Practicing Hand Spinning (Arrowmont Part 2)

I've had a few weavings in mind for quite some time that I couldn't create until I learned how to spin.  Once I got the hang of spinning, I decided to do a small sample for one of my larger upcoming pieces.  I used roving from three sheep fleeces to blend a color transition.  It was a lot of fun and I can't wait to produce more yarn like this on a much larger scale!

Carding the wool to prepare the colors for spinning.

Carding the wool to prepare the colors for spinning.

The wool is ready to be spun and the rolags are in color order.  This is my favorite stage before the spinning.

The wool is ready to be spun and the rolags are in color order.  This is my favorite stage before the spinning.

The yarn series is 2/3 spun, and the first sections are on the bobbins ready for hte next stage and the last third is still in rolags ready to be spun.

The yarn series is 2/3 spun, and the first sections are on the bobbins ready for hte next stage and the last third is still in rolags ready to be spun.

I know the overspun sections are a mistake, but I still have an affinity for them!

I know the overspun sections are a mistake, but I still have an affinity for them!

The yarn needs to be set after it is spun by wetting the fibers and drying the yarn under tension.  This sample series looked quite lovely drying in the tree!

The yarn needs to be set after it is spun by wetting the fibers and drying the yarn under tension.  This sample series looked quite lovely drying in the tree!

Once I'm in Iceland, I'll weave this sample and post the images.  Then I'll make the necessary adjustments and produce a much, much larger quantity for a large scale weaving!  All the steps of this process are so wonderful.