Spinning Tuesday: More marling with color and naturals

I couldn’t keep my mind and hands off of the marling this week. I doubled the number of naturals tried, I couldn’t help myself. That means this week we have yarn to look at; swatches will come next week.

I spun the other three fibers with four different naturals, instead of just the two I used for Briar Rose. Let’s see what they look like

First up Abstract Fibers. Here it is nestled in the circle of fiber.

Abstract Fiber

That green is fantastic but will it contrast too much?

Abstract Fibers plied with naturals

As plies I used (from left) oatmeal, light/dark brown stripe, middle brown and dark brown. I really love how it looks with the dark brown and light/dark stripe in the skein.

Now to Spunky Eclectic this color is called Diesel

Spunky Eclectic

I don’t want to stop with this color way. I used the same four naturals on the brown side, but I still want to try black gray and white with it. I loved them all.

Diesel with naturals

I predict they will all look great as knitted swatches.

Now Fiber Story.

Fiber Story

I’m not sure I have the right colors of naturals for this one.

Fiber Story skeins

I used the same four naturals as the others: oatmeal, light/dark brown stripe, middle brown and dark brown. To me they are all missing warmth. I wish I had some honey colored alpaca to ply with it.

Next week we’ll see how they look swatched.

For those of you who asked to see the Briar Rose fiber plied and swatched with the dark brown.

Briar Rose and dark brown

I couldn’t resist. I like it very much as yarn, but not as a swatch.




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Jillian is the​ author of the best-selling spinning book Yarnitecture. She is the editor​ of Knittyspin and Developmental Editor for PLY and PLY Books. She kinda loves this spinning thing and wants everyone who spins to love it too, so she teaches and writes a lot. She knits, weaves, and stitches and tries to do as much of it as she can with handspun yarn. She's always cooking up all kinds of exciting and creative things combining fiber arts. She likes her mysteries British, her walks woodsy, and to spend as much time as she can laughing. Spy on her on her website jillianmoreno.com

23 thoughts on “Spinning Tuesday: More marling with color and naturals

  1. blogless grace

    Really interesting color progressions. You have made me think about my fiber stash in a very different way. Thanks!

  2. LPStarr

    Everyone has their tastes. I like the swatch, too. I like the abstract fibers marling the least, and the diesel the best.

  3. Seanna Lea

    These all look interesting, though the one I think I like the best (without the swatches) is the third of the Diesel skeins (from left to right). I think it is because the marling appears more muted in the skein, but who knows how it will work up!

  4. Tia

    Thanks for sharing! Once you get past the knitting of swatches and items, and the crocheting of the same…well, rather, once you get into the spinning of fiber, there’s a whole new world to explore and alter your perception of things…mainly texture and color.

    I remember when I first started spinning, aside from some samples I awkwardly worked through out of a Phat Fiber box, I had no idea how to gauge the color outcome of fiber.

    By looking at the spinning work of others (and thank goodness everyone loves to take photos of progress!), I picked up a Pigeonroof Studios braid that did not look too particularly pretty in a braid, but had a very vague idea how it would end up spun and knitted. The end result was so beautiful!

    This one post is very helpful as a reference to how to “see” a yarn out of fibers. Lovely stuff!

  5. Susan

    These are great experiments. It’s just fascinating to see the progression from fiber to yarn, and (hopefully soon) to fabric.

    Thank you so much for sharing your work with us.

  6. Katie K

    Here’s a good way to figure out if colors work together: look at them as if they were a plate of food. Would you want to eat them?

  7. Brandi

    I think they all turned out great. I especially love the greens because that is just me. Thank you for sharing all of this with us. There are somethings I wouldn’t have even thought to put together I can be a bit matchy, matchy at times.

  8. Mary Jane

    I’m a huge fan of Amy’s(spunky eclectic)colorways. I don’t blame you for not wanting to stop with that one. Her use of negative space when she dyes really lends to the marling effect.

  9. Jeanie

    Wow, I have never spun a marled yarn, but now have done so for a warp, thanks to this exciting post. I also am gong to do the weft marled. It is amazing how the dyed yarn changes when plyed with the naturals. Thanks for opening my eyes!

  10. Sarah

    Every time I see these experiments of yours, I wish I was better at spinning. It all looks so gorgeously squishy.

  11. Mujercita

    Whoops, had two blogs open that I wanted to comment on, and posted wrong comments on the wrong blogs- what I WANTED to say is that your yarn looks beautiful!

  12. Emily

    Thanks for your great exploration marling, a topic I hadn’t really considered before. It is really interesting to see how the different signles work together, both in the yarn and the swatches. Can’t wait to see next week’s swatches!

  13. Melissa

    Thank you for sharing your spinning samples and swatches — it inspires me to open up my exploration in so many ways, and helps explain some of the curious results I’ve gotten in the past when the original fiber doesn’t predict the final yarn, much less the knitted item. Keep on going, and showing!

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