Default Yarn Challenge – Paul

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Default Yarn Challenge – Paul

Paul’s barber pole yarn.

This article comes from Denise, who has been a wonderful spinning mentor for Paul.

After Spinzilla last year, Paul, who is our master molder and Cranbrook Loom builder, joined the ranks of the
spinning enthusiasts here at Schacht. He then took Maggie Casey’s spinning class where she teaches how to process and spin from fleece, and then dye the yarn using acid and natural dyes.

After the class, Paul was hooked on spinning and jumped in with both feet and bought a 30″ Schacht Reeves. As a new spinner, the office staff had recommended he buy a Ladybug–which he got too!

Since Paul really took to spinning from fleece, I introduced him to my local shepherdess and we picked out a fleece together. We decided on Agatha, a beautiful chocolate fleece with hints of grey, white, and black.

Paul and I also got into carding together. We had a bunch of dyed Louet Corriedale fiber in a range of colors, and we came up with a blend of French Blue and Silver Grey with a touch of Snowflake.  This made a fantastic turquoise color that reminds us of sipping umbrella drinks on a white sandy beach while looking out at the rich saturated hues of the ocean.

Colors clockwise from the top left: French Blue, Silver Grey, Snowflake.

Paul and Denise card the three colors together.

Blended batt.

Since Paul simply adores his Schacht-Reeves, his Ladybug doesn’t get much attention. He’s decided to give his “other wheel” more of a work out and started bringing it to work where he spins on his lunch hour and breaks.

Paul Spinning his “Agatha”.

After spinning both Agatha and the ocean yarn, he decided to ply them together in a barber pole yarn. We all like the way it turned out! We look forward to see what he comes up with next as he progresses.

Close up of finished yarn.

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Denise Renee Grace

Denise Renee Grace first learned to weave as a student at Bethel College. She later moved to Boulder and worked in a re-purposed product company where Barry Schacht discovered her and hired her to work in our sales and service department. Denise’s first love is spinning and she is especially fond of working with natural fibers on all four of her Schacht Wheels. When it comes to weaving, tabby tickles her. In charge of customer care, Denise spends her days here helping people—something she does so well.