Tweed Chronicles: Opalescent

jenjoycedesign© opalescent mix 1

From these pastel primary & secondary colors,

each one like mouthwatering fruity candy floss . . .

jenjoycedesign© pastel primary and secondary

into these fluffy rolls . . .

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Magically transforming,  while colors fuse

and melt into these opalescent silvery grey rolags  to spin !

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I have been thinking about this mix for a year now, and finally was able to do it !   It is a pastel variation of my original recipe mix  Color Saturated Neutral”  , an experiment I did over a year ago.   I am amazed at how the colors just melt into each other , and these pale pastels washing out into a silvery opalescence ready for spinning.   This is how I did it . . .

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Techy stuff for Opalescent…

  •  Equal parts of pastel primary colors: pink, pale yellow, light blue — plus — pastel secondary colors: pale green, lavendar, pale orange.  These were 6g each, for a total of 36g.
  • Layered very thinly one color at a time, alternately.  using this technique: Blending for tweed simplified
  • Lifted batt, layered again, total of three times.

NOTE: Each time you blend the mix, the colors become less distinctive and magically the all-over color becomes nearly a neutral. These were blended 3 times, then a 4th before drawing out rolags.  Blend only once or twice for most colorful results, 3 or 4 times for very subtle and subdued ” neutral ” results.

  • Lifted bat, and sectioned into strips of about 3, layered again, loosely.
  • Drew off rolags.
  • I’m naming this colorway blend ” Opalescent ” .
  • See ALL color blending experiments & recipes archived in Tweed Chronicles

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16 thoughts on “Tweed Chronicles: Opalescent

      • Funny you should mention that. I fully intent to ask at my new spinning group to see if anyone has one.
        People seem more interested in drum-carders so I may be in with a chance.
        I also found an etsy shop that sells the cloth in 1 foot lengths.
        Oh dear!
        However I can see the creative possibilities for me here. Lol.

        • Karin, if there are folks willing to let you go to their homes and blend on their drum carder so you can get a feel, that is super. Maybe someone can lend you a blending board too? A drum carder is in my opinion is essential for doing a lot of wool, but then again, a pair of hand carders can do that too. But for making really art rolags/roving, with a lot of control would be a blending board. Check out all the tutorials on You Tube:
          I made mine, a jumbo, 24″ x 12″, (somewhere back in the beginning of Tweed Chronicles I mention it, and which of course I lost to the wildfire, but made another just like it) and it cost me about the same as buying a blending board made up 12″ x 12″ . Drum carders are really expensive, where a blending board is not. You could have both of course ~ 🙂 xx

          • I meant to add, that in my blending method shown in most of my Tweed Chronicles, I use the blending board very much like a drum carder, that is, each time I lift batt and draw again on to the teeth I am mixing the colors more and more. Shown in the art rolags I think most of the spinners are applying the fiber once, then drawing off. What fun you will have in exploring for yourself!!! I am so excited for you. xx
            Ps. You were one who posted back 2 years ago when I was first starting all of this experimentation, and we had not been acquainted through Ravelry yet, do you remember?

          • Thank you Jen
            I think the blending board is perfect for my purposes. Our club has drum carders for loan but I am not not ready for that volume.
            I am drawn to the hands on specificity of the board and think a jumbo sized one would be the most useful.
            Can you remember how tightly it might be possible to roll the blending-board cloth for postage?
            Thanks for the link. Much appreciated. I am still a babe in the woods with my spinning but I am learning and thinking ahead.
            Thank you so much

            • I bought my roll of carding cloth from an Etsy dealer , and it came rolled, but not too tight. I think a regular size blending board would come in handy as well, one that can be bought and shipped ready to use. I was lent an Ashford blending board right after the wildfire and LOVED IT!!!!!! I really think the 24″ length made it more like a drum carder where I could load more fiber on to the board, but I was surprised how the 12×12 Ashford did excellently in comparison.

            • Oh, definitely think ahead Karin! When I learned to spin in 1987 there was no such thing as blending boards, and I spun mostly from batts or locks, or in-the-grease. I think it took me a long many years to decide how I like to spin best, woolen or worsted style, and I’m still trying to wrap my head around that, but from rolags you get closer to bouncy woolen, and from roving , especially top, you get closer to worsted. I think. I am still trying to improve my skills at spinning from rolags for the first time in my life, but that’s how most rural folks did it for centuries; having only hand-carders to work with. Now there’s a tool called a ‘ diz ‘ which you can pull off roving from a blending board! Enjoy your experiments xx

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