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Hand painted, hand spun. by myceliae Hand painted, hand spun. by myceliae
Hello all! It's been ages.

I'm in a lovely new home and finally all set up again... with one major improvement, space!

So as soon as the unpacking was done, I dived into learning to spin - something i've been wanting to do for years.

A gorgeous antique wheel had come into my custodianship very recently, so it seemed like the perfect time.

Although, looking at the amazing new wheels that you can get these days, i'm sure i'm struggling against the tide with this one. Still... it's not nearly as difficult as I thought it was going to be!

You know me, it's all about the colour... so i've been on the dyeing learning-curve also. For now, I am using acid dyes: [link] but my heart is yearning to work with natural dyes. May as well combine loves while i'm at it, eh? *grin*. That is next on the list of things to immerse myself in.

So here is a bit of a ramble about what i've been up to, in a basic walk-through style.


1 - Superfine Merino roving. Yum. it's soft and fluffy and just aching to be snuggled.

2 - The Stuff. Including - Old mop brush, measuring spoon, stir-y spoon, gloves, tongs, dyes, strong plastic cups (don't toss them! Just rinse and reuse), plastic wrap, saucepan with tight fitting lid and wee stand rack in the bottom.
Not in the pic:
Vinegar. Sink. Stove!
It's important to use utensils that are ONLY for dyeing. I went to the tipshop for my saucepan & lid, and macguyvered a stand inside it with a small round cake rack and a coat hanger. Tongs and spoon also came from the tipshop. Total cost = $2!

3 - Soaking the roving.

4 - Squeezed out excess water.

5 - Layers of plastic wrap in the laundry sink.

6 - Damp roving, in a zig-zig sort of fashion.

7 - Dye. Powder in the cup, careful splash of hot water to wet it down, topped up with vinegar. Stirred well!

8 - The fun bit. Using the mop brush to paint the dye on in stripes.

9 - Done! Pretty.

10 - Plastic is folded up over the painted wool, and the long package is rolled up.

11 - Into the pot. It is sitting on the rack, above an inch of simmering water. Lid on, steamed for 20 mins to a half hour.

12 - Carefully taken out and left to cool.

13 - Rinsed, lightly squeezed, and hung up to drip dry.

14 - Gods, I adore these colours! This is the roving split and pre-drafted a bit ready for spinning.

15 - Gratuitous shot of my wheel.

16 - Spinning the singles. You can see that the stripes that were painted give the yarn a gorgeous gradual colour shift. And although there is very little actual *dark purple* in this (it's more lighter violet, blue, and crimson), when spun and plied, the colour of the finished yarn is a deep rich purple, with subtle colour shifts to each of those in places.
You could call it optical purple.

After the singles were done, I plied it (a bit hard to take photo's of, i've only got two hands after all!)... wound it into a skein, washed and hung it.

All done! You can see the finished yarn at the top and bottom of the image there. It's very fine, and will probably make a gorgeous laceweight something-or-other.... if I were interested in knitting it!

Haha. I think i'll leave the knitting to others.
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xpsuedoxangelx Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
can i ask what kind of dye you use?
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myceliae Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2013  Professional General Artist
Jacquard Acid Dyes. It's a simple steam or simmer dye set with vinegar :)
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xpsuedoxangelx Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
cool
thanks
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Aelorn Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I just got my first drop spindle... Been learning with that right now, and I'm almost done with my first skein. It's really relaxing. I want a wheel so badly though! I have space issues though, and curious pets who would be dumb enough to stick limbs in the moving bits. So for now, I'll stick to a spindle.
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LittleMrsAdams Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
so cool! it's also on my list of things i want learn to do :)
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aetherfang Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Professional Writer
Nice! I'm doing handpainted yarn, just not quite the spinning step, that's beyond me! Looks great!
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adorablestejidos Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Professional General Artist
love the colors :)
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YunisUnis Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
It's so pretty. :dummy: Gorgeous gorgeous!
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kaniachocolate Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
COOL!!!!!
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Demoncherry Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wooooow! This is just wonderful!! Looks so difficult!
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soracrys Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2012
wow all by hand soooooooo cccccccccccccccooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooolllllllllllllllllllllll
:teddy: :dance:
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Terra1314 Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2012
i am selling yarn that has some wool in it would u like to buy some we can discuss a price
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:iconmyceliae:
myceliae Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2012  Professional General Artist
Um, no thankyou. I spin my own.
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FliegenLicht Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh wow! I haven't seen any other spinning pieces on dA yet. What lovely yarn! This makes me want to get out my spinning wheel again. :D But I can never think of what to do with the yarn afterwards... :ohnoes:
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myceliae Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2010  Professional General Artist
Hehe, I have the same problem. I spin a lot, and end up with all these skeins...
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:iconfliegenlicht:
FliegenLicht Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
We need to find someone who loves to knit, mail them all our skeins, and then get cool stuff back! :D
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:iconmyceliae:
myceliae Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2010  Professional General Artist
Wouldn't that be perfect!!
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Wolfie-Miyaku Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2009  Professional General Artist
wow :O what a great skill to learn ^^
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agedghost Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2009   Artist
AAAAAHHH I LOVE YOU!
*blinks and hides behind computer*

Sorry 'bout that, heh.

