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Spinning Fractal Yarns Video Download

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Access more than 140 video courses (including this one) with a Long Thread Media All Access subscription, bringing you up close to experts in spinning, weaving, needleworking, felting, and dyeing. View Spinning Fractal Yarns on our streaming platform.

Create Colorful Self-Striping Effects

Have you ever wanted to push the limits of your favorite fiber? Learn to take handpainted tops and colorful batts beyond basic barberpole or chain-plied yarns with fractal spinning. In this video, instructor Heavenly Bresser teaches you to plan, spin, and ply self-striping yarns that celebrate every hue in your fiber.

As you follow along, you’ll learn:

  • How to identify the color distribution in handpainted top
  • How to divide top and batts for different fractal effects
  • Forward-draw tips for color control
  • Ways to drum card batts for crisp color transitions
  • Tips for even color when spinning from the fold

What is fractal spinning?

A term borrowed from the world of math, a fractal is a pattern that contains smaller and smaller versions of itself. A handspun fractal combines one ply of the main color pattern with one or more plies that have shorter lengths of the same color pattern.

Why would you want to spin fractal yarns?

The color pattern you love in a handpainted braid or colorful batt can get distorted, muddied, and overpowered in a basic plied yarn. Planning the color distribution with a fractal yarn lets you control how the colors emerge in the yarn and preserve the rhythm of the color progression, keeping the gorgeous original colors and creating easy-to-use self-striping plied yarn.

Included in the video download: 

  • 97 minutes of detailed instructional video   
  • Course workbook
  • "The Language of Color" bonus PDF


Heavenly Bresser is the owner of Heavenly Knitchet. She is an award-winning handspinner and teacher at major fiber events throughout the United States. Aside from spinning and teaching, she can be found dyeing fibers and making jewelry. Her goal is to inspire, encourage, and uplift other fiber artists.

Running time: 1 hour 37 minutes

Instructor: Heavenly Bresser