I’ve shown my embroidery, a slow learning curve for me. I’ve talked a little about wanting to spin my own threads after looking at the commercial variety that exists. Now I’m ready to start. I need to do more research, if you have tips or a source for me to read I’d appreciate hearing!
I’m not starting with cottons. Notice I didn’t say, “I’ll never spin cotton”, becasue I just don’t know. I’m not interested in spinning cotton right now. The threads I’m interested in spinning for embroidery are wool and wool blends, alpaca, silk and tencel.
I stopped by to hug Lisa Souza at her Rhinebeck booth and noticed she had quite a few interesting dyed fibers. I picked up a few that looked like they would be interesting thread:
From left: cashmere/silk, alpaca/silk and tencel in two colors.
I did some really quick sampling, no stitching just spinning, of the alpaca/silk and tencel.
The alpaca silk went well, it just needs to be thinner. It makes gorgeous yarn:
Lisa Souza alpaca/silk fiber and yarn.
I really like the look of the light ply twist. I think it needs to be at least a third finer. I need to measure a few stitching threads that aren’t cotton to get a range to spin to.
I am a little obsessed with the idea of tencel as embroidery thread – the way it takes color, the shine!
Lisa Souza 100% tencel
I spun a little, and said a lot of words that I don’t want to commit to print. My personal newsflash is that I can’t spin tencel the way I spin most everything else. Duh. It helped that while I was spinning I had someone who loves spinning fine yarns next to me,
mocking offering suggestions.
My fist bit:
A variety of sizes in one tiny skein!
I was all over the place with size and twist, but there are some spots that I like. I tried again.
Tencel – second spin
I like the size, and it’s much more even. In between laughing, Beth told me to use a much lighter take up and it worked great. It’s over twisted. The hand is a little wiry, but mostly the extra twist took away the shine (Beth again, between nearly snorting hot chocolate out of her nose).
Those are my first tries at thread. It doesn’t seem like much, but it has me excited. I’m even thinking about dyeing, but that’s for later.
My next steps are:
- measuring different sizes of embroidery threads, especially non cotton ones.
- choose a size to spin too
- practice for consistency in size and twist for hand and shine.
- practice with a wider variety of fibers
- stitch with the samples!
Who has fine spinning, thread for stitching spinning or tencel spinning advice for me?