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Category Archives: Spinning

Six weeks in and some great advice from Stephenie Collin of Warped Art & Design. Just need to learn to pace myself, practice treadling at an even pace to the audiobooks, and relax.

All the ladies in the spinning class were great and Maggie Casey of Shuttles proved once again why she’s the master teacher. She’s gentle, funny and wicked-witty, and brimming with historical info about weaving in myth and history. You can find out for yourself how great she is if you invest in her new DVD Start Spinning from Interweave.



I won’t say that the resulting yarn is fabulous, but it is yarn which is what counts. Not ready to invest in a spinning wheel yet, even though I’ve been haunting online trading sites just in case. Please note: The gorgeous blue/green is dyed (but not-yet-spun) fiber.

“We are spinning our own fates, good or evil, and never to be undone. Every smallest stroke of virtue or of vice leaves its never-so-little scar.” – William James


Well, this would be why they call it “Beginning Spinning”

Beginning Spinning

roving or yarn?

I’ve taken the plunge with a 6 week Beginning Spinning class. We received big chunks of unwashed fleece to take home and prepare, as well as the loan of carders, a drop spindle, and a spinning wheel for the duration of the class. Not friendly to my nearly all-black wardrobe, but I’m getting used to having bits of cream-colored fluff everywhere.

No matter how slowly I treadle, things are moving too quickly on the lovely Canadian spinning wheel. What I’m making barely qualifies as roving, much less yarn. If we had to rely on me to spin the yarn for the EcoVillage, we’d all be in serious trouble.

I think I’m going to try doing more drop spindle and see if I can get any better at things if I have even more control over the speed. I did find this helpful video on using a drop spindle, which I’ll combine with what I’ve learned in person in class.

Anybody have any suggestions or helpful tips on any part of this process? Washing, teasing the wool, carding, or spinning itself? Please send those along, because clearly I need the help!

Currently Reading: Crown of Dalemark by Diana Wynne Jones

Recently Viewed: Just watched Nim’s Island based on the book by Wendy Orr and recommend it. Overcoming fears, being courageous in everyday life, and teaching your kid to value nature. Good themes there.

“Patience is the companion of wisdom.” – Saint Augustine