For the month of January 2022, I will be hosting a “gradient” themed spinalong on the Spanish Peacock Flock Facebook group.
In a gradient, the color shifts along a progression in one direction. In the case of fiber, the colors change along the length of a braid. For example, if a braid’s length were the “X-axis”, and the width was the “Y-axis”, the colors change depending on their position along the X-axis. Here are two examples, one which is a gradient (left) and one which is not a gradient (right).
In the example on the left (a hanui-silk blend from Allons-y), the colors change along the length of the braid from brown to a light turquoise. In the braid on the right (a merino-silk-bamboo blend from Hobbledehoy), some white remains the same the whole length of the braid (X-axis), and it many sections of the braid the color changes on the Y-axis as well. While it is very pretty and will produce a beautiful yarn, it is not a gradient, and thus not the focus of this spinalong.
Often one of the goals in spinning a gradient fiber is to preserve the color transitions in the finished yarn, and thus in the fabric made from the yarn. When plying a gradient, a chain ply is often used for this purpose, although very carefully dividing the braid into two or three very even singles could also accomplish the same goal.
- No stress! Have fun. If anything about this spinalong is stressful to you – finding fiber, not enough spindles, not enough time – please enjoy watching and plan to join us for another spinalong later.
- Any fiber, fiber prep, or spinning tool is fine, as long as the colors in the fiber meet the definition of a gradient provided above.
- Gradient fiber can either be dyed that way (as in the example above on the left) or engineered from separate braids, as long as the end result produces a gradient.
- Photos on the Flock that include non-Spanish Peacock spinning tools are permitted for this spinalong only.
- Participants are encouraged to spin daily, and share photos of progress in a comment on the daily thread.
- Knowing ahead of time what you plan to do with the yarn is also encouraged but not required!
- THERE WILL BE PRIZES. No, I don’t know what they are yet! But participants will be entered in a drawing for a chance to win… something.