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Adding beads to hand-spun yarn while plying? #540148 07/30/09 05:30 AM
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Is there an EASIER way to do this? <grin> I am still fairly new to spinning (about 18 months) and it may just be that I haven't figured out some of the "tricks" yet, but I want to add beads to the yarn I am plying and the only way I can figure out to do it is to thread a whole bunch of these tiny beads onto one of the singles and just keep moving one bead up with each arms length of ply ... sort of? I managed the first 50 yards of yarn with about 100 beads, so probably approximately one bead every 18" or so. It took quite a while to do but it looks pretty <g>.

I want to end up with a total of at LEAST 150 yards of beaded yarn for a project I have in mind and for what I am doing I NEED to have them plied in, so I can't add them as I knit.

Any suggestions from more experienced spinners? Thanks! smile

Re: Adding beads to hand-spun yarn while plying? [Re: Deb - ALASKA] #540372 07/30/09 07:50 PM
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If there is, then I'd sure love to hear about it!


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Re: Adding beads to hand-spun yarn while plying? [Re: Llyn] #614097 07/31/10 08:47 PM
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Dear Llyn, I know that I'm the total newbie, but I was wondering if it might be possible to add the beads to the yarn while spinning. This would definitely slow your spinning time down. Probably not a good idea but thought I would throw it out there and maybe you could could tell me (gently) why it isn't. Glad to get back to reading your ideas about spinning. Glenda.

Re: Adding beads to hand-spun yarn while plying? [Re: MsMae] #614164 08/01/10 02:45 AM
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The only method of adding beads as you spin that I know of is to: 1) string the beads onto thread and then 2) ply the beaded thread with a bobbin of singles. This would be slow because it does require sliding the beads into position as you go. I know of no way to put beads into unspun fiber and then spin that fiber.


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