Last week I went to a yarn and craft market in Coburg and bought a beautiful batt from ixchel fibres.
The batt is made up of all sorts of fibres including angora rabbit, stainless steel, silk, merino, suri, tencel, bamboo, hemp, cashmere, yak and glitz.
I stopped off at the Handweavers and Spinners guild on the way home and picked up a cone of linen because I have been wanting to try my hand at core spinning.
Core spinning involves using a strong fibre as your base or “core” and wrapping fibre around it. You hold it out almost at a 90 degree angle to the core as you spin. I watched some video tutorials online – there is a good one over at the Ashford website.
Then onto my homemade yarn swift to wind it into a centre-pull ball with my fabbo yarn winder.
I am really pleased with the result. Core spinning is really fun and is a great way to show off fibres when you start with a beautiful batt.