Saturday, March 07, 2009

The Next Thing I'm Learning


Elisheva Hannah Levin said...

Wow! Are there videos on carding and combing the wool, as well?

I thought that by learning to can and growing a garden, I was getting to be more self-sufficient. This is another whole step up from that.

livnletlrn said...

Good overview. She makes it look easy, and it is - with practice - but don't expect that soothing rhythm and fine yarn at the beginning. ;-)

You prob. don't want to start off by spinning directly from the batt, but instead tearing the batt into strips and pre-drafting. Our first step here was to practice just treadling, getting used to keeping the wheel in motion so that action could become background while we then concentrated on the hands. Pre-drafting will help make things much easier when you add the fiber into the mix of actions.

If your antique wheel came w/ only 1 bobbin, first thing you're going to want to do is find more bobbins that'll fit.

livnletlrn said...

Excellent basic info on handspinning here:

She's showing on a drop spindle, but the concepts are the same for a wheel.

BTW, Abby makes mind-bogglingly beautiful batts for spinning and will be the presenter at the April 4 Nutmeg Spinners' Guild meeting. :-)