Great colours, so glad you're enjoying your wheel. :)
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myceliae Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2009  Professional General Artist
*LAUGHS*

Thanks :) I have a new wheel now, and she's even prettier!
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agedghost Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2009   Artist
really???

they get PRETTIER??!
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myceliae Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2009  Professional General Artist
Oh they DO, yes! I shall have to share pics soon with some of the newer work :)
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Spell Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2009
Oh woow! I just bought a spinning wheel but have nooo idea how to use it... any tips? I'm spinning with alpaca fleece!
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myceliae Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2009  Professional General Artist
There are lots of sites online that can run you through it.
And YouTube! Search YouTube for 'how to spin' tutorials, it's how I learnt!
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wendyf Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2009
Oh Kel that is gorgeous, you really are a clever little thing...how can you not knit after making that though!?!
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myceliae Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2009  Professional General Artist
Hi lovely!
Aw.. *blush*. I just like to create.

Um, the knitting thing though. I dinnae.. I guess it doesn't really make that much sense, but i'm less interested in the making things FROM the yarn, just the making of the yarn itself.

I wouldn't want to be an artistic over-achiever, after all *giggle-wink*
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wendyf Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2009
:D it's too late for that my dear, the things you come up with blow my mind.
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EMasqueradeGallery Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2009
Fantastic tutorial! This is really great!:)
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Bzee10 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2009
God those are such beautiful colors...And it looks a LOT easier than I thought dying and spinning would be! I'd love to knit something with that gorgeous color! I like using marino wool, but alpaca and baby alpaca are nice cozy knits too :)
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myceliae Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2009  Professional General Artist
The dyeing was super easy and fun :)
The spinning took some goes, hehe.

Oooh alpaca is SO SOFT! I picked up a little sample bag recently.. not enough to spin with, but lovely to play with :)
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Ravensrow Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2009
This is absolutely wonderful and your spinning wheel is beautiful, it looks like there is quite the antiquity to it. Spinning is a beautiful art form and may you eventually move to natural dyes:)
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myceliae Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2009  Professional General Artist
It's a lovely wheel, isn't it!
We've no idea how old it is, and there are no makers marks that we can find.
All I know is that it belonged to the grandmother of one of my mothers friends.
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Ravensrow Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2009
Its amazing and I'm sure it has a spirit all its own. It may just use YOU to create its spinning creations:)
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TheBrassGlass Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2009  Professional General Artist
Gorgeous!
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kelliemarian Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2009
Stunning! I love process pics, and the end result is so lovely.... I'm always amazed when such intense colors can appear so soft and welcoming.
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jaspenelle Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2009
Why are people so scared of knitting? I just started to learn last week and it is sooo easy! (I bought a dvd to teach me though, lots of rewinding.)

Such beautiful yarn! I would love to learn to spin (when I have the time and money) I love how your yarn turned out. Did you have to brush it before spinning?
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myceliae Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2009  Professional General Artist
That's wonderful that you've learnt to knit :)
I can't say I'm really scared of it, just not terribly interested. I've a million interests and practice far too many arts as it is, hehe.

Besides, when people ask me "is there nothing you can't do (art wise)", I usually reply with "yes! I can't knit!". What would I do if I were to change that?

*giggles*
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TortuousThrenody Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Wow that coloured yarn is absolutely beautiful. The colours came out gorgeous, while I was unsure about them in the first view pics, but you seem to have a good eye for it after all :)
Too bad you're not making this beautiful yarn into a piece of clothing ^^
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myceliae Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2009  Professional General Artist
Thankyou! :)
Mmm, I had a fair notion that the colours needed to be pretty strong to stand up in the end. Rolling up the wool like that means they blend a fair bit.
It was a bit of an experiment, but it worked pretty well!

I think I might hold on to this one, just because it's pretty :D
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TortuousThrenody Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Ah yes, that makes sense .. Im gonna try some of that wool dying myself someday, but not for spinning. I like making fake dreadlocks out of vilted wool :)

And you should hold on to it .. it's way too pretty to sell ! :D
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Elfin-Grrl Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Wow! Really impressive, and beautiful :heart:
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ArielManx Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2009
Your yarn turned out so beautiful! I've only tried a little spinning with a drop spindle with not-so-great results (and animal fibers tend to itch me so badly that I doubt I'll ever try again) so I have great admiration for anyone who can spin such pretty, even yarn!
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myceliae Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2009  Professional General Artist
I think it's just practice... my first few goes were lumpy too :)
Have you felt the superfine merino? Wool makes me itch like crazy, and I hate wearing it... but this stuff is so fine and soft it doesn't itch at ALL.
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ArielManx Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2009
If it comes from a critter, it makes me itch, unfortunately. :( I can't ever wear cashmere!
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myceliae Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2009  Professional General Artist
Aw, that's a shame!
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MeredithDillman Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
pretty colors!
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myceliae Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2009  Professional General Artist
Purple, Mere.. all the way *grin*.
Next up, green!
Hm. Green AND purple?
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pyro-jeune-fille Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2009  Professional Filmographer
Merino wool is my favorite to spin :-) good luck learning! Maybe it's just me but the newer wheels always seemed awkward. Last I checked, you can't purchase new single treadle wheels... I'm not coordinated enough for the doubles...

You made very pretty yarn!
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myceliae Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2009  Professional General Artist
Is that so? I've seen the double treadles in action, and it seems like you have to treadle to fast you almost take off.

It's nice to meet another spinner :)
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Otakuprincess Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2009
This is amazing, great job! What a wonderful skill to pick up.
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