Felicia is the owner of Sweet Georgia and dyes amazing yarns and fibres. I was part of her fibre club for 6 months last year and I spun and knitted a hat for Em last winter from Sweet Georgia fibre (I can't find any photos of that now).
That's why I thought this class was perfect for me. I've only ever taken 2 spinning classes in my life. A 'learn to spin' class locally when I got my first wheel and a one day class with the amazing Judith McCuin at Knitnation last summer. So I was ready for another class.
I'd already taken a photography class and on Craftsy, and I reviewed Carol Feller's Celtic Cables class a few weeks ago. so I knew the set up and I've been reading Felicia's blog for quite a while and I know her fibre is gorgeous, so I didn't hesitate to sign up.
The next lesson moves into the specifics of working with hand dyed fibres and explains about staple length and colour, dye length and colour and characteristics of the fibre and colour. I learnt a lot from this lesson.
Then we move into the two most interesting lessons for me: how to preserve colour and how to blend colour. Felicia takes us through various options and also shows us how to mix up different colours from different fibre colourways which is very interesting and great if you, like me, have lots of 100gr braids in various colours but fancy spinning up something for a larger project. I'll definitely be trying out this technique.
In one class she takes a fibre braid and shows us different ways of approaching it. There are also two bonus lessons on how to do fractal spinning and how to make carded batts using a drum carder. I'd just started experimenting with my drum carder when I watched this lesson and it's encouraged me to play more.
I've read about fractal spinning but never really got it. The articles I've read were too theoretical and mathematical but Felicia makes it all sound so easy and as soon as I've finished spinning my current project (laceweight pale, silvery blue Optim fibre) I'm going to give fractal spinning a go.
I'd love to sit through the course again and spin along with Felicia and try out the techniques she explains as she does them. Jacey from Insubordiknits, who's the first stop on the blog tour (this is her blog post) did this and I loved reading about her results. I'm not very good at sampling. Because I spend so little time spinning I like to try to get complete braids spun into one project but I need to do more sampling (and to spin more often as I really love it).
While i was doing this class I was spinning this fibre from last year's Sweet Georgia Fiber Club. In the notes accompanying the club parcel, Felicia suggested navajo plying to preserve the colours.