SP16 Color Control: Fractal Spinning with Heavenly Bresser

Thursday, April 30 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Turf Valley – Willows C & D

Fractal spinning can result in a subtle self-striping yarn. It is one of the many ways to control color and create dynamic yarn from a dyed roving or top for knitting, crocheting, and weaving. To start, we’ll look at two really easy, yet different approaches to fractals—a basic 2-ply as well as a 3-ply using commercial top. Each spinner will have the choice of either method to spin during this session. In addition, we’ll discuss various types of fractal yarns that can be made based on the way fibers are dyed. Finally, we’ll examine samples using fractal yarn. Skill level: Advanced beginner. Maximum number of students: 20. Students should bring: Notebook, pen or pencil with eraser, spinning wheel in working order or drop spindle, at least one bobbin for the wheel, hand-dyed roving/braid with at least 3 colors (3 ounces).

Class Code: SP16 Class Fee: $55. Materials Fee: $12.

Heavenly Bresser is the owner and founder of Heavenly Knitchet. She is excited to share her love for knitting, crocheting, spinning, weaving, and all things fiber related with the world. Not only is Heavenly a well-rounded fiber artist, but she is also a jewelry maker and loves to work with polymer clay. She currently sells various prepared fibers including batts, rolags, handpainted braids of fiber, handspun yarn, and accessories as well as jewelry for fiber artists and enthusiasts. Heavenly is dedicated to helping fiber artists of all levels expand their knowledge about their craft and try new things. She loves working with color, repairing older spinning wheels, and spending time with family.

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