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Battle of the Bobbins!!! Kelly Agrue of Felting Sunshine vs. Spin Artiste

by The SpinArtiste on August 24, 2014

Hey Everybody!!!  Yup, back this week with one of the most fun types of posts I get to write:  Battle of the Bobbins with one of my favorite people, the sweet and lovely, Kelly Agrue who produces beautiful work through her business Felting Sunshine.   We exchanged packages earlier this summer and now we are ready for the show and tell!

First let’s hear from Kelly:

“I felted part of the cereal box into the wool dreads, it was quite interesting to purposefully wet felt cardboard into wool. The web was too unmanageable to work with before I cut it, but after I did, it spun up so nicely! I spun a single thick and thin with small sections of tail spun locks, adding the dreads that were wet felted along the way. The second part of the spin was to n ply the single. Finally, part of the remaining cardboard was folded into an origami crane and added to a dread.

I modeled this on my Module 1 yarn (for the Journey to the Golden Fleece), if you saw it, you would never believe that it was not spun with wool. It was a fun project!”

Kelly's package

Kelly’s package included a cereal box, a Halloween spider web and an assortment of different colored locks

Kelly's cool yarn!

Kelly’s cool yarn!

Now, my turn:

My package included a silk hankie, various fibers, locks, beads, fabric strips, and cheesecoloth

My package included a silk hankie, various fibers, locks, beads, fabric strips, and cheesecoloth

I separated out the “add ins” which included the beads, the fabric strips, the string that wrapped the package, and the cheesecloth. Then, I spun the silk hankie into thread. Next I carded most of the fibers into an art batt on my coarse cloth carder and spun it into a single. There was a chunk of brownish roving that I spun into a single also. Finally I made a single out of the add ins by stringing them together with some crochet cotton.

 

The art batt

The art batt

Three singles:  1.  silk thread, 2.  brown roving and 3. the art batt

Three singles: 1. silk thread, 2. brown roving and 3. the art batt

Add ins

And, finally, I put everything together in a nicely balanced 4 ply yarn…which I ended up really liking!

Arlene's 4 ply

Arlene’s 4 ply

I’m tempted to sell this yarn, but I’m also excited to use it in a project.

I’m working hard in the fiber lab on a few more of these so we are going to head into fall with a lot of Battle of the Bobbins action!  If you are looking for something to do Tuesday night, there’s going to be a live Fibery Goodness broadcast.  Here’s the link.  We wishing Suzy Brown aka Woolwench a bon voyage on her impending trip to New Zealand and going to make a very special announcement about something new and exciting coming to Fiberygoodness.com.  Hope to see you there!!

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