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Spinning Record Cards

My system for record keeping has morphed over the years to the system described in my September 2 and December 1 posts. Having the luxury of time over the next while, I decided to replace the older Spinning Record Sheet under the Downloads tab with the Spinning Record Card (SRC) I currently use for my own FO’s.

I keep my records in a binder, but the sheet, which displays 2 records per page, could also be cut in half and filed in a box.

I like information that can be picked out at a glance. Here are a few notes to explain how I use these cards.

  • Ratio ____ LMS. My Majacraft wheel has three whorls. Instead of recording the ratio, I highlight which whorl is presently on the wheel. One of my last spins was Gotland for a shawl that will soon be on my needles. I highlighted M and on the adjacent line wrote 4/4. “M” indicates my medium-sized whorl and 4/4 tells me that my drive band was sitting on the fourth groves; both on the medium whorl above and on the drive wheel below.
  • Fibre Prep, Draft Twist, S/Z: A simple stroke of a a highlighter records my information.
  • Folded TPI and WPI: This is where I record the tpi and wpi of the folded sample taken from the bobbin side of the orifice (see December 1st post).
  • Finished TPI and WPI: This is where I record the tpi and wpi of my handspun after it has been finished.
  • Dashed Cyan Circle: Records my spinning project number. My last handspun FO for example is #18-3.
  • I attach plying and finished yarn samples to my SRC (see December 1st post)
  • and last, but not least, I staple my Sample Card (see September 2nd post) to the back of my SRC.

I hope these cards prove as useful to you as they are for me.

Cheers, Kim


Ashford Root Colours

No colour left in the dye bath after processing.  A sign of good technique!

Nice clear dye baths with all the colour pulled into the yarn after processing. The sign of a good dye run!

The jars in the first photo is of the root or base colours in the Ashford Dye Collection.  This collection of dyes are bright, fully saturated, in your face colours. Not really colours that many of us can wear.  That is because these dyes are not meant to be used right out of the jar, they are meant to be mixed. Below are some photos I recently received from a student who shared the results of her colour mixing experiments (using the Colour Compass module in the Downloads section).

Modulations of colour on silk.

Modulations of colour on silk



Quite a variety of colour compared to the root colours isn’t it.  Enjoy!


Modulations on wool using black, brown and the colour's complement.

Modulations on wool using black, brown and the colour’s complement.