The 'Factory': the Factory Floor
Collecting and Blending
My hair falls are each hand made with yarns selected by me, made in groups of similar but slightly different colors. I start by going to the living room and grabbing up to 4-5 double length tubes full of yarn from different parts of the spectrum. (See pix to the left.)
One or 2 double length tubes are cantilevered in the main working area. I've marked/sectioned a couple of the tubes into 12 sections about 4" wide along the length of the tubes. The sequence of 35 pictures below shows the sequence as I added 35 different types of yarn to the 24 regions (2 tube with 12 regions each) to make a blend of falls that range from yellows to a dark red. These are also all yarns that react to UV (Black light) that make up most of the Porngia family elsewhere on this site. Pairs with identical blends of colors are made along the way that are each different from all other pairs.
I started by putting a couple strands of a bulky orange yarn in each of the 24 section. Orange is the middle of the range and the one common thread (pun intended) amongst this whole sequence. At one end, the lightest colors-those nearest yellow are added. The closer to the Y-end, the more yellow strands the sections get. Similarly, the reddest and darker colors are mostly added to the opposite end of the sequence.
(An aside from the scientist/mathematician in me: This un-evenness of distribution of yarns, is why some final falls are thinner and others thicker when I get done-notice differences in prices among the same family of falls. If I had infinite clumps spread evenly across the spectrum, all falls would be about the same thickness.)
Take a look at the sequence below (sorry if you have a dial-up connection) to see how the blend creates a family and then click the link at the bottom to see the process continue on the factory floor.