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Spinning, Pt. 1: Art Yarn


It’s been spinning madness here at Casa Marengo Studio. I’ve had my Louet S17 spinning wheel for over a year and I have been limping along trying to learn to spin. A couple of months ago, I bought the Art yarn Flyer accessory and took an online core spinning class @HowToSpinYarn. Things finally clicked. So, I then took the plunge and bought a drum carder, so that I could make my own batts to spin.

It’s been a game changer. As a painter, I find mixing fiber on my carder like mixing paint for a painting or assembling elements for a collage. Here are some of the batts.

And, here are a few more of the yarns I have spun. The great news is that people have actually wanted to buy them, so I have started curating and spinning small batch art yarns for my Etsy store. They are especially great for weavers and other textile artists that want to add a pop of color or texture to a project.

Needless to say, I am having a ball and I am quite addicted. I also have been spinning using various hand spindles and recently bought an e spinner. More about those in my next post.




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Time flies

Wow! I can’t believe it’s been months since I’ve posted. I think instead of writing a long entry I am just going to do a few photo posts of what I’ve been working on. It’s been a busy few months of scarves for a holiday sale and for gifts. The red one was for me -).

It was also the time for making #pussyhats. I think I made a total of 12 or 13. I lost track. Here are a few.

Enough for now. I work as a graphic designer all day, and I’m anxious to get to my weaving and sewing. Never enough hours.

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Post holiday?

Well, the holidays are over, but this elf is still in the workshop. I think I was overly ambitious in trying to make all my gifts and I am still working on a few. Unfortunately, I gave some away before photographing them, so no pix. 🙁


One of the gifts I am working on is fingerless gloves. I don’t really knit very well, so I am trying them on a knitting board. Has anybody out there used one? What do you think?

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I am a much better crocheter, so I am making a backup pair, just in case it doesn’t work out with the knitting board. I really like the popcorn stitch around the wrist.



Besides the gloves, I made a linen scarf with block printing and sashiko embroidery. This lovely color is a warm gray called gray sparrow from They have a great selection of linen. Unfortunately, the photo is overexposed, so I am also including a swatch so you can see the color better. The stitching is in two variations of light blue and a light gray.


I also am working on a wall weaving and I started 2 new paintings. I think I’ll save those for the next posting, so stayed tuned.

Happy New Year to all!