Elysa Darling's Profile

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Hand spinning is an ancient art form and a painstaking process that starts with selecting the finest fiber and materials. Most of the wool I spin is sourced locally from Northern Virginia, Maryland, and New England farms. I love to visit the farms and meet the farmers I buy from and have the opportunity to hand pick the fiber.

When starting from raw fleece, I hand wash, pick, and card the fiber. Sometimes I leave some fiber in its natural color or if I'm in the mood for lots of color I hand dye it using professional non-toxic acid dyes.

Once the fiber has been washed, picked, and sorted, I make batts on my drum carder. This blends and aligns the fibers in the same direction so it's easy to spin. For art yarn I prefer to spin loose fibers that I have picked and blended. Next, I spin the fiber into yarn on my wheel much in the traditional way…

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  • Female
  • Born on February 2
  • Joined September 20, 2010

Favorite materials

wool, alpaca, mohair

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222Handspun
Handspun Artisan Yarn and Spinning Fiber

About

Hand spinning is an ancient art form and a painstaking process that starts with selecting the finest fiber and materials. Most of the wool I spin is sourced locally from Northern Virginia, Maryland, and New England farms. I love to visit the farms and meet the farmers I buy from and have the opportunity to hand pick the fiber.

When starting from raw fleece, I hand wash, pick, and card the fiber. Sometimes I leave some fiber in its natural color or if I'm in the mood for lots of color I hand dye it using professional non-toxic acid dyes.

Once the fiber has been washed, picked, and sorted, I make batts on my drum carder. This blends and aligns the fibers in the same direction so it's easy to spin. For art yarn I prefer to spin loose fibers that I have picked and blended. Next, I spin the fiber into yarn on my wheel much in the traditional way spinners have done for centuries. Spinning one skein of yarn can take a few hours and the entire process can take weeks to complete. You can learn more about the process on my site: 222Handspun.com.

You may also find me on Etsy as elysa222, eDarlingPhoto.

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Elysa | 222 Handspun

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