This variation on corespinning isn't something I see very often, but the potential for creating both mild and wild yarns is tremendous.

1. Transform your stash

Thin, incomplete coverage of a core allows you to transform your stash and change the character of existing yarns.

Layers: mini mochi rainbow over spun.

This yarn started as a bright, rainbow single of Mini Mochi. Painting over it with a batt and then Navajo-plying tones down the rainbow effect without losing the beauty of the gradation and brings out the purples and yellows.  It still knits up as a conventional yarn, but with an entirely new sophistication.

Stash busting? You can use this method to harmonize mismatched leftovers from other projects to accumulate enough yardage to take on a project.  

Have some handpainted yarn in your stash you love, but find the colors don't knit up as nicely as you'd like? This application will preserve the beauty of the dyeing while homonogenizing your yarn enough to work with a wider variety of stitches.

2. Paint with color

Layering colors over one another lets you create a unique, painterly look to your yarns, adding depth of color or contrast without muddying when contrasting colors meet.

Corespun Fern Room

This yarn combines a matte, reddish merino core with a glossy green mohair to invoke my memories of the old Como Conservatory fern room.

3. Waste not, want not

Top for spinning can be a fragile thing - a little too much rinsing while dyeing, or even just long-term storage can cause your fiber to matt and felt.  Rather than trying to draft it, tossing it, or struggling to restore it to spinning quality, make it a beautiful base for creating a chunky layered yarn.

GooseberryCloud

This pink felted merino top for example, torn into strips, became the heart of a fluffy, bulky, ready-to-wear skein showcasing a small amount of precious local pygora.

Come try it with me!  

We'll be learning this technique at the Weaver's Guild on the brightly-colored sock yarn of your choice.


Corespinning is probably my my most utilized art yarn technique. I love it for it's versatility and variety, that it works on any spinning wheel and even a spindle if you're willing.

Core spinning

It's also the first class in an upcoming series of classes I'm teaching at the Weaver's Guild of Minnesota, and I thought it'd be nice to highlight all techniques in that series, whether you're taking the class or not.

Sign up for Monday, March 3 from 6-9 PM.

For those who prefer traditional spinning and fiber arts, corespinning is still useful to have in your toolkit when designing yarns, and here are 4 reasons why for 'ya.

Happy Hooves batt corespun over a weaving thread.

1. Stretch your Fiber

We've all been overcome by the wool fumes and ended up the proud owner of some gorgeous hand-carded batt or braid, only to stare at it wondering how to get the maximal yardage. Corespinning is your friend here - extending the yardage by putting another, less precious fiber in the unseen center of your yarn so you can get more from the artisanal blend you bought.

Grunge Locks

2. Get Thicker

If you're happy with your default spinning style, but want a bulkier single for a project, corespinning gives you a leg up - the same hand motions and spinning rate over varying size cores gives you a full range of yarn weights, without sacrificing stability to create bulky singles.

Blue Whale

3. Get Creative

Corespinning is a fundamental art yarn technique, and a comfort with this spinning style opens up a range of variations when combined with other techniques.

Supercoil and then chain-ply your corepsun single for amazing, bubbly yarns that look impossible (hat-tip to Pluckyfluff for the "coil boil" technique!):

Coil Boil

Send a message with stable, secure add-in's that don't distort plies when finished:

A gift for Henry

 

Try wire-core yarns for sculpture, jewelry, and creating shapeable finished objects:

Cheviot Wirespun

4. Easy to Use

Check your WPI, and you can substitute your corespun yarns easily for commercial knitting yarns in crochet, knitting, and weaving projects. Corespun, especially if thread plied after spinning for loft, can trap air within the yarn like woolen-style spinning for warmth without the elasticity that can distort some finished objects.

Grunge Sari

 

See More!

Looking for more examples of corespun yarns?  I've put together a whole Pinterest board for your enjoyment.  Now let's go spin!