For someone who doesn’t care for the look of marled yarns, I spend a lot of time playing with them. I think I like the idea that it’s an easy way to blend color.

During my class with Amy King she showed us what I like to call a double marl. It’s fun, it’s easy and the results are gorgeous.

I chose 2 variegated BFL/silk Abstract Fibers tops. One that I liked and one, not so much.

Abstract Fibers BFL/Silk

I stripped the fiber into pinky width strips

Pinky-sized strips

I held the two strips together as a spun my singles, creating a marled single. Then plied the singles together in a 2-ply. The effect is densely mixed up colors. My favorite kind of marl so far.

A little bit of gorgeous

Look at the difference between a regular marl and double marl.

Double marl on the left, regular marl on the right

I like this way of marling so much I spun 8 ounces. I think next time I’ll choose colorways that have fewer colors in common, just to see what happens.


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28 Responses to Spinning Tuesdays: Double Marl

  1. Gail says:

    Beautiful yarn!

  2. Amy Boogie says:

    Nice Yarn lady! You made me wish I had snapped up some of those before I left.

  3. Jess says:

    Oh wow, I love that! Now you’ve got me wondering what’s in my stash that I can play around with …

  4. Susie says:

    That’s really pretty!

  5. Joanne says:

    Fabulous – I hadn’t heard of this and I am definitely going to try it. Thank you for sharing it with us!

  6. Aimee says:

    Wow. That is gorgeous – And easy, too! I love Spinning Tuesdays!!

  7. kathleen says:


  8. Mary Shue says:

    You inspire me!

  9. Seanna Lea says:

    I love how obvious the silk is and how that silky nature isn’t lost between the top to the yarn stages.

  10. terri says:

    Nice. I will be giving this a try.

  11. Renee Cook says:

    LOVE, Love, love the results!! Absolutely gorgeous.

  12. Amy says:

    Oh wow – that is gorgeous!

  13. Sandi says:

    This reminds me of Noro Yuzen; I’m making a scarf with 2 colorways right now!

  14. Meg says:

    SA – Weeeet!

  15. Jody says:

    What a great technique!

  16. missjulep says:

    Wow! That is gorgeous!

  17. Kelli says:

    That’s gorgeous!!

  18. Elizabeth says:

    What beautiful yarn and beautiful spinning.

  19. MimiD says:

    Thanks for explaining this idea as well as showing the results – they’re gorgeous. Like Jess I’m excited and need to go straight to my stash to see if I can apply it and perhaps spin enough for a larger project.

  20. Lotsofhermies on Rav says:

    WOW! who knew a combination like that would be so pretty or muted. Once again totally inspired. Thanks for spinning Tuesdays my favorite day of the week.

  21. Marisa says:

    Wow this is super cool. What happens if you do a 3 ply? I wonder….

  22. Maureen J says:

    That’s a great technique and I can’t wait to check candidates in my stash. Lovely.

  23. Emily says:

    Gorgeous! Nice comparison with the single marl. The double is more interesting. Love seeing your ongoing experimentation!

  24. Theressa says:

    Interesting! I’ve just started spinning and haven’t been that adventurous yet. I’ve been reading your Tuesday blogs and am learning something new with each one. Thank you! I love the photos of your experimentations.

  25. Tia says:

    I forgot I meant to try this out. Holy heck does it look amazing, too! Real good blending of colors that you wouldn’t expect unless you tried it. (Or have done it long enough to know.)

  26. Brandi says:

    I’ve been trying to hold two rovings together and spin them. I’ve tried not predrafting and predrafting to finger width and predrafting even smaller. I’ve tried tons of different ways to hold the yarn trying to keep both rovings at an even tension. I have even been watching my Intentional spinner video so much Judith MacKenzie McCuin might think I’m stalking her. Still isn’t coming out right any more ideas?

  27. Nutsue says:

    Great thechnique! I will try it!

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