Two were with Deb Menz - Colour and Yarn Design for Spinners and Colour Work for Spinners, were on colour blending and supplement her book Colour Works The Crafter's Guide to Colour which I have found very useful in the past, plus they were at a bargain price of $5.99 each - so not to be missed
The other was the Gentle Art of Plying with Judith MacKenzie. The blurb says 'Plying is not an afterthought. Its your gateway into the vast world of yarn design'. Thinking back to when I learnt to spin plying wasn't given that much attention, in fact it was suggest that now you have mastered the hard part - spinning a single - plying was the fun part!
Not so, there is far more to plying than simply twisting two (or more) singles together............ Judith actually shows how to make a 5ply yarn, but I haven't tried that as yet!
Judith's method requires a steadfast hand - this hand (in my case my right hand) does not move, it does exactly what it says - it stays still and controlling the singles as they are drawn from the Kate and keeping both with the same amount of tension - while the other hand (my left) controls the amount of twist - and it works! Not that I am saying that my yarns were wrongly plied in the past, but since using this method my yarns are so much better! So I can't recommend this DVD enough, if you get a chance of it at a bargain price or even at the current asking price of $20 - go for it!
I have also made good use of the DVD's on working with colour. Back when the sun shone I experimented dyeing silks with Elderberries and was suprised how the dye took differently on Mulberry and Tussah silk. Tussah seems to have a much more subtle colour to the Mulberry, but that's by the by.
As a result of this dyeing experiment I had several batches of dyed silk in 25 gram lots, not enough on their own, but if I thought that if I blended some merino top to match then perhaps I would get enough yarn for a shawl! Plus I would get to play with my Blending Board.
|Mulberry Dyed Bombyx Mori|
These are spun singles, the blended merino is on the top bobbin and the silk on the lower one and I think that they are pretty well matched........... Here is the finished yarn on the bobbin
and the skeined yarn approximately 415 yards of silk and merino yarn
|Whisper Who Dares!|