This album accompanies
the article on hand spinning hand painted sliver and tops
Stripped and predrafted
This is a 2 ply dk weight yarn made by splitting the rainbow top before spinning. The single was then plied back on itself.
Close-up of the rainbow 2 ply
Purple Twist top
Variegated tops make great novelty yarns. This skein is a knot yarn, made by letting the singles run over themselves at spots while plying.
Close-up of the knot yarn
I stripped the maize top into (I think) 8 strips, then chain plied the finished single to preserve the colour repeats as much as possible.
Chain plied maize.
Inland waters top.
A thick, soft single.
I stripped the top into fairly thin sections (I think I did 8 or 16 strips), then spun a fairly firm fingering weight single which I fulled before knitting
A garter stitch scarf knit with the fireside yarn.
Common brush top.
I stripped the top into fairly fine strips to preserve the colours, then plied the single upon itself to mix them up a bit.
The common brush skein