Another Fiber Story

by Cynthia on February 5, 2013

naturally dyed bfl handspun yarn

naturally dyed bfl handspun yarn

naturally dyed bfl handspun yarn

naturally dyed bfl handspun yarn

naturally dyed bfl handspun yarn

I know I just recently shared a post about a yarn I spun from start to finish but here I am wanting to share another one. I hope you don’t mind! I’m enjoying journaling about these yarns almost as much as I am spinning them!

This particular yarn is spun with 100% BFL which I absolutely loveĀ to dye and spin with. It is so lovely to spin since it has those nice long fibers and it has a natural luster that make dyeing it so wonderful. It especially looks good in indigo in my opinion!

Long before I actually started spinning this yarn I had a vision in my head of what I wanted to attempt. I started by first naturally dyeing 4 ounces of BFL combed top.The slightly orange colored fiber was dyed using onion skins and the blue was dipped in my indigo vat.

To begin the spinning process of this yarn I first carded the two shades of BFL fibers together. I wanted them to blend but I also wanted a bit of the original colors to show through here and there. After carding all 4 ounces (two ounces of each color) into rolags and filling up my spinning basket I spun the fiber into a single ply yarn. The yarn is about a fingering weight.

I am really excited with the results I achieved. I just love the look of this yarn and keep admiring the way the colors came together. I will be putting this one in my Etsy shop as I am accumulating way too much yarn for my own personal use! But I am so very tempted to keep it all to myself!

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{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

a little crafty nest February 6, 2013 at 2:11 pm

Oh, Cynthia, you are such an spinspiration to me! Honestly, how did I fare at all before finding you!!! (Isn’t that perfectly dramatic…and totally true)! These kind of rolags are exactly what I dream up in my head, and now you’ve managed to capture just the technique I was wondering if it was possible. But your amazing spinning is so wonderful, I wonder if I’ll eveer get better. But coming back here again and again, I learn so much.
xo Jules
P.S. That book you recommended me was loaned to me by a friend at her suggestion the very same day. Coincidence? You’d love her…she’s a creative spinning lover, too :)


Cynthia February 6, 2013 at 5:34 pm

Thank you Jules for another sweet comment! It makes my day to read that I can inspire you! I had so much fun creating this yarn. I’m already plotting my next one! I am always experimenting with my natural dyes on rovings and combining the fibers in this way takes my spinning to a whole other level. I’ll be sure to share more!

I rarely belief in coincidences so I would say that book was meant to be in your hands that day! Happy reading and share what you try out. :)


Taryn Kae Wilson @ Wooly Moss Roots February 9, 2013 at 9:58 am

That yarn is gorgeous!! Love the color combo.


P.S You can never write too much about spinning in my opinion! :)


Cynthia February 9, 2013 at 10:09 pm

Thank you Taryn for both the comment and the encouragement to keep writing about spinning! :)


Suddenexpression February 10, 2013 at 11:01 am

I love how you carded these two fibers together. The final yarn is gorgeous!


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