half of the two ply. I was pleasantly surprised to find I also had some pale green. I got these at least 30 years ago, don’t remember what I was going to do with them, but very glad I saved them! Each spool was 100 yards.

Then I got thinking that beads would be good, too! I spent a long time sorting out the choices, and finally settled on a little tube of mixed greens and purples to go with the pink, and some pretty iridescent clear glass beads to go with the green. I really love how they came out!

I decided it was time to master chain ply, so with what was left, I did a three ply. It is a little bit over twisted, but the best I have done to date. In other words, I can use it!

I loved this spin and how fast it went and how pretty it is.

30 thoughts on “Spin a Tale”

  1. You’ve out done yourself. You are now a master spinner. The yarn is beautiful. How did you get those beads spun into the yarn? I can’t imagine placing beads and spinning at the same time.

    1. I strung the beads on the silk thread, then slide them up as I ply. It is slower for sure, but not hard.

      And you are kind to say that, but I am no master spinner!

      1. I’ve been looking at a lot of handspun yarns lately and I have to say your yarns are the best of them all. I think the handspun with beads and your spinning consistency is far above what I see out there.

        1. Wow! Thank you! That is very kind of you. I do try to be consistent. It isn’t easy, and I am not always successful, but I try. And I had a good teacher, Debbie at the Purple Fleece, and loads of good mentors.

  2. Very nice! How much yardage did you get with the yarn?

    I have a spool of silk thread from my grandmother. It, too, is on a wooden spool so I know it’s old. She passed away in 1969. I wish they still used wooden spools. The plastic ones just don’t have the craftability when empty.

    1. I am not sure yet, will measure when it is done drying. There was 100 yards each of the silks, but i got about 90 yards of each of the beaded skeins before the last wash. There is usually some shrinkage. And I got a little more on the three ply before washing.

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